The Best Perks To Retain Working Women? It’s What You DON’T Do That Matters Most.

The Best Perks To Retain Working Women? It’s What You DON’T Do That Matters Most.

By Heidi Roizen What’s the best company perk to retain female talent? Nothing. You heard me right. Let me explain. Yes, you can pay to freeze my eggs, but I can pay for that myself if you just pay me more. And that sentence can be universally applied to anything for which money creates the perk — free food, leased […]

Better Public Policy Could Help Women Stay at Work and Rise to Leadership Roles

Better Public Policy Could Help Women Stay at Work and Rise to Leadership Roles

The Center for American Progress has released this infographic to help explain the challenges women face at work – especially mothers earning low wages. They argue that better public policy could help to close this wage and leadership gap.  

How to Tell if You’re Feminist (Hint: You Probably Are)

How to Tell if You’re Feminist (Hint: You Probably Are)

Feminism has a branding problem. Not the basic concepts or the definition of feminism, which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary  is, “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” That’s all that feminism means and you’ll find few people who object to that simple idea. Unfortunately, the word itself has been associated with the most extreme […]

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Who’s In Your Boardroom?

  As the year winds down there’s some reason for optimism about the rise of women in top corporate positions and holding board seats. In their 10th annual study, UC Davis researchers found women hold 11.5% of the board director and highest paid executive positions at the 400 largest public companies (measured by market cap) headquartered in California. That’s the […]

Let’s Discuss Workplace Alternatives To Putting Women’s Eggs On Ice, Shall We?

Let’s Discuss Workplace Alternatives To Putting Women’s Eggs On Ice, Shall We?

The recent announcement made by Facebook and Apple to fund human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) for their employees is a powerful reminder of how complicated our world has become. The implications of women ‘electively’ delaying reproduction for reasons well beyond the medical community’s current recommendations are almost unfathomable. My head hurts just thinking about it. No doubt, the choice “to […]


Should We Judge Women Who Don’t Want To Be Known As “Feminists”?

Should We Judge Women Who Don’t Want To Be Known As “Feminists”?

Recently, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of Big Bang Theory said in an interview with Redbook that she’s not a feminist. Among her reasons for distancing herself from feminism was the fact that she enjoys cooking for her husband, which she said makes her feel like a “housewife.” However, many of us feel that a woman can enjoy domestic life and also be […]

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Investor Gender Gap. Yeah, It’s A Real Thing.

Investor Gender Gap. Yeah, It’s A Real Thing.

The investment business shouldn’t be classified as a man’s world. Nor should women be seen as incapable of existing in it. But a recent study, performed by Gender Gap Grader, analyzes the gender ratio in entrepreneurial enterprises and the difference between men and women investors is staggering. Gender Gap Grader, an organization that measures the “gender gap” in a variety […]

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Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

I loved Barbies as a kid. I didn’t think they were supposed to be realistic, I thought they were more like the characters on “Dallas” — selfish, vain, petty and extraordinarily pretty.  We had more than one Barbie fight where someone’s doll was pushed into the Barbie pool (see old episodes of “Dallas”). Perhaps I didn’t get a poor body […]

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Women In The World Dinner Brings Amy Pascal and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe To San Francisco

Women In The World Dinner Brings Amy Pascal and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe To San Francisco

Several years ago, a girl and her younger sister were abducted by a member of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.  The two young girls were forced to walk miles across the rugged landscape of  Southern Sudan with their captor to become what is known as “slave wives” for the army.  Exhausted and weak from carrying her younger sister on the […]

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Is Facebook And The Media Giving Terror A Platform? This Mom Seems To Think So.

Is Facebook And The Media Giving Terror A Platform? This Mom Seems To Think So.

