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This week, we surfed toward blogs about sleep and aging, spotted an edgy European documentary about an ageless actress, and got tips about better salary negotiations from a Deal Whisperer.

  • Studies show that more sleep is essential for health. But in Life Goes Strong Cindy Pearlman focuses on a more immediate reason that might get us more motivated, quoting skincare consultant  Jillian Wright that ” if you want to age yourself then burn the candle at both ends.”  “‘Two easy ways to look older are stress and lack of sleep,’ she says. “You need to relax and sleep. During your sleep is when your skin repairs itself.” Without naming names, think about younger stars who are in their 20s, but suddenly look 40 because they party until dawn more often than not. Now imagine what lack of sleep does to someone in their 40s, 50s or beyond.” Click over for some tips about how to get those zzzs, now that we really need them.
  • We knew we hadn’t heard the last of the plaintiffs in Wal-Mart v. Dukes  and the million-plus women who’ve worked at Wal-Mart, despite June’s disappointing Supreme Court decision.  Now, the National Women’s Law Center reports on the news from California, where the plaintiffs recently   “filed a regional suit on behalf of a class of approximately 90,000 present and former female Wal-Mart employees subjected to gender discrimination due to Wal-Mart’s policies and practices in California. […] The suit relies on store- and district-level statistical analyses that show that women in salaried and hourly positions were paid less than similarly situated males, even though women held more seniority and had higher performance ratings than men on average, as well as evidence that women had a lower probability of and longer waiting periods for promotions. Lawsuits such as this one — where plaintiffs allege that discrimination was company-wide and directed against an entire group of workers — are particularly well-suited for resolution as a class.” Click over for details, and to find out if similar action is planned for your state.
  • WVFC has talked a lot about pay equity and about studies, from Catalyst and others, about women in business losing in salary negotiations. So we were pleased to find, at The Deal Whisperers, this case study in which a woman lowers her ask when implored to do so by her boss, and is coached about why she shouldn’t. “It was a tactic and what you were feeling was the tension of ‘legitimacy.’ His last-minute request for a price cut lacked legitimacy and triggered your ‘fairness’ antenna. In order to maintain a disciplined and balanced approach in negotiations, each party needs to test the legitimacy of the other party’s requests. When a negotiator lacks legitimacy, he will use tactics to leverage two other elements: relationship and BATNA. Either you’re hurting the relationship by not saying ‘yes’ or if you don’t say ‘yes’ he will go to the competition.” The post, by TDW’s John Dieffenbach, offers other tips for cracking that glass ceiling, in the absence of a Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • The Transition Network covers New York Times reporter Jane Gross, who founded its peerless caregiving blog The New Old Age. She explains why in her new book,  which chronicles her own journey with her mother and does a lot more:  “Packed with information, A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents–and Ourselves  explains which questions to ask when looking for a nursing home or assisted living facility; how to unravel the mysteries of Medicare and Medicaid; why finding a new general practitioner should always be the first move when relocating an elderly parent; how to weigh quality against quantity of life when considering medical interventions; why you should always keep a phone charger and an extra pair of glasses in your car; and much more. It also provides astute commentary on a national health care system that has stranded two generations to fend for themselves at this most difficult of times.” We hope WVFC’s Susan Baida is making contact with Gross, not to mention our own Gail Sheehy.
  • There’s more going on at this month’s Documentary Festival than we can cover. But we were intrigued when PopMatters, of all places. pointed us to Charlotte Rampling: The Look,  43-year-old Angelina Maccarone’s film about the European screen siren. Cynthia Fuchs writes of the film: “Breaking that performance into segments, each titled by an idea (‘Exposure,’ ‘Resonance,’ ‘Desire,’ ‘Love’) and addressing one of Rampling’s films, Angelina Maccarone’s film sets up its subject with a range of colleagues…. Proposing that performance is perpetual, on and off screen or stage, that performing is a means of making a self, the film also allows that it can also be authentic, exposing and hiding, fiction and truth at once.”

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