Best of 2014: On the Job


Listener: Kristina Recommended book: "The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done" Authors: Terry Matlen and Sari Solden Related SMNTY episode: "Is ADHD different for girls?" I was diagnosed with ADHD in college (when, as an English major, I realized that reading 50 to 100 pages per night was just NOT happening!). Since then, I've worked with some really great counselors, coaches and psychiatrists. I've also found a career in which I can excel and where my ADHD is not as much of a hindrance and is sometimes even an asset - graphic design! ADHD is such a complicated disorder, particularly for women. After growing up in the chaos of our own minds and with our lack of self-control, we have these mental tracks so engrained into our minds: "You're just a slob. You're so lazy. Why can't you ever lose weight? You're terrible at being an adult, terrible at being a woman." These thoughts are so pervasive and so hard to get over, even after years of treatment and progress in the right direction. If you're interested in learning more, I would suggest visiting additudemag.com or reading "The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos and Get More Done," which was published since your podcast came out. gemenacom/iStock/Thinkstock

In 2013, we partnered with Lean In to create a women-in-the-workplace series, and we maintained the job-centric momentum this year. Whenever we talk about women's jobs or careers, we hit on layers upon layers of issues: motherhood, child care, glass ceilings, finances, equality, spousal support (mental, emotional and financial), household responsibilities -- and on and on.

Here's a look at the topics we tackled in 2014:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka Notorious RBG) achieved new levels of fame outside the courtroom after weighing in on the Hobby Lobby decision.

Women face obstacles to being taken seriously on the sidelines and in front of a judge, not to mention as military wives trying to find employment in each new town.

There was a debate over whether egg freezing was a "great workplace equalizer" or another way for women to attempt to "have it all."

Early in the year, we discussed the female firefighters and brewsters blazing trails in their industries -- and the comedians, animators and mechanics who did the same generations earlier. We also examined the evolution of the teaching profession and why women fill a majority of teaching jobs -- outside of higher education, anyway.

Get all your workplace questions answered in one place -- our Best of 2014: On the Job page!