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This just in: Working women still conniving C-words (and other charming headlines)

roaches.jpgChildless women “hostile to working mums” In the UK, with maternity leave lasting up to a year and “the right to ask for flex work” now an option, boardroom-bound non-moms see working moms as corporate enemies to be quashed like cockroaches. (I’m paraphrasing, people.) Furthermore, “the Working Mothers’ Report found that 52 percent thought it easier to blame a faulty alarm clock or heavy traffic than to admit that child-care problems had made them late.” (UK Telegraph)

Is she really going out with him? Now that women in their twenties who work full time in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis are bringing home more bacon than their male counterparts, they’re fraught with new dating dilemmas (says this article). Specifically, guys who make less and are intimidated by the fact that their girlfriend makes more, or guys who just can’t keep up financially (say, if she wants to go to a pricy restaurant and the opera but he wants to stay at home and swill beer). I dunno, even before researchers were announcing that women consistently made more than men in some age groups/cities, I developed this little dating tenet known as Don’t Date a Moocher, Slacker, Stoner, Agorophobe, or Drunkass Loser. At the same time, I’ve dated a number of respectful, respectable guys who said they’d be happy to be a stay-at-home househubby if we ever shacked up, an idea I rather like since I destest most domestic duties. And I know I’m not the only woman who feels this way. What I’m saying is, this smells like another BS “Style” section trend story. What do you think? (New York Times; now free online!)

Do working women need permission from their employers before getting knocked up? This is an older piece, but worth sharing: “The US has the most limited parental leave policies in the world; conservatives are furious about efforts to catch up.” Of course they are. Rat bastards. (AlterNet)

Too many tchochkes on your desk? Don’t expect a promotion any time soon. “If more than one in five items that adorn a worker’s office or cubicle is personal in nature, others may view that worker as unprofessional.” In case you were wondering, “this is largely an American phenomenon.” (Michigan Ross School of Business)

Mary-Kate (Needs A Steak) Olsen: I don’t just shop, I work hard. The life of a celebrity is haaa-aaard! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. (Fametastic)

7 comments September 26th, 2007

What’s my (dead)line?

Because I’m drowning in deadlines at the moment and cannot cough up a proper post just yet, it’s time to play… What Deadlines Are You Working On This Week? I’ll go first:

  • The next installment of a fun feature I do for the Seattle Times called “How’d You Land That Great Job?”
  • My next story, about how to know when it’s time to give your day job the boot
  • A rewrite for an article about pet psychics (I swear)
  • A new NAFE piece on business trends
  • Some tax stuff I’ve put off doing
  • And of course, my temp gig, which happily has turned into a 75-percent telecommuting gig

Now, you… what’s on your freelance plate this week? Show us your stuff!

9 comments September 18th, 2007

Fun with memes

I usually regard blog tagging as a nuisance, kind of like those chain emails you get that tell you to pass some “inspirational” note on to 397 of your closest friends or little Molly who lives under a freeway ramp with only her three-legged ferret for company will meet a horrific fate, which will of course be all your fault. But last month I was tagged for an incredibly useful meme by Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers. Marci was working on a list of her fave female bloggers and kindly requested that I do the same. Easy!

  • Boss Lady, by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears – Startup heaven for women who get it.
  • Broadsheet on – When it comes to current events with a feminist bent, there is no substitute.
  • Business, Career & Personal Finance on – Self-explanatory. Always kickass.
  • The Salary Reporter by Kristina Cowan – Career news you can use.
  • The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell – A must for freelance writers.
  • Inkthinker by Kristen King – Ditto, big time.
  • Writers Revealed by Felicia Sullivan – Web radio, live chats and insightful blogging for avid readers and writers.

As a bonus, also check out The Women Entrepreneurs Toolbox: 100 Networking Resources, Guides and Links. You won’t be disappointed. (And I’m not just saying this because I’m on the list.)

Rather than tag a few people to continue this meme madness, everyone reading this should consider themselves tagged. Add your top picks to the comments below, to your own blog, or anywhere that suits your fancy. I encourage you to suggest some of the lesser-known blogs you adore, too. Instead of just recommending the same top-read blogs time after time, let’s spread the link love around, shall we?

