Topic: politics

President Obama’s Disappointing Record On Hiring Women

President Obamaâs Disappointing Record On Hiring Women

The first action Barack Obama took as president was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extends the legal rights of women who have experienced pay discrimination on the job. It’s something he mentions often, as he has cultivated a reputation as a female-friendly president. To be fair, it wasn’t that hard to do when the other guy was Mitt “Binders Full of Women” Romney. But as the New York Times reports today, his inner circle is currently almost 100% male. More »

‘Rodham’ Follows 20-Something Hillary Torn ‘Between Career And Boyfriend’

âRodhamâ Follows 20-Something Hillary Torn âBetween Career And Boyfriendâ

A screenplay about a 20-something Hillary Clinton titled Rodham is making the rounds in Hollywood, and according to a new poll of film executives, everyone wants to get their hands on it. The screenplay’s angle is that it depicts young HRC “trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.” It includes a scene in which she applies makeup and sings “You’re So Vain.” Oh dear. Is strong, sensible Hillary Clinton turning into a simpering romantic comedy heroine? More »

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

Congress has been making headlines recently for being even more dysfunctional and deadlocked than usual, thanks to the “fiscal cliff” disaster just narrowly averted. This morning, Politico reported that House Speaker John Boehner walked up to the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, as negotiations began and said, “Go f— yourself.” How kind and professional! So it’s about time we got to read an upbeat story about the institution, and here’s a great one: The story of how New Hampshire produced the first all-female congressional delegation, which becomes official tomorrow. As one newly elected representative put it, “Pink is the new power color in New Hampshire.” More »

The 7 Most Outrageous Firings Of 2012

The 7 Most Outrageous Firings Of 2012

A lot of people were fired in 2012. Thousands, probably. Maybe even tens of thousands, who knows. Maybe even you! But not everyone’s firings were crazy enough to make the news. Here are our picks for the seven most outrageous firing stories of 2012, from the disabled guy fired for being two minutes late to work, to the woman fired for being “irresistible” to her boss. More »

‘Devastated’ Paula Broadwell Had Dreams Of Running For Office Or Being On TV

'Devastated' Paula Broadwell Had Dreams Of Running For Office Or Being On TV

It’s been about 10 days since Paula Broadwell became a household name. Before November 9, Broadwell was PhD candidate, wife, mother, and author of a new biography of General David Petraeus. Now, she’s a punchline on Saturday Night Live. Unsurprisingly, she’s having a tough time, even as her previous dreams of being a politician or TV star come to light. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Jerkwads Punishing Their Employees Because Obama Won

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Jerkwads Punishing Their Employees Because Obama Won

Last week in this space, I wrote about a guy known publicly as “Atlas Shrugged Guy,” who had vowed to fire his employees and shut down his business if President Obama won re-election. “Don’t be that guy,” I wrote, thinking that surely there could only be one “that guy” cruel and obnoxious enough to punish his own employees because the wrong guy won an election. Boy, was I wrong. More »

Why It’s Not Fair That Paula Broadwell Could Lose Her Career After Petraeus Affair

Why It's Not Fair That Paula Broadwell Could Lose Her Career After Petraeus Affair

General David Petraeus, one of the most respected members of the military, beloved by Republicans and Democrats alike, resigned as director of the CIA on Friday, admitting that he’d had an affair. The other woman, as we all know now, was Paula Broadwell. Before last week, Broadwell was a distinguished military scholar, with a Master’s from Harvard and experience in counterintelligence. Now she’s being painted as nothing more than an aggressively sexy acolyte. Petraeus has lost his job, but Broadwell may lose her career, and that’s a shame. More »