Resources for Women Students, sheLEADS: Women and Work
While women are no longer overtly barred from pursuing any career, it is clear that women students face a different set of circumstances from their male classmates and according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center young women remain pessimistic about gender equality in the workplace. With this in mind we have initiated a new series- sheLEADS, a LinkedIn Group sheLEADS at Northeastern and this resource page. We hope you’ll join the discussions in our LinkedIn Group, attend sheLEADS programs and that you find these resources helpful.
Interesting Statistics: women earn on average 77% of what men earn in comparable careers; this gender wage gap has not improved in the last 10 years. Women are about 50% of the workforce, but only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 38% of management. Women are just 18.1% of Congress.
- Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
- Women’s Bureau Data & Statistics
- The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor
- Department of Labor Regional Programs and Services
Women and Work: Prominent Issues
Negotiation, particularly salary negotiation, can be daunting for both men and women, but recent studies have shown that only 7% of women who receive an offer attempt to negotiate as opposed to 57% of men. Knowledge is power: learn more about the obstacles women face when negotiating and check out our salary negotiation guide to make sure you're as prepared as possible.
There are statistics out there that claim 60-80% of communication is through body language and tone. It goes without saying that women are held to a different standard than men in regards to the "correct" way to speak and act both at work and at home.
Upcoming Workshops presented by sheLEADS
(Upcoming sheLEADS workshops for 2016 will be updated as we secure and confirm dates and locations)
Northeastern Resources for Women
- nuWIT Women in Technology
- Feminist Student Organization (FSO)
- Girls' LEAP Self-Defense (Girls' LEAP)
- Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)
- Her Campus Northeastern (HC NU)
- Northeastern University Science Club for Girls (NU SCFG)
- Northeastern University Women in MBA (NUWMBA)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG)
- Women in Business Club
- Women’s Leadership
Professional Associations for Women
Getting involved in professional organizations that are specific to your industry is a great way to build meaning relationships and a professional network. There are numerous professional organizations that are specific to women click here for a complete list.
Websites and Blogs for Professional Women
Social media is a great way to connect with women facing similar issues. Here is a list of over 30 blogs, written by women, for women adapted from Forbes article, The Best 100 Websites for Women, 2013.
Career Contessa is a career development site for women by women, featuring over 150 detailed career profiles of successful women at every stage in her career and daily advice on careers and achieving a fullfilled life.
Food for Thought: Articles about what challenges or barriers women face at work
- Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius? via The New York Times
- The One Word Men Never See in Performance Reviews via Fast Company
- The 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women
- Watch A Student Totally Nail Something About Women That I've Been Trying To Articulate For 37 Years via Upworthy
- White House Summit on Working Families
- Why Women Still Can't Have It All via The Atlantic
- Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers via Harvard Business Review