Mixed Messages: Women and Their Work

The New York Times’ Lisa Belkin recently penned a new essay illustrating the mixed messages women receive from those who seek to give them work-life advice:

 

“Don’t get angry. But do take charge. Be nice. But not too nice. Speak up. But don’t seem like you talk too much . . . Writing about life and work means receiving a steady stream of research on how women in the workplace are viewed differently from men. These are academic and professional studies, not whimsical online polls, and each time I read one I feel deflated. What are women supposed to do with this information? Transform overnight? And if so, into what?” (November 2007)