The Shriver Report – Working Women

Special Edition

Debunking 6 Myths Women Face in the Workplace
Let’s debunk the myths that still exist and replace them with the truth that celebrates the progress that women have made, and continue to make. In creating lives of success and significance, women are blazing new paths and becoming great role models for the women who follow them.  → Read More
Talking to Your Boss About Your Breasts
When was the last time you talked to your boss about your breasts? Breastfeeding and working is no longer an exception for new mothers. It is no longer a valiant few women, secretly locked in closets with breast pumps: it’s the new reality of an America where women are all at once breadwinners and, for the first few months to few years of a baby’s life, milk-makers.  → Read More
My Story
From Working Mom to Working Woman: The Opportunity of the Empty Nest
I have been a Working Mom for 21 years. I start the words with capital letters because it is my name. It is me. I have worked sometimes more hours than others but, for the entire time I’ve been a mother, I’ve worked. And now I feel the shift of the winds as I begin the transition from Working Mom back to Working Woman.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Don’t Do It All, Do This Instead
Yes, the world needs to change. Public policy, many men and workplaces all could change to be more supportive of women. But we are not solely at their mercy, waiting for these external changes. So what do we do in the meantime? We, too, can make change to help ourselves.  → Read More
What Women Need
The Gender Wage Gap: What To Do If You Think You Aren’t Being Paid Fairly
We have read the stories and statistics about the gender wage gap, and that despite the many strides women have made in the workforce, women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix to this issue, but we had a very enlightening conversation with employment attorney Christopher Davis, partner at Stoll, Glickman & Bellina, and he shared what you can do if you think you aren’t being paid fairly, with and without the assistance of an attorney.  → Read More
What Women Need
5 Tips to Help Negotiate the Right Pay
It’s no secret that men are often paid more than women. However, each year women leave millions of potential earnings on the table due to lack of negotiation. Many reasons why women avoid negotiations are rooted in societal expectations. Here are some of the barriers we face and how to get around them to get paid what you’re worth.  → Read More
What Women Need
Working Women Need Good Health Coverage and Paid Sick Time
This month, millions of previously uninsured women across the country are finally gaining desperately-needed health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But some of our country’s newly-insured women may have trouble actually using their health coverage to seek urgent care, get a mammogram or take a sick child to the doctor. That’s because they work for employers that offer no paid sick time, and risk losing their jobs if they are ill and can’t come to work.  → Read More
What Women Need
Juggling on Even Ground: Policies to Address Low-Wage Workers’ Scheduling Challenges
When we talk about the struggles low-wage workers face, it may seem obvious that their biggest problem is low wages. However, scheduling challenges fundamentally exacerbate the struggle. In an interview with Women Employed (WE), a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Chicago described her situation: “[If the number of patients on the unit] goes down to ten, they call one or two of the CNAs around 4:30 in the morning and their shift will get cancelled for the day. It affects the monthly budget. I pay for daycare, gas, food and I’ll struggle to see how I’m going to make ends meet.”  → Read More
What Women Need
Pushing Back Against Poverty
In 2010, more than one in five U.S. children lived in poverty – substantially more than in most other wealthy countries. Poverty affects children in a variety of ways, including poor nutrition, housing, health and educational outcomes. No mother would choose poverty for her children – yet, too many cannot avoid poverty. The youngest children are also more likely to be poor: children under three are at the highest risk of living in poverty. This reflects that young children require care, which can be very difficult to balance with employment. At the same time, low-wage jobs often do not pay enough to support a family, and even many middle-class jobs do not afford parents the opportunities to pay for high quality childcare.  → Read More
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