Weekly News Update

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  • The Wall Street Journal gives you “The Unwritten Rules on Going Sleeveless”; the WSJ also looks at new ways jewelry designers are using pearls.
  • The Everygirl explains some surprising ways you’re getting sun exposure (and sun damage); it’s surprising that cars’ side and rear windows don’t block UVA rays, for one.
  • Ask a Manager answers a reader question about office decorating.
  • Above the Law comments on a few recent lists ranking the best law firms for diversity.
  • NPR reported on a new study on gender and ethics that found that “women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.”
  • The Wall Street Journal reports on a two-month hackathon that resulted in seven new apps to address the gender pay gap.
  • Ellevate takes a look at Laura Vanderkam’s 10 strategies for making the most of the time you have.
  • At New York magazine’s The Cut, Jordan Kisner writes about the double standards around how women speak and how it often seems like we just can’t win.
  • Popular Science has an interesting article about Susan Finley, NASA’s longest-serving female employee, who was hired 58 years ago as a “computer.” She has no plans to retire, even though she was demoted in 2004 due to her lack of a college degree.
  • Vox shares some insights from Kate Shellnutt about women and multi-level marketing (MLM), which we recently talked about over at CorporetteMoms.

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  • Fashionista tested a bunch of nail polish brands to see which one stayed put the longest.
  • Kenzie Bryant writes at Racked about why she prefers to shop alone.
  • In an essay at Fast Company, Reva Seth explains why she believes women should talk to each other more about their salaries — partly to reduce the gender pay gap.
  • New York magazine’s Science of Us tells you how “Giving a Memorable Job Interview Is a Lot Like Dating.”
  • In the Harvard Business Review, Margarita Mayo writes about her team’s research into how people view competence and warmth in others. Their not-so-surprising finding: “[M]en are seen as confident if they are seen as competent, but women are seen as confident only if they come across as both competent and warm.”
  • NPR talks to a reporter from the Center for Investigative Reporting about the past, present, and future of student loan debt in the U.S.
  • The Wirecutter shares some tips for determining if a certain product’s glowing reviews on Amazon are to be believed — the most useful tool is probably Fakespot. Speaking of Amazon, CNBC reported on the growing prevalence of counterfeit products from China on the site.
  • Priceonomics crunched data on all Meetup events in the U.S. and found some interesting stats about cities and topics.
  • The New York Times looks at how marketers in the U.S. seem to ignore women who aren’t or don’t plan to be moms.

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  • Racked reports on the Smithsonian’s efforts to digitize their collection of 2,000+ personal care and beauty products, some of which date back to the 1860s.
  • Fashionista explains and rates several beauty apps: Youcam Makeup, Beautiful Me, Vice Lipstick, Sephora to Go, Think Dirty, and Makeup by Modiface. (Have you tried any of these?)
  • The New York Times talks about why “plus-size” models are mostly ignored by the beauty industry: “There’s no size requirement to fit a lipstick, so why are there no curvy models in beauty?”
  • Bizwomen shares info on the inaugural Women in Law Hackathon.
  • At Inc., Alison Green revisits a response she wrote to an intern who got fired (along with other interns) for requesting that the company dress code be relaxed.
  • The Washington Post looks at the results of a survey about successful salary negotiations among age ranges and genders. Meanwhile, PracticePanther has an infographic showing lawyer salaries by practice area (h/t to Above the Law).
  • Forbes presents several resume “rules” that you might want to start breaking.
  • A former hedge fund trader wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times on sexism and “bro talk” on Wall Street and how men should speak up against it (and how he failed to do so).
  • New York magazine’s Vulture brings you authors’ own picks for beach reads.

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  • Racked reports on a startup that’s trying to make medical scrubs more flattering and stylish (and antimicrobial, too).
  • Fashionista has advice on what to wear to a summer interview for a fashion job — in editorial, PR, or retail.
  • Here’s an infographic from Tenge Law Firm for new lawyers preparing for job interviews.
  • Fortune explains why it’s a good idea to put volunteer experience on your resume.
  • Inc. shares eight effective networking icebreakers.
  • Ivy Exec has tips on breaking speaking habits that affect your executive presence.
  • Harvard Business Review talks about how to become resilient at work.
  • In The Atlantic, Ron Fournier writes that he won’t join any all-male panels at conferences (but that TV is a bit trickier) and encourages other journalists to do the same.
  • Here’s some good news for your Friday: As The BBC reports, the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is “starting to heal,” largely due to the global ban on CFCs that took effect in 1989.
  • And for your Laugh of the Week, New York magazine’s The Cut gives you tips on getting through the work day today when it seems like everyone else has turned the three-day weekend into a four-day one…

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  • Fashionista shares expert advice on buying an engagement ring.
  • Racked reports on a panel discussion called “Dear Retailer,” which took place during NYC’s recent CurvyCon — it was an “open conversation with CEOs and designers from top brands” about plus-size fashion.
  • This American Life’s latest episode, “Tell Me I’m Fat,” included viewpoints from Lindy West, Roxane Gay, and Elna Baker and is definitely worth a listen (not just a transcript-read).
  • Career Contessa talks to a VP of Marketing for its Salary Project series.
  • The Week examines how working long hours has become a mark of privilege, as “the association between leisure and privilege has been flipped on its head.”
  • Be Leaderly says that working women have plenty of mentors — but what they need are more sponsors (while another post shows you how to get on potential sponsors’ radar).
  • Entrepreneur details some presentation tips that will (hopefully) make a good impression on your boss.
  • Above the Law has a review of the final two episodes of “O.J.: Made in America” (which was also featured on “Fresh Air” recently — you can listen and/or read highlights here).
  • For your Laugh of the Week, the CBC’s “This is That” brings you the perfect parody of a TED Talk.

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  • Fashionista talks to Mindy Kaling and the costume designer for “The Mindy Project” (who’s also Kaling’s sometime red-carpet stylist).
  • Racked brings you a thorough guide to online swimsuit shopping.
  • Vice looks at a new report that ranked 40 major fashion companies on the transparency of their supply chains that found that “40 percent of the companies analyzed don’t appear to have systems to monitor whether they are compliant with labor standards.” Companies that were ranked low include Prada, Fendi, Hermès, and in last place, Chanel. (Have you checked out our slow fashion shopping guide yet?)
  • The Wall Street Journal talked to 25 male CEOs about how they manage work-life balance.
  • The Muse reviews five soft skills that can help you succeed in any field and gives you five tips to brighten up your desk or office.
  • Quartz introduces you to Bullet Journal, a new and popular productivity method that just uses pen and paper, while The Everygirl recommends eight online tools to help you get more organized.
  • Stephen R. Williams writes for Above the Law about firing employees, and for those who haven’t gotten that far in their careers yet, Above the Law also shares advice for people heading to law school.
  • The executive women’s editor at The Huffington Post writes, “Love or hate or feel totally ambivalent about Hillary Clinton, this is a historic moment.”
  • The Huffington Post shares a guide (from a few months ago, but still relevant) on contacting your elected representatives about reducing gun violence, including a sample letter. (Here’s a chart on how your senators recently voted on background checks.) If you’re still feeling helpless and are looking for something to do/read, see this post from Wonkette to follow Mr. Rogers’ advice and look for the helpers, or make an appointment to donate blood in your community. (Sure, it probably won’t go to Orlando, but you’ll still be helping someone in need.)

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