The Shriver Report – Let’s Hear it for the Girls

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Let’s Hear it for the Girls

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Another week come and gone…and lucky for you, we’ve been keeping track of the interesting stories you may have missed! Celebrate the end of another long week by catching up on the headlines that caught our eye this week.

  •  R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to…the American people.  FINALLY! Leaders have reached a temporary deal to avoid the debt crisis and re-open our government, and women are getting most of the credit from their male colleagues on both sides of the aisle with Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) saying, “Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate.”

Full Story: HuffPost: Men Got Us Into The Shutdown, Women Got Us Out

  • Rich, meet the poor: McDonald’s is still struggling to handle questions about how much their employees earn. This week, the company’s president, Jeff Straton, was put on the spot when a single mother and long-term employee interrupted his speech to ask, “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I have worked for McDonald’s for 10 years?”  We’re pretty sure his answer didn’t win anyone over.

Full Story: NPR, McDonald’s President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

  • Are men just better at science, engineering, technology and math? Eh…not so much. In fact, the first computer programmer ever was a woman. Check out the trailblazing life of Augusta Ada King.

Full Story: The New York Times, A Day to Remember the First Computer Programmer Was a Woman

  • Wish you could go back and have a nice chat with your younger 20-something-self?   We feel the same way, which is why we appreciated the insight shared by working women with their younger counterparts.

Full Story: The New York Times, Readers’ Advice for Young Women in the Workplace

  • You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again—put down that smartphone! Our always-connected culture could actually be decreasing quality productivity and this constant connectivity might be the most detrimental to, you guessed it, women.

Full Story: The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Why unplugging can lead to happier, more productive workers

  • Don’t blame it on narcissism! Do you find yourself saying “I” a lot? Women tend to use the pronoun more than men, but you’ll never guess the reason researchers think why.

Full Story: Slate, What Saying “I” Says About You


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