“What is missing here-it has ALWAYS been a fact that if an employee works under 30 hours there is no insurance. I have never known any size company to provide insurance for PT employees. Even part-time management employees do not have insurance. I had two PT positions in Boston non-profits. They just did not have full-time $$ and even a desk for me. After 9 months I did go full-time with one of them only because I ended up doing two manager's jobs. As far as PT min. wage-the same is at Target, Best-Buy and really any retailer including Macy's and Nordstrom. Ever since Obamacare has come about employers of all sizes have said they will cut to less than 30 hours and they will not hire full-time. I am surprised at the managers at Wal Mart who were interviewed. They are aware Target and the other big box stores are doing the same. They also know most of the Wal Mart positions can be filled by high school students. Think about this which is right around corner---CA is totally bankrupt. Los Angeles is bankrupt as are other CA cities. Pretty soon CA will be questioning its own Medicaid system which will be a travesty considering the CA is known as the Queen of Welfare in the US.”
undrgrndgirl on Dec 13, 2012 at 23:22:07
“"i have never known any size company to provide insurance for PT employees"...well, girlsceo, you'd be WRONG...because starbucks does. actually target does too...as do land's end, whole foods, home depot, ups and costco. so does my brother in his small machine shop (he's not even REQUIRED to offer it to FT's)...yes, california is the queen of welfare, we give more welfare to RED STATES than just about anyone else. perhaps california should stop sending money to washington.”
collateraldam on Dec 13, 2012 at 23:16:37
“A court today just said it was okay to reduce payments to MediCal providers (what Medicaid is called in California) by 10%.
Anyone care to guess what this will do to the number of medical providers who will accept MediCal?
Here's a hint: Most will chose not to participate in a government program that guarantees that they won't even be able to cover their costs in providing the service, much less turn any profit.
What good is "free" insurance if no provider will accept it?”
d1anaw on Dec 13, 2012 at 22:50:55
“Businesses have been keeping people "part time" for decades. Even my mom was kept part time for many years so her employer would not have to pay her benefits. She didn't need them, but the fact is, even back in the 60s, 70s and 80s businesses have been doing this. This is not new and not due to Obamacare. That's just an excuse.”
“This story will not help her sales and there was no reason to print it. Here is why: In the high fashion industry whether it be in London, Europe, the U.S.-where ever, designers and their backers know you are only as good as your last collection. Now perhaps the HP and the writer are unaware of that very simple rule of the fashion trade.There is not a major designer, or even a mainstream designer who has not been dropped by retailers for one reason or another. Even Yves St. Laurent had a bad season(s) or for that matter Calvin Klein.
@Travelking: she needs to look at her customer base and make changes. That's all-she doesn't have to sell to 20 years olds to be a success. @bdgrizcp What happens on Bravo has nothing to do with her sales.
Fashion Week in NY, London, etc.are outrageous in production costs. The only way they are affordable is when a group work together-which are usually the younger designers. I worked in PR and show production in NYC and was asked by the Brits to help their young designers many years ago. Have also attended show in NYC, London and Paris. Zoe is better to get out of the limelight, and concentrate on business rather than big promotions. Zoe could very well come out of this if she stops reading her press and concentrates totally on business.”
“You know she's not hanging out of it on top-that is actually a quite modest top for bikinis in Europe and the UK-she's not overweight and to be honest-why is this newsworthy even for a gossip column. It's not a fashion statement nor do we care. American publications and journalists are just too overly impressed by the styles and bodies of celebrities and nobility. One thing to add-it does not look like it was photoshopped. Kate Middleton's cover of Marie Claire was a photoshop. Not her body-they put her head on a body. Plus she would never wear the style dress used in the photo. So at least the Prime Minister's wife was saved from some editor deciding to change her body.”
geraldbostock on Aug 18, 2012 at 09:15:05
“American publications and journalists only care about this stuff because they know that we, the consumer, will lap it up. And the more we lap it up, the higher the advertising revenue for them, the media. To paraphrase the great Pogo, we have seen the enemy, and he is us.”
