Newsweek 4/16/2021

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1994 After Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide at the age of 27, Newsweek wrote that the leader of rock group Nirvana “helped revolutionize what a generation listens to, wears and feels, becoming an idol in the process.” Although “suicides take most of their mysteries with them,” researchers were starting to suggest some answers to the question of why it happens. Today, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to one study, depression—which is a risk factor for suicide—has as much as tripled among American adults since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 1964 “Convertible or hardtop, the Mustang is Ford’s bold bid for the youth market of tomorrow,” said Newsweek. This “jaunty, stub-tailed, four-passenger cross between a sports car and a family sedan” entered the market at almost…

the secret to getting more women in leadership: men

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOMEN’S AND MEN’S EARNINGS IS ON AVERAGE 18 CENTS PER DOLLAR earned, and even more than that for women of color. After years in which women have constituted about half of the college-educated workforce, this significant, unchanging pay gap and the lack of representation of women in the upper echelons of senior management are troubling. In fact, only a surprisingly tiny 7.8 percent of CEOs at S&P 500 companies were female at the close of 2020. Why is it taking so long to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling once and for all? This is the question asked by Harvard Business School professors Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg in their new book GLASS HALF-BROKEN: SHATTERING THE BARRIERS THAT STILL HOLD WOMEN BACK AT WORK (Harvard Business Review Press,…

q&a: colleen ammerman and boris groysberg

Why did you focus on this topic now? We met in 2012 when Harvard Business School was commemorating the 50th anniversary of women’s admission to the MBA program. We started collaborating on various research projects and realized that we were amassing more material than could fit into an article or a case. At the same time, the school was deepening its commitment to gender equity which allowed us to launch new efforts like the Gender Initiative, the Women on Boards Executive Education program and an MBA course called How Star Women Succeed. Equal opportunity in the workforce is clearly good for women. Why is it also good for men? Rigid gender roles and expectations are limiting to men, too. Right now, work-life balance and conflict is framed as a “women’s problem,” but men…

what america owes black people

YOUR CHECK BOUNCED, AMERICA. REPARATIONS IS JUST US TRYING TO CASH IT by Michael Eric Dyson “B****h better have my money,” the songstress snarls in hypnotic cadence. “Pay me what you owe me.” For many people, Rihanna’s 2015 anthem serves as the soundtrack to the movement for Black reparations. Her tune profanely echoes Martin Luther King Jr.’s urgent cry to the nation in 1963 in “I Have a Dream,” his most famous oration, addressed to the March on Washington. “We’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check,” King declared, arguing that in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers “were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” But when it comes to Black Americans, America defaulted, giving “the Negro people a bad check,…

working in a post-covid world

@dorieclark IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE that employees, at companies big and small, have struggled to do their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic—not to mention trying to stay creative and work on skills that will prepare them for the future. Even as the pandemic, fingers crossed, seems to be on the wane, many of those issues still remain for most of us. In other words: the very future of work remains cloudy. But no need to panic. To get some advice on all of that—and a lot of other career topics—I asked Tiffani Bova to weigh in. Tiffani is an evangelist of growth and innovation for the California-based software giant, She’s also a Wall Street Journal bestselling author and is the writer of a fairly new book, Growth IQ: Get Smarter…

young blood

THE SPANISH FIRM GRIFOLS IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN IN THE U.S. for its efforts to fight COVID-19 by harvesting antibodies from the blood of recovered patients. To acquire the blood plasma it needed for a clinical trial in the fall, Grifols offered $100 per infusion in the U.S., almost double the going rate—and apparently incentive enough for some entrepreneurial college students to deliberately expose themselves to the coronavirus. Brigham Young University in Idaho responded by threatening students with suspension if they were caught intentionally trying to contract COVID-19. The treatment failed clinical trials, Grifols announced in late March. But the Barcelona-based firm has higher ambitions. With its 289 plasma collection centers in the United States alone, it is hoping to extract something far more valuable from the plasma of young volunteers:…