How should a woman try to get ahead in a male-dominated workplace? Perhaps the answer lies less on women “manning up” and more in how businesses value their employees.
Many women confront this tension as they navigate their own upward trajectories in fields where men fill the upper ranks. For some, attempts to convey a vision yet avoid perceptions they are “bossy” or “bitchy” are all too familiar. With only 14.6 percent of executive officer positions belonging to American women, there’s no question the workplace could be doing more to extend a welcoming hand to their female workers.
So argues Dana Theus, the founder of InPower Women and InPower Consulting, Inc., who told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that offices are in need of “moving from an either-or kind of culture to a both-and culture” in order to best foster all types of female leadership.
WASHINGTON — In a victory for pregnant women in the workplace, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a worker who sued shipping giant UPS for pregnancy discrimination, sending her lawsuit back to a lower court where she had previously lost.
The case, Young v. United Parcel Service, hinged on whether or not UPS was justified in putting Peggy Young on unpaid leave after she became pregnant, even though other workers were commonly offered “light duty” for on-the-job injuries or to satisfy requirements under the American with Disabilities Act. The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of keeping Young’s lawsuit alive, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joining the traditionally liberal members of the court.
New concept: EVERYONE IS YOUR NEIGHBOR.
Imagine if we lived in a world where we realllllllly thought that everyone was reallllly our neighbor.
That’s Mister Rogers’ world.
People from Ferguson.
People from halfway around the world.
People on your street! (Your LITERAL neighbors!)
Sing me your song, Mister Rogers.
Activists working to address the rates of sexual assault among college students don’t want gun enthusiasts to co-opt their issue in order to push for more weapons on campus, and have launched several advocacy campaigns to fight back.
According to the organization Everytown For Gun Safety, NRA-backed lawmakers in 14 different states — Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming — have introduced legislation to allow students to carry guns on campus. Seven other states currently allow college students to have weapons on school grounds.
Amid larger conversations about how to best address the campus rape crisis, these politicians have recently framed their “campus carry” proposals as policies they believe will keep women safe from potential assaults. One Nevada lawmaker, for instance, recently asserted that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped.
When I was 22 years old, I left my boyfriend of four years. We had grown up together in rural America—went to the same parties, had the same friends, etc. The breakup was a difficult one. My friends fractured and took sides, which I should have seen coming but totally did not.
I wound up falling in love too soon and too hard with the man I would soon marry. Our feelings for each other were genuine, but we both had significant baggage and damage that we brought to the relationship and totally lacked the maturity to deal with that in constructive ways.
We got engaged quickly and planned a wedding in a few months. In the span of a year, I had gone from living with a man-child that I assumed I loved but never wanted to marry to marrying a man who was so very different in so many ways.
I was taken aback by how much I suddenly wanted to be married. The question of children was up in the air, but I figured that there would be plenty of time for that later.
Then I got pregnant.
Living in the real world is much different than the idealized one we plan for in our future.
Preconceived notions and misconceptions about human trafficking add to the fallacy that schools are exempt from the uncomfortable yet volatile topic, explained Misa Nguyen, director of programs for the organization United Against Human Trafficking. The Houston-based nonprofit educates and raises awareness about the problem of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.
Human trafficking is a serious federal crime with penalties up to life imprisonment. It is a form of modern slavery. Those who recruit minors into commercial sexual exploitation (or prostitution) violate federal anti-trafficking laws, even if there is no force, fraud or coercion.
Didn’t Jesus nearly start a riot in a temple over stuff like this?
It never ceases to amaze how a large segment of the population claims America is a “Christian” nation, and yet willfully abhors the most basic tenets of their namesake’s teaching. Of course, America’s brand of Christianity is as far afield from what Jesus Christ taught as the Earth is from the Sun, so it is no great shock that rejecting his teachings epitomizes America’s neo-Christian movement; particularly on the part of the clergy.
California is in the midst of a historic drought that experts recently revealed leaves the state with one year of water if ideal conditions and water conservation measure are strictly adhered to. In a conscientious city like San Francisco, water conservation measures are taken very seriously by businesses and residents alike; except for the San Francisco Archdiocese led by embattled Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The latest outrage, and it is a monumental outrage on humanitarian and water conservation terms, against the Archdiocese is the harshest criticism for installing a watering system to drench the homeless to prevent them from sleeping in doorways around the sanctuary at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
According to a leading San Francisco news station, the Archdiocese installed a clever little watering system above doorways around the cathedral to drench the homeless and keep them away from the church’s tax-exempt property … . .
LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.
I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.
I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.
If you’re a Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan, you may not be surprised to learn that Terry Crews is a feminist. Especially if you’re infatuated with his fictional alterego Terry Jeffords, the deep feeling, anxious bodybuilder , who effortlessly manages a precinct full of misfit detectives, while ready to drop everything at the request of his wife and twin girls, Cagney and Lacey. That is, until you learn that the former art student from Flint, Michigan, was in the NFL for six seasons. Not since Rosey Grier have we encountered a football player who genuinely identifies as a champion of women’s causes. Married for 25 years, with five kids and one grandchild, 46-year-old Crews’s singularly warm, comedic presence has brightened a series of famously surreal Old Spice ads, as well as an impressive résumé of sitcoms. Last spring, he published a memoir entitled Manhood chronicling his path toward rejecting traditional notions of masculinity and gaining awareness of the need for gender equality. While many men in Hollywood say that women’s issues matter to them, the actor has taken a proactive approach, speaking frankly about his eye-opening journey to feminism and lending his voice to non-profits like the Polaris Project, a global leader in combating human trafficking. DAME spoke with the funny man about his feminist awakening.
In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: “You gotta have a baby!” We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know when you’ll procreate, and why you haven’t done so yet?
Even as more millennials choose to delay children or remain child-free altogether, the demand on women to have babies is still high. Media has doubled down on celebrity “baby bump” coverage, and young women report feeling real pressure thanks to society’s strong link between femininity and motherhood.
Many women indeed long for children, while others are firmly against it and still more are undecided. But regardless of a woman’s feelings on childbearing, the decision to have kids is hers alone, to be decided for her own reasons. And no woman should have to submit to society’s relentless questioning on the matter.
What struck me about most of the responses is the sense of responsibility women feel. Children aren’t a rite of passage, they are people who deserve mother’s truly want them.
Women know what that means. Trust Women.