Posts tagged "work"

Jill Abramson, The NYTimes‘ First Female Executive Editor Was Fired — What Does This Mean For The Rest Of Us?

Yesterday afternoon, the news broke that Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and the first-ever woman to hold that position, was leaving her position. Managing editor Dean Baquet would be replacing her, making him the first-ever African-American executive editor at the Times. Jill Abramson had been managing editor at the Times (the number two…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2014

The Soapbox: My American Dream — A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

When I think of the American Dream, I don't just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work. I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she'll have enough gas to…
By: Carmen Berkley / May 11, 2014

Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage. The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team "exploited the women" by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practices two time…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

The Struggle Is Real: 10 Problematic People In Every Office (In GIFs!)

This morning, just like every other morning, I got into work and meandered over to the company Keurig in desperate need of coffee to find that, yet again, the last person to use the coffee machine didn't refill the water. How hard is it to put the container under the sink for five seconds? For…
By: Katie Oldenburg / April 24, 2014

The Soapbox: Porn Stars Learn They Can’t Bank On Chase

I've written before about issues around payment processors and the sex industry, how businesses like Paypal, WePay and Google Wallet were shutting anyone they suspected of sex work out of using their services. Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 23, 2014

New Favorite Tumblr: Sad Desk Lunch

Do you eat lunch at your desk? I used to all the time, and still do occasionally. Sometimes, while answering emails and trying not to get bits of tuna salad all over my keyboard, I'd look down at my tupperware-strewn workspace, and the bag of vending machine peanut m&m's I was saving for dessert, and…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 18, 2014

Not This Crap Again: Phyllis Schlafly Says Women Should Be Paid Less So We Find Husbands

It's about time human mothball Phyllis Schlafly got tucked away in the attic of history. But somehow, someway, the anti-feminist and founder of the uber-conservative Eagle Forum is still sharing dumb, archaic ideas that were rejected by society over half a century ago. Her latest batch of craziness is an op-ed in the Christian Post…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2014

President Obama Will Issue Two Executive Orders On Equal Pay

President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that will force federal contractors to submit information to the Labor Department about employees' pay along with their race and gender, as well as ban them from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with one another. [NPR] A 10-year-old girl in Senegal who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 7, 2014

Survey: Millennials Are Most Willing To Move For A Wife’s Job

Some things do change for the better: a new survey found that more than half of millennials questioned said they would move if it benefitted their wife's career. Compare that with 43 percent of Baby Boomers and 28 percent of pre-Boomers. The survey by Mayflower moving company didn't provide many more specifics, but I'd be…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 6, 2014

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Working At Whole Foods

I worked at Whole Foods for almost four years, the majority of which I spent in the bakery as a cake decorator in a fun, busy suburban store. It had some serious ups and downs and a variety of challenges that were unique to the company and their customer demographic. I’m glad I had the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2014

The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry

I was packing my bags, looking forward to a week trip to the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference, having finally earned enough through my Patreon patron-funded writing to travel and have a bit of a cushion when I got back. Payments would be processed at the beginning of the…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 2, 2014

If You’re Not Getting Paid Fairly, Maybe It’s Because Men Are “Better Negotiators,” Says Texas Republican Chief

"Men are better negotiators," according to Beth Cubriel (a woman!), the executive director of the Texas GOP Party. "I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become negotiators." Y'hear that ladies? Unequal pay is your fault because you didn't negotiate well enough. [Huffington Post] A new viral video…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

When A Woman Commits Suicide, Why Is Our First Instinct To Assume Something Went Wrong With Her Relationship?

I hope that whoever is charged with fashion designer L'Wren Scott's burial packs that dirt on deep. Because in the days since her tragic suicide at the age of 49, the media has done nothing but give Scott reasons to roll over in her grave. I'm sure you're well aware of the biggest…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

6 Things No One Wants To Hear About Your Job

There is no job so interesting that you cannot tell a boring story about it. Here are some things that will help you bore the hell out of people when you talk about work. Read all six on Cracked...
By: Cracked / February 23, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s Career Advice: Toughen Up, Ladies

Your career plans might not include New York Senator or Secretary Of State. Even so, surely you can't deny that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about successful careers. Speaking this week at New York University about her new Clinton Foundation project, "No Ceilings: The Full Participatio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2014

Not This Crap Again: GM’s New Female CEO Will Only Make Half Of What Her Male Predecessor Made

Mary Barra, GM's first female CEO, is set to be paid half of what Dan Akerson, her male predecessor, made. Yes, half. Barra will earn $4.4 million as opposed to Akerson's 2012 earnings of $9.1 million (which comprised $1.7 million in salary and $7.3 million in stock awards). As a senior advisor, Akerson is now entitled…
By: Claire Hannum / February 8, 2014

This Real Life Interpretation Of A Conference Call Is Hilariously, Awkwardly Accurate

Anybody who's ever been on a conference call knows that a few things are always to be expected: Awkward conversation between the first two participants until others join. Two people starting to speak at once, both insisting the other continue. One person who keeps getting disconnected, and *beep* "It's me again, sorry about that." And…
By: Katie Oldenburg / January 27, 2014

The 5 Most Tragic Claims In A Cheerleader’s Lawsuit Against The Oakland Raiders

Who knew? Life as a professional cheerleader can be a struggle. Lacey T, a 27-year-old Oakland Raiders cheerleader, filed a lawsuit against her team yesterday for wage theft and unfair labor practices. Her lawsuit is on behalf of all 40 Raiderettes, who earn only $1,250 annually. Some of her grievances are as follows:…
By: Claire Hannum / January 23, 2014

Hate Your Job? This App Will Send A Breakup Text To Your Boss

Technology! Ain't it grand? A new app called Quit Your Job will, yes, quit your job for you and it will do the whole thing via text. Seriously.
By: Claire Hannum / January 14, 2014

Tiger Mom Is Back To Explain Why You’re Inferior

The last time we checked in with "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua, she had just published a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, which argued that strict Chinese-style "tiger mother" parenting is superior to permissive, indulgent Western parenting. The Yale professor explained how her two daughters were never allowed playdates or sleepovers and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014
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