You’ve seen it happen before: One of your direct reports has suddenly (or maybe not so suddenly) become a nuisance. In meetings, they’re rejecting good ideas and putting down bad ones. Or they’re constantly complaining about their work or someone else or some company initiative. Or they never seem to see the positive in what you’re working on as a team.
I recently saw the movie Black Panther along with millions of other people, and I came to the conclusion that many of them did: Women, and in this case, black women, are strong, wise and not to be messed with. So why does it seem like Corporate America is missing the memo?
You don’t have to put dirt in your mouth to know it tastes bad – some things you just know. Or you are at least willing to trust the experience of others who have tried it. I treated the #GoogleManifesto in the same way at first. I didn’t need to read a long, rambling document to know that it’s contents are not good. But I did need to read it to provide a perspective on what to do about it. (Sigh – sometimes work is hard.)
The questions I’ve heard that people want answers to are:
- What does Google do about it?
- Is this a sign that others at Google feel the same?
- Does all of Silicon Valley also agree?
Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. The date changes each year because it symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The exact day differs by year and by country, but what the day fails to represent is the huge wage gap for women of color.
Let’s be clear, it is deplorable that it takes more than 3 months into the next year for women to earn what men earned the prior year, based upon a $0.20 difference in earnings, but for woman of color, our deficit is far greater. Equal pay day for African American women is in August and for Latina women it doesn’t come until November. Women represent nearly 50% of the U.S. workforce so with increasing numbers of families relying on women’s paychecks for their livelihood, we must acknowledge and address the wage gap for the sake of our financial stability.
I was reading an article about age bias and discrimination with the premise that new research shows it’s harder to get hired when you’re older and my first thought was, “this isn’t new.” People have been battling this problem for decades and it gets worse when the economy dips because there are fewer jobs to go around. But I guess they meant to say the new research confirms the bias so I won’t nitpick.
When I was recruiting I could guess the age of a person by their work history. That’s the biggest and most obvious way to do it. Candidates want to demonstrate their experience so they put all of it in their resume. All 34 years! But there’s no need because you only need to show 10-15 years of work history in your resume. Anything older than that probably won’t be relevant to the job anyway.