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.
In Virginia Woolf’s famous essay of 1929, the author argued that a women needed financial independence and “a room of her own” to be able to write (as well as men, was the inference).
The line now is that women need flexibility to be able to participate fully in the employment market, which explains why more and more women are now choosing to work from home.
A few days ago, The Sun reported on a survey undertaken by Stylecompare.co.uk, a fashion website, that found that about six out of 10 bosses cited women showing too much cleavage as the ultimate fashion offence.
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.
Workplace flexibility – also known as flexitime – is seen as key to helping companies recruit and retain working mothers. But flexitime is also often code for the “mummy track”, a professional path that offers mothers certain benefits, yet provides fewer opportunities for advancement.
The UK Press Complaints Commission last month ruled that no one using Twitter can have a “reasonable expectation” of privacy.