Women in the Skies: The Birth of the Stewardess

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This article was excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. Read the full story here. Commercial airlines go back as far as 1909, with the first civilian-passenger flight in the United States taking place in 1914. According to AvStop.com, in the United States, the sons of wealthy magnates served as the earliest flight attendants, known as “couriers,” […]

Sleazy or Just Shy? New York Magazine Excuses Terry Richardson

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When New York magazine published in June its hotly anticipated profile of controversial photographer Terry Richardson, it ran under the headline “Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” Stating the question as a binary, phrasing it as a question at all, should have been our first tip-off that this article was going to be […]

New Rosies Strike For Low-Wage Workers

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President Obama, business and labor leaders, legislators, advocates and others are meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday as part of the White House Summit on Working Families. Yet just down the road, low-wage, federally contracted women workers are striking to tell the President that the government is not doing enough to support them and their […]

Good Riddance to Dov Charney

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At this point, it seems Dov Charney is better at making headlines than unisex tri-blend T-shirts. After years of rumors, allegations and lawsuits, the founder and CEO of struggling clothing giant American Apparel is finally out of the job. The company’s board of directors voted unanimously this week to strip Charney of his chairmanship and […]

Homophobia Hinders Women in Building Trades

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Despite women’s interest in well-paying blue-collar careers, tradeswomen currently comprise less than 2 percent of the workforce in building trades nationwide. Being one of the few high-paying careers for people without a college degree, trade workers also benefit from having unions, yet the barriers to entry for women remain high. A new study, “Gendered Homophobia […]

“Vocal Fry” Presents New Challenge for Women at Work

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If you’ve noticed a recent uptick in the number of people speaking with what sounds like a California drawl, you’re not alone. It’s called “vocal fry,” or “creaky voice,” and while some men and women speak that way naturally, its prominence in celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel and Kim Kardashian is influencing more and more […]

Pigs and Prudes: Skirting the Lawyers’ Dress Code

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As if passing the bar wasn’t hard enough, women lawyers and law students are faced with contradictory and often unwritten dress-code rules. First of all, every court has its own set of dress expectations. For example, the Tennessee Supreme Court has rules for how long the sleeves on a woman’s jacket should be. And at […]

#IBelieveAnita: Speaking Out Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

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When Anita Hill spoke out in 1991 about being sexually harassed by now-Justice Clarence Thomas, she changed the discourse on workplace sexual misconduct. In the new documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, filmmaker Freida Lee Mock goes inside the trial and shows how Hill’s testimony opened a space for women to speak out about lewd workplace […]

It’s Just Sick to Withhold Paid Sick Leave

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As temperatures dip lower this holiday season, many of us will get sick. Whether we can afford to stay home from work may depend on where we live. Seven U.S. cities, Washington, D.C., and the state of Connecticut guarantee workers paid sick leave. The rest of the country does not. New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, […]

While Holiday Shopping, Think of the Retail Workers

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of giving, a time of celebration, a time to spend with your family, and a time of pounding the pavement and fighting the crowds looking for the perfect gift. But while you’re doing your shopping this year, have you thought much about the person behind the […]