  Yesterday on Facebook, I saw a picture of 21 men kneeling on a beach. Wearing orange jumpsuits with faces turned down in morbid acceptance, I realized that what I was seeing was not actually a picture, but a screenshot from a video depicting their slaughter at the hands of ISIS. Instead of liking this post, commenting my support, or sharing […]

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Our Favorite Oscars Tweets & Quotes

Our Favorite Oscars Tweets & Quotes

NPH opens the show: “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest–I mean brightest”. #Oscars2015 #NPH — LipstickAndPolitics (@LipstiknPolitks) February 23, 2015   Ask her about the causes she supports, not her support garments #oscars #AskHerMore: http://t.co/RdjPR3k6pB — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 22, 2015   Thanks for asking. I’m wearing sweats & a tank-top, both Kirkland brand – impulse purchases on […]

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Women In Politics: A Catch-22

Women In Politics: A Catch-22

With the mid-term elections firmly in the rearview mirror, all political eyes have turned toward the next major event—the 2016 Presidential Election. More than ever before, the list of potential candidates for both parties includes multiple women. For the Democrats, top names include US Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), and former Secretary of State, US […]

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Newsweek Told Us “What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women” … Now What?

Newsweek Told Us “What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women” … Now What?

  Newsweek published an issue with the cover story “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” written by Nina Burleigh, which discusses the subtle and blatant sexism present in Silicon Valley culture.  The cover art itself, which features an eyeless woman in a bright red dress and heels looking back at the sexism of Silicon Valley that is represented by a cursor lifting […]

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Avoid Racial Fetishism On Valentine’s Day

Avoid Racial Fetishism On Valentine’s Day

    Last Valentine’s Day, I entered a committed relationship with myself after a disappointing holiday with a cisgender, heterosexual, white male, who later revealed to me that he could not date me because I was black. He felt that the color of my skin and history of my people would upset his father enough to stop paying his tuition. […]

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Rashida Jones New Documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” Exposes Reality Of Young Women Who Are Lured Into Porn

Rashida Jones New Documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” Exposes Reality Of Young Women Who Are Lured Into Porn

Have you ever wondered how young women get into porn? Most of us can guess. According to a study published in  Psychology Today women get into porn and often stay in porn for money, sex and attention. No big shocker. Hot Girls Wanted, the new documentary co-produced by Rashida Jones  tackles that baffling question, “Why do young women get into porn?”  The […]

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RIGHT NOW: Future Improvements In the Education System Won’t Help Kids In School Today

RIGHT NOW: Future Improvements In the Education System Won’t Help Kids In School Today

by Darlene Vanaaco Today we had a math meeting at DAUGHTER’s school. It was not the first math meeting we have had. I am pretty sure it will not be the last. The meeting lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, which is a long time in school–land of 40-minute periods. We sat in one of the most fancy rooms in […]

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In The Nursery, Where Time Stands Still

In The Nursery, Where Time Stands Still

by Liz Faria Today my baby became a little boy. The change has been coming for a while, even if I didn’t quite realize it. His movements shifting slowly. A difference in his stance, his face, his gait. I didn’t see it happen even though I saw it happen, every second of it. That’s the way it always is, isn’t […]

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Police Report: Brock Turner Admits Sexual Contact, Denies Alleged Rape

Brock Turner

In a police report filed Jan. 28, Brock Turner admits to having sexual contact with the alleged victim but denies nonconsensual intercourse during the Jan. 18 incident that precipitated his arrest on suspicion of attempted rape. Turner was a Stanford freshman and varsity swim team member at the time but has since voluntarily withdrawn his status as a Stanford student. He […]

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Senator To Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

Senator To Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

  by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Jan. 22, 2015, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Sen. Charles Grassley said nonprofit hospitals could be breaking the law when they sue poor patients over unpaid bills and issued a stern warning to one Missouri hospital that he hopes reverberates nationwide. Citing a ProPublica and NPR report, Grassley, […]

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Key Points From Obama’s State Of Union Address That Are Important To Women And Pretty Much Everybody

Key Points From Obama’s State Of Union Address That Are Important To Women And Pretty Much Everybody

Tuesday night, the President gave his State of the Union address – and he discussed a number of the issues important to women, like equal pay and affordable childcare. Let’s take a look at what this means for women.   Equal Pay What he said: “This Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid […]

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7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

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  by Nina Martin ProPublica, Jan. 16, 2015, 3:50 p.m. To say abortion opponents are feeling fired up in 2015 would be a massive understatement. In their first week back at work, congressional Republicans introduced a sweeping prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act), as well as bills that would ban […]

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