Women & Work

Why Flex Time Is the #2 Most Important Employee Benefit

by Gloria Feldt on October 21st, 2014
in General, Reproductive Health, Women & Work

A big barrier to women’s leadership parity was overlooked in the recent brouhaha about Facebook and Apple covering employees’ insurance for egg freezing. These companies are not, as headlines screamed “paying women to freeze eggs.” And I see nothing wrong …

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Women and the 3 C-Words (Not What You think)

by Gloria Feldt on September 22nd, 2014
in Leadership, Power, Women & Work

Journalist Sheila Weller triggered the gossip machine with her new book The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour—and the (ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News, when she reported on C-word #1: competition between the three …

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It’s not the mountain that trips you, it’s the pebble.

by Gloria Feldt on July 2nd, 2014
in Environment, Feminism, General, Leadership, Take the Lead, Upcoming Events, Women & Work

My husband Alex and I just returned from a perfect vacation in the renowned Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. If you haven’t made this trip, put it on your bucket list. We swam with the giant sea turtles and iguanas, cavorted …

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Are Leadership Messes Women’s Opportunity?

by Gloria Feldt on June 20th, 2014
in Feminism, Gender, General, Leadership, The Economy, Women & Work

BirdsFemale leadership firsts are trending. Especially when an organization is in big trouble, it seems. Often the choice of a woman appears to be an act of desperation. Fix us, clean up the mess and make it all work. Call mommy to doctor a skinned knee, soothe the troubled waters.

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Jill Abramson and Gender Bilingual Communication

by Gloria Feldt on June 2nd, 2014
in Gender, Media, Women & Work

Jill AbramsonWith hindsight, this 2013 article all but predicted Jill Abramson’s unceremonious fall. Though according to the New Yorker rendition, her demise was precipitated when Abramson, the New York Times’ first female executive editor, confronted her boss, publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., after learning her pay was significantly less than her predecessor, I point the finger of firing fate much toward implicit cultural biases that influence behavior much more than any of us want to believe.

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Thank You, Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman, 1928-2014

by Gloria Feldt on May 29th, 2014
in Feminism, Power, Race, Women & Work, Women's History

Maya Angelou I remember the first time I read Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was the most searing yet beautiful prose I had ever encountered. And later, the phenomenon of her poem “Phenomenal Woman” invaded my consciousness and became a kind of anthem for women everywhere. Nothing will ever dim the words of this phenomenal woman. Thank you, Maya Angelou. May you rest in the peace of one whose words and deeds have made the world phenomenally better.

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“Born Leader” Betsy Rafael Is GoDaddy’s First Female Board Member

by Gloria Feldt on March 27th, 2014
in Gender, Women & Work

Betsy RafaelWhen GM’s new, and first female, CEO Mary Barra moved quickly and publicly to recall cars with the company’s potentially lethal ignition switch problems her predecessors had known but failed to address for a decade, you could feel the fresh air. It would be foolhardy to say her gender made her act in this ethical manner, or to assume a man would not. Still, you can’t help but notice that Barra straight-up owned the problem in a way startlingly distant from the public relations posturing typical of Fortune 500’s protecting their fortunes.

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Mary Barra, First Female GM CEO, Takes The Lead

by Gloria Feldt on December 27th, 2013
in Feminism, Gender, General, Leadership, Women & Work

GM Mary Barra
Does it seem odd for Mary Barra, the newly appointed CEO of General Motors—the first woman to hold that top position in the male-dominated automobile industry–to be profiled as a “woman like you” by the nonprofit organization Take The Lead I cofounded in late 2012?

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Boston Leads the Metropolis Charge to Erase Gender Wage Gap

by Gloria Feldt on December 11th, 2013
in Activism, Feminism, Gender, Leadership, Politics, Women & Work, Women's Rights

Boston Women Initiative
I was so excited to learn about Boston’s new initiative, designed to do something different to close the wage gap…The Women’s Workforce Council has created a compact to which businesses and companies of Boston are asked to pledge to pay their employees equal wages.

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How Women Lead: Not A Hero, Everyone as Hero

by Gloria Feldt on November 29th, 2013
in Activism, Feminism, Gender, General, Leadership, Power, Women & Work, Women's Rights

 L-R: Lauren Sandground, Rhoda Hassan, Cheryl Swain meet to plan Take The Lead Challenge Feb. 19 launch
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Arizona State University student Lauren Sandground at a meeting to plan the Take The Lead Challenge Launch event (happening February 19 at ASU—check it out here and plan to be there live or by livestream). Lauren, a senior, started an organization named Woman as Hero in 2009 after being surprised to encounter gender biases in her own life even today, when young women are told they can do or be anything.

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