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WOMEN in Management: Why Progress Has Stalled

Posted October 27th, 2010 by

Five reasons WOMEN’s progress into management has stalled.

Does the Labor Market Punish (M)Others?

Posted August 10th, 2010 by

The labor market punishes mothers and others who make lane changes during the course of their work lives.

Even in a Recession, Flex Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Posted August 6th, 2010 by

Even in a recession, flex-time, job-sharing, compressed schedules, and telecommuting increase employee productivity and reduce costs. The net effect? A boost to the bottom line.

Equal at Birth But Not At Work

Posted April 20th, 2010 by

Ten years ago I gave birth to two babies: one girl, one boy. Their birthday is today, Equal Pay Day. Right now they are neck-in-neck with their weekly allowance, but if they were fifteen years older, my daughter’s college degree, MBA, technological training, organizing and management experience, and even her Rhodes Scholarship would all probably [...]

Everyone is Talking About the Work-Life Equation

Posted March 15th, 2010 by

People want options to work flexible schedules and remotely from home. Other ways to make the workplace more compatible with today’s workers’ lives include results-only work environments, taking infants to work, redesigning career, tracks, and opting for contract work.

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Paycheck Jobs, Paycheck Feminism

Posted October 30th, 2009 by

I’ve been on a one-woman campaign to resurrect the phrase, paycheck job, used by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique forty years ago. Friedan was referring, of course, to jobs outside the home for which people receive money.  She recognized that the unpaid job of caring for children and home was also “work”—as do most [...]

Reality Check: Women Want Work/Home Equality and Flexibility

Posted October 23rd, 2009 by

No doubt The Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” meant to stir up debate and discussion. Hoopla has surrounded the news that women have just about reached parity with men by comprising 50% of the paid workforce; and that women and men agree on much about their evolving roles as both breadwinners and caregivers. [...]

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The Business of America’s Women is Business

Posted October 19th, 2009 by

This week we celebrate National Women’s Business Week and celebrate we should. Why? Women-owned businesses: Number 10.1 million Represent 30 percent of all U.S. businesses (and 40 percent of privately-held firms) Employ 23 million people (16 percent of the workforce) Generate 3 trillion in revenue Are more likely to offer supportive, family-friendly benefits like flex-time [...]

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Millennial Dads Bend Traditional Gender Roles

Posted June 20th, 2009 by

A friend recently gave birth to twins. When I visited them today, she sat feeding one baby a bottle, while dad was bathing the other baby—classically—in the kitchen sink. Does this scene surprise you? Probably not, if you’re under age twenty-nine. According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, today many men [...]

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Flexible Work Public Policy Platform

Posted May 27th, 2009 by

On May 13, Workplace Flexibility 2010, an organization at Georgetown University, released its summary report: Public Policy Platform on Flexible Work Arrangements. It’s a set of policy solutions to expand Americans’ access to flexible work arrangements such as compressed workweeks, predictable schedules, and telecommuting. The report represents the end of a five-year review of research [...]

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