Episode 8 – Taylor Ronnei

Taylor has worked as an electrical engineer for the past 6 years. She recently transitioned to a new position outside of engineering, but still in technology. She shares her viewpoints on being a new mom, starting a family and juggling work and family and adjusting her priorities.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms and Definitions

PTO – Paid Time Off

Fact Check

Maternity Leave – Nearly all developed countries throughout the world have a national policy that provides new parents with paid time off to care for and bond with their children. The United States is not one of them. In fact, the U.S. is the only country classified by the World Bank as high-income that does not have paid maternity leave. However, the issue of paid parental leave has been gaining momentum on both the state and national levels; several states have created their own paid parental leave programs, and new federal law provides government workers with 12 weeks of paid time off after having, adopting, or fostering children. (https://employment.findlaw.com/family-medical-leave/paid-parental-leave-in-the-u-s–vs–other-developed-countries.html)

Male vs. Female job applicants – Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in Lean InThe Confidence Code and dozens of articles. It’s usually invoked as evidence that women need more confidence. As one Forbes article put it, “Men are confident about their ability at 60%, but women don’t feel confident until they’ve checked off each item on the list.” The advice: women need to have more faith in themselves. (https://hbr.org/2014/08/why-women-dont-apply-for-jobs-unless-theyre-100-qualified)

Airbags – I couldn’t find anything specific to airbags and women not being involved in the design, but I did find an article in consumer reports about crash test dummies being a male body type and that there is no female sized crash test dummy. (https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/)

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