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Gender pay gap narrows by most since recession began
The Wall Street Journal
The pay gap between women and men narrowed last year, albeit slightly, the first time the gap contracted by more than a penny since the recession began in 2007. Women earned 78.3 cents for every dollar men earned in 2013, a recent Census Bureau report shows. That compares to 76.5 cents a year earlier.
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7 ways to tell if you're ready for management responsibilities
Forbes
Not every individual contributor will be a good people manager, because people management is a lot more difficult than most would imagine. Research reveals that only about one in 10 people have the necessary traits to be a good manager. So before you jump into a role where you're managing others, make sure you've done your homework — fully understand the job and evaluate yourself against these seven areas.
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US job gains leave black women behind
NBC News
A creeping escape from the Great Recession is bolstering job prospects in every demographic slice of the U.S. economy but one: black women. Adult black females in August posted an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, the same rate that group registered in August 2013 — while during that span unemployment rates decreased for black men, white men, white women, Latino men, Latino women and adult Asian Americans, according to the latest federal labor figures.
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Manager or leader — which is best?
By Anne Rose
There's an old expression: "Managers do things right, and leaders do the right things." It is true that managers and leaders look at the world differently and exhibit opposite styles of interacting with their environment. Managers like to maintain the status quo, hold things static. Leaders, in contrast, frequently push the boundaries of possibilities. Managers want to tidy the present, while leaders want to expand the future. Look around your company, and you'll see both types — as supervisors and as subordinates. So, which style is better?
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On the rebound: 5 steps to recover from failure
The Huffington Post
Maybe your new product didn't go over well. Maybe you launched a new website with terrible user experience. Maybe you made a questionable social media post and your followers have started to question you. As an entrepreneur, you've probably experienced your share of failures. Failure is — and should be — a natural part of business ownership. What truly matters is how you recover from that failure, and there are five steps to doing that properly.
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There's a new Catch-22 for women in the workplace
Business Insider
Research on gender roles has shown that individuals consider men to embody more masculine (e.g. assertive, dominant) traits than women, and women to embody more feminine (e.g. gentle, sensitive) traits than men. But can these prescriptions change depending on the occupational roles of men and women?
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Women less likely than men to use mentoring programs
ThinkAdvisor
When mentorship or other sponsorship programs are offered through the workplace, women are less inclined to take advantage of them than men, according to a recent Edward Jones study. The study surveyed more than 1,000 Americans. Even though 82 percent of people said that they would take advantage of career advancement opportunities, only 21 percent of men and 18 percent of women actually utilized the programs when they were available.
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How not to close the gender pay gap
Vox
Recently, the Census Bureau reported figures showing that the gender wage gap is now 22 cents, not the 23 that we thought last year. The left-leaning Center for American Progress responded with a list of seven ways to reduce the gender wage gap. They will all likely help shrink the wage gap, but with the exception of pay transparency, these aren't exactly wage gap issues.
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