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Employers Should Absorb The Cost of Tampons

Most often I’d tuck it up the sleeve of my cardigan, turning my wrist in so it wouldn’t slip out.  If I needed free hands, I’d hide it in my waistband.  Dresses posed more of a problem. With no pockets and no long sleeves, I’d have to get creative.  Worst case, it meant taking my whole, […]

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An Unfair Workplace Takes Its Toll in Surprising Ways

It has been known for some time that women suffer from higher rates of depression and anxiety than men. Recently, many news outlets reported on a study that shows that these higher rates are correlated with the pay gap. While women who had similar income to male counterparts had a similar risk of depression and […]

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Q&A With Caren Ulrich Stacy

Fellow blogger Kate Kimpel returned from a conference earlier this year and told me how impressed she was with today’s interviewee, who founded the OnRamp Fellowship.  The fellowship matches experienced lawyers returning to the profession with law firms for a one-year, paid training contract.  As a former lawyer in Big Law (and currently a lawyer […]

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Oh, Canada!

The most remarkable thing about the make-up of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is the attention its gender equity has garnered. Trudeau’s appointment of women to 15 of 30 seats is blowing up my social media. His response as to why he did it has practically positioned him the new Feminist Ryan Gosling. But—as […]

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California Leads the Way in Equal Pay

In the realm of American politics and culture, California is known for leading the way on a host of issues, from the environment to the tech boom. Now the Golden State is poised to launch one of the nation’s boldest attempts to fix pay inequality between men and women. The state’s proposed Fair Pay Act, which […]

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Ageism and “The Clouds of Sils Maria”

I saw a great film recently called “The Clouds of Sils Maria” that features a superb female cast. (Warning: Spoilers Ahead!) The film is rich and complicated, and features multiple parallels between the relationships of the characters, both real and fictional. One theme that really stood out to me was the film’s treatment of older […]

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ShowMe50: A Female Executive in Corporate America On a Mission

Grassroots efforts to provide outlets for gender bias concerns have taken various forms, such as the new workplace-rating website InHerSight that Marissa recently blogged about, and the more established online group MomsRising.  Recently, I met a woman – herself a senior manager in a large corporation – who is advocating an approach that might appeal […]

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Celebrating Equal Pay Day

With Tax Day looming, it’s easy to overlook another important mid-April date: Equal Pay Day.  Today marks the twentieth time Americans will celebrate Equal Pay Day, which was originated by the National Committee on Equal Pay as a date to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.  The date falls in April because it symbolizes […]

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Equality Once and for All: Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

As most everyone knows by now, Patricia Arquette issued a very blunt call for equal pay and gender equality during her recent Oscar acceptance speech.  After thanking her family, friends, colleagues, and others who have helped her along the way, Arquette stated that she wanted to say thank you “To every woman who gave birth […]

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The Power to Take on the Unromantic

We have written, on this blog, about the persistent gap in pay between men and women in America today.  We have written about the injustice of men being paid more for doing the same work, about implicit gender-based bias, about unjustifiable double standards—it is by no means easy (or fair) to have to navigate the […]

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