Women can have it all if they fight for what they need. That was the message that came from a powerful woman who sparked a national debate last week about women and their success in the workplace and as mothers.
In a sea of blue and black, Sheryl Sandberg, a vivacious brunette in an orange jacket, stood out. Intense, engaged, gesturing for emphasis, Facebook’s chief operating officer and one of the most influential women in global business was intent on getting her message across.
“We know the childbearing years are a challenge for women, [for companies] to keep them, we know that,” Ms. Sandberg, 43, said.
Women are nearly 50% of the workforce in the United States, but our workplaces are far from equal. As easy as it might be to say that leadership from women will likely follow total numbers, there isn't a lot of evidence that that's the case.
"You can (partly) blame me for the recession - but don't blame me for spending cuts."
In effect, that was Mervyn King's message today for the TUC. "Before the crisis", he said, "steady growth with low inflation and high employment was in our grasp. We let it slip - we, that is, in the financial sector and as policy-makers - not your members nor the many businesses and organisations around the country which employ them."
A little over a week ago, United Airlines Flight 1462 from Newark, New Jersey, to Denver was forced to divert midtrip because two passengers got into a fight over legroom. Since then, not one but two additional U.S. flights have been forced to make unplanned landings because of similar in-air squabbles. On Aug. 27, an American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris was diverted to Boston after a passenger began quarreling with the traveler in front of him over a reclining seat and, when the dispute escalated, grabbed the arm of a crew member.
Around 325,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, and 160,000 people die as a result of it. Over 100,000 of those diagnosed are of working age, and estimates suggest that over 750,000 people of working age are currently living with a cancer diagnosis. In the UK at the moment about one in three people get cancer of one type in their lifetime, and the cancer charity Macmillan says that figure is expected to be almost one in two by the year 2020.