Category: Women

What to do when your colleagues do not care about their personal lives

I spoke to the Wharton Women in Business group yesterday. These ambitious women at one of the country's top business schools are always fun to meet with, and this year I decided to do my talk a little differently. Instead of giving my usual speech on time management tactics, I had four women track their time for a week. I talked with each by phone beforehand, and t… read more »

What to pick up when you drop the ball

Even as women make great strides in the workplace, many feel like they shoulder an unequal percentage of the work at home. And so, discussions on balancing work and life often turn to a lament on "how can I get my husband to do more?" Tiffany Dufu's new book, Drop the Ball, proposes another suggestion: you could try doing less. Lower your standards. Don't gate… read more »

Reading Virginia Woolf at a wrestling meet

I spent Saturday morning as I have many a wintry Saturday morning this year: driving to a wrestling meet in some new corner of Pennsylvania. This week's was in Atglen, a rather rustic place about an hour from my house. I snapped these pictures of the frosty fields and silos. We saw an Amish buggy while driving through town. Sometimes it seems that the smaller the… read more »

What does tenure take?

I have long been fascinated by the academic concept of tenure. Like making partner in a law or consulting firm, getting this offer of a position for life (in essence) is a sign you have arrived. The problem is that it's not always 100% clear what it takes to leap through this hoop, and it is a hoop (if you don't make tenure, you can't really stay long-term. It's an up… read more »

Invest in your happiness (or perkiness)

I am by and large, a cheap person. I prefer the term "frugal", but sometimes we need to call it like it is. Nowhere is this more evident than in my bra selection. I am pretty sure my last major bra purchase happened when I gave birth to my now-9.5-year-old son, and I needed a bunch of nursing bras. When I weaned him, I went back into the bras I'd owned prior. Repeat the c… read more »