TheSkimm Is Launching a New No-B.S. Career Advice Podcast
Can’t get enough of theSkimm? Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, cofounders and CEOs of the popular news service that summarizes and frequently humorizes news stories for millennial women, are creating a podcast with a female focus. “Skimm’d From the Couch” will share inspiring stories of successful women and the challenges they’ve had to overcome. NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast is also a must-listen if you want to know how and why entrepreneurs do what they do. Catch the end of the Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn’s HIBT interview to hear from local entrepreneur Danica Lause of Peekaboos, maker of cleverly designed ponytail hats. Read more.
The 2018 Finalists For The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize For Debut Fiction Are All Women For The First Time Ever
Read any good books lately? PEN America has. This organization gives out the Bingham prize, a literary award for best debut fiction and for the first time, the finalists are all-female. Author Hannah Lillith Assadi’s novel Sonora and Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart, a collection of short fiction, are among the nominees for the $25,000 prize. Read more.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her #MeToo Moment at Sundance
Which celebrity drew the biggest crowd at the Sundance Film Festival? Hanks or Streep? Nope. Fans stood in line for hours to hear Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak in advance of the new documentary, “RBG.” In her talk, Ginsburg shared her appreciation of the #MeToo movement, her personal story of sexual harassment, and her love for Kate McKinnon’s SNL impression, #Ginsburned. Read more.
CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others
A reason to love CVS: the drug store chain banned photo manipulation on its cosmetics. To ensure that images are as realistic as possible, the company promised an end to retouching and airbrushing photos. AND…CVS is demanding that by 2020, all cosmetic brands in CVS stores adopt this same best practice. After that, CVS will stamp a “CVS Beauty Mark” on any beauty product marketing materials that include digitally altered photos. Read more.
Michelle Williams’ infuriating pay gap shows why it’s unfair to ask women to think of the greater good
Women do the right thing, men simply do their thing. The result: GLARING gender pay gap. Here’s an example: Actor Kevin Spacey was replaced in the movie All the Money in the World, which meant re-shoots. Actress Michelle Williams was willing happy to do the re-shoots for $1,000. Actor Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for them. Several days after the news of his higher earnings broke, Wahlberg announced that he would donate his reshoot earnings to the #TimesUp legal fund. Read more.
The Number of Women in the Senate Will Hit an All-Time High of 22
A Woman’s Place is in the House…and the Senate. On January 3, this statement rang truer than ever when Minnesota’s Tina Smith joined 21 other females in the US senatorial sorority. Twenty years ago, there were less than ten women US senators so to Senator Smith and her female colleagues, we say “Congrats!” and “Thank you!!” Read more.
Jim Henson Co.’s new TV show to feature empowering female superheroes
Move over Spiderman and Batman, make way for a squad of female super heroes courtesy of the Jim Henson company. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, seven superheroines with names like Courage, Mastery, Honesty, and Wisdom will join the ranks of their male counterparts on TV sets and in toy store aisles everywhere in about two years. Read more.
Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.
Bad news: traditional sexual harassment training methods are ineffective. More bad news: they can backfire. Good news: there are new methods of sexual harassment prevention including teaching bystanders to speak up and promoting women into positions of power. More good news: research shows the new methods work, we just have to get companies to use them. Read more.
Peekaboos Ponytail Hats crowdfunding to bring production to U.S.
If you’ve ever worn a ponytail, you’ve undoubtedly experienced this: ponytails + hats = awkward bumps. Danica Lause decided to combat this by knitting hats with hidden ponytail openings. Lause recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so that her company, Peekaboos Ponytail Hats, can bring knitting in house—in Germantown, Wisconsin. Read more.
Federal law enforcement has a woman problem
If you’ve been pulled over lately, chances are it’s been by a male cop. Law enforcement is still a male-dominated field, except in one Midwest college town. The Madison, Wisconsin police force is about 30% female and the women wearing the badge in Madison are protecting and serving citizens in the best possible ways. Read more.
A Big Deal in Big Food, Irene Rosenfeld Retires From Mondelez
When you reach for an Oreo or Ritz Cracker, think of Irene Rosenfeld. As she retires as CEO of snack food manufacturer Mondelez International, Rosenfeld leaves a company that’s succeeding despite the trend toward heathy eating. Most importantly, Rosenfeld’s reign as CEO paved the way for other female execs to break glass ceilings. Read more.
