Balancing Career and Life

Balancing Career and Life

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Hop on the “Mompreneur” bandwagon: From work-at-home CEOs to family-friendly office spaces, the new trends for women in business are new ways to help working moms balance it all.

 

Ditch the Man, Go for the Career: Today’s woman is more career-minded than romantically driven. The majority of single women would choose financial security over meeting Mr. Right, according to a recent study.

 

Vying for Equal Pay: The Obama administration might mean good news for women’s equality in the work place. The Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act were the first bills to pass the House in the new legislative session. The Paycheck Fairness Act passed with a 256-163 vote, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed with a 247-171 vote. The Paycheck Fairness Act “will deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages,” according to an article in Feminist Daily News. This Ledbetter Act corrects the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Rubber Co., Inc. Supreme Court decision that prevented women workers to sue for wage discrimination.

 

Go For That Fat Paycheck: In between careers? You might want to consider a career in the information technology segment. With the required education behind her, a woman could make as much as $70,000 in this field, according to a recent article. “There’s a lot of opportunity in IT for women, either starting their own businesses or working for places, like Google or Yahoo, that are innovative,” career expert Susan Wilson Solovic says in the PayScale.com article. “Demand for computer-related occupations” will rise in nearly all industries as organizations adopt more complex technologies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections for 2006 to 2016.

 

Make Way For Ms Boss: Women might make better managers, according to a recent article on Microsoft Small Business. Author Joanna Krotz suggests that women have innate qualities that are conducive to successful management in the work place. “Women managers tend to have more of a desire to build than a desire to win,” says Debra Burrell, a psychological social worker and regional training director of the Mars-Venus Institute in New York. “Women are more willing to explore compromise and to solicit other people’s opinions.”

 

By contrast, men often think that if they ask other people for advice, they’ll be perceived as unsure or as a leader who doesn’t have answers, according to Burrell. Other female leadership strengths, when compared to their male counterparts, include the ability to empower staff effectively, to be more open and accessible and to respond quickly to needs.

 

PHOTO CREDITS
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Carrie Wadlington, New View Management
Location: The McAlpin