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5 Great Reads: Women Supporting Women

September 28: Good and insightful things we've read online in the past week

5 Great Reads: Women Supporting Women
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‘‘My own unconscious bias’—Wells Fargo CEO issues apology’

In June, Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf sent out a memo claiming, “there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from” in corporate America. Well, that memo became public this week, and the response was swift. On Twitter and elsewhere, people called out Scharf’s bias, something he later acknowledged in an apology. For those who don’t follow the criticism, know this: Statements like “there isn’t enough talent” are often used as an excuse for not hiring people of color, when in reality, qualified candidates have been ignored (even if a Black team member recommended them) or the people doing the hiring aren’t trying hard enough to diversify their networks. Aljazeera

‘France doubles paid paternity leave to 28 days, one of Europe’s most generous plans’

France has introduced one of the most generous paid paternity leave plans in Europe (and the United States, but let’s not dwell on that). The country has doubled its leave from 14 to 28 days and will require dads to take at least one week off work after babies are born. Such an announcement is a powerful statement for gender equality: It says France believes mothers shouldn’t be expected to be the sole caretakers of their children. Imagine that. The New York Times

‘My boss wants us on Zoom all day long’

There’s a difference between inviting employees to be on an optional work-from-home-together Zoom call (the InHerSight team did this once as an experiment) and requiring it, and it’s becoming all too clear which managers don’t know where to draw the line. Alison Green writes, “In case there’s any doubt, the way you know if people are working is by paying attention to their output. Is work getting done? Are goals being met?” NY mag

Women to know

‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the model we working moms needed’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18, and in the days following her death, many a think piece surfaced on why the Great Dissenter would be so sorely missed—the political implications aside. Here’s one that speaks to how extraordinary her achievements were for her time and for her circumstances, and why much of her resilience was due to who she was: “A lot of Ginsburg’s success was buried in the belief that she deserved this—to put her brain to use. To mother, to dissent. To accept that her husband, Martin, would cook. That she would be one of the nine. Of course she could go to law school. Of course she could do it as a mother. Of course her husband could be just as good a parent as she could so she could study.” The Washington Post

Big mood

‘Group texts, shared tears: RBG’s death puts the power of female friendship on display’

The news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death shook many, but this insightful read from The Washington Post captures the audience to whom RBG arguably mattered most: women. And in dealing with such a loss—a feminist icon, a barrier breaker, the champion for women’s rights—how women turned to one another for comfort. The Washington Post

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