Category Archives: Tightrope

Why Are There So Few Women in Science, Continued

Kudos to The New York Times for commissioning an article on why there are so few women in science. Author Eileen Pollack suggests two reasons. Citing her own experience as an undergraduate at Yale, she argues that women doubt themselves, and need to be encouraged more to pursue science careers: “The most powerful determinant of whether a woman goes […]

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What Works for Women at Work: Answers to Common Questions-Admin Trouble?

I’m having a tough time dealing with my administrative assistant. She rarely responds to my emails, dawdles on the simplest of assignments, and on occasion has been outright rude to me. I’ve conferred with a few of my male peers, and they’re perplexed. They’ve always found her to be helpful, efficient, and cordial. What gives? […]

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What Works for Women at Work: Answers to Common Questions- Getting Your Accomplishments Recognized?

None of my supervisors seem to pay attention to—or at least remember—my accomplishments. My male coworkers don’t seem to have this problem. But when I try to remind my colleagues, I just see all these “who do you think you are?” faces staring back at me. What can I do to get recognition without looking […]

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What We’re Reading

Three cheers for Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues in Congress, who rolled out their new economic agenda for women and families on Thursday! Children’s storybook characters “often inhabit a bygone, male breadwinner-female homemaker era.” Eager to appeal to women voters, male politicians are shooting campaign ads in their kitchens. The results? Mixed. Techies and attorneys, […]

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What Works for Women at Work: Answers to Common Questions – Flexibility

I’m fortunate to work at a company that offers flexible working arrangements, and since the birth of my first child, I’ve worked from home part-time. I’m still a committed employee producing high caliber work, but I’m being given less challenging assignments, and my supervisor no longer discusses the possibility of advancement with me. I really […]

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What We’re Reading

The Nation on the importance of work-family balance provisions for men. Related, when it comes to paternity leave, do your beliefs and behavior line up? Young adults are favoring a dual-income marriage model now more than ever. Did you know that one third of mothers working in restaurants earn sub-minimum wages? The Washington Post reports […]

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What Works for Women at Work: Answers to Common Questions – Sexist Remarks?

Some of my male colleagues frequently make sexist remarks about other women in the office. Their comments really offend me, and I don’t like keeping quiet. But I’m not sure of how to confront my colleagues without upsetting them and making the situation worse. How can I respond effectively? We hear you! The idea of […]

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