“I agree with Jennifer and in addition we still live in the U.S. and as Whoopi Goldberg publicly said-there is freedom of speech and if you don't like his views don't go there. By the way-if this was a U.S. citizen who was a Muslim business owner who made the statement-what would happen? Learn what Islam's statement is on homosexuals and Gay marriage. AND Islam is the fasting growing religion in the U.S.-I doubt very seriously if a devout Muslim did the same there would not be the same reaction especially by the Boston mayor-”
“As Whoopie Goldberg and Barbara Walters said-We still live in a country of free speech. By the way, Dan Cathey has never supported Gay marriage. He's always been verbal about it and being a Christian. Anyone who has a franchise or owns one of the restaurants is most likely aware of it. Also-we as Americans have the freedom to buy where we want-You don't have to support their business just like there are people who quit shopping J.C Penney. You may believe in Gay marriage while others do not. It is not a law of the land yet either-Additionally the Boston mayor lives in an exceptionally racist city-I lived there and it is EXTREMELY RACIST-I did not realize it until I worked in Boston Proper-so Mayor Mennino has no business condemning Cathey and deciding non of the restaurants are welcome-Ask him about the Irish hatred and racism against African-Americans. It is very prevalent as is the anti-immigration attitude of the Irish. By the way the 3 mayor's attitudes on commerce in their cities are fascism. One more point on this-
Islam is totally against homosexuality and Gay marriage. As Islam becomes more prevalent in our country we may have freedom of speech and religion yet you will find Muslim's taking a strand on it. IF Cathey were Muslim there would be no protest from Gays. Again, we live in a country of Free Speech for the time being.”
aimtoplease on Aug 2, 2012 at 13:03:20
“I hate many Muslims views on women and homosexuals. Muslims and Christians are very similar. I would absolutely speak out against them as well.”
reierje on Aug 2, 2012 at 12:13:31
“Yes... we do... and the protesters are using their free speech just as Dan Cathy is... what's your point?!”
“Farsi is also a main language spoken in Afghanistan which is totally different than Iran. We have thousands upon thousands of Iranians also known as Persians in the U.S.-We also have celebrities and store owners who are originally from Iran, are not U.S. citizens yet-they also cannot return to Iran because of their political beliefs You cannot ask someone if they are a citizen as she may be here on a Visa for school through the State Department or through her own family-thousands of Iranian families send their kids to the U.S. to school and the kids don't necessarily agree on the Iranian politics and many end up staying here. I have friends whose family members are from Vietnam, Afghanistan,and other countries-they speak in the native language to make it easier for them to communicate. Go to ChinaTown in San Francisco-you see it all the time. This happens in retail stores consistently. It's plain and simple-the store discriminated against her She could also go into another Apple store and purchase it with no problem as well.”
jbkorn02 on Jun 20, 2012 at 19:56:40
“It is the stores right to refuse service to whoever they choose.”
“Actually teens read Cosmo especially as the majority of former teen fashion magazines are out of business like Cosmo Girl, Elle Girl, etc. Only Seventeen and Teen Vogue are around and Teen Vogue has decreased its size. Cosmo and Glamour are read by teens also.”
“The Franklin W. Olin Engineering school students are amazing. There were a few in our Social Entrepreneurship course with Mike Caslin in 2006. They were creating social enterprises that were outstanding contributions to society. YearUp is fantastic. I am familiar with them from working with Artists for Humanity in Boston proper. I was with AFH Boston from 2005 to 2006. This is an after school program in Boston that has only students from Boston proper schools. They learn a specific art technique and are paid as apprentices attending the program 3 afternoons a week. They take their artistic talents and skills to create products they sell to corporations and individuals. It is an arts/entrepreneurship emphasis. The Red Sox, Staples, TJ Maxx, all Boston emergency services are examples of clients. The students work closely on designs and sales with them. 99% of the attendees graduate and go on to art institutes, colleges or full time jobs.”
