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I started a PhD in 2008. A year later I quit, but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about women, work, and career advancement. It’s about what I see happening again and again in workplaces. Where women overwork in the hope they will have career success. Where women are often chewed up and spat out by the places for which they work. Where women of a certain age can’t get work. Where women have to hide their age on paper to even get a look-in for work. This post is about that, which, coincidentally, was also

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This week, I left a job I had been in for three years. I came to this job licking my wounds from another workplace that didn’t work out so well. In that workplace—which I entered with the hope of finally building some sort of career—I exited within five months, feeling completely disempowered, my confidence shattered. I questioned my ability to judge who I could and should trust, and I learned some hard lessons about what people will do when they’re backed into a corner. I stopped blogging because of it, and it took me over a year to tentatively dip my toe

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The other night I was Facebook, and was fascinated by an invitation to participate in a discussion about Jennifer Aniston, the perfect size and being comfortable in your skin. As you can see, nearly 100 people commented.  Views ranged from just be happy with yourself regardless of the size to anyone over size 12 is a loser to you can be big but also healthy.  I couldn’t help myself. I had to comment. And this is what I said: This is just another insidious way that society tries to control women. Think about it. If we are using all our

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