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Body scans show just how badly sized maternity and plus-size wear can be. Cuts and sizes should be based on the fifth month of pregnancy, not the seventh, according to new research.

Thousands of women across the globe were questioned about their professional aspirations, definitions of success, and obstacles faced at work.
If more fathers self-identified as “working dads,” it would add support to plight of “working moms” and lead to a healthier discussion about workplace and domestic equality.
Workers who are single and without children have trouble finding the time or energy to participate in non-work interests, just like those with spouses and kids, new research suggests.

A new YouTube video from Minute MBA examines why women make better business leaders. Using recent research from the Harvard Business Review as a jumping off point, the video delves into why "firms without women in high-level leadership positions are missing out on some meaningful growth opportunities," as the video's description notes. The ideas are presented visually with clear, useful drawings. And it only takes two minutes to watch!

Lots of bad commercials run during the Super Bowl. And thankfully, lots of people criticize them. The group Miss Representation even created the hashtag #notbuyingit so people could talk back to companies and their ad agencies about sexist commercials. However, a few companies did it right and gave us moving or funny commercials that didn't smell of sexual assault (Audi) or dumb blonds (GoDaddy).

The Women Entrepreneurs Festival is not a typical business conference. Rather, it's a celebration of women who run their own companies and those about to make the leap. Here’s what’s different about WEF: Hugs. And clothes. Everyone greets one another with full-body presses -- something that you don’t get at other tech meet-ups. And these entrepreneurs wear some rocking outfits that you also don’t usually see at women’s business events.

The state of the global economy dominated conversation in Davos last week, but women’s participation—not just in politics and economics, but also in the forum itself—was also a talking point. Just 17% of those in attendance were female. There was a panel “Women in Economic Decision-making,”—featuring, among others, the IMF’s Christine Lagarde, Harvard’s Drew Gilpin Faust, the European Commission’s Citizenship Vice President Viviane Reding, and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg—dealt directly with the issue of women’s involvement at the highest levels of economics and business.

Control over domestic affairs seems to dampen women’s interest in professional power, report researchers. While household decision-making power was highly valued by both men and women who participated in the study, women reported that running the home made them less likely to pursue promotions and other career advancement steps at the office. This was not the case for men, whose work goals were unchanged by their domestic role, according to the study.

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