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What You May Not Expect When You're Expecting

Joan Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Joan Williams

As exciting as all the considerations may be, they often distract from the more daunting task of navigating the workplace while expecting: sad to say, this is the dark underbelly of pregnancy in the United States.

Pay Gap Deniers

Joan Williams | Posted 08.06.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

Next week is the anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act. Is it time to declare victory? The standard pay gap measure is that women now earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. Maybe so, argue Pay Gap Deniers, but that's due to women's choices, not to gender discrimination.

Where the Chatter About Marissa Mayer Went Way Wrong

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What we ought to be talking about is why the workplace remains so incompatible with motherhood in the first place -- and why we assume that fixing that is women's work.

Yahoo for YHOO's Pregnant CEO

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 09.17.2012 | Women
Morra Aarons-Mele

Many are commenting that Mayer's pregnancy is irrelevant. That the troubled company is lucky to have won Mayer over -- and I agree.

Slaughter vs. Sandberg: Both Right

Joan Williams | Posted 08.22.2012 | Women
Joan Williams

Let's not turn this into a catfight. It's not a catfight. It's a situation where two prominent, influential women are talking -- a lot and influentially -- to two different audiences.

Can Mothers Found Start-Ups? (Hint: Yes)

Joan Williams | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Joan Williams

Mothers who drop out to spend time with children are often depicted as being pulled by a biological impulse. But there are significant pushes as well -- particularly in Silicon Valley.

New Generation, Same Story?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.21.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

When young women declare themselves optimistic about women in the workplace in the very same survey in which they point out gender-based inequities, you kind of have to worry.

The Privilege That Dares Not Speak Its Name?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.25.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

When the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed on Tuesday, it occurred to us that what we had in front of us was a good metaphor for one of the tawdry underbellies of American life.