By Bryce Covert
We need more equal pay litigation, not less.Yesterday the Senate proved two things: a majority of senators think women need more support in their quest to be paid equally with men, but that's not enough to actually get them support in the face of a GOP that stubbornly stands in the way. It may seem pretty tough to side with unequal pay for equal work, yet that's where 47 senators stand. The biggest concern offered that they offered up after they blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act? That the bill would have led to an unnecessary and soul-crushing number of lawsuits against employers. But the country actually needs to see more lawsuits against the gender wage gap, not fewer.
Some feel that women are adequately protected from pay discrimination, since we have laws saying it's illegal to pay women less than men for the same work, and therefore this Act was redundant. They should think again. Sen. Suzanne Collins was absolutely right when she told reporters after the vote, "We already have on the books the Equal Pay
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- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:32 PM EDT
By Bryce CovertRead More »from Republicans Are Wrong: We Need More Equal Pay Litigation, Not Less
By Maha AtalRead More »from Jobs Report Shows Gains for Women, Losses for Men
Women at workToday's jobs report is depressing, with anemic growth (just 69,000 jobs added) in May, and with April's numbers revised downward.
Notably, the report skewed along gendered lines: The heaviest losses were in the male-dominated construction sector, and the greatest gains in the female-dominated health care and social assistance sectors. As a result, women gained 95,000 jobs while men lost 26,000 jobs.
What's interesting to me is the way men are reacting to this slump: they are leaving the workforce, giving up on looking for work or taking part-time jobs rather than shift into the historically female-dominated sectors where full-time jobs are available. (All of those stats are up this month.)
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That's not a recession-era phenomenon, either. It's a long-term trend, a reflection of a kind of masculine identity tied up in the kinds of manual, unskilled labor that is a diminishing component of the U.S. economy. Here's the New York
- ForbesWoman | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Jun 4, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
By Jenna GoudreauRead More »from Why Women's Pay Growth Slows at Age 30 and Peaks by 39
A new analysis by compensation research firm PayScale maps out exactly when college-educated women begin earning less than their male counterparts-and it's right from the beginning.
According to PayScale's massive database of salary and demographic data from millions of full-time workers, female college graduates initially earn a median of $31,900 and male college graduates earn a median of $40,800, a difference of $8,900. From ages 22 to 30, men and women experience near identical wage growth in percentage terms. They generally see their salaries grow by 60% to $51,000 for women and $65,300 for men.
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However, age 30 seems to be the pivoting point. That's when women's earnings growth slows substantially while men's remains steady. By age 39, college-educated women working full-time stop getting raises and see their salaries peak at about $60,000. Their male peers, on the other hand, continue seeing wage
This is a guest post by Star Hughes, edited for clarity. It is part of an ongoing series exploring youth in the office.How to become a business executive at 21
At age 21, I have already graduated college twice, with both a BA and MBA from the University of San Diego, and started my first full-time job, as the director of business development at Hughes Marino, the largest commercial real estate company in San Diego, Cali., that specializes in tenant representation.Read More »from How I Became a 21-Year-Old Business Executive
How did I do it? I didn't take the usual route, and I never did anything the easy way. Here's my story.
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I've always prided myself on being different, whether it dropping out of preschool, refusing to wear make-up until my junior year of high school or never having a sip of alcohol. I graduated high school at age 18, but what made me different was how I chose to build on it. After about a month of college, I decided to graduate early. I knew I wanted to pursue
- ForbesWoman | Parenting – Tue, May 8, 2012 4:33 PM EDT
By Meghan CasserlyRead More »from How Linda Evangelista's Child Support Compares with Other Celebs--And the Rest of Us
Linda Evangelista arrived at Manhattan Family Court last Thurs.When super model Linda Evangelista, 46, and billionaire Francois Henri-Pinault, 49, entered the small family courtroom Monday afternoon for the third day of the much-hyped hearings to establish child support payments, they were all smiles. When they walked out just ten minutes later it was more of the same; the pair huddled outside the courtroom talking about their young son Augie, age 5.
The pair's attorneys, David Aronson (Pinault) and William Beslow (Evangelista), announced Monday that they had agreed to reach a settlement agreement for child support for Augie, who was conceived as a result of a brief affair between the couple in 2006. They dated for three or four months in 2006, although she lived in New York and he in Paris. They were together, Pinault said, about seven days in total. "I didn't know her very much," he told the court.
