Women at Work

Stepping up to the mic

Managing careers and life

In this episode 3 stories

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From an opera stage to a mountaintop recording booth
Natalie Naudus says her success as an audiobook narrator has been, in part, due to her operatic voice training. Naudus, who has narrated over 250 titles, shares what it's like to bring characters to life from her home studio.
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Want your message heard? Hire a female announcer
Voice acting, an industry long dominated by white men, gets a shot of diversity with more opportunities for women and people of color. Consumer preferences, new technology and shifts in training are driving the change.
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A performing artist finds her true passion off camera
Taj Ruler found her calling in voice-over work when she returned home to Minnesota after college. With a background in improvisation, she talks about her successes and the challenges faced as a scripted voice actor specializing in animation, narration and commercial projects.

Women at Work

The shortcomings of algorithms

Managing careers and life

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AI ethics is a human values issue, not a tech problem
Artist and researcher Sherry Wong says the fixes for artificial intelligence go hand-in-hand with the ‘hard, long-term, not overnight work that's necessary to transform society.’
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Algorithmic bias sometimes built into hiring decisions
Artificial intelligence in HR aims to remove human bias from recruitment and hiring decisions. However, even with the best technology, algorithmic screening software can unintentionally reinforce these biases.
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When AI becomes a tool for workplace exclusion
Hiring algorithms are supposed to limit bias, but without critical oversight, the artificial intelligence software can amplify discriminatory mindsets. Meet the people dedicated to making AI more equitable.

Women at Work

Women making a difference in science

Managing careers and life

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Meet the women behind Covid-19 vaccines
How years of work by women have helped bring us the Covid-19 vaccines.
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Administering the Covid-19 vaccine to thousands
Tammy Retalic, the chief nursing officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, talks about the challenges as she and her staff face the logistical and emotional hurdles of vaccinating more than 5,000 staff members and patients.
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Where would we be without those immortal HeLa cells?
A Black woman died of cancer 70 years ago, unaware that she would 'outlive us all.' Now, the world knows her name and her immortal importance.
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HeLa, revisited: 'Immortal' cells fuel biomedical research
The great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks reflects on consent, restorative justice and the ongoing importance of HeLa cells in the time of Covid-19.
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Tenacious HeLa cells sold in support of science
Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951, unaware that her continuously dividing cells had been taken and sent away for study, and, eventually, sold for research.

Women at Work

It’s all about equity

Managing careers and life

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Pay rises, but gaps remain sizable in some sectors
Correcting income inequality is one thing, experts say. Addressing discrimination is another. Meanwhile, passage of federal legislation guaranteeing pay equity remains stalled.
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The transparency test
Why are salaries kept secret? It's a question that got the employees at a startup called Undercurrent thinking.
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Wage gaps between men and women persist
Lost earnings affect working women across race, educational levels and occupation.
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A new equal pay date, but the wage gap is still problematic
The discussion ebbs and flows, but women still make less money for comparable work, and enforcing the Equal Pay Act of the 1960s is difficult.

Women at Work

More laws, discussions center on families' needs

Managing careers and life

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Paid leave for parents? The U.S. is far from No. 1
In a 2018 survey of 41 nations, the U.S. was the only country that did not mandate national paid leave for all new parents, though benefits were extended to federal employees in 2019.
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When paid leave simply isn’t going to be enough
Even after paid parental leave, the costs of childcare can be a challenge.
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Journalist mothers advocate for, and get, fairer leave policy
6 for 16: In 2017, six women formed the The Boston Globe family leave committee. It took them two years to get what they were asking for—a more equitable family leave policy.

Women at Work

Tools of the trades

Managing careers and life

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At work, women bring same skill, different experiences
As one of the world’s few female shipwrights, Juliana Inglish brings a new perspective to an age-old profession.
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Yes, women can also wear a construction uniform
When Genny Cornejo stepped into the electrician trade in high school, she had to self-advocate to her dad. She joined the trade and realized the need for more women in the male-dominated field.
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A construction site where it’s OK to ‘ask and learn’
In California, a nonprofit helps women and nonbinary people gain skills and confidence. It’s part of a growing effort to demystify an industry still largely associated with men.

