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Girl Talk: What I’ve Learned From Working With Other Women

In a piece she penned for the latest issue of New York magazine, Roseanne Barr discusses her experience as a feminist pioneer in media. Throughout the piece she shares anecdotes about struggling to make it in a male-dominated industry. Of the most interest to me were her anecdotes about the females she encountered along the way. She writes about women that screwed her over and disrespected her and others that supported her and stuck up for her. One description of a non-supportive female colleague stuck out:

“This producer was a woman, a type I became acquainted with at the beginning of my stand-up career in Denver. I cared little for them: blondes in high heels who were so anxious to reach the professional level of the men they worshipped, fawned over, served, built up, and flattered that they would stab other women in the back. They are the ultimate weapon used by men against actual feminists who try to work in media, and they are never friends to other women, you can trust me on that.”

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The Secret To The Success Of “Mad Men” Is The Women Behind It

It’s no secret – we’re hooked on “Mad Men.” The characters are interesting, the style is sharp, and the dialogue is brilliant. So, who’s behind this acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series? Women! Because who knows how to depict men better than the ladies who deal with them?

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When Women Bully, We Hurt Each Other

A survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that most bullies are men — but 40 percent are women. While male bullies attack men and women, female bullies tend to go after their own kind, targeting other women more than 70 percent of the time.

My guess is that some women who want to feel powerful feel the need to dominate others, and lording over other women can be easier than commanding men. With the economy the way it is, people are trying to get ahead, and some are taking not-so-nice measures to get there. In case you’re not sure whether someone is bullying you, tactics can include being glared at in a hostile manner, being given the silent treatment, and having others fail to deny false rumors about you. Sounds like pretty catty behavior, doesn’t it? Keep reading »

That Was Then, This Is NOW

With power women dominating the workplace, being a lady lately means balancing in more than high heels. In America, we have the WAC’s and WOW’s, who went to work in WWII, to thank profusely for truly being on the front lines for us. Although Rosie the Riveter gave womanhood a strong image, the way those new workers were treated was weak. In an issue of Mass Transportation magazine from 1943 that just resurfaced, there was an interesting article with Eleven Tips on How To Get More Efficiency Out of Women Employees. And there are some real gems, from tip #4 which insists the employer get their women inspected by a physician for any “female weaknesses” before they are hired, to #6 which encourages a tight daily schedule so the women aren’t “bothering the management every few minutes for instructions” because “women lack initiative in finding work for themselves.” Although, #3 really takes the cake: “General experience indicates that husky girls — those who are just a little on the heavy side — are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.” So, fat chicks put out? Now that’s heavy! Click the image to read all 11 of the tips and then make sure you hug a grandma today — she earned more than her wage. [I Heart Chaos via Jezebel]
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