The coded language that holds women back at work

Similar disparities exist in different industries. One recent study by research associate Alison T Wynn and colleagues at the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab analysed the full text of performance evaluations for an internet services company in Silicon Valley. The researcher determined that 61% of the time, when communal terms were used, they were being applied to women

These kinds of communal descriptors, though apparently positive, did not translate into higher ratings. For instance, women were praised more for being helpful, but being helpful wasn’t highly valued. Instead, ‘taking charge’ was viewed favourably. Thus, women’s chances of higher

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Murdered women: A history of ‘honour’ crimes | Crime

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On a hot summer day in late May 1994, I drove to an eastern suburb of Jordan’s capital, Amman, to investigate the reported murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl by her own brother.

With limited information, questions roiled my mind as I drove up the hill towards the neighbourhood. Why had this girl’s life been cut short by her brother? What had her final thoughts been?

My questions would soon be partially answered by a man who was walking through the neighbourhood when I arrived. “Yes, I know why she was killed,” he answered calmly as if

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The Sorry History of Car Design for Women

In 1958, landscape architect A. Carl Stelling tried to calm the fears of a public that would soon be connected by the interstate highway system. It wasn’t just anxiety about what these new roadways would mean for communities that was on people’s minds, there was also concern about exactly who would be using the highways. As Stelling wrote, “Say what you will—and all of us have—you are going to see more and more of the woman driver.” He added, “This prospect is not as catastrophic as it may appear.”

Stelling predicted that this new crop of “timid” and “panicky”

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The History of African American Women Is in Their Handiwork

Rose was in existential distress that fateful winter in South Carolina in 1852. She was facing the deep kind of trouble that no one in our present time knows and that only an enslaved woman has felt. For Rose understood that, following the death of her legal owner, she or her little girl, Ashley, could be next on the auction block.

Ripping loved ones apart was a common practice in a society structured—and indeed, dependent—on the legalized captivity of people deemed inferior. And sale could not have been the end of Rose’s worries. She must have dreaded what could

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Four West Virginia University women Awarded Critical Language Scholarships | WVU Today

Valerie Browne, Jana El-Khatib, Christina Murray and Margaret Rymer are WVU’s 2021 Critical Language Scholars.

Four West Virginia University women have been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, recognizing their commitment to language learning and personal growth. The awardees will participate in fully-funded virtual intensive language and cultural immersion programs this summer.

Valerie Browne, a rising senior from Martinsburg, will spend this summer studying Russian. Browne is a Russian studies and English double major with a minor in political science in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.  

“I chose to study Russian both

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