Women at Work

Our share of the road

Managing careers and life

In this episode 3 stories

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Long-haul life: Peace, quiet and isolation on the open road
Ingrid Brown says she has ‘literally hauled everything in this country’ in a career as a long-haul trucker. And along the way, she has learned how to make her truck feel just like home.
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These women truck drivers own their Big Wheels
In the face of outdated stereotypes, women drivers and owners are increasingly finding support and making connections with others in an industry in need of more gender diversity.
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Some women are finding their lane in the trucking industry
Nearly 2 million people in the United States drive tractor trailers, hauling goods across the country; slightly more than 7 percent are women.

Women at Work

Don’t call it a comeback

Managing careers and life

In this episode 6 stories

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Moms who opted out have hard time opting back in
Stay-at-home moms say the job gap is a tough obstacle to hurdle, especially in a pandemic. And even if they get a job, the pay is often far less than the compensation they left behind.
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Women are finding new ways to re-enter the job market
From accepting new roles to opening their own businesses, women are employing new tools such as bootcamps and returnships — and leaning on each other — to make successful transitions back into the workforce.
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After long hunt, job-seeker says, ‘All it takes is one person’
When Neema Bollampally decided to come back to work after taking time away to care for her twins, she applied to more than 60 jobs. But a chance meeting with a recruiter at a career fair finally paid off.
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Woman pivots from job loss to her own e-commerce business
When Alana Morris lost her job in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, she created a new opportunity for herself by starting a business.
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Art school grad finds creative spark in technology field
Shelly Dixon spent most of her career in art, advertising, and bartending. Then, in her 40s, she reinvented herself at a UX (User Experience) bootcamp.
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Woman to woman: Mentorship works
Having an advocate provides a professional framework and instills confidence, these women say.

Women at Work

Diversity in the distilling industry

Managing careers and life

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Staking her claim, one organic-infused spirit at a time
Allison Evanow was one of a very few number of women in the liquor business 17 years ago. Now her brand is one of the most copied in the business.
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CEO of brewery: ‘Own your crown’
Only 50 of the country's 7,000 craft breweries are Black-owned, which is less than one percent. Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter have been on a mission to change that— in a story that all started with a Tinder date.
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What it’s like for women who make liquor for a living
Female-owned distilleries are a small part of the spirits sector. But the numbers don’t tell the larger story of trials encountered and conquered.

Women at Work

When telling tales becomes art

Managing careers and life

In this episode 4 stories

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Oh, the stories they tell
Watch this sampling of three professional storytellers -- Sheila Arnold, Katie Knutson, and Janice Curtis Greene -- bring stories to life.
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Emotional connection is key to good storytelling, writer says
Theresa Okokon, a storyteller coach and co-host of 'Stories from the Stage' at WORLD Channel, explains her approach to great storytelling.
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Women who tell stories for a living, and how they connect
Storytelling provides a critical link to experiences and lessons of the past. Women, in particular, use personal encounters and traditional tales to lift up each other and change the narratives around what it means to be human.
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JMU center is a repository and sanctuary for Black poetry
A commitment to the work of African-American writers drove a James Madison University academic to create a ‘home’ to preserve their work.

Women at Work

Statements of style and identity

Managing careers and life

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Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows
Five states pass laws barring discrimination and, with passage in U.S. House, the CROWN Act advances one step closer to becoming federal law.
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Crowning glory: What a black woman's hair says about her
Among women, hairstyles are intertwined with appearance and identity. For Black women, this is particularly true. In this portrait series, several Black women describe how their styles affect their experiences in the workplace.
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Where style and acceptance are of equal importance
California barbershop’s niche: Catering to clients who seek gender-affirming hairstyles.
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‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’
After spending 16 years shunning her natural hair, Andradia Scovil now embraces it.

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