Rising to the top of the legal profession is daunting for any lawyer, but particularly so for women in the hyper-competitive world of law whose upper echelons have long been guarded by powerful men.  Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who joined the Washington State Supreme Court in 1992 and became C...
[caption id="attachment_37944" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/djedzura[/caption] On April 25, 1973, Seattle attorney Barbara T. Yanick was sworn in as the first female judge on the Seattle Municipal Court. Her 17-year tenure on the court would inadvertently pave the ...
[caption id="attachment_27283" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/eggeeggjiew[/caption] Firing pregnant workers who can’t perform certain job duties like lifting heavy objects is against the law. But that didn’t stop a pair of FedEx contractors from terminating delivery...
[caption id="attachment_25022" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/Boyloso[/caption] As Washington enters a renewed, statewide lockdown to curb growing COVID-19 infection rates, Tacoma nurses are fighting for reasonable working conditions and assurances that they will be taken care of if th...
Long hours and ruthless competition are often the prerequisites of a successful career at tech companies in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and the east-side suburbs. While employees' personal sacrifices are amply rewarded with stock options and salaries, it’s not always possible to li...
When she got pregnant, Otisha Woolbright asked to stop lifting heavy trays at Walmart. Her boss said she had seen Demi Moore do a flip on TV when she was nearly full-term — so being pregnant was “no excuse.” Ms. Woolbright kept lifting until she got injured. For years, American companie...
When men and women complete school and enter the workforce, they’re typically paid at comparable levels. But before long, a gender pay gap appears, and it continues to widen over the next two decades. So what explains that change? The answer can be found by examining when the gender pay gap...
Republicans have long aimed to repeal Obamacare, and with control of the Legislature and White House now, this is likely to happen. Health care columnists for the New York Times Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt have discussed the possibilities — the practical and the political. A summary of thei...
A cool new line from LEGO marks a positive step toward inclusivity for different kinds of families. According to Fortune, the toy giant just released prototypes for a stay-at-home dad figure as part of a progressive new set that also features a young man using a wheelchair. The stay-at-home dad an...
[caption id="attachment_6518" align="alignright" width="300"] Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking 2 months of paternity leave, both signaling a growing trend for dads and publicizing more generous policies in the US workplaces.[/caption] Earlier this year, Kirsten Calkins was six months preg...