Friday Four

Inspired reading, listening and viewing for discerning women entrepreneurs, curated from around the web.

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What Our Sons Are Learning From Donald Trump
Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times
American boys are raised with two conflicting ideas of masculinity — being a good man and being a real man — and with Donald J. Trump running for president, lately they’ve gotten a big dose of the latter. Claire Cain Miller, a reporter for The Times’ Upshot section, explores Trump’s “boys will be boys” attitude and its potential influence on young men. Trump is offering himself up as a role model in hypermasculinity, she writes — one that elevates pridefulness and bonding with other men by objectifying women. But the resulting controversy is also prompting new conversations about how to raise good men.


Career Women Battle Japan’s ‘Salaryman’ Culture
Sophia Yan, CNN Money
Japan has a notoriously male-dominated corporate culture — and a stubbornly stagnant economy. Now, with 3 million women in Japan opting out of the workplace, the government is stepping up pressure on companies to provide more support to women who want long-term careers. In this multimedia package, CNN Money looks at how Japan is trying to merge the two career paths — “management” or “mommy” — that most Japanese firms offer and promote a greater role for women in the workplace.


How Women CEOs Overcame Bad Jobs, Bad Bosses
Joann S. Lublin, The Wall Street Journal
Women are all too familiar with the roadblocks that can impede their career progress — particularly the obstacles put up by male colleagues and managers. In this excerpt from her new book, “Earning It,” Lublin explores how female trailblazers like former Xerox Corp. CEO Ann Mulcahy and former Yahoo president Carol Bartz rose above sexist treatment from “jerk bosses” and what they learned about being effective supervisors along the way. (Note: Subscription required.)


‘Secretaries are Women, That’s How it’s Always Been’ – How I Call Out ‘Acceptable’ Sexism
Jessica Williams, The Guardian
Williams, founder of personal assistant recruitment firm Sidekicks, says clients often demonstrate what they think is “acceptable” sexism when describing the gender and appearance of receptionists and secretaries they aim to hire. In this piece, she writes about her efforts to push managers to confront their biases when hiring support staff. “There is no reason, in 2016, why women should feel they need to look a certain way in order to secure a job, or why talented male support workers should find it so difficult to get a job,” she says.

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Posted: October 21, 2016

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