Posts tagged "work"

Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees “white” and “male,” you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2014

Dating Don’ts: In Praise Of The Work Boyfriend

I used to work with someone who was smart, funny, a little goofy, and relatively handsome. From his first day, I could tell that we were going to get along. Sure enough, after a few weeks, we had a routine. We smoked a morning cigarette together and discussed weekend plans. We stood next to each…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 27, 2014

What I Would Say If Someone Asked Me To Give A Commencement Address (Which They Won’t)

The other day I saw clickbait on the Internet called something like “10 Things You Find In Every Graduation Speech.” I didn’t click, but the headline stuck in my mind. Graduation is supposed to be a celebration of your hard work, a launch into the adult working world. A graduation speaker is someone chosen to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2014

Former Cheerleader Sues The Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Paying Below Minimum Wage

Yet another NFL team is being sued by a former cheerleader for allegedly paying pom-pom shakers less than minimum wage.

Manouchcar Pierre-Val, 25, filed a class action lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, claiming they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying her only $2 an hour between April 2012…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I’ve told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the liquor store who sold me the celebratory champagne, the customer service rep from Citibank’s fraud department who called to check on my unusual activity –…

By: Brooke Siegel / May 19, 2014

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…

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…

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, practice…

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 became…

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 month, and I…

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]
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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 Participation Project,” Ms. Clinto…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2014
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