The gender pay gap, visualized: Women work 63 unpaid days each year

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This startling calendar visualizes the gender pay gap in a visceral way. Put it on your wall. You can buy one for your boss, too—anonymously. Across the U.K., women make 17.3% less than men—a result of women holding lower positions than men in the workplace and women earning less than men even when they hold the exact same job. This is the gender pay gap. It’s a bad number, but it’s just a number. Like sales tax or inflation, it can be hard to visualize. “What’s 17.3% of $76,000 a year?” you may find yourself wondering. Read Full Story

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Unsurprisingly, women continue to face an evolving intersection of problems at work

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In Bärí A. Williams’s book, “Diversity in the Workplace,” the author interviews leading women in their fields about shortcomings in workplace equity, and their individual experiences with adversity. Women are often subject to second-class citizenship as they work toward professional success. Even when they gain positions of power, women are regularly judged on everything from how “nice” they are to how willing they are to take on the emotional baggage of their colleagues. For many women, interactions with men in the workplace can be fraught with anxiety due to unequal pay, sexual harassment, and the struggle to champion themselves while remaining “likable.” Read Full Story

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Why women are especially skilled at leading during a crisis

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Research shows female heads, in particular, are predisposed to lead intuitively and use more communication during fraught periods. The pandemic is bringing to light a wellspring of news coverage detailing how women are adversely affected by the virus. From my perspective, women are constantly bombarded by stories that point to ways that women are treated unfairly or are struggling in the workplace, despite how bright the prospects are for female leadership. Read Full Story

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4 phrases that make you sound weak to your coworkers

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Your word choices can build you up or tear you down. Here’s how to speak in a way that won’t discredit your confidence or ability to perform. For women in the workplace, fighting implicit gender biases is a constant struggle. Due to baked-in stereotypes, they battle against the unconscious assumption that women are less talented and capable than men. The problem is that when women conform to these stereotypical characteristics, they are viewed as likable but too “soft” for leadership ; and when women flout female stereotypes and behave in agentive and masculine ways (such as expressing decisiveness and forcefulness), they are often viewed as too “hard” to be likable. Read Full Story

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4 ways remote work is better for women

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Having an easier time getting your voice heard is just one of the advantages of working remotely. Women in remote work face plenty of the same issues as women in a typical office, including the very real gender pay gap that exists no matter where you work. But working remotely creates a unique set of circumstances—good, bad, and just different—that affect women’s professional experiences. Read Full Story

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It’s time to end the law that lets businesses pay less to people with disabilities

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In 2020, businesses can still legally pay their employees with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage—we need to put an end to this. The continued struggles of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities to achieve equality in the workplace are partly the result of societal and cultural forces, but they differ in at least one key respect: The law explicitly enables employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. In other words, under the law, individuals with disabilities may earn less than their colleagues who are not disabled due to a trait they cannot change. Read Full Story

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The 10 most innovative workplace companies of 2020

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These are the groundbreaking initiatives and products that major players—including Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Spotify, and Uber—are utilizing to enhance their workplaces. Whether helping employees to communicate more seamlessly or helping underemployed mid-career women boost their incomes, these 10 companies are creating new ways to make working life fairer and more rewarding. Read Full Story

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We need to stop ‘untitling’ and ‘uncredentialing’ professional women

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Amy Diehl, PhD, and Leanne Dzubinski, PhD, propose new terms for an old practice of omitting titles for women while using them for men that diminishes women’s authority and credibility. The inauguration marked a new presidential administration and a couple of other important firsts: Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman and the first Black and South Asian to hold that office. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden became the first president’s wife to hold a paying job outside the White House. Despite these women’s career achievements, they’ve both been subjected to a common form of workplace gender bias that continues to play out in many organizations. Read Full Story

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