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Why do we cry at work?

Why do we cry at work? | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
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Emotion in the workplace can potentially act as one of a number of barriers in organisations to female progression into senior management or board positions. Here, Kate Pearlman-Shaw, a psychologist with ORConsulting, is interviewed about this thought provoking issue, and discusses strategies for managing workplace emotion.


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Why couples move for a man's job, but not a woman's - Washington Post (blog)

Why couples move for a man's job, but not a woman's - Washington Post (blog) | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
A new study offers a different take on the "trailing spouse," namely women who move to accommodate their husband's career.
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As a woman who has moved her family for both her own and her husband's career on numerous occasions, I read this article with great interest. The most interesting finding is of the impact on relationships of such moves, no matter who instigates them. (4 minutes)

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When Breasts Aren't Welcome at Work

When Breasts Aren't Welcome at Work | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it

Not long in to my first job (trainee Chartered Accountant at a nationwide retailer in the UK that has since gone in to liquidation), I was called in to the office of the only female on the finance leadership team.

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Don't miss this sensitively written blog (3 minutes reading time). If you're put off by the title, even more reason to read it.

Raises some interesting dilemmas. When does appearance really become an issue worth questioning?  Do we really need to change who we are to fit in?  and so much more...


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Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
The number of women in scientific research continues to lag behind the number of men, even though women make up half the nation's workforce. The question is, What difference does it make?
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A thoughtful and wide ranging reflection on the role of women in science.  The author suggests that absence of female scientists from critical research has in some cases affected the reliability and validity  of outcomes.  The subject choices made by young women during their secondary (high) school years is crucial, and the low numbers of girls pursuing STEM subjects continues, often as a result of unhelpful peer group influences.

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Stressing the differences in gender reactions

Stressing the differences in gender reactions | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Recent research into the types of hormones produced in response to stress is revealing
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So, research suggests that women produce more Oxytocin in response to stress than men.  Oxytocin is sometimes called the "bonding hormone" because of its role after childbirth in promoting maternal behaviours.  Its also thought to be central to developing empathy& trust and breaking down barriers between rival groups. So on the one hand its a great thing.  But you can have too much of a great thing, as this article suggests.

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Women Helping Women -- It's Imperative, Not A "Nice To Do"

Women Helping Women -- It's Imperative, Not A "Nice To Do" | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
By Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC I routinely get emails from women seeking advice on a range of professional issues, from how to start and gain leadership buy-in for a structured corporate responsibility program to how to...
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A couple of things really caught my imagination in this brief piece.  The first is an exercise Shannon Schuyler describes from the conference she attended.  "Look around the room for someone I can help".  This is something we can all do. - gender irrelevant.  The second is putting aside some time regularly in your schedule to offer support, mentor, coach within your own organisation.  

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It’s a Man’s World or Is It?

It’s a Man’s World or Is It? | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Over the years women, have introduced their own style of management.
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There are some good points made in this blog about the gender imbalance in the business world, and how people perceive leadership. Leadership is about so much more in modern organisations than the traditional male 'traits' referred to here - being direct, assertive, forceful. So whilst a more 'feminine' style is now becoming more prevalent, women who get to the top can still be judged by age old standards. It's an interesting thought: it's often our experience that a more rounded style is much more effective...

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Women Helping Women in the Workplace—or Not?

Women Helping Women in the Workplace—or Not? | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Research examines whether some women pull up ladder after breaking glass ceiling
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Current understanding of in and out groups might lead us to expect women to support other women in the workplace. This article suggests otherwise.  Women may actually perceive each other as more of a threat in a male dominated environment and "pull the ladder up" once they get to the top.


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Working mother guilt: flexibility and trust are the only solutions

Working mother guilt: flexibility and trust are the only solutions | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
If Emma Bridgewater can admit she suffers from working mother guilt, we all can. We need to talk about the issue if we want it to go away, says Jessica Chivers
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Great article on working mother guilt. Flexibility and trust from partners and employers leads to a more agile way of working and better chance of retaining high value employees who are returning to work and struggling to fit into the old regime of working habits.

