Career

Why We Strike

Why We Strike

Yesterday, Migdalia Rivera was on strike. Taking the day away from work wasn’t convenient for her, but the strike was incredibly important to her as a Latina woman and single mom.
How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

Unlearning. We could all use a bit more of it. We spend so much time obsessed with acquiring new knowledge that we don’t realize a lot of not-so-useful knowledge also finds its way into our heads.
Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Welcoming a new baby into your world is a wonderful, exciting, and overwhelming experience. And it can feel like almost no time has passed before you are faced with the difficult decision of whether to stay home with your baby…

What to Ask Before You Take a New Job

What to Ask Before You Take a New Job

When you interview for a new position, much of the conversation focuses on you and how you’d fill the given role and meet the expected qualifications. As a result, you spend a lot of time selling yourself and your…

Why Working Mothers Should Stop Apologizing

Why Working Mothers Should Stop Apologizing

A few months after I gave birth to my second child, a senior (and childless) executive I admired pulled me aside at work. You’re doing a great job, she assured. “But,” she added, and looked me…

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

I had a fairly straightforward, predictable pregnancy. The hardest thing about it was the 45-minute commute to work with a growing baby sitting on my bladder. I was a state employee, a senior editor at UC Berkeley, underpaid but…

Meditation helps negotiation

Meditation helps negotiation

When I started meditating, I knew it would make me calmer. It would slow my racing mind and help me project a less frantic energy. I wanted to feel, and be, more relaxed.

I wanted this for my personal life…

Chelsea Says Hillary Was the Perfect Mom

Chelsea Says Hillary Was the Perfect Mom

From all angles, the Democratic convention was deemed a smashing success. Even conservatives agreed. As a woman, it was a historic experience. This March I lost my mom, a gargantuan feminist in her own right — she would have loved…

Why We Work Less in the Summer

Why We Work Less in the Summer

Americans are terrible at taking vacations, and that’s a shame, because they aren’t helping their companies or themselves. People are just less productive in summer, for a whole host of reasons. So you might as well hang out…

How to Get Along With Annoying Coworkers

How to Get Along With Annoying Coworkers

Unless you’ve worked alone your entire career or you’re extremely tolerant, you’ve probably had your share of annoying coworkers — the busybody who peppers you with intrusive questions, the slacker who does no work but somehow takes all…

Stop Judging Women for Not Having Kids

Stop Judging Women for Not Having Kids

After relocating to a new city, I was invited to join a local women’s book club. A group of twenty- and thirtysomething women clustered in the living room, pouring drinks and chatting away, immediately welcomed me. A few…

How to Balance Work and Caring for Ailing Loved Ones

How to Balance Work and Caring for Ailing Loved Ones

They’re called America’s “invisible workforce” — and you likely know at least one member, or are one yourself. I’m talking about family caregivers. These are people who may have demanding careers, but are forced to cut back, or…