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Jessica Bacal
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Jessica Bacal is the Director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College and the editor of Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong (Plume).

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Advice to College Graduates: Seek Out Mentors Who Will Tell You About Their Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:11 PM

If you're like the kick-ass young women who just graduated from the college where I work, you've got a list of achievements racked up: honors theses, academic prizes or recommendations from your favorite professors. I hope that you and your friends are celebrating your successes and dreaming big. Afterwards, as...

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Fill 'The Confidence Gap' by Talking About Making (and Surviving) Mistakes at Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Courtney Martin, the influential activist and writer, had no idea what was in store for her when she wrote a post for Feministing in 2006, "trying to unpack what it means to be a feminist in romantic relationships." Martin wrote that having a guy open a door for you was...

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How to Repair the Gender Pay Gap? Teach Negotiation Skills in College

(63) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Last Wednesday, the American Association of University Women reported that women in their first year out of college are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers -- creating a heavier college debt burden and lifelong wage gap at a time when women are...

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