Sightings & Happenings Around Town

Will SB 826 Survive?

Last August’s law, SB 826, was in part the product of frustration. In 2013, one of its sponsors, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, authored a resolution that urged all publicly held California corporations to ensure one-fifth of their board directors were women by the end of 2016. While adopted by both legislative chambers, the resolution carried no consequences. When the deadline rolled around, fewer than 20 percent of companies had actually hit the target, according to a Senate analysis.

Mar 7, 2019 Steven Yoder

We Need To Think of Diversity Not As Pushing Forward, But As Lifting Up

Some studies suggest women have better track records in finance, including investing in the stock market and managing hedge funds. Corporations who put us on their boards perform better. Perhaps it’s not entirely surprising for some, particularly from older generations, to wonder what the rest of us are still going on about.

Mar 4, 2019 Allison Joy

Dilemma of the Month: Can I Quit While on Maternity Leave?

While on maternity leave, an opportunity for my dream job has come up, and they want someone immediately. The hiring manager said he was impressed with my resume and would hire me. Do I have to go back to work and then give two weeks’ notice, or can I just quit? I know this might not be ethical, but legally can they do anything to stop me?

Mar 1, 2019 Suzanne Lucas

Don’t Ignore the ‘Not-Mommy’ Penalty

Most of us are familiar with  the “motherhood penalty,” a systemic bias that puts working mothers at a disadvantage in terms of pay and perceived competence. But what would the inverse of the phenomenon be called?

Feb 27, 2019 Jennifer Montgomery