Machiavelli’s lessons for women in the workforce

Sep 7, 2021
An excerpt from “Machiavelli for Women,” a new book by NPR’s Stacey Vanek Smith.
Italian statesman, writer and political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, circa 1510. In a new book, NPR’s Stacey Vanek Smith applies the lessons of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” to women in 21st century workplaces.
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Economies are reopening, but the child care question persists

Jun 8, 2020
An industry stretched thin before the pandemic is now at a breaking point.
A mother helps her daughters with schoolwork in March. As the economy opens back up, school programs remain shut down.
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When it pays to smoke with the boss

Dec 9, 2019
Male smokers who work for other male smokers get promoted faster, according to new research.
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In many homes, housework falls disproportionately to young women

Nov 26, 2019
According to the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, unpaid household labor falls disproportionately to women between 16 and 24.
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Are smart speakers enforcing gender inequity?

Female voice assistants could be encouraging us to issue orders to women.
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The power of a voice in transition

Aug 16, 2018
When Thomas Page McBee started transitioning and taking testosterone, he didn’t just notice a difference in his vocal range. He also started tracking how people responded.
Thomas Page McBee and his book.
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Retired U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach on gender wage gap

Oct 3, 2016
Wambach shares her personal struggles in new memoir, 'Forward'
Abby Wambach of the United States reacts during the women's soccer match against China at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
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Census Bureau to release new poverty numbers

Sep 13, 2016
The agency will release rates of poverty and health insurance coverage for 2015.
A homeless woman waits in line to receive groceries and clothing in the skid row section of Los Angeles, California.
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New report traces the gender pay gap from birth to the C-suite

Jul 20, 2016
Women's education doesn't close the wage gap with men, study says.
The often-referenced figure that women earn 79 cents for every dollar men do isn't the whole story.
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EEOC wants to diversify the tech industry

May 17, 2016
The commission is holding a hearing this week to seek solutions. One idea: Keep women in the industry.
Women are 45 percent more likely than men to leave the tech field.
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