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A 'Double Life': Suburban Parents By Day, Celebrated Musicians By Night

A 'Double Life': Suburban Parents By Day, Celebrated Musicians By Night

By Benazir Karim If you see Stacey Shames and Tim Ries pushing a cart in a Costco in New Jersey, the couple would seem to be like any other suburban parents. But their nights are spent on their passion: music. A Juilliard-trained harpist, Shames performs as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the... Read More »

Could Having Kids Lead To More Job Opportunities?

Could Having Kids Lead To More Job Opportunities?

I was taking a survey a few months ago, when I came across a question: How has having children affected your career? The choices were along the lines of "a huge impact," "a fair amount," "a small amount" or "not at all." Assuming that this question was assessing the degree of negative impact, I answered "a... Read More »

Employers Reduce Flexibility Offered To Working Parents, Study Finds

Employers Reduce Flexibility Offered To Working Parents, Study Finds

A major study shows that companies are cutting voluntary parental leave which provides the flexibility that they sometimes need to manage major life changes. Read More »

How Pregnant Workers Can Take Time Off Without Hurting Their Careers

How Pregnant Workers Can Take Time Off Without Hurting Their Careers

By Julie Feinberg It's all well and good to want to have it all with a successful career and family life. But most women who want children at some point face a big dilemma: How do you take time off with the new baby without killing your chances for advancement and increased earnings? Of women who go... Read More »

New Ways For Moms To Make Money -- From Home

New Ways For Moms To Make Money -- From Home

A few years ago, I went to a Tupperware party in a friend's apartment. It was a somewhat surreal experience. The official Tupperware representative was a middle-aged suburban woman sent in to this tiny apartment filled with Manhattan 20-somethings, most of whom -- or perhaps all of whom -- had never been to... Read More »

Report: Women Work Longer Hours, More Honest On The Job [Infographic]

Report: Women Work Longer Hours, More Honest On The Job [Infographic]

Women may or may not be the weaker sex, but it appears that they work longer hours than men and are happier with how much they earn, a new study finds. Fifty-four percent of women report working nine or more hours a day, compared to 41 percent of men, according to the survey of more than 5,000 U.S. workers... Read More »

Asking A Breast-Feeding Woman To Cover Up May Soon Be Illegal In Seattle

Asking A Breast-Feeding Woman To Cover Up May Soon Be Illegal In Seattle

Back in 2008, a Houston woman, back from maternity leave, asked her boss if she could pump breast milk in the bathroom, on her breaks at work. He fired her. Last month, a judge threw out her discrimination case. Although 45 states allow women to breast-feed infants in any public or private location, many... Read More »

Working Moms Are Happy Moms, Survey Says

Working Moms Are Happy Moms, Survey Says

By Kaitlin Madden Every Monday, I watch Bethenny Frankel juggle her hectic life as a working mom on her Bravo reality show. Though things don't always go perfectly, for the most part, she's pretty good at making sure nothing falls through the cracks. Read More »

$65,000 Non-Degree Jobs That Women Dominate

$65,000 Non-Degree Jobs That Women Dominate

By Charyn Pfeuffer Hey, ladies! Did you know you could skip earning a college degree and still snag a well-paid job? There are a wide variety of careers out there where a college education may be helpful, but is not essential. Read More »

Study: Being Happily Married Makes Work Much Easier!

Study: Being Happily Married Makes Work Much Easier!

Jobs and the issues associated with them are often a source of friction among committed couples. Whether it's working late or the stress of dealing with difficult colleagues or bosses, the frustrations that build up throughout the workday aren't always left at the front doorstep -- and that's doubly true when... Read More »

How Do I Go Into Business With My Spouse?

How Do I Go Into Business With My Spouse?

I'm thinking about going into business with my spouse and want to come up with a checklist to make sure that it is a good decision. Read More »

The World Agrees: Working From Home Is Good For Women

The World Agrees: Working From Home Is Good For Women

More companies are letting employees work from home, and no one has welcomed the shift more than women -- the half of the population that still does most of the home-based work. It's much easier to pick the kids up from school, do the grocery shopping, wait for the plumber, and do your daily eight hours labor... Read More »

Couples With Similar Jobs Have Worse Work-Life Balance

Couples With Similar Jobs Have Worse Work-Life Balance

People often end up dating, and loving, and marrying someone in the exact same line of work. Maybe it's because office trysts bloom into real romance, or because we end up attracted to people who share our passions (and according to at least one study, our facial structures). But shacking up with a... Read More »

America's Conflicted Relationship With The Working Mother

America's Conflicted Relationship With The Working Mother

For the first time in U.S. history most new mothers are receiving paid maternity leave. The U.S. Census Bureau tracked 3.1 million first-time mothers, who worked while pregnant between 2006 and 2008, and found that 51 percent received paid leave. That's a leap from 42 percent between 1996 and 2000, and the... Read More »

The Evolution Of The Housewife

The Evolution Of The Housewife

"We are all housewives. We would prefer to be persons." -- Jane O'Reilly, in the 1971 premiere issue of Ms. magazine. Two-thirds of stay-at-home mothers in the U.K. dislike the word "housewife," according to a recent study. A third find it insulting. The housewife has taken a beating ever since she was born,... Read More »

Swedish Dads Swap Work For Child Care

Swedish Dads Swap Work For Child Care

By Louise Nordstrom STOCKHOLM (AP) -- One of Henrik Holgersson's friends laughed in his face when he told him he was going to spend the better part of 2011 as a stay-at-home dad. "What kind of a man are you?" the friend asked Holgersson, who works for an event management company. But just about everyone... Read More »

I Love My Job: Acting Coach To The Stars

I Love My Job: Acting Coach To The Stars

Stars such as James Franco and Penelope Cruz have turned to Michelle Danner to help improve their ability to create memorable characters on stage and screen. Read More »

Postponing Motherhood Boosts Women's Pay, Study Says

Postponing Motherhood Boosts Women's Pay, Study Says

"A year of delayed motherhood is found to increase career earnings by 9 percent, work experience by 9 percent, and average wage rates by 3 percent," so says a study just published by Journal of Population Economics. The study, "The Effects of Motherhood Timing on Career Path," was written by Amalia R.... Read More »

New Software Lets You Play With Your Pets At Work

New Software Lets You Play With Your Pets At Work

"This company still doesn't recognize cat maternity," Angela whines. She was out of vacation time, and so had to set up a direct feed from her living room to her work computer, so that she could monitor her new $7,000 Princess Lady. Read More »

The Mancession Has Been Hardest On Women

The Mancession Has Been Hardest On Women

The "Mancession" has been, in many ways, an appropriate moniker for the last few years. With construction and manufacturing -- two male dominated industries -- particularly battered in the recession, 6.1 million men found themselves unemployed, over double the number of women. But new findings from the... Read More »

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