Five Women

After doing the quintessential work of babysitting and accompanying choir soloists at auditions, Cheryl is my first real boss at my first real job—obnoxious state taxes, name tag, and all. The first weeks I am deferential and easily spooked by weekend rushes, realizing that I will always be battling to show up on time in the mornings.

How to Hire Women

1. Hire women. 2. Actually it’s harder than that, sometimes. Etsy wanted to hire more women engineers, and so they were like, okay, we’re going to do this thing … and then a year later they hadn’t hired any. So then they were like, okay let’s send a bunch of new women engineers to this hacker camp and we’ll pay for it and then we can give them their first job basically and it’ll be great,” and that did work. Thinking outside the [] WELL DONE.

Women Choosing Lucrative Majors Often Don’t Choose Lucrative Jobs

Planet Money's Lisa Chow talked to an economist who has been looking at how majoring in certain fields affects the incomes of graduates, and she discovered that women like herself who study what are supposed to be high-reward majors (in the monetary sense) often take lower-paying jobs after they graduate. Chow says she loves her job and that matters so much more than money. Of course, people don't decide to study early childhood education or social work and think about the big bucks they're going to make—it's not always about that, which is why charts showing the highest paid majors aren't always that helpful (oh, engineers make a lot of money, and studio art majors don't? SURPRISE).

Weddings! Babies! PATRIARCHY!

A link to a thing you should read and maybe a joke.

A Thing About Mothers and Working That Won’t Make You Scream

From Judith Shulevitz at The New Republic, some observations about everyone’s favorite subject: “To understand why female lawyers, doctors, bankers, academics, high-tech executives and other, often expensively pedigreed, professionals quit work to stay home, you need not search their souls for ambivalence or nostalgia. In fact, searching their souls guarantees that you won’t get the story, because it’s not to be found in individual decisions and personal stories, which are always complicated and hard to parse, but in the structural realities of the American workplace.”