Weekly News Update

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  • The Cut has the details behind Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” initiative to support working-class women who’ve experienced sexual misconduct.
  • Nylon shares info about the soon-to-be-released H&M brand, /Nyden, a collaboration of designers that will target millennials and will be led by Oscar Olsson.
  • Racked suggests if there’s a clothing item that works for you, buy one in every color to build up your wardrobe options for your personal uniform.
  • The New York Times shares a first-person account of how a woman felt that she’d need to dress when speaking to others about her experiences with sexual harassment.
  • Also in The New York Times, Lindy West asks, “Why is fixing sexism women’s work?”
  • Vulture reports that Hoda Kotb will reportedly make millions less than Matt Lauer, who she’s replacing on Today following others’ claims of sexual assault against Lauer. The Washington Post details Kotb’s professional challenges that led to her current position, including 27 rejections in 10 days as a recent journalism school graduate.
  • The Washington Post also takes a look at why at least 79 women — 49 Democrats and 30 Republicans — are running for governor or seriously considering it.
  • Pew Research Center has results of a new study that breaks down how women experience discrimination in the workplace.
  • Working Mother outlines 15 ways the workplace will change for women in 2018, including more diversity and more women in leadership roles.
  • NPR asks whether food-tracking apps help with weight loss.
  • Laugh of the Week: The New Yorker highlights a few examples of “toxic femininity” in the workplace.

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Weekly News Update

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  • The Cut shares the story of Argent, which it calls “the official workwear brand of powerful women.”
  • The Cut also gives their picks for the best beauty products of 2017.
  • Quartz at Work explains why Arianna Huffington wears the same handful of dresses for the public events she attends.
  • The New York Times offers Ann Patchett’s opinion piece about how she managed her year of no shopping.
  • The New York Times also shares Gender Editor Jessica Bennett’s essay on “no-return” sexual encounters and “the gray area of consent” that women can experience.
  • The New Yorker‘s Jia Tolentino details how 2017 became the year that skincare became a coping mechanism.
  • Variety reports that Anita Hill will chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.
  • Ask a Manager has a roundup of the worst boss stories of 2017, according to her readers.
  • Vice’s Motherboard explains why volunteering is the best kept secret to cope with anxiety and stress.
  • Self shares what medications you should never mix with alcohol.
  • Apartment Therapy has some holiday gift ideas for the feminists in your life—or for treating yourself.
  • Laugh of the Week: The New Yorker‘s top cartoons of 2017, according to Instagram, will (hopefully) give you some cheer.

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  • The Cut offers its take on fashion lines by women for women—Apiece Apart, Nili Lotan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Doen, and Jenni Kayne—which have looks that include caftans, oversize sweaters, elastic-waist trousers, roomy linen dresses, blouses that button right up to the chin, and walkable heels.
  • Ask A Manager answers the question: Do I really need to wear high heels to a job interview? (Short answer: No.)
  • Quartz offers 10 CEOs’ top interview questions and tests for prospective employees. Have you heard any of these before?
  • The New York Times reports that sexual harassment cases show the ineffectiveness of going to HR with complaints.
  • Consequence of Sound lists the 120—and counting—men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
  • Slate shares a firsthand account of regret of complacency when it comes to the widely reported inappropriate behavior of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski. (Above the Law has details regarding the judge’s judicial misconduct inquiry, announced earlier this week.)
  • Politico reports that U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) claimed in a private meeting that “too many members [of the House] dress inappropriately” and that their revealing clothing was “an invitation” to harassment. She later said she never meant to suggest that women are to blame for the harassment they experience.
  • The Washington Post shares that Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 is “feminism,” defined as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests,” according to Merriam-Webster.
  • The Guardian provides a French comic’s take on why maternity leave is nothing like taking a vacation.
  • Glamour shares the new movie posters for Ocean’s 8, which is coming to theaters this summer and stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, along with Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina.
  • Vulture explains how The Crown’s costume designer created the latest season’s most memorable looks.
  • Rage Laugh of the Week: KatyKatiKate has an annotated hot take on documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s so-called apology about sexually assaulting women, calling a woman in his office “sex pants,” and cheating on his wives and girlfriends.

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  • The Today Show shares that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is ultra violet.
  • Fast Company provides six women’s “work uniforms” to save time and energy when getting ready in the morning. (Older link, but worth a look.)
  • The Cut offers advice from four beauty experts on how they would spend $60 at Ulta.
  • Wired recommends this new sports bra made with Flyknit technology, which is also used in shoes made by Nike.
  • MyJobMag announced its top 100 career blogs to follow in 2018, including Corporette.
  • The Associated Press explains some of the expected changes to office holiday parties this season, in light of recent sexual harassment and assault reports. If your office is having a party, The Cut has some advice if you are shy.
  • Time has named “the silence breakers” as their person of the year.
  • NBC News shares that, following allegations against the chain, Massage Envy has partnered with Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to review its policies.
  • NPR reports that a new class of drugs may soon provide relief to migraine sufferers. Speaking of headache meds, the active ingredient in Tylenol may also help ease the pain of hurt feelings.
  • NPR also shares that House of Cards will get a final season without Kevin Spacey — starring Robin Wright.
  • Jezebel provides their take on SNL‘s all-too-relatable sketch, “Welcome to Hell.”
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s offers some helpful ways for men to avoid exposing themselves in the workplace.

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  • The New York Times examines why the fashion world will be closely watching Suits actress—and Prince Harry’s fiancee—Meghan Markle.
  • The New York Times also has an inside look at how Etsy has changed as a company since going public.
  • Career Contessa explains the importance of what you wear to work, and why it matters. (Published earlier this year, but new to us.)
  • Vox offers results of a new study that finds that women surgeons are punished more than their male counterparts for the same mistakes.
  • Reuters shares that the Impact Shares YWCA Women’s Empowerment exchange-traded fund—WOMN—will allow people to invest with companies that promote women’s interests and take strong stands against workplace harassment.
  • People has Ann Curry’s take on Matt Lauer’s termination from NBC following reports of sexual harrassment from Lauer’s female coworkers (video autoplays).
  • The Atlantic provides details on why women are leaving the Republican Party in the era of President Trump.
  • BuzzFeed News shares that more than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at Massage Envy.
  • Slate suggests the Instant Pot is not only a time saver, but also an entire economy and religion.
  • Laugh of the Week: Elle provides an interesting take on this year’s exciting yet terrifying White House Christmas decor.

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The Best Winter Blazers to Wear To Work

the best winter blazers to wear to workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Around this time of year, we typically feature stylish velvet blazers among our blazer picks for the best winter blazers to wear to work (including a beautiful blue one from Self Portrait that Kat shared a couple of weeks ago). Many are festive enough for weekday holiday office parties but still professional for workday wear — and versatile enough to pair with jeans on the weekends. We’re bringing you some more recommendations today, including some of our favorite velvet blazers on the market right now — as well as (in our roundup) a few options for tweed jackets if you want a more sedate alternative to velvet. Readers, how do you change up your blazers for work in wintertime? Do you like to wear them as toppers to sexier looks on the weekend? Do you like to wear them to “business attire” events around this time of year such as networking events through alumni or professional organizations, or even holiday office parties held on workdays?the best winter blazers to wear to work 2017

Pictured at top: rosey orange / purple / gray.

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