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Though on average women still earn 81 cents for every dollar that men earn, research has recently shown that in certain places and careers, women can out-earn men. In this infographic, we divulge the cities, like Atlanta and Memphis, where young, women are earning CAN EARN more than their male counterparts, and the careers, like interviewers and occupational therapists, where women CAN bring home the bigger check. And, though it should come as no surprise, when it comes to lifetime earnings, education has CAN HAVE a lot to do with it.

Melissa Millan stands out at business conferences.

Shame on you, National Association of Professional Women. An organization with the tagline “Endless Opportunities” has just proven that the “Endless Opportunities” are their opportunities to extract more and more money from professional women trying to advance their careers and themselves. Perhaps the organization should be called National Association Targeting Professional Women.
"Marissa Mayer, the Google executive who today was named Yahoo's new chief executive, is pregnant. Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7," reports Fortune's Patricia Sellers. "As for maternity leave, Mayer, who recently joined the board of Walmart, expects it to be speedy. 'I like to stay in the rhythm of things,' she says, referring to the CEO job that she is starting tomorrow. 'My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I'll work throughout it.'"

A new book written by Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb and funded by the Kauffman Foundation looks at the importance of identifying different financing strategies for women-owned businesses. "A Rising Tide: Financial Strategies for Women-Owned Firms" offers case studies and looks art research regarding women-owned businesses with the goal of assisting women who already a business or are thinking about starting one.

Looks matter, both in our social and working lives. We want to look good and our employers expect us to look good, or at least want us to look a particular way. A raft of research from the US and UK has now established that being perceived to be attractive improves our chances of obtaining work, and boosts our pay and career prospects. Line managers also rate the performances of attractive workers more highly. Finally, attractive workers are less likely to lose their jobs.

"[A]s employees in large corporations move up the career ladder, men advance disproportionately. In the U.S., women comprise barely a third (34%) of the "marzipan layer," that talent-rich level right below the icing on the corporate cake; in the UK , they make up just under a quarter (24%)," writes Sylvia Ann Hewlett at the HBR, adding that "research demonstrates that to break through to the top, well-qualified women everywhere need sponsors — powerful leaders who are willing to advocate for their next key role, and propel and protect them through the perilous straits of upper management."

Back in the ‘90s, when Web 1.0 was all about broadcasting, Heidi Dangelmaier was pioneering social media platforms for corporate clients.

Two days ago, the Italian government had to pass a law requiring listed and state-owned companies to ensure that by 2015, one-third of their board members would be women. Only 6% of directors in Italy are currently women — one of the lowest rates on the continent — compared to 14% in the European Union and 16% in the U.S.," writes Yilmaz Arguden. Why does it matter? Well aside from the obvious issue of equality, companies with more women on their boards do better financially.

A new infographic from the National Federation of Independent Business, Chase, and the Center for Women's Business Research looks at "challenges women owned businesses (WOBs) faced during the recession and how they have adapted their business practices." According to the graphic, many more WOBs are using social media now than they were pre-recession, and many are now hiring again, though they have, on average, a lower headcount now than they did before.

Bob Ivry of Bloomberg Markets Magazine reports on Sherry Hunt, who joined Citigroup as a vice president of mortgages back in 2004, but then "wouldn’t play along" with the bank's higher ups started pressuring her to "make things look better than they were." Instead, she took her employer to court, accusing the bank of violating mortgage regulations. The lawsuit ended up being a long, draw-out ordeal, but in the end Hunt prevailed, and Citigroup was ordered to pay out a large settlement.

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