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Role Overload: A National Crisis

Rounding out the conversation on role overload, E&B interview author and think tank policy wonk, Brigid Schulte on the national crisis that is worker overwhelm, and uncover how government can help.

Role Overload: Single Ladies

Single women aren’t always included in conversations about role overload. B&E talk with writer Julia Carpenter about what this looks like for all the single ladies. Learn more about today's interview guest, Julia Carpenter, at https://www.juliaccarpenter.com/.

#blessed

Are #blessed and #lucky just another way for women to downplay success -- or to humblebrag? Cristen and Caroline dive into why so many ladies on social media seem to feel the need to portray themselves as effortlessly perfect.

Shine Theory

According to Shine Theory, powerful women make the best friends. But does success in life and career get in the way of healthy female friendships? Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at success, jealousy and competition among ladypals.

Vocal Fry in the Workplace

Stuck on the Sidelines

During the Super Bowl, the only women on the football fields will be on the sidelines. Cristen and Caroline highlight historical landmarks of women in sports journalism and American football's troubling tradition of relegating women reporters to the sidelines to serve as on-camera "eye candy."

Firefighting Women

Although women have served as volunteer firefighters since the 19th century, putting out fires for a living is one of the hardest careers for women to pursue today. Caroline and Cristen turn up the heat on the history of women firefighters and why gender discrimination still persists in many fire departments.

Lean In + SMNTY: Why is "bossy" a bad word?

In her hilarious and insightful memoir "Bossypants," Tina Fey shares how people demonstrate a peculiar befuddlement with her professional authority. She writes: "Ever since I became an executive producer of '30 Rock,' people have asked me ... 'Is it uncomfortable for you to be the person in charge?' You know, in the same way they say, 'Gosh, Mr. Trump, is it awkward for you to be the boss of all these people?" And of course people might assume that Fey is "uncomfortable" being the boss because that title doesn't often attract many kindly descriptors if you're a woman.

Lean In + SMNTY: Unbalancing "Work-Life Balance"

One part of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" that resonated with me most immediately didn't deal with getting along in the workplace. Rather, it was her advice on dating and the household division of labor that made me put down the book for a moment and ponder. In chapters eight and nine, she discusses how to "Make Your Partner a Real Partner" and "The Myth of Doing It All," two topics that have been on my mind a great deal in the past year as I've moved in with my boyfriend and merged our lives more than ever before. Sandberg says of dating and mating: "I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is,"...

Lean In + SMNTY: How to Negotiate Like a Woman

Way back when in 2009, one of the early episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You on the topic of women and negotiation struck a major chord with me. The gist of it was dismal: working women don't negotiate their salaries nearly as much or as aggressively as men do, and I was one of those working women. Up until that point, I hadn't done a good job negotiating for myself, and even though I relatively fresh out of college, it was a stinging realization because it felt like I was already off on the wrong foot -- or at least the lower-earning foot...