“Tabby You are so right. This is exactly why I agreed to e-mentor a 17 year-old Afghan girl with her English reading and writing. It's through a school in Kabul to educate girls to become leaders and of course I will encourage her to become an entrepreneur also. So excited.”
hp blogger Tabby Biddle on Oct 8, 2013 at 23:47:41
“This is beautiful work Sylvia! Thank you for sharing about it. Your mentee is very fortunate to have you as her mentor.”
“Great article and commentary Lori--- I wonder if the two Disney Board members who are supposedly big supporters of women on Boards and as leaders have read it? I mean Sheryl Sandberg and Monica Lozano--wonder why they think Merida needs to be a Disney Princess? Or do they not have any power on the Disney Board. Just some thoughts- Will pass your article along and will make reference to it.”
“My comment had nothing to do with boys and men. Nor the price of clothing nor the economic status of people. By the way, special orders and purchasing online is not the teen or college girl's way of shopping. Girls who are little do not buy in the children's stores. Popular, hot girls do wear over a size 10 are trendy and quite frankly don't care about their sizes. I work exclusively with high school girls and college women-smart, good looking popular and date the creme de la creme. Wearing a size 12 or 14 is not the criteria.”
Silver Lobo on May 13, 2013 at 20:33:09
“I work exclusively with high school girls and college women-smart, good looking popular and date the creme de la creme. --- As with the rest of your comment, you just discriminated against men, boys, and Little People (often refer to as Dwarfs). These "Popular, hot girls do wear over a size 10" are also discriminatory and exclusive because they "date the creme de la crème" men while ignoring average looking, uncool, poor or working class men that do NOT fit in to the ideal of "creme de la crème" status....
Let me also point out that most of these "high school girls and college women" who are "smart, good looking, popular" will be later complaining about the men they dated how they are not appreciated, how they are mistreated, how they were "deceived", etc by these men in the "the creme de la crème" category. If you actually believe that wearing a size 12-14 or less is not somewhat part of the criteria to these men, you certainly have little concept of what is part of the criteria to over 80% of hetero men.”
“Actually Silver Lobo, look at the girls who shop at Forever 21-yes some are small yet like other places their are those who are not. By the way, Forever 21 also caters to the woman over 30 who wants to be over 21. Check out their sizes of large and XL. Same with Hollister, Urban Outfitters. Justice is for grade school and middle school girls. Hot Topics is goth so that's a mute point.”
Silver Lobo on May 12, 2013 at 22:28:12
“The point is NOT ALL clothes styles are for EVERYBODY. Forever 21 does NOT make clothes for boys and men. Gucci and Prada do not specifically make clothes for the poor and working class. Most clothing companies do NOT make clothes for the "big and tall" or the "small and short". Most little people have to buy their clothes from the children section and then have them altered to fit. For those companies that cater to the consumer across the board, many have to be put on special orders or bought only online. As such, "trendy" clothing companies have a certain right and responsibility to adhere to their core demographic regardless of whether the rest of us agree with that choice or not. If there isn't a certain amount of exclusivity than it is not really ":trendy". Much like exclusive night clubs won't let just anyone in or into the VIP section, trendy clothing companies create a heighten value for their product by NOT allowing just anyone to be associated with their core image consumer.... It is an ugly truth, but is the way of that type of business...”
“Ladies, this is nothing new. Seriously in the fashion industry it is not new even though up until maybe the last 10 years, the female leaders of the cosmetic and perfume companies were older women. They had the brains and the maturity to make tough decisions. Remember when Donna Karan reminded us that women were not a size 4-they were and are a size 12 (at least). This is the exact reason More magazine was created after Grace Mirabella (over 50) lost her magazine. More has a model competition which is great. Eileen Fisher creates clothing for women over the age of 50 and her looks are outstanding. Do you want to make a change in this? Have you seen what the teenage girls are doing about Seventeen magazine editorial and Teen Vogue advertisers? Do you remember what women did over the Guess ads that deferred to women being abused and sexual objects? It takes bringing together women to take a stand and push the companies into making changes. There is one more point through, for years and years mothers have and still want to dress like their teenage daughters. Why do you think Forever 21 was created? Now these same mothers are older and want to get away from those looks. Do you want to see changes made? Tell retailers what you think? Let customer service reps for your favorite companies know you what you want. Watch what happens then.”
