At the end of her first internship in 1969 at the Wall Street Journal, Joann Lublin, author of Earning It, was walked out of the office by a senior colleague and kissed on the lips. It was hardly an aberration. In her early career, she received unwanted attention and was patronised by contacts and co-workers. In research she conducted in 1971 on sex discrimination against female journalists, she discovered "bias in their hiring, job status and prospects for promotion". In 1987, she moved to London with her husband for work and discovered that she could not sign their joint tax return, despite outearning him. The contemporary workplace has been transformed in the decades since Lublin — the management news editor for the Wall Street Journal, who as a reporter covered labour and leadership issues — started work. Companies offer enhanced maternity and paternity pay, equality legislation has outlawed discrimination, boards have targets to increase the number of women directors, and the g...

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