Matt Lauer Gets Defensive: 'Having It All Is Not A Gender Issue'

A week ago, Matt Lauer caught hell for asking GM exec Mary Barra if she could be a CEO and a good mom. Yesterday, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said that her daughters would probably label her a bad mother; Nooyi feels she, personally cannot be a CEO and a good mom. So today, Matt Lauer is all: TOLD YA. » 7/03/14 11:20am 7/03/14 11:20am

Maria Shriver’s Report on Financially Insecure Women Is Pretty Grim

A cheery new report (which is so fancy and thorough that it has its own trailer) co-authored by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress has determined that approximately 42 million women in America are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion as they juggle caregiving (for parents as well as children… » 1/12/14 1:30pm 1/12/14 1:30pm

Women Filled ALL of the (Mostly Low-Wage) December Job Openings

Nobody wants to talk to the jobs report that was released yesterday, so it's going to spend the entire weekend sitting alone in the cafeteria, glancing around nervously at the small groups of popular economists whispering behind its back about how crappy it is. Poor jobs report! It's not like it contained news of… » 1/11/14 12:00pm 1/11/14 12:00pm

What's Technology Doing to "Femininity"?

It's pretty common to hear particular technologies presented as being either for dudes (i.e., srs bsns gadgets) or for girls (think messaging apps and anything related to shopping). It's also common to see technologies adopted by female consumers as either fluffy or some quasi-miraculous sign of alien life—see every… » 12/02/13 6:00pm 12/02/13 6:00pm

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

Women Don't Love Working For Other Women Because Women, Amirite?

According to a poll from Gallup, forty percent of the women they surveyed say they prefer a male boss, twenty-seven percent prefer a female one, and thirty-two percent have no preference. On the other hand, 29 percent of men polled prefer a male boss, eighteen percent prefer a female one, and fifty-one percent had no… » 11/12/13 10:25am 11/12/13 10:25am

Everything I Know About Feminism I Learned From Working Girl

The year was 1988. Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving Prime Minister of the century, Canada struck down its anti-abortion laws and Joan Jett topped the Billboard charts. Women’s full-time employment had skyrocketed to 52%, university grads were increasingly female, and the wage gap was quickly closing.… » 10/25/13 1:20pm 10/25/13 1:20pm

Quitting Your Job to Be a Full-Time Mom Is Probably a Bad Idea

Leaving a high powered job to pursue your true June Cleaver stay-at-home-mom smiling-serenely-while-scrubbing-the-grout-in-pearls vocation sounds like an untenable fantasy from jump — like those shoes that were supposed to make your butt look good without exercising, or frozen s'mores (they whole POINT of S'MORES is… » 8/08/13 11:50am 8/08/13 11:50am