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Pinault is also the father of three other
By Jacquelyn SmithRead More »from The Top 10 Cities for Green Jobs
The San Francisco Bay Area is number one on the list.If you're a job seeker in Boston, Chicago or L.A. with experience in energy efficiency, environmental compliance or sustainable supply chain, you may be in luck.
Those are three of the top cities for green jobs right now, according to job aggregator site SimplyHired.com. Gautam Godhwani, the site's chief executive, says he's seeing an uptick in these types of jobs everywhere. There are approximately 45,000 green job listings on SimplyHired.com right now, and 2,215 of those are in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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"Although conventional wisdom suggests that 'green' hiring would be the slowest to recover from an economic downturn, we think this upward trend represents recognition of the role these kinds of jobs play in cutting costs," Godhwani says. "We see this as further proof of the inroads sustainability has made as a legitimate business value for the modern organization no matter the economic climate."
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- ForbesWoman | Healthy Living – Mon, May 7, 2012 5:31 PM EDT
By Chitra SundaramRead More »from Slipping Back into the Dark Ages: Arizona's Woman Governor Plays God with Women's Rights
Are politics making you nervous?As I scanned the weekend postings on Forbes Woman online, I was puzzled by the lack of any discussion on the "Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act," signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on May 5th, 2012. Similar laws are being discussed in New Hampshire, and are already signed (although in many are being disputed) in Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Indiana, and Kansas. Click on the hyperlink above for the 2-pager amendment than likely affects the health care outcomes of 4,000 women who receive medicaid-funded health care in the state of Arizona, and countless more in states who have signed or plan to sign such rules into law.
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Look at the statistics of abortions in the United States: the majority, fully 42% of abortions are requested by women below the poverty level; 61% of women seeking abortions already have at least one child; and 1/2 of the pregnancies in the United States
By Leah BourneRead More »from What Moms Really Want for Mother's Day
What does Mom really want for Mother's Day?It turns out that what dads and kids think moms want for Mother's Day doesn't match up with what they actually want. Respondents to a survey performed by Harris Interactive on behalf of Ebates.com in April, 2012 found that 48% of women want a spa day for Mother's Day, making it their top choice for a gift. 72% of men that responded to the survey said they think moms want flowers, making it their top pick. Quite the disconnect.
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Flowers did come in second among moms, with 38% responding it was a gift they wanted, followed by 36% wanting jewelry and 30% wanting a smartphone or tablet. Jewelry came in second for men, with 59% responding they thought it was a gift moms want, followed by 58% thinking moms want a spa day, followed by 37% who said moms want candy. Yes, candy.
What to take away from this? Just because you are buying a gift for your mom, or wife, don't rule out buying a tech gadget (women have been on
- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Fri, May 4, 2012 3:46 PM EDT
By Meghan CasserlyRead More »from Workplace Fashion SOS: Quick and Unexpected Fixes for Apparel Disasters
An unexpected apparel disaster got you down?A few short years ago, as an employed, rent-paying 25-year-old, I bought myself my first truly expensive pair of shoes. They were Kate Spade, knee-high, four-inch black boots and set me back about $350. I was in love. So in love that I justified the expenditure and its serious dent in my paycheck, at least to myself. "These things are quality," I told me. "They're totally worth it."
Two weeks later, the left heel broke in two between New York's Seventh and Eighth Avenues while I was making my way to drinks with some coworkers. In the rain. I was left limping, the inch-thick stiletto literally dangling in two pieces, held together by a scrap of leather. The heel, as it turns out, was not "quality," but make of a piece of wood that would have made a great IKEA nightstand but not so much a shoe to support my 5'8" frame. Full disclosure: I cried.
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Live and learn. But what I really learned that night was that some women were far
By Victoria PynchonRead More »from Why Women Need Women-Only Networks
This is a guest post by financial advisor Stacey Gordon, Managing Principal of The Gordon Group, a financial and HR consulting firm. Stacey is the former President of the National Association of Women MBAs.
Why do women need to exclude men from their networks? I'm constantly asked the question, "why do women need to exclude men from their networks?"
My answer is simple. We need a place where we can nurture relationships in a way that feels comfortable, a venue where we make the rules, and a private space that empowers us.
I dislike buzz words like "empowered" but when the shoe fits . . .
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In this case, it's psychological. When we're not being judged by our actions, our speech, our tone of voice or our discussion of families and babies in business setting, we are able to put those perceived (and in many cases, actual) condemnations aside and get down to business.
It's that simple.
We are judged all the time and we'd like to occasionally be in a place where we are judged less. Or