Aug 6, 2012 at 16:33:59
“Great post and the subject is the talk throughout the women entrepreneur and business owner sector today in the U.S. From the National Women's Business Council to the Center for Women's Business Research-how to support and help women expand their established businesses.
Here are options for women with established businesses and groups to consider to collaborate. The National Association of Women Business Owners has around 60 chapters in U.S. including 8 to 10 in CA. Some in NAWBO with strong businesses allow for excellent networking with meetings, programs and national conference. Chapter sizes vary and the level of business owner. The national web site is www.nawbo.org and it is now based in D.C.with a strong CEO.
The other is WPO-Women Presidents' Organization with headquarters in NYC. This is specifically for women presidents of companies over $2 million in revenue or $1 million for service businesses. Marsha Firestone is the founder and CEO. WPO is a more elite than NAWBO.
Women's Leadership Exchange based in NYC http://www.womensleadershipexchange.com. This is not a membership organization. The founders are very well connected and women you will want to meet. Leslie Grossman and Andrea March.Their conferences and programs are focused on women with established businesses in a growth mode. Leslie has served on Center for Business Women's Research Board and NAWBONYC as President.
Great collaborative opportunities on a national basis. Looking forward to hearing how your Las Vegas program goes. Cheers.”
hp blogger Eli Davidson on Aug 7, 2012 at 01:26:05
“I am a huge fan of every organization you mentioned, and think there are ways we can come together to support established women business owners. I look forward to having that conversation. It appears we are filling a need that women leaders are calling out for- our event was half full in 12 days. We are committed to creating events that are peer to peer networking. It is our intention to have women leaders get access to both the skills and ultimately the funding sources to grow, scale and build their businesses. Thank you so much for your gracious support.”
“First of all, congratulations to Gabby-you did all of us proud especially your mother and family. So now it is time just to blow off all the media's comments about your hair, make-up and clothing. That's about all the media including Huffington Post journalists care about. Keep up the good work--”
EvaRay Watson on Aug 5, 2012 at 20:05:36
“I do agree with you GirlsCEOConnect you are so right. May God bless you Gabby and your family.”
“My question is why doesn't Facebook have a diverse Board of Directors including women of color. I'm real tired of hearing about Sheryl Sandberg and her views.
Why don't we have a woman as Vice President under Obama? Sorry but there were plenty of competent women to run with him and I am sure Hillary Clinton would have supported the person. There is no excuse for us not to have a female Vice- President in the Administration.
Dr. Deb Kolb and Carol Frohlinger have written a fantastic book on women and leadership-part of our problem in the US is lack of training and educating women for these roles. Their book Her Place at the Table is excellent on addressing issues down to the point of where to sit in a meeting and how to be heard thus the name Her Place at the Table. Deb's book The Shadow Negotiation is very clear on how women can learn to negotiate from the get go.
BoardRoom Bound works with women as well as Women Impacting Public Policy. TIAW has a Women on Boards training program for non-profit and corporate boards. Catalyst has a Board Services program that includes helping women determine if they are ready to be on a Board and what they need to prepare themselves. What would Estee Lauder do if the majority of female customers put a dent in their profits--they might bring on female board members. It's a thought-”
hp blogger Tabby Biddle on Apr 30, 2012 at 19:29:51
“Thanks so much for sharing your ideas here Sylvia. I am excited to learn about Deb and Carol's book Her Place at the Table. I had not yet heard of it. I will check it out.
