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Lean In to What, Exactly?

March 12, 2013
Not to flatter myself, but I am exactly who Sheryl Sandberg had in mind when she decided to write Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Thirty-five, married, mother of two young (but not too young) children, MBA who has worked consistently in one high-status industry for over a decade, and who is grappling with the next steps in her career. I’ve even got her name. And I am completely ready and willing to take in Sandberg’s advice, because I know I’m on the precipice of something. Maybe something big. I’m a year or two away from my next promotion at the investment firm where I’ve worked...
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Assessing Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In"

March 12, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg's well-researched new book, Lean In, focuses on helping women who aspire to careers identify and overcome negative societal messages they have internalized over the years – old scripts that undermine women’s self-confidence and hold them back from achieving their full potential on the job. It's not every day that a high-achieving woman proclaims herself a feminist, so I have been surprised by the amount of venom heaped on Sandberg’s book. Some commentators complain that Sandberg places too little emphasis on the institutional barriers and prejudices that stand in the way of...
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In February, Job Growth Improves for Women and Men

March 8, 2013
According to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) March employment report, one-third (80,000) of the new jobs added in February went to women while men gained 156,000. According to the BLS, job growth improved substantially in February compared to the previous month, with 236,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls. Women’s employment growth in February was aided by strong growth in professional and business services (32,000 jobs added for women), education and health services (24,000 jobs added for women), retail trade (21,...
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“Leaning in?” Women in low-wage jobs do it every day.

February 28, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg is telling women to “lean in.” She's encouraging us to strive for bigger and better jobs. She's telling us to resist “leaving before we leave” in anticipation of having families. Through her “lean in circles,” women will have opportunities to share success stories about how leaning in to their careers, while also having families, worked for them. Here’s the problem: “Leaning in” any further is not an option for most low-wage working women, any more than choosing to leave their jobs is an option. They’re already leaning in , with all their might. In families with children in...
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Green Tech Boom in South, Latino Communities

February 28, 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee...McAllen, Texas...Little Rock, Arkansas...Albuquerque, New Mexico...Los Angeles, California. Besides L.A., many of these southern U.S. cities wouldn’t normally be considered the center of a green tech revolution. Yet, they are, and are also employing large numbers of Latinos and other workers disproportionately affected by the recession, according to a recent report by National Council of La Raza. "In the metropolitan areas that we studied there is significant overlap between Latino jobs and green jobs," said the study’s author and NCLR senior policy analyst Catherine...
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Working Women Blues

February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer boasting about her two-week maternity leave and cancelling the company’s telecommuting policy — op-ed pages and Facebook news feeds are full of people, mostly women, debating who has it right,...
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Why Use a Bludgeon When a Calculator Will Do?

February 27, 2013
Sequestration is both an ugly word and hard to explain. As a budget wonk, I like to use this metaphor: It’s as if the American people are being squeezed into the back of a dilapidated Chevy pick-up. Careening down a dirt road, we’re headed for a brick wall. Try as we might to wake up from this nightmare we cannot stop the truck. That sounds frightening, and it is. Once sequestration kicks in, we’ll feel the impact of approximately $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts focused almost exclusively on discretionary spending. Designed as the ultimate penalty — a bludgeon...
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Moderate Job Growth Continues for Women and Men: Revised Numbers Provide Brighter Picture of Recovery for Women

February 14, 2013
According to IWPR analysis of the January employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), released February 1, 2013, job growth was stronger for women (102,000 jobs) than men (55,000 jobs), for a total of 157,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls during the month of January. In January, there was strong growth in women’s employment in education and health services (32,000 jobs added), professional and business services (23,000 jobs added), retail trade (17,000 jobs), and information (10,000 jobs). However, women continued to lose jobs in government (8,000 in January).With BLS...
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Labor Leaders and Working Women Celebrate 20 Years of The Family and Medical Leave Act! A Blog Carnival For One of Our Country’s Most Cherished Laws

February 8, 2013
This blog carnival was updated several times, including on February 6, February 7 and February 8, 2013. You read that right. Its been 20 years since the United States passed job-protected, unpaid family medical leave for families to care for themselves during time of illness, or to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child. Even more incredible, the law has been used a whopping 100 million times since its enactment! We have so much to celebrate. We also have so much more to do! MomsRising.org and the Labor Project for Working Families invite you to show your support for the FMLA, and also...
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Celebrating FMLA: But We Can’t Wait 20 Years to Fix It

February 8, 2013
This blog post originally appeared at the Coalition of Labor Union Women . It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Family and Medical Leave Act became law. The Coalition of Labor Union Women was an active proponent for years, and passage of family and medical leave was a critical issue that drew us to call for The American Family Celebration that took place in Washington, DC on May 14, 1988. It united a groundswell of support among religious, civil rights, women's, labor and children's groups in the call for a national family policy. The celebration was initiated by CLUW and...
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