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Weekly Round-up

What it’s like to be a woman in politics‘ – Rachel Nolan, The Monthly

“Whatever the precise reasons, it is clear that in 2013 we have not yet reached a point where women can expect to be treated as legitimate and ordinary – as just “leaders” not “women leaders” in politics but also in other spheres. If we are to gain as a nation from the extraordinary experience of our first woman PM, we need to seriously consider why that is.

I would argue that to do that we all need to consider our unconscious biases, to ask why we have a tendency to feel so strongly about women and to ask ourselves if we really think that this stuff would be happening if the leader in question was a man.”

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Home Economics: the link between work-life balance and income equality‘ – Stephen Marche, The Atlantic

“Men’s absence from the conversation about work and life is strange, because decisions about who works and who takes care of the children, and who makes the money and how the money is spent, are not decided by women alone or by some vague and impersonal force called society. Decisions in heterosexual relationships are made by women and men together. When men aren’t part of the discussion about balancing work and life, outdated assumptions about fatherhood are allowed to go unchallenged and, far more important, key realities about the relationship between work and family are elided. The central conflict of domestic life right now is not men versus women, mothers versus fathers. It is family versus money.”

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How to invest in dope‘ – Bruce Barcott, New York Times

“Two years ago [Brendan Kennedy and Michael Blue] quit comfortable posts to form Privateer Holdings, a firm that operates on the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts model: they buy companies using other people’s money and try to increase their value. What sets them apart is the industry in which they invest. Privateer Holdings is the first private-equity firm to openly risk capital in the world of weed. Or as the Privateer partners prefer to call it, ‘the cannabis space.’”

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Why brainteasers don’t belong in job interviews‘ – Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker

“(Google reportedly banned the practice [of getting potential employees to answer brainteasers as part of the recruitment process] a couple of years ago.) In a surprising June 19th interview with the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior V.P. of “people operations,” explained why: the company discovered these brainteasers are “a complete waste of time,” and “don’t predict anything” when it comes to job success. Google shouldn’t be shocked. A psychologist would have known at the outset that tests of this nature hardly ever work…”

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