Jill Abramson on Helping Women, Dealing With Sexism and Getting Fired

Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of the New York Times whose unceremonious firing earlier this year was rumored to have been caused by a dispute over salary inequalities (and/or just plain ol' insidious sexism) — has given her first magazine interview since losing her job. It is with Cosmopolitan. »7/15/14 7:45pm7/15/14 7:45pm

Geena Davis Wants to Give Hollywood a Heads Up That Female Characters Need Way More Speaking Roles

When Geena Davis waded through the miasma of G-rated movies with her young daughter, she noticed a troubling phenomenon: male characters outnumbered female characters by a pretty striking margin. What's more, male characters were more often portrayed in leadership positions, meaning that, if a young female viewer were… »11/25/12 4:00pm11/25/12 4:00pm

The Next Treasury Secretary Could, Fingers Crossed, Totally Be a Woman

Could the next Treasury Secretary be a woman? Since soothsaying has largely fallen out of fashion since Nate Silver's arithmetic renaissance, it's impossible to know for sure if President Obama will opt to go against the grain of the Wall Street boys' club and appoint one of the many qualified female candidates to… »11/25/12 12:30pm11/25/12 12:30pm

Woman Director Told She Didn't Get Job Because of Missing Penis

There's no business like show business. Unless, of course, you're a woman; and then it's just like every other business in the world: seriously fucked. I thought Hollywood was supposed to be a liberal progressive bastion, a place that embraces our differences and broadcasts them to the world in one big fucking kumbaya… »10/04/12 9:20pm10/04/12 9:20pm

Now Women Are Catching Just as Many Delicious Lobsters as Men

Earlier today, NPR profiled self-described Maine lobsterman Genevieve Kurilec, who, as owner of her own lobster boat, is at the vanguard of a female incursion into the traditionally macho world of crustacean-gathering. Though Kurilec is now master and commander of the small lobster boat Hello Darling, she had to earn… »8/19/12 5:30pm8/19/12 5:30pm

Can Yahoo's New Young, Female CEO Stop Yahoo from Sucking?

Today, Yahoo sent purple exclamation points through Silicon Valley when it announced that longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer will be the company's new CEO. What would possess a woman to go from arguably the coolest internet company to arguably the saddest? Did Mayer bump up against it the world's highest glass… »7/16/12 6:20pm7/16/12 6:20pm

Even Female Scientist-Doctors Are Paid Significantly Less Than Their Male Peers

Another day, another study that proves women get paid way, way less than men who are at the same stage in their careers: researchers looked at female and male physician-scientists' work hours, academic titles, specialties, ages, and any other factors that could influence their paycheck, making sure to only study… »6/13/12 1:10pm6/13/12 1:10pm

Sky Blue, Water Wet, Achievements of Female Scientists Continually Ignored by Men

Over the last two decades, women have made inroads into the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. But you wouldn't know it if you asked the men who tend to chair scientific awards committees, who award research-based science awards to men 95% of the time. If a glass ceiling breaks… »5/09/12 2:45pm5/09/12 2:45pm

Lady Neo-Nazis Shattering the Glass Ceiling of Awfulness

Despite a now 3-year-old article from the Washington Post that offered hormonal proof that women can manage the the pants off of a business venture, they are still underrepresented in leadership positions at law firms and tech companies, and only fill 17 of the chief executive posts at Fortune 500 companies. What's an… »2/12/12 1:20pm2/12/12 1:20pm

Sheryl Sandberg Thinks Women Need to Pick Themselves Up by Their Bootstraps

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and soon to be one of the richest self-made women in the world, has a message for all those women struggling up the corporate ladder that she echoed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week: take responsibility for your careers and stop blaming men for holding you back. Sandberg… »2/05/12 4:00pm2/05/12 4:00pm