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The mother-of-nine pushing for boardroom equality

The mother-of-nine pushing for boardroom equality | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Helena Morrissey, chief executive of Newton Investment Management and a mother of nine, explains why she wants more women on boards.
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We think Helena Morrissey is remarkable. Juggling the responsibilities of her CEO role with those of being a mother to 9, yes nine, children, is a balancing act indeed. A fine role model.


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Contraceptive Pill Associated With Changes In Brain Structure | IFLScience

Contraceptive Pill Associated With Changes In Brain Structure | IFLScience | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Since its advent 50 years ago, the pill has helped revolutionize contraception and transform women’s lives.

Via Cindy Seiwert
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A brief report (5 mins) on some small scale, early research into structural changes in the brain observed with anti-androgenic progestin Oral Contraceptive (OC) usage.  It is suggested that these physical changes could explain the superior performance shown by participants, on certain verbal and facial recognition tasks. Put simply, these OC's don't increase levels of testosterone (the steroid hormone which is greater in men than women) which other OC's tend to do.  Its very early days, the study had very few participants, and more research is needed to determine whether the structural changes, the enhanced skills observed and the hormonal changes associated with the drug, are actually linked.

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The gender pay gap has fallen to a record low - Telegraph

The gender pay gap has fallen to a record low - Telegraph | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Women in their 20s and 30s who work full-time now earn more, on an hourly basis, than their male counterparts, as new official data show that the gender pay gap in the UK has fallen to an all-time low...
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Whilst there is good news to be read here, the statistics still show women are under presented at senior leadership in the UK private sector.  Parenthood and taking on caring responsibilities apparently remain the key blockers to women's progress up the corporate ladder.   

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Women on boards: open your eyes to the opportunities offered by SMEs

Women on boards: open your eyes to the opportunities offered by SMEs | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
The inclusive, talent-driven culture in many SMEs and third sector organisations offers a unique opportunity for board-level experience, says Natalie Campbell
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Illustrates how early aspirations and determination pay off... also some very practical tips for achieving presence and influence, but in a tactical and effective manner.

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6 Leadership Myths and Realities

6 Leadership Myths and Realities | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
There are many false impressions of what makes a great leader. Many people think that it's baked into your DNA whether or not you are destined to become an effective leader. Well guess what, they are wrong. I've shattered the top leadership myths and...
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Its amazinghow often people talk about these. How many do you find lurking in the back of your mind? 

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Emma Watson "He For She" Speech - YouTube

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UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson confirms that gender remains an issue for the Millennial Generation and takes the issue beyond Western cultures.  She reflects on how young women themselves begin to limit their own options from an early age, and how young men are socialised to repress emotions. (12 minutes approx)

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Do You Suffer from 'Achievement Dysmorphia'

Do You Suffer from 'Achievement Dysmorphia' | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
Cultural conditioning causes us to undermine ourselves ritually. Ask any woman.
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a short article looking at the phenomenon of 'achievement dysmorphia' among women in the workplace. It describes a tendency for some females to have a disconnect between their accomplishments & achievements and their sense of worthiness.


The basic argument there is that many women are good at undermining themselves and are bad at taking compliments!


Whether or not this is true or a massive generalisation, the article makes you stop and think.

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13 Subtle Ways Women Are Treated Differently At Work - Business Insider Australia

13 Subtle Ways Women Are Treated Differently At Work - Business Insider Australia | Why is gender still an issue? | Scoop.it
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13 Subtle Ways Women Are Treated Differently At Work
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That means men often move up faster in organisations. “When a men walks in the door, he gets ...
ORConsulting's insight:

13 assumptions that are made about women in the workplace...the crucial issue is that too many women themselves hold these beliefs. Note the point about how women express emotion in the workplace - our experience is that women say they often cry when they are actually feeling anger- and this is seen by men as "manipulative".  


Time to read: 2 minutes

Time to challenge your beliefs about women in the workplace...?

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