Topic: discrimination

Why Women Choose To Get Paid Less

Why Women Choose To Get Paid Less

Yes, seriously: About half of the wage gap between men and women can be explained by the fact that women tend to work in lower-paying industries than men. The field of engineering is dominated by men, while women dominate in elementary education. It’s a tricky question: Why do women persistently wind up “choosing” to earn less money? A new study proposes an answer. More »

Scientists Rate Female Job Applicants As Less Worthy Of Money And Mentoring

Scientists Rate Female Job Applicants As Less Worthy Of Money And Mentoring

Both male and female scientists are biased against women, according to a new study from researchers at Yale. Using the ol’ “evaluate identical job applications with different names attached” technique, researchers found scientists rated female applicants lower in competence and hireability, and — here’s the painful kicker — said they’d be less willing to mentor the women than men with identical qualifications. Oh, and they’d pay ‘em less, too. Oof. Science, am I right, ladies?
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Can Having Curly Hair Hurt Your Career?

Can Having Curly Hair Hurt Your Career?

Earlier this summer we wrote about how sometimes long hair, especially if it is a little wild, can be perceived as unprofessional. One of the people interviewed for that story, workplace. Alexandra F. Figueredo, said when she worked in banking she kept her naturally curly hair slicked back, because she thought it looked more professional. But do curls, even if they are very well-kept, come off as unprofessional? We talked to some women about this.

Jessica Kupferman told The Grindstone:

“I have had curly hair all my life and I can tell you, many of us curly haired gals straighten when we go on a job interview so we don’t seem too “crazy” or wild-minded. I know I often do. In my more corporate days, when I wanted to be taken really seriously, I would straighten my hair – and it was much longer and took me an hour. I’m not sure WHY there’s that mindset – almost as if curls are created by some insanity brainwaves and therefore can’t be trusted – but even women with curly hair will tell you, we act accordingly. And men never seem to have this problem. I’ve never met a man interested in straightening his hair, ever.”

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Job Hunting With A Mexican Birth Certificate: One Citizen’s Struggle

Job Hunting With A Mexican Birth Certificate: One Citizen's Struggle

There are plenty of ways that politics can influence hiring practices. Normally, we see civil rights as helping minorities to fight off discrimination. But the current immigration debate might have hurt one woman’s job search. How? Well even though she’s a US citizen, she has a Mexican birth certificate. And after months of interviews, she became pretty sure that her foreign birth was holding her back. More »

Well, At Least We Know That The Government Takes Discrimination Seriously

Well, At Least We Know That The Government Takes Discrimination Seriously

A Muslim woman has sued the US Commission on International Religious Freedom for discrimination. In a horribly ironic story, the government agency that’s charged with protecting religious rights seems to have discriminated against an employee for her own religion. The woman’s story is a horrible indictment against the government agency, but it was also encouraging to see how seriously the case was taken by lawmakers. More »

Willing To Come To Work Early For An Unpaid Bible Study? You’re Hired!

Willing To Come To Work Early For An Unpaid Bible Study? You're Hired!

How’s this for a stressful interview question: During Edward Wolfe’s second interview for a job at a lighting company, a branch manager asked him to list every church he had attended over the past few years, along with where, when, and how he was “saved.” The manager also asked him if he would be OK with arriving to work early to attend a Bible study — without pay. Now — surprise, surprise! – Wolfe is suing the company.
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Can Cursing Too Much Torpedo A Woman’s Career?

Can Cursing Too Much Torpedo A Womanâs Career?

Do women pay a higher price for cursing at work than men do? Just ask former Yahoo! head Carol Bartz, notorious for her cursing on the job. (Here’s video of her telling a tech journalist to “F— off!”) According to a fascinating new article about cursing on the job in the Wall Street Journal, other directors at Yahoo! “discouraged her frequent use of swear words.” When a Journal reporter chastised Bartz for over-using the F word during her Yahoo tenure, she spat back, “And Jack Welch doesn’t?” More »

A Female Butcher On Beef, Death Threats, And Why Women Are Better At The Job

A Female Butcher On Beef, Death Threats, And Why Women Are Better At The Job

Kari Underly grew up in a family of butchers, but that didn’t make it any easier for her when she decided to get into the business. Her grandparents ran a butcher shop, and her dad had one, too, though it closed as supermarkets started to dominate the grocery business. By the time Underly decided to try her hand at butchery, it was an act of desperation: She needed a job in order to pay for college. The all-male butcher crew at her first job gave her the silent treatment, and one coworker even threw a knife at her. But Underley stuck with it, and eventually she moved out of the meat locker and into the corporate side of the meat industry, helping to develop and promote new cuts of meat including the Denver cut and the flatiron steak. Wiley published her book “The Art of Beef Cutting” last year. Underly is now a consultant, but she keeps her knife skills fresh; check out this aweomse video in which she breaks down an entire side of beef. She spoke with me recently about why she thinks women make the best butchers, how butchers became cool, and the incredibly satisfying story of how she got revenge on that knife-throwing colleague back in the meat cooler. More »

Rachel Maddow Is Wrong About The Wage Gap

Rachel Maddow Is Wrong About The Wage Gap

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shut down a Republican strategist on Meet the Press yesterday who questioned her repetition of the famous statistic about the wage gap: “women in this country still make 77 cents on the dollar for what men make.” Republican Alex Castellanos challenged Maddow on the point, saying “actually, if you start looking at the numbers Rachel, there are lots of reasons for that.” Maddow and her fans don’t want to hear it, but Castellanos is (mostly) right. More »