Tag Archive: Joan C. Williams

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    by Angie Chang

    Is It Too Cold to "Lean In"? Women In STEM

    Etsy CTO Kellan Elliott-McCrea: “There’s a decent chance, based on their experience in industry, that your workplace is going to suck” for women, making it hard to recruit women and increase diversity.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network) & Katherine Ullman (Program Associate, Center for WorkLife Law)

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for women in STEM.

    Most shockingly, Adria Richards, former developer evangelist at SendGrid, was fired after she publicly reported two men (one of whom was also fired) for making lewd jokes in earshot at a PyCon Conference. Richards has since received nasty messages for speaking out – including some that threatened her safety – in what is now referred to across the web as “Donglegate”

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    by Angie Chang

    Shame On Those Queen Bees?

    An essay in The Wall Street Journal recycled a tired trope: “queen bees” in the office are making the lives of other women a living hell.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network) & Katherine Ullman (Program Associate, Center for WorkLife Law)

    An essay this month in The Wall Street Journal recycled a tired trope: “queen bees” in the office are making the lives of other women a living hell. We’ve heard this before. Powerful women are just grown up high school “mean girls” chipping away at the self-confidence of the women who work with and for them.

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls’ Network: Binders Upon Binders Of Stolen Ideas

    What Romney did was a very public example of “The Stolen Idea”- a phenomenon women regularly face at work.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network) & Katherine Ullman (Program Associate, Center for WorkLife Law)

    “Binders full of women.” We all know what Mitt Romney meant during this week’s presidential debate when he discussed his “effort” to recruit more women during his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts. But what he said spread like wildfire across the Internet and produced some amusing results.

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls’ Network: ‘The Polite Little Girl in the Room’?

    How to break out of being the dutiful daughter? It’s not that easy.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)

    Every year The Center for WorkLife Law, which I direct, runs a leadership academy for women law firm partners. One key message we send is that sometimes what it takes to make partner is different from what it takes to rise in the partnership.

    “I’ve noticed that the women work so exceptionally hard,” said a management consultant, when I asked her

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    by Angie Chang

    Best Anti-Poverty Program? Effective Scheduling Of Hourly Workers

    What I’ve proposed is software that will allow an employer to achieve “schedule equilibrium”.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)

    Susan Lambert, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and the author of a much-discussed op-ed in Wednesday’s New York Times, once told me that she gets a lot of grief. “You study what,” say her social work friends. “Scheduling?”

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    by Angie Chang

    Back To Work, With Cigars

    Criticism of fathers who sought leave was harsh and very much in the open. This needs improvement.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)

    The Labor Day op-ed I co-authored with Anne-Marie Slaughter was written before I read a stupendous, and sobering, article by Erin Kelly, a sociologist at The University of Minnesota, who is one of the foremost work-family researchers in the country. (All data and quotes in this article are from her study.)

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls’ Network: The Science Of Office Politics

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    I Don’t Want Your Life

    Women judging each other is one of the key mechanisms for the delivery of gender bias.

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    Marissa Mayer is naïve. Or so say a million mommy blogs, and I just can’t get this issue out of my head. Once the baby is born, say the blogs, she will see that a two-week maternity leave is not realistic. This is a typical gender war. Women judging each other is one of the key mechanisms for the delivery of gender bias.

    Mind you, I didn’t take a two-week maternity leave. And I was horrified when I heard, in my twenties, of a law-firm partner who said, when a lawyer in his firm took only two weeks, “Now, that’s the responsible way to have a baby.” But that was me, in my particular situation.

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    by Angie Chang

    Anne-Marie Slaughter Vs. Sheryl Sandberg: Both Right

    “…the best advice, given the sorry state of the work world, is to work really, really hard before you have children so that you have the skills – and the bargaining power – to continue your career on your own terms after you have children.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    First, thanks to Anne-Marie Slaughter for peeling the band-aid off an open wound of American womanhood. It’s our dirty little secret: Balancing work and family is still impossible for elite American women because of the way we structure work, family, love, marriage, careers, masculinity and dignity.

    Yes. It’s that bad. Fifteen years ago, when I began to write Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflicts and What To Do About It, I thought that all we needed to do was to reshape work and careers. The key problem for women, I pointed out, is that workplaces still are

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Mothers Found Startups? (Hint: Yes)

    “People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.

    According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth

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    by Angie Chang

    And The Oscar Goes To… A Man (Gender Bias at the Top)

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    The Academy Award nominees came out on Tuesday, and to no one’s surprise, this was not a good year for women in Hollywood. As they have been for the Oscars’ 83-year history, the (non-gendered) prestige categories — Best Picture and Best Director — were dominated by men.

    Of the producers for Best Picture nominees currently on the Academy Award website, 14 are men, and three are women. All of the Best Picture nominees are directed by men. So is everyone nominated for a Best Director award.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Self-Promote Without Backlash (Women’s Career Advice)

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network) As we discussed in our last post, a recent study by the non-profit Catalyst found that the best strategy to get a raise is to make your achievements known around the office. Seems simple enough, right? Let your co-workers know about a deal that went your way. Be sure to get credit for ideas you originate. Mention that big account you just landed at the next partner’s meeting. Except, as it turns out, self-promotion is just as likely to make people think you’re a jerk as it is to make people think you deserve a raise or a promotion.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why (Almost) Everything Women Are Told About Work Is Wrong

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    It’s not your fault. That’s the message of the career advice book Rachel and I are working on together, and that’s the message of this new report from nonprofit research group Catalyst.

    Despite all the advice women receive telling them that they fall behind men in the workplace because they don’t ask for raises; because they don’t network; because they don’t promote themselves, it turns out that women actually do all of these things, as much as or more than men. The problem isn’t us, it’s them.