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Women in the Workplace

Is Paid 'Menstrual Leave' A Good Idea For Women?

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women

Do women deserve paid "menstrual leave" for the days when cramps, irritability or more complicated issues like endometriosis distract from the day's t...

Building and Growing Female Leaders

Molly Reynolds | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Molly Reynolds

Pretending there is not a difference between male and female executives does not help empower women nor allow them to overcome the necessary roadblocks to achieve greater success. Organizations that understand this will be the catalyst for positive change.

A 21st Century Workplace for Today's Working Families

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

Our workplaces have yet to catch up by implementing policies which empower women, and provide flexibility for parents.

Male Doctors Earn 88 Percent More Through Medicare, New Study Shows

Napala Pratini | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Napala Pratini

While most of the gender differences are explained by gender differences in practicing medicine, the study highlights a larger issue.

That's Feminist, With a Capital F

Linda S. Haase | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Linda S. Haase

When I started working in 1983, equal pay for equal work was a renegade concept. After I negotiated my first salary, the corporate recruiter -- who also was a woman -- told me that I should be very proud that I'd landed the same salary the company would have paid a man for the position. What do you say to that?

Jobs Are Key For Inclusive Growth

OECD | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business

By Stefano Scarpetta Despite repeated signals that growth is resuming, unemployment or under-employment in low-paid jobs remain stubbornly high in ma...

Top 5 Cities to Live in if You're Working and Pregnant

Tom Spiggle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

Where you live can have substantial impact on your legal rights at work if you are pregnant.

Medicine and Self-Discovery: Part II of a Q&A With Dr. Victoria Sweet

Mehroz Baig | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Mehroz Baig

Dr. Victoria Sweet, who served as a physician for 20 years at San Francisco's Laguna Honda hospital, also found that "slow medicine" allowed her to do her job best.

When It's Time to Dump Your Toxic Boss

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Carlota Zimmerman

The thing about septic workplaces is that, like a particularly bad cult, they take over your mind, they destroy your confidence, and thus they have the power to inflict life-long damage on your career, and by extension, your personal life.

It Takes a Community to Disrupt

Christina Vuleta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Christina Vuleta

My earliest memory is being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Without hesitation, I answered, "Princess," with a capital P. This had everything to do with wanting people to do my bidding and nothing to do with wanting a pink dress.

Makeup Is Not a Prerequisite for Career Success

Sally McGraw | Posted 06.17.2014 | Style
Sally McGraw

We are telling them that their natural faces will distract people, that being pretty is necessary regardless of circumstance, that performing femininity in exactly the right way isn't just helpful, it's essential.

WATCH: A New Workflow Is Taking Over The Office

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.09.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The idea of "flat" workplace organization gained traction earlier this year when online apparel retailer Zappos announced it would do away with a trad...

Why Does Equal Pay Really Matter?

Dana Theus | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Dana Theus

There is no question that women and minorities are not at salary parity with white males in our business culture. But the prevailing myth that this is an evil plot to oppress us doesn't fly with me, because things get much more complex.

Speak Softly If You Mean Business

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

If language both reflects and shapes a world-view, business language conveys a deeply masculine tone that leaves little tolerance for anything remotely feminine. In a free market of bare-knuckled competition, there is no room for softness.

What Could Transgender Experience Tell Us About Workplace Gender Roles?

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

Women face many obstacles in the workplace. Perhaps most challenging is a very structured hierarchical system that was not built with them in mind. Kristen Schilt thought the best way to understand these barriers was to hear from those who have experienced both worlds -- those who are transgender.

Women at Work: The Language of War and the Invisible Codes of Honor

O'Brien Browne | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

If a businesswoman doesn't command this language, men think she doesn't "get it." If she does, people say she's not a "real" woman. To make matters even more complicated, what men say and how they strut, huff and puff may have very little to do with how they act in reality, away from the battlefield.

'Bossy' Ban: The Main Problem With Feminism Today

Karin Agness | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Karin Agness

It's easy to dismiss this "ban bossy" public service campaign as just an overzealous effort to help girls or even a shrewd business move to sell more copies of Sandberg's book, but this campaign is indicative of one of the main problems with feminism today -- the idea that women are victims in need of more and more special protection.

Fashion Wrongs: 'Career Ready' Ad Proves Nordstrom is Overdue for a Marketing Makeover

Christina Pesoli | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Christina Pesoli

I might expect this sort of depiction of women in a photo accompanying a story in Penthouse Forum targeting guys with office sexcapade fantasies.

What It Means to Be a Leader, 11 Tips

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Maria Rodale

Today I'm going to share 11 leadership tips I've come upon the hard way -- because there's only one way to leadership, and that's the hard way.

Overcoming Unconscious Biases Against Female Bosses

John Gerzema | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business
John Gerzema

Counterproductive gender biases keep gender equality stagnating: women lead only 4.2 percent of our largest pubic corporations, make up only 14 percent of top officers in corporate America and fill a measly 18 percent of board seats.

Is it Legal to Discriminate Against Employees Who Seek a Work-Life Balance?

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Tom Spiggle

In most places in this country, it is perfectly legal for a company to pay an employee less, or even fire her, if she made no secret about the fact that she planned to prioritize her family and work fewer hours.

Gender-Driven Growth: Are Quotas in Boardrooms a Positive Force for Change?

Susan Bloch | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business
Susan Bloch

If we look at the advances of women on the global stage, we can see momentum in the public and political arena. Yet, in start-ups, investment banking and manufacturing, where real money is made, not much has changed over the past decade.

Woman Unable to Conceal Tampon in Transit From Cubicle to Bathroom

Reductress | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy

This piece originally appeared on On her second menstrual cycle as an employee at the offices of Kauffman and Dofter, Jessica Feinwar...

Do you propagate 'well-meaning' stereotypes?

Joel Bion | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Joel Bion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

5 Things You Can Do to Boost Female Talent... Even If You're Not the CEO

Gail Becker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

The good news is that you don't have to be a CEO to make a significant impact. Here are five things any of us can do at your workplace to help ensure women attain better representation in leadership roles.