In the past 30 years, US women have become more educated, outperforming men in university graduation rates. During that time, the disparity between the percentages of women and men working full-time has shrunk considerably too – and yet the pay gap persists, a topic this blog has tackled in the past.
According to a new study by sociologists from Indiana University and Cornell University, one of the biggest contributing factors to the wage gap is the phenomenon of “overworking” – which means working 50 hours a week or more. (more…)
A decade ago, the University of Michigan published a landmark study that examined why fewer women attended schools of business than schools of medicine or law.
The research became a veritable call to arms in the business school community and helped launch the Forté Foundation, a US consortium of companies and business schools that aims to address this imbalance and its effect on the corporate world. (more…)
For women who have put their careers on hold to have a baby, spend more time with their children or care for ageing parents, returning to the workforce presents serious challenges. (more…)
After I had my first baby, I was a wreck about returning to work. I was so tired from the middle-of-the-night feedings and the tormented crying jags that I could not imagine how on earth I would function again as a professional. But I was also so infatuated with my daughter that I could not imagine being away from her for nine hours a day. (more…)
Growing up in Trenton, New Jersey, in the 1960s, Nell Merlino often accompanied her dad, Joe Merlino, a lawyer and powerful figure in state politics, to the office. (more…)
On Monday June 6, the UK government’s Department for Education published its “independent review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood”, titled Letting Children be Children. (more…)
Here is a theory. The birth of a daughter will do more to increase the diversity of her chief executive father’s company than any number of research findings or government directives. (more…)
Since April 3 this year, men in the UK can take a greater share in child-rearing. New fathers can now take up to 26 weeks’ leave to care for a child – on top of two weeks’ regular paternity leave. The additional leave is potentially a step towards allowing women to return to work more easily, leaving a new baby in the care of her partner. (more…)
‘Tis the season. As we say goodbye to the Thanksgiving weekend, here in the UK the commercial breaks are crammed with advertisements for toys in the frenetic rush to Christmas. (more…)