Author Archives: joan

The Duchess Throws Up

In a snarky article, the newspaper of record confirms what we already know: Kate Middleton is pregnant. She’s so nauseated that she’s in the hospital on an intravenous drip. She’s just lucky she’s not an American gal. U.S. employers regularly fire pregnant women when they need modest accommodations to keep doing their jobs. When women become […]

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Dying Childless at Thirty? Won’t Help

Co-written with Katherine Ullman. Joan once wrote that the way for women to gain equality was to die childless at thirty, based on data that young women without kids earn almost as much as men. Turns out even that won’t guarantee equality. A new report released last week by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) finds that the […]

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The New Girls’ Network: Binders upon Binders of Stolen Ideas

Co-written by Katherine Ullman. “Binders full of women.” We all know what Mitt Romney meant during last night’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 internetand produced some amusing results. Our personal favorites? A picture of young Patrick Swayze with the […]

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The Best Anti-Poverty Program? Effective Scheduling of Hourly Workers

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 yesterday’s New York Times, once told me that she gets a lot of grief. “You study what,” say her social work friends. “Scheduling?” I am happy Susan’s brilliant work is getting the attention it deserves, because reshaping […]

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Back to Work, with Cigars

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 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.) Kelly’s 2010 study estimated that only about half of […]

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The New Girls’ Network: The Science of Office Politics

Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two camps. Man up! The most common advice assumes that women’s problem is that they need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act more confident, and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. […]

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Slaughter vs. Sandberg: Both Right

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 […]

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