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The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

The Soapbox: On The "Confidence Gap" & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called “The Confidence Gap” about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know. The basic gist is that although women have proven themselves just as competent as men in higher education and in the workplace, we struggle with confidence in our abilities (even while men who lack those abilities are assuredly overconfident).

Predictably, these statements have set off a flurry of response pieces. On Al-Jazeera, Alice Driver criticized the book for setting the male status quo as the standard for women (as did Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In). Amanda Hess took a similar tack over at Slate’s Double X blog. Over at Jezebel, Tracy Moore argued there there’s no confidence crisis at all: “It’s just sexism.” Keep reading »

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

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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 curious to know how millennial couples come to make those decisions. Does it have to do with money? Health benefits, 401K and perks? Cost of living? I would hope that all partners would hypothetically be willing to move for their loved one’s job, but there are dozens of tiny practical decisions that need to be made about it. I’m happy to report that I’m in one such relationship, though: my husband and I stayed in America instead of moving back to his home country of Australia in part because of my career here. Life of the modern woman. [USA Today] [Image of couple moving via Shutterstock]

Women Don’t Apply To “Male-Sounding” Job Postings, Whatever That Means

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  • A small study of 260 people found that women are deterred by the language in job postings, particularly when “male-sounding” words are used like “aggressive” and “assertive.” Instead, ladies responded to ads using words like “sociable” and “dedicated.” Surprise, surprise, language in job postings didn’t deter dudes at all. [EurekaAlert]
  • Do you work for one of these 71 companies which don’t want to cover birth control in their health insurance plans? If Hobby Lobby is successful at the Supreme Court, these non-religious businesses just might be able to do so. [Mother Jones]
  • Welcome to North Carolina, where Republican wannabe-politicians tell 6th graders that gay marriage is like “a man marrying a dog.” [Raw Story] Keep reading »

World’s Touchiest Woman Snarls At Any Job Seekers Who Contact Her On LinkedIn

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It’s a harsh job climate out there right now, as anyone scrambling to cope with unemployment and underemployment knows. And it’s an especially harsh world out there for anyone who had the misfortunate of crossing one communications professional in Northeastern Ohio.

Kelly Blazek is kind of a big deal: she runs a Cleveland Job Bank House and has gone off on anyone who has dared to try and make a professional connection with her that they are too “green” to have. As explained to the blog CleveScene, jobseekers reach out to her to get on her members-only “NEOHCommJobs” listserv. According to her, the listserv boasts over 7,300 subscribers and breaks job openings before they are posted elsewhere. It sounds like a great resource for Cleveland-ites looking for communications connections and jobs.

Perhaps it’s too great a resource. See, it seems Kelly Blazek has let running some rinky-dink Ohio listserv get to her head. Read this email from a jobseeker, followed by Blazek’s response: Keep reading »

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

"I Quit!" Video
Woman Quits Job With Awesome Video Resignation
Woman quits job with awesome video resignation. Read More »
"Happy Hour" Virus
Happy Hour Virus
Make your work computer fake-break so you can leave early! Read More »
Girl Talk: I Quit My Job
How did it turn out for this author? Read More »

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.

Keep reading »

I Have A Love/Hate Relationship With Being A Waitress

Restaurant Server Secrets
40 things your waiter really wants you to know! Read More »
Working At Disney World
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What one woman learned while working for Disney. Read More »
Barista Wants You To Know
50 things your barista wishes he could tell you. Read More »
Waitress With Customers

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.

Keep reading »

Pooping At Work Is “The Last Office Taboo For Women,” Apparently

Types Of Lady Poopers
A dude breaks down the types of female poopers. Read More »
Poop At Work
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Do you poop in your office bathroom? Some women don't! Read More »
10 Poop Bandits
The Top 10 Poop Bandits
Some criminals leave behind a smelly surprise. Read More »
Pooping Is A Feminist Issue
One writer talks about how pooping is a feminist issue. Read More »
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Everybody poops.

Deal with it, ladies.

And yes, I mean “ladies.” Because while there are many ways you are discriminated against in the office because of your gender — unequal pay, the glass ceiling, the boys’ club — but hiding your poop at work because you’re afraid what somebody will think about your bowel movements is all you Keep reading »

Man Quits Job Via Cake

'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
Miley's Penis Cake
Miley Cyrus munched on a penis cake at her BF's birthday party. Read More »
DIY: Vodka Cupcakes
I think we all deserve one of these, don't you? Read More »

Bosses are never happy to learn they suddenly need to hire and train someone new, so why not ease the bad news with a slice of cake? Baker Chris Holmes recently quit his border agency job at a UK airport with a “resignation cake” — he wrote out his resignation letter in icing, announcing that he was quitting his job to focus on his cake business, Mr. Cake. Hell, why not? If you can come out as gay to your parents via a cake, you can quit your job via a cake. By the way, Amelia, I’m taking Friday off to go to a museum  with my nieces. You’ll be getting a cupcake about it tomorrow. [Standard UK via Eater]

UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
What white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama. Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
Only Decent People
This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »
Job Search Racism
Today's Lady News photo
Black woman pretends to be Caucasion in her job search, has easier time. Read More »
Rhonda Lee

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company’s “guidelines” (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are only phrased as “guidelines” and “social media best practices,” not rules. You can read the email at the link. [Huffington Post]

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee has been fired by KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, for responding to racist Facebook posts, including one about her hair. Lee was told she violated the company’s new social media policy which had been verbally announced one month prior at a meeting she did not attend. One comment Lee responded to was by a viewer griping that all the kids who won a KTBS holiday shopping spree were black. The other comment Lee responded to was by a viewer who told her to grow some hair or wear a wig. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Things I Learned On Unemployment

Nanny Scam
nanny
I was the victim of an Internet nanny scam. Read More »
Worst Jobs Ever
What was the worst job you've ever had? Read More »
Overworked
Why working 24 hours a day should not be a badge of honor. Read More »

When I entered the ranks of the unemployed, I was full of optimism. How hard could it really be to get a job? I asked myself. I have a college degree. I’ve been gainfully employed since I graduated.

Answer? Very hard. I was out of work for over a year and reached a level of desperation usually reserved for meth addicts.

Here are a few of the lessons I learned while collecting government checks… Keep reading »

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