Yesterday, Five Individuals Determined the Fate of Millions of American Women

English: West face of the United States Suprem...

English: West face of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Español: Edificio de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos en Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Originally published June 29, 2012 in Role/Reboot

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court upheld the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The court’s narrow vote of 5 to 4 means millions of American women will have dramatically better health care.

ObamaCare phases in over time. Under its provisions:

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5 Concrete Steps to Shut Down the Office Lech

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Forbes, June 18, 2012

Women law school graduates should be warned that law is a sexist profession.

Sexual discrimination is widespread and sexual harassment occurs all too often.

He’s Persistent, Offensive and Powerful

Here’s a recent real life example of sexual harassment told by an associate’s therapist: A partner in a one-on-one meeting with a female associate leans over and says, “I’d really love to kiss you right now.”

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Do Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Chill Opportunities for Women?

Published in Fem2.0 June 6, 2012

Ellen Pao

Woman who sued venture capital firm for sexual discrimination

Recently, Ellen Pao, a junior partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, sued the firm charging widespread discrimination against women. She also alleged that she had been sexually harassed and suffered retaliation after she complained about the harassment.

Bloomberg published an opinion piece by Amity Shlaes criticizing Ms. Pao’s suit for a variety of reasons. One was that venture capital firms contribute greater economic growth because they are more “creative” and “wild” with a different culture than square “dinosaurs.” Although she acknowledges that “creative rebels have often behaved poorly in their creative workplaces,” her argument seems to be that discrimination and harassment should be overlooked if they take place in a company that generates growth.

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