College-Savings Imbalance: Parents Put Aside More for Sons Than Daughters
We didn’t need another reason to blame our parents, but research indicates parents invest more in college savings for sons than daughters. To overcome this, women work through school and graduate with more debt. It all leads to the gender wage gap. Read more.
Can ‘Experience Investing’ Help Female Entrepreneurs? The Co-Founder of Airbnb Thinks
The venture capital world is still a boys’ club. Only 8% of decision-making partners in the top 100 VC firms are women, which puts females looking for investors at a significant disadvantage. One “woman-trepreneur” had enough, and created her own nurturing “venture community” to fight this trend. You go, girl! Read more.
Research: Objective Performance Metrics Are Not Enough to Overcome Gender Bias
There’s bad news and good news about gender bias. A Harvard Business Review study shows when people were given only gender information to make a professional decision, men usually won. But when given information beyond name and gender, such as the quality of the person’s work, women’s chances improved. To improve your chances of overcoming gender bias when applying for jobs, prominently highlight performance-related accomplishments. Read more.
Freelancers Face a Bigger Gender Pay Gap and Most Don’t Even Know It
Female freelancers: want to make more money? Just ask! Research from billing website HoneyBook shows that women working as writers, artists, and graphic designers make significantly less than their male counterparts. But research also indicates that clients who hire freelancers don’t haggle about prices. So, go ahead and raise your rates. (You’re welcome.) Read more.
What Sephora Knows About Women in Tech That Silicon Valley Doesn’t
We’ve come a long way. But in the tech industry, not so much. With one big, beautiful exception: Sephora. The make-up giant is hiring women for every technical position and grooming them for promotion. Promoting women, especially on Sephora’s tech team, is just the way they do business. Read more.
A Smart Breast Pump: Mothers Love It. VCs Don’t
“Breast is best but pumping is a pain,” say working moms everywhere. So Janica Alvarez created a better, smarter breast pump, but when she met with male venture capitalists, she faced immature and unprofessional responses. Sad but true: the situation improved when Alvarez started taking her husband along. Read more.
Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for Themselves
Sick of dealing with the old boys’ network? Had enough mansplaining and sexist corporate policies? Ready to say, “I’m done;” leave the corporate world and start your own business? You aren’t alone. Maybe it’s time to join the ranks of female entrepreneurs with a new title, “Boss.” Read more.
Mini Version of the High Line?
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is getting a Big Apple style makeover. Read more.
These ‘Star Wars’ Heroines Are Getting Their Own Miniseries
The force is strong for these women! Read more.
Venture Capital Firms With More Teenage Daughters Perform Better
It’s harder to be biased towards women while raising a daughter. Read more.
Mothers Are Paid Less Than Fathers in Every State and at Every Education Level
Another angle on the gender wage gap–mothers earn less than fathers. Read more.
We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs
Pitching your idea to a room full of venture capitalists is scary. The gender bias baked into their decision-making is frightening. Read more.
‘Pink Tax’ forces women to pay more than men
Virtually identical products should cost the same. Why do women have to pay more? Read more.
With Her Dating App, Women Are in Control
Bumble is the dating app that women have been waiting for. Read more.
TV Anchor Trolls Daily Mail by Repeatedly Wearing Same Blouse, Proves Important Point About Sexism
An Australian T.V. anchor did the unthinkable. Read more.
The ‘Chicago Tribune’ did to Aaron Rogers what media outlets do to women all the time
Men tweet that Packers QB was dissed (newsflash–welcome to our world). Read more.
Infographic: Unlocking the Power of Gender Equality
The gender pay gap in pictures. Read more.
Number of Women Who Lead Nations Remains Stagnant
There are 193 countries in the world–only 16 are lead by women. Read more.
Here’s How Long It Will Take For Each State to Give Equal Pay
State by state analysis–Florida (21 years) to Wyoming (136 years)–of years until the wage gap is closed. Read more.
What Happened When A Man Signed Work Emails Using A Female Name For 2 Weeks
A Male co-worker walked a mile in his female co-worker’s shoes. Guess how he was treated. Read more.
The Big Salary Reveal: 12 Real People discover What the Pay Gap Looks Like
Same job, similar experience, but pay, not so much. Read more.
Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women
More women, smarter group. Enough said. Read more.
More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire
Women, especially those over “retirement age,” just wanna have fun-at work. Read more.
Gloria Steinem: Women Have ‘Chick Flicks.’ What About Men?
Men do have a category of their own. Think “Saving Private Ryan” and Westerns. Read more.