Women

It's International Women's Day: How Does the U.S. Wage Gap Compare?

Happy International Women's Day, America: Overall, your women are doing pretty well. But when it comes to wage equality -- how much women earn compared to men -- the land of the free and the home of the brave ranks a startling 61st worldwide, behind nations like Madagascar, Cambodia and Guyana.

The Makers: Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on Empowering Women

She paved a way for herself in male-dominated Silicon Valley, and now she's encouraging other women to join her. In the new PBS documentary Makers: Women Who Make America," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about women, work and the will to lead.

Here's How Washington Is Likely to Trim Our Social Security Benefits

When Congress and President Obama make a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, they're likely to use something called "chained CPI" to tweak how Social Security calculates cost of living adjustments. Here's a plain English explanation of what that means, and how it will effect your retirement.

How More Women Can Become Philanthropists

This author believes that more women need to think of themselves as philanthropists and get more strategic in their giving, so that their donations will have the maximum impact. Here's how.

A Lift for Hooters? Quirky New Ad Campaign Puts Owl Out Front

Hooters, the original "breastaurant" chain, is feeling a bit over-the-hill, so it's giving itself an image makeover, starting with an irreverent new ad campaign focused on its owl mascot, and theoretically aimed at bringing in more Gen Yer's and women.

Women Don't Shop Enough -- for Their Mortgages

There's a surprising new finding that says women get lousier mortgage rates than men, but not because of gender discrimination. It's because instead of shopping around, they rely on friends' recommendations.

Why Some Women Are More Confident About Retirement

A new study of 1,000 Americans ages 50 to 70 finds that women face unique risks in retirement, but some are more confident than others about those challenges. What's their secret? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley talks with the study's author, Dr. Sandra Timmerman, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

Men vs. Women on Money: Polls Reveal Odd Differences

Men's lifestyle website AskMen's Great Annual Survey polled men on a host of subjects: Careers, relationships and -- most important for us at DailyFinance -- their financial opinions. Then they teamed with Cosmopolitan to get the female point of view. And some of the gender disparities were pretty striking.

How to Cut Your Car Insurance Costs

If you're looking for clues about what impacts your car insurance rates, check in the mirror -- it's mostly about you. And while there are some parts of your personal profile that you can't change, for many of the items that affect your premiums, you're in the drivers seat.

Are Maiden Names Really Worth $500,000?

Forget about cash-stuffed wedding envelopes. A Dutch study suggests brides could pick up an extra half million dollars by doing nothing -- specifically, by not changing their names. Women who kept their maiden names were judged to be more professional, were more likely to win a job, and attracted higher pay, the study showed.

Mancession Offers Insight Into Male Shopping Trends

Men have endured slightly higher unemployment rates than women, and as a result, they've been taking on more of the household shopping. The trend hasn't boded well for stores: On average, men spend less than women on each trip.

Well-Educated Women Pay a High Price to Have Kids

Highly skilled women will lose about a quarter of a million dollars, or as much as a third of their lifetime earnings, by choosing to have a child, making the prospect of raising a family a far more expensive one for college grads than their less-educated counterparts, a new study shows.

CEO Departures in November Fall to Year's Lowest Level

Though the job market remains challenging, for one group, the labor market was at its steadiest of the year last month. The number of chief executives departing their jobs fell to 79 in November, the lowest monthly number of 2010, according to job-services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Walmart Sex Bias Case Takes Detour to Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether all the female employees who claim Walmart discriminated against them can sue the world's largest retailer as a class, and if they can, whether they can sue for back pay or only for judicial orders to force it to change its behavior.

Female Vets Get Short Shrift in Their Search for Help

About 1.5 million of nearly 22 million troops who have served are women. But recent military conflicts, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, show that upon returning home, female veterans don't always get the support they need to reintegrate into society.

Recession Swells the Ranks of Breadwinner Wives

For married couples of opposite genders, the downturn's inordinate impact on men has resulted in an increasing number of wives becoming the primary breadwinner or returning to the labor market. Surprisingly, many men don't mind at all.

Where Women Call the Shots on Money

When it comes to making investments, men still make the lion's share of the decisions. But the gap is narrowing and women now decide how to allocate about $20 trillion in investments -- about 27% of the world's wealth. So where do women wield the most power over wealth? We rank 10 global markets by the percentage of total wealth controlled by women.