This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Women in tech not finding IVF success; Project Include calls the shots; a high-heel ultimatum; and more.
Yet, unexpectedly, teachers have six times the success rate with IVF as women in other professions. Fortune suggests the reasons behind this reality may come down to benefits that high-paying jobs just can't buy: support, flexibility and lack of stress. Though several tech companies provide the unusual perk of paid egg freezing to employees, it doesn't make up for the more "soft skill" downsides of these intense careers.
This may have something to do with the fact that the number of senior-level women working in finance is staggeringly low, resulting in only 2% of CEO spots. Startups such as WorthFM and LearnVest are attempting to cater to women who want to take hold of their finances yet don't feel represented by the "no girls allowed" vibe currently on offer.
Yet one thing that should never happen is men dictating how women dress in the workplace (or anywhere else, for that matter). Finance firm PricewaterhouseCoopers made the London headlines this week when a petition was started by a temp worker, Nicola Thorp, who was forced to wear heels to work. The BBC reports, "When she asked if a man would be expected to do the same shift in heels, she said she was laughed at and told to go home without pay." The temp firm, Portico, has since changed their "appearance guidelines."
— Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, Light Reading