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As 2014 comes to a close, Ladies America would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Ladies America News Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 13.


Why women vanish as they move up the career ladder
Business Insider
From Jan. 30: The answer to why women vanish in such large numbers as they move up the corporate ladder — and why this does not seem to change over time — is obviously complex. There are many forces at work that cause this to happen. They can be put into several categories for conceptual clarity, though they are highly interrelated.
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Why do women prefer male bosses?
By Caitlin Harrison
From Nov. 4: If you asked workers six decades ago if they had a preference on their boss's gender, most would tell you they wanted a man. Maybe not surprisingly, that's still true today, even though the statistics have improved some. Yet a recent Gallup poll shows a preference for a male leader is even higher among women than men. Of the 1,032 American adults surveyed, 39 percent of women said they wanted a male boss, while only 26 percent of men said so. It begs the question: Why do so many women have a problem with a boss of the same gender?
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Google is offering free coding lessons to women and minorities
Business Insider
From July 1: Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET's Seth Rosenblatt reports. In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills. The offer is part of Google's $50 million "Made With Code' initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech.
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Women with workplace power are more depressed, study shows
The Washington Post
From Dec. 2: Ladies, are you leaning in? Good. But once you've successfully tilted forward, your mental health could suffer. That's according to new research on depression among women already in positions of leadership. Women with job authority — ones who have the ability to hire and fire people and influence over paychecks — also have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this kind of power. At the same time, having job authority slightly decreased these symptoms in men.
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The unexpected benefits of chit chat for business networking
Small Business Trends
From March 25: Do you avoid talking to people in business settings? Do you dread receptions, banquets and other business related social events? Do you struggle to make meaningful, long-term connections at work? You're not alone. Many of us are apprehensive about these situations, because most of us either hate entering rooms where we don't know anyone or hate spending time with people we don't know well.
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Why women CEOs are fired more often than men
The Huffington Post
From May 20: When we talk about gender equality in upper management, we usually talk about confidence, implicit gender bias, the "mommy penalty" and earning respect in the workplace. Turns out women who break through the glass ceiling have to wade through the shards.
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The secrets to successful networking from connected women
Fast Company
From Dec. 2: The women who know how to "be scrappy" and cultivate their relationships are the ones getting things done. They know that having useful connections lead to rare opportunities. They know how to add value to their circles. They know how to contribute to their communities. Their secret? They don't network — they connect, and as a result, they are the most powerful people in their industries.
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Why it's so damaging to tell women they can't have it all
Forbes
From July 16: The latest trend in women's leadership circles today is telling women they can't have it all (at the same time), and they should stop trying. So many top female political and corporate leaders in a wide range of industries and arenas have been quoted in the past few years as saying "You can't have it all — it's a pipe dream." For instance, PepisCo CEO Indra Nooyi shared her views recently, explaining her personal story that "having it all" is an illusion that comes with painful sacrifices and compromises.
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The only 16 US cities where women earn more than men
Daily Mail
From July 16: A survey from the U.S. Census Bureau has identified the only cities in America where women make more money than their male counterparts. The American Community survey discovered that women have the upper hand in only 16 cities and found just how much more, on average, they make than men in each.
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Lessons career gals can take from Jill Abramson's firing
The Wire
From May 20: There's been a lot of advice out there for ladies in the workplace in the past couple years. First, Sheryl Sandberg told us to Lean In, then a bunch of women argued we should really Lean Out, and then The Atlantic told us it's all about confidence. Now that the first female executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, has been fired, we have to ask ourselves: what can we learn?
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