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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec 12, 2007 / 3 Teves 5768

Seeing through the glass ceiling

By Betsy Hart

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Female Execs Can't Break Into Boys Club" read the headline of reporter Francine Knowles' piece in The Chicago Sun-Times this week. "Women continue to bang their heads against barriers, despite making limited gains in advancing to. . . top leadership positions. . ." reveal the findings of the Chicago Network, a women's professional group that produced a report on the progress of women in Chicago's top 50 companies, Knowles reports.

Less than 15 percent of directors in Chicago's top 50 companies are women.

The report labeled women's progress as "uneven and inadequate." Sheli Rosenberg, retired president and chief executive of Equity Group Investments and a Chicago Network member, called the numbers "depressing."

The Sisterhood is always depressed. Enough already. The only depressing thing here is the "gender equity" moaning and groaning.

The reality is that to the extent the glass ceiling still exists, it's mainly the result of choices women themselves are making. Shouldn't we celebrate that?

Popular author Warren Farrell showed in his 2005 book, "Why Men Earn More"(AMACOM), that the answer is largely that women more typically choose less demanding, less risky career tracks, say human resources versus sales, than men do. Men are more likely than women to choose the "hardship" tracks — whether physical danger, or lots of traveling/70 hour workweeks/relocating frequently. Farrell actually shows that when women take on equal risks and responsibility as their male counterparts in the workplace, they tend to make more money for the same job.

In fact the evidence is overwhelming that when women are willing to do what it takes to grab the "golden ring" in corporate America, they are as likely as men, maybe even more likely, to get it. Good for them.

But fewer women than men choose to put themselves on the path to the executive suite.

And just why is that a problem to "fix"?

"What's key to more quickly bringing about gender parity?" in the ranks of corporate Chicago (or corporate America), as Knowles puts it, is actually the wrong question altogether. "Why aren't we celebrating women's choices?" would be the better query.

The feminist world erupted in fury when Brenda Barnes, inches away from the CEO spot at PepsiCo, stepped off the hard-charging track because of the toll it was taking on her and her family. (I think the sisterhood would have cheered a man doing the same thing, by the way.) On ABC's "Good Morning America" last year, law professor Linda Hirshman said that "privileged, educated women who choose to stay at home to raise their children are hurting themselves and others." Really?

Too bad for Hirshman and her elitist friends. Census data show that 54 percent of mothers with professional or graduate degrees choose not to work full time. 54 percent. This drives women like Hirshman nuts.

We don't, and won't, have gender parity in boardrooms for the same reason we don't have gender parity when it comes to elementary school room parents. It's about the choices women make. And that's powerful.

As an (unexpectedly) single mom to four kids, I'm especially grateful now that I always worked, at least part-time, when I was married, so that I have more options today. Besides, I love it. I've often written that work for pay is a great thing for moms, even if it's only a few hours a week, partly because it keeps us from getting too wrapped up in our kids!

I'll encourage my daughters to pursue their educational and professional dreams. But I'll also instill in them a sense of gratitude that they live in a time and place where they have choices — choices that many men don't have. I'll encourage them to use those choices wisely. Maybe they can "have it all," however they define it, just not all at the same time. That appears to be the choice many women make, and that's something to celebrate, not whine about.

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