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Joy Covey, Former Amazon.com Executive, Dies Suddenly In Bike Accident At 50

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Joy Covey, the former CFO of Amazon.com and a pioneering woman in tech, died suddenly in a bicycle accident yesterday in San Mateo County, California, at age 50. Named by Fortune magazine in 1999 as one of the 50 most powerful women, Covey was the first chief fiscal officer of Amazon between 1996 and 2000. Working alongside CEO Jeff Bezos, she helped take Amazon.com public in 1997. According to her obituary on BusinessWeek, Covey dropped out of high school during her sophomore year and completed college in only two years. She reportedly had an IQ of 173 and became a CPA at age 19, before graduating with with joint business and law degree from Harvard. Covey joined Amazon.com at only 33-years-old and first served as CFO, then chief strategy officer of the e-commerce site. She left voluntarily in 2000 and most recently served as treasurer of the National Resources Defense Council. Covey is survived by an eight-year-old son named Tyler. [BusinessWeek] [PandoDaily] [LA Times] [Fortune] [Image via Facebook]

Labor Department: Minimum Wage For Home Care Workers — But Not Mary Poppins!

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Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To “Seduce” The Boys’ Club

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On why you can't change sexism in top 10 "hottest women" lists. Read More »
"Hipster Sexism"
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Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To "Seduce" The Boys' Club

I’m continually shocked by the amount of totally egregious sexist/racist/classist bullshit that people and companies are trying to pull. I understand that this is a tale as old as time, but it’s like come the fuck on already. Case in point, the baby geniuses at Merrill Lynch who felt it necessary to offer up a “Boys Club Seduction Guide” to new female hires. A new lawsuit accuses the financial firm of handing out copies of Seducing the Boys Club: Uncemsored Tactics From a Woman at the Top and requiring female employees to attend a seminar with the author.

Boys Club author Nina DiSesa (above) has a rather incendiary approach when it comes to women getting ahead — one that would probably make Sheryl Sandberg blush. On the topic of collaborating with male colleagues, DiSesa writes:

It was also important to reinforce his hunk status, assuring him that the small bald spot at the top of his head was hardly noticeable and that he hadn’t “lost it” when a woman would break up with him or refuse to date him (a rare event). He needed to know that he had my love unconditionally; it was the only way he could ever trust me with his fragile ego.

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I Have A Love/Hate Relationship With Being A Waitress

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40 things your waiter really wants you to know! Read More »
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What one woman learned while working for Disney. Read More »
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This summer, I, like many of my college-attending peers, split my weeks between an internship here at The Frisky and a part-time job. I happen to be waiting tables at a German restaurant near my home. Waitressing has provided me with an excess of strange knowledge and bizarre tales. Once I don my black button-down shirt and black dress pants pulled out of storage from my sister’s days in the high school orchestra, my status as a human seems to change. Observing people is therefore my favorite part of the job by far.

Anyway, here I have compiled some of the more interesting experiences from my days as a waitress, categorized into The Good, The Bad, and The Strange.

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Awesome Graphic Designer Posts Hilarious Craigslist Ad Attacking Work-For-Free Culture

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But not if you're an insurance agent or any of these other careers. Read More »
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Winona sold all her stuff on Craigslist. Here's what she learned! Read More »
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Why working 24 hours a day should not be a badge of honor. Read More »
Graphic Designer Posts Craiglist Ad Asking Other People To Work For Free

If you’re a graphic designer, or know a graphic designer, you’ve probably heard them complain about how often they’re asked to work for free. Designers are often “invited” to do work on spec, with the hopes that their designs will be used by a company. Companies do this, promising that “it’ll be a great piece for your portfolio.” But what it really boils down to is people working for free, and companies reaping all the rewards. And this is especially prevalent on Craigslist.

This same thing happens in a lot of other creative industries: Writing, modeling, you name it. For those just starting out, it may make sense to work for free to build up their portfolios. But more and more companies are relying heavily on free labor to do the work, leaving skilled creatives out in the cold. That may be why one disgruntled graphic designer posted the following message to Craigslist: Keep reading »

Study: Unattractive Workers Are More Likely To Be Bullied At Work

Make It Work!
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7 Frisky ladies' tips on how we make our sisterhood work. Read More »
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Woman wins $1.4 million settlement for getting spanked at work. Read More »
Working Women Ugly?
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... according to Rush Limbaugh's wildly inaccurate twisting of study. Read More »
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Apparently, the high school standards for popularity stick around even as we cross into adulthood. At least that’s what a new study conducted by associate professor of management at Michigan State University, Brent Scott, indicated. The small study surveyed 114 employees at a healthcare facility and asked them about their experiences with cruel behavior at work. This included how often coworkers acted rudely, said hurtful things, or made fun of them. People who did not know the participants were then shown digital photos of the participants and judged them on attractiveness. When these two surveys were combined with other factors such as age, gender, and length of employment, it became clear that a person’s level of attractiveness was the largest factor in determining how much he or she is bullied in the workplace. Seriously, people? Keep reading »

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