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As 2013 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 Tuesday, Jan. 14.


10 money habits of highly successful women
SiliconIndia
From March 12: When it comes to management, women are considered to be the best. The best example to prove this can be cited with the fact that in most of the cases, women are given the responsibility to maintain the house. Today, women are no more confined to family maintenance only. They have come out of their homes and have made their prominent marks everywhere. Nowadays, women can be seen occupying the top ranked positions in companies with a majority of workers of the opposite gender.
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The best-paying jobs for women In 2013
Forbes
From March 12: Despite the 50-year anniversary of the Equal Pay Act this year, women continue to earn less than men across most job functions. In fact, according to new numbers released in February, the gender wage gap widened by slightly more than a percentage point in 2012—back to levels last seen in 2005. Across the economy, women now earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. Meanwhile, economists say wage growth has stagnated for all workers in the last decade, and particularly so for women. So which are the jobs that pay women the most?
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Study: Worrying hurts women's career chances
The Huffington Post
From Sept. 10: How do you react when faced with stress in the workplace? Do you take a step back to study the situation or do you charge full steam ahead? Most female executives apparently retreat to analyze their options while their male counterparts charge right ahead and take the bull by the horns, so to speak. The approach that women leaders take is detrimental to their career.
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Why women should skip business school
The New Yorker
From Sept. 25: Harvard Business School has been trying to improve the environment for female students, as Jodi Kantor wrote in the The New York Times. Women in the school historically have lagged behind their male classmates in academic performance despite entering on equal footing, but in the past two years, H.B.S. succeeded in closing the grade gap. What's less clear is what impact, if any, the school's efforts will have on the frat-house culture of its student body, which Kantor reports "many Wall Street-hardened women confided ... was worse than any trading floor." Which raises a question for ambitious young businesswomen: Why go to business school at all?
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Meet 3 successful women in fields dominated by men
USA Today
From Dec. 5: Following a dream often takes a healthy dose of courage — and a giant leap of faith. These three women have broken down barriers and rattled glass ceilings in fields typically run by the boys. They have a secret to share: You can do it, too!
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Warren Buffett calls for America's men to boost women in business
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
From May 7: The key to America's future success lies in helping women achieve as much as their male counterparts, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said in an essay that echoes a recent debate about gender roles in corporate America. Buffett — whose conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway was recently described as the least diverse big company in America — took to the pages of Fortune magazine to argue that not only was helping women do well in the workplace the ethical thing to do, it was also in a man's self-interest.
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When marketing the self, be wary of the humblebrag
The Guardian
From Jan. 8: Do you feel innovative? Creative? Are you ready to self-start your way through 2013 to achieve your career goals? Perhaps you should be. That is the way a lot of professional people are describing themselves online these days. Analysis carried out recently by a networking website reveals more than the familiar lonely hearts talk of those who claim to have "a good sense of humor." This is marketing of the self in a noisy and insecure world.
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Craft a sustainable career
Harvard Business Review
From July 16: Imagine crafting a sustainable career for yourself. Year after year, you perform work that makes full use of your skills and challenges you to develop new ones. Your work not only interests you, it gives you a sense of meaning. You enjoy opportunities for learning and development. You work with people who energize you. You are confident that your skills and competencies make you valuable and marketable and that you can access opportunities through your network. You are able to fit your work together with the other things in your life that are important to you, like family, friends, and leisure.
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7 influential women who failed before they succeeded
The Huffington Post
From July 30: An important part of achieving what we set out to do — and something that seems to be particularly difficult for women — is overcoming bumps in the road we may experience along the way. We forget that failure is often a necessary part of eventual success. In order to remind ourselves of this, we've gathered the stories of seven fearless women who experienced failure before ultimately becoming legends in their respective fields.
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Glass ceiling or glass cage? Breaking through the biggest barrier holding women back
Forbes
From Aug. 14: The last decade has witnessed a growing awareness of the value women bring to the workplace, the impact they make on organizational bottom line, and the contribution to the economy at large. It's driven policy makers and industry leaders to support women's engagement in the workforce, and ascension into positions of greater influence. On it's own though, it's not enough. While there's no doubt that unconscious bias, and even outright misogyny, still exist in workplaces today, the bigger barrier holding women back from growing their influence is not a "glass ceiling" but a glass cage of our own making (albeit not consciously).
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