By Tom Van Riper
Maya Lawrence has been fencing for 16 years. The 32-year-old Paris resident first took up the sport as a high school sophomore in Teaneck, N.J., continuing through her years at Princeton University and beyond.
She's competed in World Cups and the Pan American Games, but she fell short of the Olympics in her first two tries. Now after taking gold in this year's Pan Am Games in team and individual competitions, Lawrence is in London for the 2012 Games. The trip is a reward for years of sacrifice on the part of Lawrence and her family, both of time and money.
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On the youth level, fencing equipment and practice time weren't terribly expensive, but four to five trips per year to big competitions cost her thousands of dollars. "I'm from Teaneck, a middle-class town," Lawrence says. "It did affect my parents. Once I decided I wanted to go to competitions, they really supported me."
These days, the annual Read More »from The Cost of Raising a Summer Olympian
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By Tom Van Riper
If you're unemployed and worried that employers will turn you down for taking on unimpressive work during the recession or for the large employment gaps on your résumé-you needn't panic. A new survey just released by the careers website CareerBuilder.com reveals that the vast majority of employers are sympathetic to such circumstances.
The nationwide survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive, on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 3,023 hiring managers and human resource professionals between November 9 and December 5, 2011. Not only does it offer unemployed job seekers some hope, but it also provides tips to help them land a new position.
"More than 40% of unemployed job seekers have been out of work for six months or longer," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "There's a sense that such a long gap on a résumé negatively affects a candidate's chances, but the survey shows that is not true. That's very positive news forRead More »from Things You Need to Do While You're Unemployed
We all think our mother is the best. But who's the most powerful mom in the world-managing billions of dollars, entire populations and the little ones?
ForbesWoman analyzed the annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women-based on money controlled, decision-making power and multiple measures of influence-and teased out the moms who are at the top of their game. From spheres of government, business, entertainment and philanthropy, these 20 moms rule the roost-and the world.Read More »from World's Most Powerful Moms
- ForbesWoman | Green – Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:14 PM EDT
By Todd WoodyRead More »from Survey: Americans Rank Last in Green Lifestyles, Don't Feel Guilty
If the stereotype of a typical American is an obese, SUV-driving, junk food-scarfing couch potato oblivious to the outsize environmental impact of his consumerist lifestyle, a new National Geographic survey of green attitudes and actions in 17 countries is not going to change many minds.
Americans came in dead last when it comes to sustainable behavior while feeling among the least guilty about their disproportionate consumption of the world's resources, found the survey of 17,000 consumers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.
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"The top-scoring consumers of 2012 are in the developing economies of India, China, and Brazil, in descending order," said the 204-page report of the fourth annual survey conducted for National Geographic by GlobeScan, a Canadian consulting firm. "Those in emerging economies
By Victoria PynchonRead More »from Being Nice Can Kill You
This is a guest post by Melissa Soalt aka Dr. Ruthless, an award winning women's self defense expert and former psychotherapist.
Do you practice self defense? Don't sugarcoat it!
That's my motto when dishing about my favorite topic of 26 years - fight-back self defense.
Recently I've taken some flak about my choice of words like "killer instinct" - Can't you just call it survival instinct? -and my language around clobbering skills and some other colorful phrases like why we need to learn how to "bust stuff up." Except we wouldn't be using the word stuff.
The short answer to toning it down?
To be clear, I'm not talking about self defense lite-those insidious tips dished out to women as if we were frail ladies who still go eek at the sight of a mouse. A classic example of this bad advice is to rap your knuckles on the back of an attacker's hands to release yourself from a thug's meaty 200 pound clutch.
Not gonna work.
I'm talking about the low down, dirty ways to counterattack
- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 25, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
By Meghan CasserlyRead More »from No Apology Necessary: Jobs Where Mistakes Don't Matter
This week JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon apologized for the losses that cost the company more than $2 billion and as much as $5 billion, citing a failed strategy that he said started as an advantageous hedge that would make the firm a lot of money in the event of a credit crisis.
