Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)
Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:
1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others
By Eric Ries (Contributing Writer, TechCrunch)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.”
I’d like to say a few words about this, but I want to do so under special ground rules.