All over the world, people are working past the usual retirement ages. In some cases, this is due to the minimum age rising, and in others, people need or want the income, the security. But, as I’ve discussed before (e.g., The Retirement Age Myth), many people are continuing to work because they want to, because […]
A recent article, “44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know,” was heartening to see. We need more publicity for accomplished women, particularly in STEM fields, to inspire all women to unleash their own visionary voices and step unabashedly into what has heretofore been seen as the domain of men.
This historic week reminds us of just how much we have been through together, as a nation and as individuals, from the civil rights movement we honor as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., to women’s rights, so much of which is embodied in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision made 40 years […]
Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important—and contentious—Supreme Court decisions regarding women: Roe vs. Wade. Both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups are marking this historic decision, with celebrations or marches, story-telling or protests. For me, the day is bittersweet, for I personally celebrate the decision yet the anniversary brings into sharp relief […]
Most of us have a visceral reaction to news about violence against women, such as the brutal gang rape on the public bus in New Delhi, the kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl by members of her high school’s football team in Ohio, or the young Pakistani girl being shot in the head […]
What is a midlife crisis? The clichéd images are of a man in his 40s buying a red sports car and pursuing younger women, but a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls into question these clichés.
Growing up in Brooklyn, then spending my adolescence along Long Island’s sound, I remember seeing my share of storms—heavy rain and high winds strong enough to smash boats. I felt a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature, of Gaia, our Earth. And these storms weren’t even close to the size and power of Hurricane Sandy.
I tried writing about a million different topics this week, but I can’t really focus on anything but this hurricane. We lost power for days on end, but we have had food, water, shelter. The images of those without any of these things, those in need of medical care, not to mention the devastation are deeply disturbing.
Events like Hurricane Sandy tend to bring our lives into sharp relief. Those of us near or in the storm are acutely focused on what matters–food, water, safety, and communication for ourselves and our loved ones. The heroes stand out, as do the generous folks donating, opening their homes, and showing us that no matter what times we live in, we can count on each other when it matters.
A recent study by Booz & Co. reveals that if the U.S. employment rate for women were to become equal to that of men over the next 10 years, we would likely see an increase of at least 5% in our GDP. Now, think about this for a moment. We’re not even talking about equality within the workplace. Simply making it possible for women to have the same chance at employment is worth $795 billion.