Notes from the Opt-Out Universe

Driving to Work

In record numbers, we are getting off the career freeway that was paved by our feminist foremothers, and taking exits that lead us back to marriage and motherhood, financial dependence, cookies and gardening.

By: Wendy Walker, author of Four Wives

As a twelve-year veteran of the suburban “opt-out” culture, I am intrigued by the renewed and misguided discourse on the social dynamics of the insular universe I inhabit. I see the points that are being made. In record numbers, we are getting off the career freeway that was paved by our feminist foremothers, and taking exits that lead us …

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Talking to the Boss and Getting What You Want

Talking to the Boss

Always approach your boss with respect especially if you’re looking for a really big raise, a really big promotion or anything you’re really not entitled to but want anyway.

By: Melissa Kirsch

Shorter hours, a pay raise, change of title, promotion. These are all reasons to initiate a talk with the boss. But remember this when approaching him about changing something in the workplace: Your boss’s number-one priority is to make sure you are satisfied enough to do your job well. Otherwise, everyone loses, including him. Always approach your boss with respect and promise yourself never to kiss ass …

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