They key point that I resonated with in what you said is about women needing training and education around leadership. I think this is a really important point - and I think it's most effective if we as women train one another. I feel that training in the old ways of the masculine paradigm can help a little, but really don't connect us with our full power as women.
The important fact we have to pay attention to though is that many women who are currently in leadership positions were trained in this old way - and so I think it's really important that we support these women to embrace more of their feminine - and support them in integrating this into their leadership.
I love the work that you do equipping high school girls to be entrepreneurs and leaders. I think a key to this new leadership is to honor the feminine in these young women and let them know how VALUABLE this is to honoring themselves as women and becoming feminine leaders in the world.
“I loved Dark Shadows and made sure I could watch it on time. Began watching it my senior year of high school (1967) through college years (1971). In college in our Tri Delta sorority house TV room it would be filled with girls watching it. A generation of high school and college students following the best Vampire show ever produced (also loved the fashions of the two young women-so chic for the late 60's and early 70's). Sorry Twilight fans-as Johnny Depp has said, these so-called new vampires and the shows don't hold a candle to Jonathan Frid and Dark Shadows. ABC can't bring themselves to report on it anywhere on social media or on television. Frid gave ABC Network 20 million viewers at 4 pm at the height of the show. Jonathon Frid as Barnabas Collins took Dark Shadows from failing to stardom. Shame on ABC Network for their missing the boat!!”
Janice Jezak on May 9, 2012 at 02:54:30
“I am not surprised that ABC could not acknowledge the fact that Jonathan Frid and Dark Shadows was such a hit for them. That would mean they would have to acknowledge that soaps count and counted and they screwed up cancelling One Life to Live. I will truely miss you Mr Frid. Thank you for making my childhood so much fun.”
Woodsie on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:47:57
“I hear the new film is played just for campy comedy. I love Depp, but don't want to see Barnabus reduced to a clown.”
Mar 28, 2012 at 19:29:15
“Leah this is a well-written post and I enjoyed reading it. I also agree with you although after reading the other comments I seem to be in the minority. There are organizations under the SBA that help people start and run entrepreneurial ventures. Small Business Development Centers & Women's Business Centers along with other similar organizations founded through community colleges and universities with community business development initiatives. I've been involved with a WBC in Boston, San Bernardino and have friends who work for others across the country. Additionally being an entrepreneur can take on many forms from the micro-enterprise, direct sales (which many women want to do), small to medium enterprise development on into those looking for angel and VC funding. This country was built on entrepreneurship and I am glad to see it continue. FYI: I've been an independent contractor and the responsibility is on both sides, employer and contractor. Contractors can be in big trouble with their taxes if they don't follow the rules. In fact many of my former clients wanted me to be with them as in IC yet expected me to work in their office and go by their timelines. So that works both ways. All in all I agree with you totally-”
DavidMG80 on Mar 29, 2012 at 14:07:52
“With such a weak social safety net and a general lack of personal savings amongst most Americans it's too risky to start a business when 75% of business ventures fail within 5 years. That's why you are in the minority. People are being realistic about the potential cost of starting a new business, even if its just a DBA.”
“As you called this a "cult"-many of these horrendous African destruction of people is not really about religion as we know it. They have been raised under tribal cultures and warfare rather than peaceful movements. By the way the extremism that you talk about has also infiltrated from countries around the continent of Africa.”
MohammedAbbasi on Mar 14, 2012 at 21:17:39
“Religion is a tool used an abused to gain power and when some cannot they resort to violence to achieve that - regardless what religion the violent ones wish to describe themselves under.
People are becoming more interconnected and regardless what part of this planet one group is suffering the rest of us should do everything we can to help.
