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Working through the Gender Gap

Barbara Bensoussan

Religious women entering the workplace, beware: it’s likely your 9-to-5 environment is not quite an equal-opportunity arena. You may be paid less than male coworkers, even as you’re valued for good manners and relied upon for important tasks. And, are you enough of a self-promoter to compete with men who want the job at all costs?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Once upon a time, a shadchan touting a young woman’s virtues would extol her domestic talents: her ability to whisk through housework like a white tornado, whip up delicious dinners, give loving care to a brood of children. Today, the shadchan is more likely to boast: “She just finished her master’s in special ed!” or “She completed a paralegal course!” Regardless of whether a husband plans to learn or earn, in the 21st century a wife’s income is ever more important to finish the month in the black. What’s the best approach for a frum woman looking to get a job? Once hired, how can she add value and be assured she’s compensated fairly? What are the pitfalls for a frum professional navigating the often-mixed environments of the wider world? Mishpacha turned to those who hire women and help them get hired for their position from the other side of the desk.

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