In a perfect world, the most qualified applicants would gain the attention of those responsible for filling job openings. But that’s not the world we live in. Something as simple as a non-White sounding name can immediately reduce your chances of getting hired. Watch what happened when one man decided to change only one letter of his resume, going from José to Joe.
You know that feeling – the nagging notion that you’re not as smart as everyone else in the room, that you don’t deserve compliments, maybe even that you don’t deserve your job in the first place and just got where you are based on pure luck. Well, it has a name: Impostors Syndrome. And it can lead to some serious problems, both in and out of the workplace.
When I was applying to engineering schools as a high school senior, I had no idea what I was in for. And the thing is, neither did any of my advisers. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many inner-city urban schools like the one I attended. When it comes to urban youth, we are not providing them with the tools to find success in STEM. But that can change.
Make no mistake: Paid sick days are a feminist issue. And they’re one of those job benefits you don’t realize you want until you suddenly need them. The ability to take time off when you or a family member is sick impacts your health, well-being, and financial security. You shouldn’t have to choose between your paycheck and your health.
When we think about truck drivers, construction workers, garbage collectors, plumbers, electricians, and other blue-collar work, few of us immediately imagine women performing these tasks. But there are many women who want to (and do!) work in non-traditional trades. Many people think we can’t perform these tasks, but I’m here to tell you that we can and we do!
Just because your job isn’t feminist in scope doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to incorporate your social justice practices into the workplace. Why shouldn’t you transform your workplace into the kind the kind of place you actually want to be in? We all deserve access to safe, supportive, and feminist work spaces. But how can we start to make that happen?
About one year ago, I lost my job. The 6 months it took me to find a new position changed me, and maybe more importantly, it informed my feminism. It also brought me face-to-face with my own privilege. Having a “career” instead of a “job” is a privilege. Benefits, health insurance, and a living wage are all privileges, too – and I no longer take them for granted.
In this podcast, Sandra Kim and Aruna Rao discuss how organizations can transform their institutional practices to be more equitable, based on her experience at Gender at Work. Gender at Work works with organizations to analyze their unquestioned, “normal” way of working and helps them find customized strategies to create greater gender equity.
There’s no way to eliminate multitasking completely from our lives, but we can create ways to make it healthier for us. Because multitasking — in all aspects of our lives — means we’re likely doing more for other people than we are for ourselves. And as if that isn’t a red flag on its own, here are some reasons why multi-tasking does more harm than good.
STEM fields are perceived as male, no matter what statistics say. Even fields where women earn more than half of degrees awarded, such as in chemistry and math, are considered “male-dominated.” That’s incredible: Even when we are the majority, we are somehow in a field that does not belong to us. So what are some reasons why STEM needs women and women need STEM?