links for thought, January 2012 (1 of 2)

from Nancy Carter and Christine Silver in The Washington Post, “For women in business, the squeaky wheel doesn’t get the grease

Catalyst found that, among those who had moved on from their first post-MBA job, there was no significant difference in the proportion of women and men who asked for increased compensation or a higher position.

Yet the rewards were different.

Women who initiated such conversations and changed jobs post MBA experiencedslower compensation growth than the women who stayed put. For men, on the other hand, it paid off to change jobs and negotiate for higher salaries—they earned more than men who stayed did. And we saw that as both men’s and women’s careers progress, the gender gap in level and pay gets even wider.

from The Economist, “Thanks, Mum: Governments find reason to regulate the names of children

Few decisions are more personal than the naming of offspring. Yet laws regulating the choice of both first names and surnames are common around the world. Denmark expects new parents to choose from a register of acceptable names; Portugal lists banned and approved ones. In Iceland a committee of language specialists must rule on any unusual name. German registrars prohibit the use of most nouns and place-names, and also frown upon any that do not clearly imply a gender: bad luck, Kim. Experts at a German-language society run a helpline offering advice to puzzled parents (at a cost).

from Rixa Freeze at Stand and Deliver, “Home School or Public School: What if You Don’t Like Either Option?” (lots of great comments, too)–a refreshingly open and conflicted take on figuring out what to do about education

from Dina Bakst in The New York Times, ”Pregnant, and Pushed out of a Job

As a result, thousands of pregnant women are pushed out of jobs that they are perfectly capable of performing — either put on unpaid leave or simply fired — when they request an accommodation to help maintain a healthy pregnancy. Many are single mothers or a family’s primary breadwinner. They are disproportionately low-income women, often in physically demanding jobs with little flexibility.

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