"This particular synthetic credit portfolio was intended to earn a lot of revenue if there was a crisis. I consider that a hedge," Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee. "What it morphed into, I will not try to defend."
Will he be held accountable? Will he be fired? Probably not: He said sorry. Sorta.
"I'm sorry I've taken up so many people's time with this loss," he said. "Because it is not significant in the global scheme of things."
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But apology or no, Dimon's reputation, which my colleague Nathan Vardi notes was partly earned by successfully guiding JPMorgan through the credit crisis, has taken a serious hit. Dimon now is telling
- ForbesWoman | Parenting – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 5:35 PM EDT
By Sheryl Nance-NashRead More »from Which Parent is More Likely to Hand Over Cash to Grown Children?
Which parent is more likely to dole out the cash?Your mother is more likely to have a good sit down chat with you about money, but it's dad who can be more likely to dole out the cash - for certain things. So says a recent study, Money Across Generations II, released by Ameriprise Financial.
There are significant differences in how American men and women approach money matters, especially when it comes to their grown kids.
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A vast majority, 93%, of baby boomers say they've provided financial support to their adult children, but fathers are significantly more likely than mothers to have helped by putting up cash for a car (58% versus to 48%), or co-signed a loan or lease agreement (42% vs 32%). Similarly, the survey showed that men are more likely than women to have paid for their grown kid's car insurance (51 percent versus 43 percent), or helped with car payments (37 percent versus 29 percent). More boomer fathers than mothers say they would help
- ForbesWoman | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 5:23 PM EDT
By Katie DrummondRead More »from America's Female Soldiers: Fighting, but Without Fair Medical Care
Women in the militaryAmerican women are fit to fight. But the military's ability to keep them healthy? Still pretty flabby.
That's the consensus of an Army task force on women's health, whose findings were first covered by USA Today this weekend.
Unfortunately, the task force's findings are only one of several indications that, while women are playing increasingly valuable roles in the U.S. military, our armed forces are still ill-prepared to care for the distinct needs of this growing female cohort.
There should be no question that women are entirely able to serve close to the front lines, and even on them. As I noted in an editorial for The Guardian earlier this year, more than 225,000 women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan - many of them serving in unofficial combat roles. They comprise 15 percent of America's military. And an estimated 144 women fighting this generation's wars have lost their lives during service.
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But while the roles of
By Elisa DoucetteRead More »from Why Women Need to Stop Feeling
Women need to stop being their own worst enemy.Ladies - the time has come in this feminist march on advancement for us to jump on our rocket ships and ride.
I received an email last week from a young woman who was looking to break out of her corporate gig and pursue a career in freelance writing. She was looking for advice and resources to begin the process.
In the email, she referenced four times the fact that she didn't feel like she was qualified/talented/strong/ambitious enough for such a jump.
It took everything in me to not email her back with the response "If you feel that way then you need to work a heck of a lot more on yourself before you can base your entire livelihood on you. You will be all that you've got."
This is possibly one of my greatest frustrations when talking to women about their perceived limitations and inability to rise to the top of their career and life's ambitions:
Women don't go for what they want because they don't feel like they can do it.
Don't get me wrong. The glass ceiling
- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT
By Meghan CasserlyRead More »from Are Housewives to Blame for the Plight of Working Women?
Does your boss have a stay-at-home wife?It's time for your annual review and you couldn't be more ready. You've had a killer year, hit all of your targets and when the day comes you deliver a can't-lose presentation on why you deserve that VP role more than Dave three cubicles down. So when your boss gives you the news that you'll be staying put while Dave gets the promotion to the corner office, you're shocked.
"He's a sexist pig," your friends say at drinks later. "Of course he gave the job to a man." And they may be right. But new research from Harvard, NYU and the University of Utah adds another layer to the debate over gender discrimination at work, and another (possibly just as important) person to blame: your boss's stay-at-home wife.
In the paper "Marriage Structure And The Gender Revolution In The Workplace," researchers illustrate how employed men with stay-at-home wives tend to "exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." Among other things,