In reality there is simply One Culture and One Tribe that we as a human race are headed for and this is not being run by politicians or religious leaders - but by all of us and the early stages of this we are seeing in the collective action for justice which is what we are calling for on Kony”
“Several members of my family have lived in Kenya, Senegal, South Africa. My brother and cousins grew up there. My father traveled into the Northern Frontier along with Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and into the Congo. They are not disputing these groups. So I totally understand what they are doing. I also know groups who are also setting up orphanages and homes for children with Aids, building hospitals etc. I did not indicate our public schools would teach about them-my cousin who not only grew up there but had three children born there is pretty amazed that it's taken 20 years. That's why I asked the question who is going to teach them-I know about being immersed in the cultures.”
hp blogger Stephanie Rudat on Mar 14, 2012 at 20:08:37
“Which contributes to the argument of how important travel and living abroad is. I, too, travel with great frequency and have lived abroad. Those experiences continue to expose me to new things, I become more educated and aware, and then go about life with a different lens.
Everyone doesn't have the same opportunities which is why sharing our experiences and perspectives are invaluable. A good lesson is to always remind ourselves that our perception and way we deliver our experiences isn't the way others necessarily would. I find myself having to remind myself of that fact with frequency!
It's great that your family has spent a lot of time in Africa. I'm sure there are great stories to be shared!”
“I would like to know in all honesty how many "experts" and "activists" have spent any amount of time in Africa, especially Uganda and the Congo. Kony was run out of Uganda years ago. Edi Amin went into self-exile from Uganda into Saudi Arabia where he was until his death. U.S. citizens have no idea about the culture of the different African countries and the tribes. Why didn't we do something 20 years ago? Yes I know one of his victims exposed him. However, what do we do about it now? I'm not saying being up in arms is wrong or anything along that lines. It is horrendous. Who is going to teach the youth about the African tribes impacted by Kony? Who is going to help them create safe houses and orphanages, medical care for all these people?”
victorzeller on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:20:39
“U.S citizens don't care about the culture in Africa. We have problems of our own right here in the United States. High unemployment, homeless, people going hungry, homes being foreclosed on, etc. Why should we care about any of this? All those questions you asked can be summed up with two words, United States. because our government would rather help any country but its own. Let the Ungandans help themselves first.”
hp blogger Stephanie Rudat on Mar 13, 2012 at 23:32:37
“Are you familiar with Invisible Children, Resolve, and Enough - to name a few? They are some of the American orgs that are dealing with policy, schools, sustainable employment and work? This is not a defense - I'm just encouraging you to look at everything the orgs are doing.
Regarding how much time has been spent there between experts & activists - maybe because birds of a feather flock together, I happen to know MANY that have lived in Central Africa, spent many months there or visit with frequency to work/volunteer. As someone that travels as much of our planet as I can - I know that being immersed in various cultures helps us better understand one another. We are able to share our experiences with one another and expose people to different ways of life.
In response to your question of who will teach the youth about African tribes impacted by Kony -- don't look to our public schools! Most of our youth only know about the LRA and Central Africa because of I.C. That's an education reform topic. ;-)”
“Who really cares? Don't you have better things to write about than this? How about how bad Hilary Clinton looks these days? You could talk about why she doesn't get her hair cut and is it because she doesn't have time or just doesn't care any longer. What about the wives of politicians already in office in D.C. who really truly don't know how to dress at times? Those that wear designer labels who need to take a look at how they really look--sometimes just plain frumpy. Write about something more important that what the candidates are wearing. Your article is a bit bias for sure. Most Americans don't have any style any longer so it is a mute subject.”
Scott Moguns on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:21:52
“That was my thought, and besides, is there something more important that the author can write about or is he fixed on Perry?”
“I am amazed after all these years that Huffington Post or in fact any news publication continues to focus on female politicians and candidates apparel, shoes, hair and make-up. Hilary Clinton took a beating and quite frankly, if Diane Feinstein had been elected by her dress at the time-she would have never made it. She always looked like a frump in her clothing choices. You know I sure don't hear or see journalists in other countries talk about their female politicians style of dress, hair and make-up. Perhaps that's why they have women presidents, chancellors and prime ministers.”