Tag Archive: Rachel Dempsey

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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 na├»ve. 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

    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

    The "Uppity Women" Of Silicon Valley

    Gender discrimination is not going to change until there are more women in Silicon Valley.

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

    Silicon Valley was hit hard last week when venture capitalist Ellen Pao‘s lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins was made public.

    Without pretending any knowledge about the validity of Pao’s individual claims, let’s just put aside the false surprise and outrage at the discovery that there’s sexism in Silicon Valley. The tech industry is stunningly gender biased. Just read the first paragraph of this article in the New York Times, and then the response of journalist Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing. “Men are credited with inventing the internet,” she writes. Important distinction there.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Hunger Games – A Hopeful Vision For The Future

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

    I almost don’t want to write this post, because it brings attention to something I’d much rather be ignored. In the frenetic lead-up to the March 23 opening of The Hunger Games, there are articles about the movie’s restrictive costumes, about its “futuristic Appalachian” soundtrack, about its similarities with a Japanese film called Battle Royale. But few of them focus on one key point:

    The Hunger Games is about a girl.

    And not just any girl. The main character of the movie (and the novels that came before) is a badass teenager named Katniss

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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.