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Ford’s Family Leave, Google Protests, So Many Manels, and GO VOTE!

November 6: Badass women and the news that affects them

 

Company Culture

  • Ford (3.0 stars) has dramatically improved its paid family leave, offering salaried employees eight weeks of fully paid leave after the arrival of a child to birth mothers, fathers, and adopted parents. Birth mothers will also be able to take six to eight weeks of disability leave at full pay. Fortune

  • Thousands of Google (3.7 stars) employees staged a walkout last week sparked by the company’s $90 million exit package to Android software creator Andy Rubin even after a harassment claim against him was found to be credible. The demonstrators’ list of demands included ending forced arbitration for harassment and discrimination cases, a commitment to end pay and opportunity inequality, an inclusive policy to allow employees to safely and anonymously report sexual misconduct, and to elevate the role of the Chief Diversity Officer and appoint an employee representative to the board. Sounds reasonable to us! The New York Times

  • Rich DeVaul, a top executive at Alphabet, has left the tech company without severance pay after the New York Times reported he was accused of sexual harassment. Bloomberg

  • We’ve all heard plenty of companies talk the talk on gender diversity, but few are actually walking the walk. Just 40 percent of American companies have actionable plans to help women advance within their organizations. What’s worse — just over a third of companies actually have accurate data on pay by gender. Bloomberg

Quick Hits

  • According to a new study, men are more likely to lie when negotiating for themselves (shocker) but not on the behalf of others. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to lie when negotiating on behalf of others, but not for themselves. Harvard Business Review

  • Ever feel like there’s a suspiciously high number of male speakers at conferences? Well, that’s because there is — in the past year, over 68 percent of speakers at conferences, trade shows, marketing events, and other gatherings were men. No need to pretend these are panels, rather these unbalanced talks are ‘manels’ as Bloomberg’s Jeff Green puts it. Bloomberg

  • President Trump is expected to nominate former Fox News correspondent Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Wall Street Journal

  • November 1 marked Latina Equal Pay Day, the day of the year in which Latinas pay catches up to white men as a result of their making only 53 cents to every white man’s dollar. What’s especially troubling though is that the Latina pay gap doesn’t look to be getting any better — and is actually a cent lower than last year. Fortune

  • A new study found that women represented by workers’ union are 17 percent more likely to take maternity leave. The Atlantic

Get out and VOTE! Election Day is here and making your voice heard is more important than ever.

  • To get you pumped up to vote, here’s a piece from Marie Claire with quotes from 50 influential women on why they’re voting this year.

  • With the influx of women running for office this term, many have wondered whether these candidates actually have a chance of winning male votes. According to a new survey, they do — at least with men whose first child was a girl. These fathers, whether democrat or republican, are 10 percentage points more likely to support a female candidate. The Washington Post

  • Want to track how your favorite women candidates fare today? Check out this guide from Rutgers University. Rutgers

Around the World

  • Ethiopia is on a roll. After appointing its first female president last week, the country’s Parliament appointed prominent women’s rights activist Meaza Ashenafi to its Supreme Court. Ashenafi founded the first Ethio­pian Women Lawyers Association and helped start the first women’s bank in the country. She is also responsible for helping to end the practice of kidnapping girls for marriage. Bustle

  • Similar to the activism we saw springing up from women in the US following the last presidential election, the women of Brazil are also standing up in the wake of the election of Jair Bolsonaro's. Here’s how they’re protesting. The Atlantic

  • This is how women in Nigeria are using WhatsApp to engage in politics, find jobs, and create communities. Quartz

By Mitra Norowzi

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