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Pamela Ryckman
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Author, STILETTO NETWORK, and freelance journalist
Author, STILETTO NETWORK, and freelance journalist

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And I thought it was for my kids!

True story: LeahFessler asked 50 powerful women the same set of questions, including this fill-in-the-blank: “Everyone should own ________.” Seven of the women said “a dog.” Other than that, no two women gave the same answer to this question. h/t Heather Landy, Quartz
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As we live and work longer, the key is to make sure we're always growing and learning. Yes, we can ask for promotions, but it's also worth considering a lateral move.

“Your life and your career is one big learning curve. But by the time you hit your forties, you know what you’re doing and you’re good at it, so you get bored...Ask yourself: ‘Is up the only way?’ Maybe you don’t have to climb the ladder if you can do something interesting that will allow you to learn and grow.”
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Since 2010, female justices have been disproportionately interrupted in every term. In the 2016 term, for the first time, the ratio of female to male interruptions exceeded 2:1.
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"We don’t say ‘fix the women,’ we say let’s fix the workplace so these talented women have a good basis for staying in the legal profession.”
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Few women are lionized with public monuments in New York. Loved reading about these women who could be memorialized!
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People with strong social relationships tend to live longer than those who don’t, but building deeper friendships is largely a matter of putting in time. It takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a “real” friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend.
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Nearly 1/3 of women who are married to or living with a man contribute at least half of the couple’s total earnings, yet opposite-sex couples in which women are top earners report greater relationship strife and are more likely to split up. Women who earn more also more housework in order to make their husbands feel better...

How to change this?
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Beth Ford is also only the third gay person and the 25th woman to run a Fortune 500 company.
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"This is what shame does to women: It isolates us and makes us feel our stories aren’t really stories at all but idiosyncratic flaws. The only reason my story continued was that I started seeking out other mothers who had been through similar struggles."
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“People still have this belief that when moms are employed, it’s somehow detrimental to their children. So our finding that maternal employment doesn’t affect kids’ happiness in adulthood is really important....AS WE GRADUALLY UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CHILDREN AREN’T SUFFERING, I HOPE THE GUILT WILL GO AWAY”
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