In this episode of The Broad Experience sociologist Kristen Schilt talks about her research into the lives of transgender men in the workplace. If you're wondering what that has to do with women and work, remember these guys spent decades living as women. Suddenly, after transitioning, they saw their status in the workplace go up. People listened to them more, and, as one guy said, "I'm right more now." Many of their experiences confirmed there's still some healthy bias against women at work. One guy, Thomas, was even told he was a 'great' lawyer, whereas 'Susan' had been 'incompetent'. The speaker had no idea Thomas and Susan were one and the same. We also meet Chris Edwards, a transgender man himself. He talks about his transition, aged 23, and how the workplace, and he, changed.
This is the podcast version of a two-minute story I did for Marketplace back in February. For the podcast I interviewed a couple of other people and expanded the stories of all the women I spoke to.
The number of women going into family firms is going up - in the US it's almost five times higher than it was in the late 1990s. But these women still face quite different challenges than their brothers, even in 2014. Tune in to hear five women from different generations talk about the pros and cons of being a daughter working at the family firm, including one who is now running the business. You can check out all other episodes of the podcast at TheBroadExperience.com.
It's the anniversary of the publication of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, currently enjoying its 52nd week on the New York Times Bestseller List. This time last year I sat down in a Greenwich Village apartment with five other women from Generations X and Y to debate the merits of the book. Over wine and Middle Eastern food we covered everything from Sandberg's views on getting ahead, to race (why are there no non-white women in the book?), babies, and men. Tune in here or download from iTunes or Stitcher. 26 minutes.
In this show we look at whether or not it's acceptable to show your emotions at work. Women are usually told not to cry at the office (generally by other women), and research shows women who display anger at work lose status, whereas men who show anger don't. I have a great group of guests on the show who feel quite differently from one another on how advisable it is to be 'authentic' in the workplace. Did you know men's and women's tear ducts are different sizes? Just one of the reasons women cry more easily. Tune in. 17 minutes.
In this show my guests and I discuss why the ad industry has so few women in top creative roles. Women make more than 80% of the buying decisions. But the vast majority of people who decide what goes into the marketing messages we see each day are men. Being a creative director is incredibly demanding, and as Kat Gordon of the 3% Conference says, many women reject that lifestyle once they have children. But, she argues, the industry doesn't have to operate the way it does. She says it's ripe for an overhaul - one men would be equally enthusiastic about. 16 minutes.