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Category: Women’s Health

Burned out and restless from the pandemic, women redefine their career ambitions

Vanessa Fuhrmans and Lauren Weber, WSJ » 

One-third of women said they had considered leaving or downshifting their careers—either temporarily or altogether—over the past year, while 27% of men said the same. And 40% of both men and women said they had contemplated switching to another employer.

A big reason, she says, is that women are still shouldering much of the unpaid work at home. Meanwhile, female managers, especially, have become linchpins in supporting other employees though the pandemic, the data shows. Across the board, people who reported to women were more likely to say their boss checked in on their well-being, helped them navigate work-life challenges and ensured their workloads were manageable. Yet more than a third of companies surveyed said that work goes largely unrecognized in performance reviews or otherwise.

“When you add it all up, it’s not surprising that women are asking, ‘What’s the return on investment of my job, what’s the best use of my time?’ ” Ms. Yee says.

Much more at the WSJ »

More than 50 U.S. businesses denouncing the new Texas abortion law and the healthcare restrictions it imposes

Some 50 corporations have stood up, putting their names forward, in opposition to the new Texas state law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The letter reads »

Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time.

Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.

When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.

The economic losses from existing abortion restrictions, including labor force impact and earnings, already cost the State of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually. Nationally, state-level restrictions cost state economies $105 billion dollars per year.*

Simply put, policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.

The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.

We stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.

Co-signers of the statement, which was circulated by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups, include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Bumble, The Body Shop, Yelp, Lyft, and others.

Several other large American employers, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have not added their names to the document.

 

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