Solve Sexism With Overconfidence, Hope and Changing Your Brain

Even the best thinking on how to achieve economic/political parity with men always comes back to this conundrum: Women should act more like men to get ahead, but when they do, they are often penalized. So let's teach women how to act more confident, yet deferential, so as not to offend men. Then let's cross our fingers … » 4/17/14 5:20pm 4/17/14 5:20pm

Boys Club No More: Now Women Make Up Nearly Half of the CIA

Earlier this month, Mother Jones described the early days of the CIA as "Mad Men with security clearances." Men were the spies; women were the secretaries. But over the years, things have changed, and now, women make up nearly half of the CIA, and at least 40% of undercover operatives (spies) are female. » 11/14/13 11:40am 11/14/13 11:40am

Law Firm Memo Advises Female Associates to Stop Giggling and Squirming

Most women in any business field should really be presenting themselves according to the The Woman's Dress for Success Guide, but since it's hard to get copies of that opus, the law firm of Clifford Chance has helpfully prepared a five-page document entitled "Presentation Tips for Women" that includes helpful suggestions … » 10/25/13 10:25am 10/25/13 10:25am

Most of Those Allegedly Great New Jobs for Women Are In Waitressing

We're well into what feels like our 129384712th consecutive month of articles harping on the notion that men are being screwed by this man-cession because they can't seem to man-age to man-euver their way back into man-jobs while meanwhile women Take The Lead and Lean In and End Men. And if you just look at the… » 9/19/13 12:20pm 9/19/13 12:20pm

Raises Fuel National Prosperity, So Go Get Yours

Ladies, it's Time to Ask for a Raise. Well, unless you just started your job, and then perhaps you should chill out, OK? Damn, greedy. But the rest of us need to slip into our GSD pants (opposite of eating pants) and march straight to the boss person's office and GET PAID as if the economy — and our shoe closets* —… » 5/16/13 1:00pm 5/16/13 1:00pm

Women Speak Drastically Less When They're Surrounded by Dudes. And…

Womanhood is full of frustrating hunches, and society is full of people who want to pooh-pooh those hunches. "I'm pretty sure I'm being treated like shit right now because of my vagina," we women say. "Shut UP, women! Because men get injured in industrial accidents! Therefore, equality reigns!" the pooh-poohers reply.… » 9/19/12 5:00pm 9/19/12 5:00pm

What Happens When Getting Pregnant Gets You Shitcanned?

America, the land of the free and the home of the Super Size bucket o' fries, is supposed to be a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot at one day growing up to be the Monopoly Man. But, as many women are finding out, the way we treat working women who dare choose to get pregnant is anything but… » 9/10/12 7:00pm 9/10/12 7:00pm

Companies With Women on the Board More Profitable Than All-Dude…

Corporations: can they really have it all? Not unless they open the doors of their board rooms to women. According to a gigantic new study, stock prices of corporations with a little estrogen on their boards outperformed their bro-tastic peers during the financial crisis by a significant and noticeable margin. Guess… » 8/01/12 6:20pm 8/01/12 6:20pm

Who Has It Easier, a Pregnant CEO or a Pregnant Maid?

When newly-coronated Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in October, people who are not Marissa Mayer or Marissa Mayer's doctor immediately began speculating that having a baby would be a detriment to her ability to do her job. Some even went so far as to suggest… » 7/19/12 11:10am 7/19/12 11:10am

It's Your Patriotic Duty to Be Overworked and Miserable

The other day, my mother called and I picked up the phone. This is noteworthy because I don't usually pick up the phone when anyone calls me, not even my mother, because I'm a very busy person whose life is full of many busy things. But I picked up the phone, and she asked me what I was up to, and I said that I was… » 7/03/12 6:00pm 7/03/12 6:00pm

What's Changed For Working Women Since 1972? Not As Much As You'd Think.

A lot has changed since the 1970's. Lapels have shrunk. Mustaches have gone from cool to pervy to ironically cool but actually kind of pervy. Disco was murdered to death and then sort of came back to life again. Airport security has gotten almost to third base. And women now, more than ever, are leaving the house to… » 5/05/12 3:30pm 5/05/12 3:30pm

Number of Female CEOs About to Get Less Pathetic

Even though a paltry 35 of the Fortune 1000 companies' CEOs are women, some In The Know types think the days of that embarrassing statistic are coming to an end. Companies with dress codes and webinars and teambuilding exercises and the word "corp" in their names, under social and political pressure from their boards of… » 5/01/12 5:20pm 5/01/12 5:20pm

Sheryl Sandberg Gives Us a Permission Slip to Leave Work Early Every…

Chances are if you've pursued any kind of corporate career, you've felt the pressure to stay late at the office, to log the same number or more hours than your colleagues, even if it meant sacrificing time spent at home with your family or out with your friends or sitting at home in bed alone catching up on all the… » 4/06/12 10:00am 4/06/12 10:00am

'I'm a Maid. People Treat Me With Respect and I Love My Job'

When domestic workers are in the spotlight, it's often as part of a negative narrative. Whether it's Dominic Strauss-Khan's alleged assault of a maid or the maid suing the writer of The Help, the positivity just isn't there. There is also the very real truth that many domestic workers are exploited, underpaid and… » 3/28/12 12:25pm 3/28/12 12:25pm