Yelizavetta Kofman & Astri von Arbin Ahlander
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March 12, 2010
The European Union Commission has proposed a new directive, to be voted on in March, that would make maternity leave compulsory for the first six weeks after a woman gives birth. You read that correctly -- compulsory. As in, women would be forced to stay home, regardless of their own wishes, if they have children. Beyond the obvious affront on personal free will, the problems with this proposal are so numerous and egregious it's making our heads spin. Firstly, Europe as a whole already suffers from low female labor participation rates; continent-wide, only six out of ten women work. This is a...
July 14, 2009
Pamela Stone, a sociology professor and author of "Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home," debunks common myths about the workplace and provides some refreshingly pragmatic and recession-friendly advice on how to improve it.
April 23, 2009
Until recently, many of us twentysomethings believed that we were invincible. Alas, in these tough economic times, some of us have succumbed-- gracefully, no doubt-- to that catchy "last one hired, first one fired" refrain. Some of our smugness may be gone, but at least we still have our dashing good looks and our health, right?
February 12, 2009
Technology: Friend or Foe? For a small —but growing— segment of society, the world really is an interconnected, globalized, and tech-tastic place. Not only did the internet gods deliver gchat to save us from workplace-induced comas, now it has video capabilities, too.
January 22, 2009
Will you have to care for a sick loved one someday? Will your employer let you? Until recently, many of us twentysomethings were quite certain that we were invincible. Perhaps the only ones who now definitively know better are those fallen young analysts among us. Alas, in these tough economic times, some of us have succumb— gracefully, no doubt— to that catchy “last one hired, first one fired” refrain. Well, at least you still have your dashing good looks and your health, eh? But what about your parents? I’ve recently begun thinking about mine.