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Betty Friedan: A Pioneer of Modern Feminism

Posted on 02/19/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyFifty years ago this month, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published. Even the husband she divorced conceded that Betty “almost single-handedly changed the course of human history. It took a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did.” Yes, that was Betty.  And that was The Book that launched the modern women’s movement. In her treatise, Betty described what she called “the problem that has no name”:  the feelings of isolation, boredom …

Gas Emissions: Is Flatulence a Firing Offense?

Posted on 01/14/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOK, let’s be honest. We all fart. But what happens when it occurs nine times a day in an office shared by other coworkers? Should it be handled as a health problem that needs remedying? Or a deliberate nuisance worthy of reprimand? Washington Post writer Josh Hicks recently wrote about a Social Security Administration employee accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.” The story prompted more than 800 online comments from …

AARP’s Guide To Working With Boomers

Posted on 07/3/2012 by | General News | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Mary C. Hickey from the AARP Media Content Team. A post yesterday on the Wall Street Journal’s At Work blog offered advice to Baby Boomers on how to get along with their younger colleagues in the workplace. Calling for “mutual respect,” the blogger listed the things Boomers need to understand about young co-workers, including their technological superiority, their lack of company loyalty, their unique ability to collaborate, and their drive for instant success. Okay. Got it. …

How an Auto IRA Could Work for You

Posted on 09/9/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Money & SavingsWe can’t hide from the scary statistic in the story from the ABC affiliate in Houston below: about half of American workers don’t have any retirement savings at all. Last month, Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts introduced the Automatic IRA Bill of 2010 that would provide millions of Americans the opportunity to save for retirement in their workplace. AARP strongly supports this bill, as it is a “simple, low-cost solution to the problem that too few Americans are saving for …