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  • The Atlantic tells the lesser-known history of the little black dress.
  • Business Insider explains how Facebook is trying to take over LinkedIn’s turf.
  • BuzzFeed News wants to know, “Who are the Harvey Weinsteins of your industry?”
  • Blacklines and Billables offers advice for women who are just starting out in Biglaw.
  • The Muse shares how relationships can change when you get promoted to oversee your (former?) work friends.
  • The New York Times Magazine examines what happened to Amy Cuddy, known for her research about power poses, after “fellow academics have subjected her research to exceptionally high levels of public scrutiny.”
  • Slate‘s Dear Prudence answers a reader’s question about whether it’s fair that she be required to “smile more” in order to be promoted. (Answer: Nope.)
  • Above the Law offers insight into why #metoo resonates with women attorneys.
  • NPR shares helpful approaches for fighting insomnia from sleep scientist Matthew Walker’s new book, Why We Sleep (affiliate link).
  • The Detroit News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders, a controversial pick for a speaker for the Women’s Convention in Michigan later this month, will instead visit Puerto Rico.
  • Laugh (Groan?) of the Week: This cartoon from The New Yorker about a fictional magazine for women in the workforce nails it, including “8 blank pages for the things you wish you had said!”

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  1. That Amy Cuddy story is worth the whole read. Perhaps I’m sensitive this morning, but it hurt my heart. It’s hard to not believe that sexism didn’t play a part in what happened to her academic career.

    These paragraphs in particular made me want to scream/cry:

    “When Simmons and I met, I asked him why he eventually wrote such a damning blog post, when his initial correspondence with Carney did not seem particularly discouraging. He and Simonsohn, he told me, had clearly explained to Cuddy and Carney that the supporting studies they cited were problematic as a body of work — and yet all the researchers did was drop the visual graph, as if deliberately sidestepping the issue. They left in the body of literature that Simmons and Simonsohn’s P-curve discredited. That apparent disregard for contrary evidence was, Simmons said, partly what prompted them to publish the harsh blog post in the first place.

    But the email that Simmons and Simonsohn had sent was, in fact, ambiguous: They had explicitly told her to drop the P-curve and yet left the impression that the paper was otherwise sound. At my request, Simmons looked back at his original email. I watched as he read it over. “Oh, yeah,” he said quietly. He had a pained look on his face. “We did say to drop the graph, didn’t we?” He read it over again, then sat back. “I didn’t remember that. This may be a big misunderstanding about — that email is too polite.””

    • Yeah, that is quite a story.

      I think there are a lot of bitter, resentful, academics…. and to be a young, smart, well-spoken, beautiful female academic at Harvard that has the additional nerve to work in a field that is popular in the lay press/media leads to more envy. And it is always easier to tear down a young woman.

      There are a lot of problems with studies/data analyses in science…especially the softer social sciences. But she didn’t deserve to take the fall for a field.

  2. What about the Blackline’s and Billeable’s column about learning how to bill and be a lawyer? It is very good advise for us women, and I wish I had learned this b/f I started billing 7200 hours / year. FOOEY on all of that! If I could do it over, I would have been less serius in college and found a guy to MARRY me and take care of me so I would NOT have to work now. DOUBEL FOOEY!

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