6 comments September 11th, 2007

Fun with headlines

Hello, Computer!In the media and not to be missed this week:

New research shows that not only are men are better negotiators than women, but women who negotiate higher salaries are viewed negatively by both men and women. Ugh. How this translates: “If a 22-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman are offered $25,000 for their first job, for example, and one of them negotiates the amount up to $30,000, then over the next 28 years, the negotiator would make $361,171 more, assuming they both got 3 percent raises each year.” (Washington Post)

The average employee wastes two hours a day on personal pursuits, aka IM, cell phone, and the web. This study comes out every year, but it never gets old. Plus, this year’s finding have a special new twist: Twentysomethings are the biggest slackers of all. (

And from the recent archives:

NEC Corp. rolled out a pink, crystal-encrusted Hello Kitty laptop for “working women.” Bwahaahaaaaaaaaa! (Associated Press, via MSNBC)

A survey that came out around Mother’s Day found that “20% of women and 25% of men say, ‘I am often left picking up the slack for my co-workers who are moms.’” Many respondents were fathers. Way to go, guys. (USA Today)

Trade school is the new graduate school. If you read the last chapter of my book, you know I’m a champion of this POV. After all, how else is a philosophy grad going to pay the bills? (Minneapolis Star Tribune, via Seattle Times)

Marlys Harris, senior editor of Money Magazine, advises women to marry rich. I shit you not. (MSNBC)

7 comments August 3rd, 2007

Conan vs. the cubicle

ConanCheck out this hilarious vid of Conan O’Brien visiting the Intel campus. Safe for work, as long as your boss doesn’t mind a little cube farm humor. Thanks to the lovely Carrie Anton for sending this to me.

Add comment June 2nd, 2007

Fun with headlines

headlinesWorking wives enjoy lasting marriages, studies show (McClatchy News Service)
Take that, Michael Noer!

Why working less is better for the globe (
“Americans are working harder than ever before and at a greater cost to the environment. Research suggests that practicing a more simple lifestyle made people happier while using fewer resources.”

Be cool in the cube (Seattle Times)
“Restrain yourself from popping gum, clipping fingernails, cracking knuckles, smacking while eating, singing, drumming fingers or nervous tapping of any kind — or refreshing your cologne.”

Economist believes taxing women less could help everyone (Seattle Times)
“Want to reduce the overall level of income taxes and see more women taking home paychecks? Lower income-tax rates for women while raising them for men, according to Harvard University economist Alberto Alesina, who calls the idea ‘discrimination, the good kind.’”

More companies allowing employees to nap at work (
“An article in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine says fatigued workers cost employers $136.4 billion each year in health-related ‘LPT,’ or lost productive time. It’s at least part of the reason companies such as British Airways, Nike Inc. and Pizza Hut International allow their workers nap breaks and found productivity increased as a result. A NASA study found that a short nap can boost workers’ output by as much as 34 percent.”

2 comments May 23rd, 2007

RIP, Kurt Vonnegut

VonnegutKurt Vonnegut was not a woman. I’m not even sure he was particularly nice to them. But I’m still saddened by his death. Vonnegut was one of the first writers who made me want to write stuff that was funny. And now he’s gone. So it goes.

You can read about his life here — as well as how he held down a series of bullshit jobs until he was able to make a living as a full-time writer. And therein, Virginia, lies the work tie-in.

6 comments April 12th, 2007

It came from the cubicle

brass balls pendantCheck out these hilarious fictitious office memos that people wish they had the heart or cojones to send, courtesy of Salon. I love the first one, from self-employed person to client. Although I think I like this “memo” best:

To: People who use the “priority” header in their outgoing email

When you set “priority” to “high” or “highest,” please do so only on the basis of the message’s likely priority to its recipient(s), not its priority to you. Taking your best guess is OK.

Add comment February 25th, 2007

What Shall I Be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls

NeatIf only I’d had this board game as a girl. Maybe then I would know my place in this world. (Photos courtesy of bradley’s almanac.)

Don’t miss the updated career playing cards on nerdgirl. I’m torn between the Dominatrix and Hippie Beggar as my favorite.

Add comment February 9th, 2007

Anti 9-to-5 = Live! Nude! Girls!

the stripperEvidently Amazon’s Explore Similar Items bot is linking my book page with every stripper and sex-worker book that’s ever been written. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I certainly support my empowered stripping and sex-working sisters. You’ll even find a dominatrix featured in my book. But you’ll also find the book loaded with tips, anecdotes, and quotes from anti-nine-to-fivers who work in construction, illustration, technology, education, engineering, health care, pet care, ghost tours, the theater, the media, fashion, finance, retail, e-tail, and just about any other field you can think of. Except proctology. That field kind of stinks.

Update: OK, this was funnier (at least to me) when Amazon was actually linking to all those “my year in the life as a call girl” books from mine. Now the Explore Similar Items bot is all about cross-training books, though I suppose you could draw parallels between transitioning into a new career and training for a marathon. Only with career change, you don’t have to choke down that liquid-y carb goo (think PowerBars in a tube) that everyone says is so gross.

Add comment January 17th, 2007

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