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Catherine Rampell

syndicated columnist

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Rampell: Step up to ask; your karma will be that asking is easier

By Catherine Rampell October 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Don't ask. Just trust that the system will reward you for your compliance. That is the message Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella delivered last week, when prodded for advice to give women who are reluctant to request raises.

Rampell: American children increasingly get shortchanged

By Catherine Rampell September 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Think of the children. These days, politicians — and their constituents — generally don't. For all their baby-kissing, politicians know that it's the elderly — not suffrage-ineligible children or their parents — who turn out to vote. This perhaps explains why a smaller and smaller share of government budgets is expected to go to children over the coming decade.

Rampell: Degree inflation puts squeeze on entry-level jobs

By Catherine Rampell September 11, 2014 6 a.m.

You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor's degree for positions that didn't used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: The minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job.

Rampell: There's one fight worth having when planning a wedding

By Catherine Rampell September 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

Diversity in tech work must begin before HR's inbox

By Catherine Rampell August 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I'm referring instead to other tightly guarded information they once declared "trade secrets": data about the number of women and minorities on their payrolls.

Rampell: Does anyone care about key governors' scandals?

By Catherine Rampell August 21, 2014 6 a.m.

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follow unless you're paying really close attention. Which most Americans are not. So here's an overview:

Rampell: Debunking myths about social safety net, beneficiaries

By Catherine Rampell August 14, 2014 6 a.m.

"Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars / But, for me, there's a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers."

Rampell: Solid data needed on sexual violence on campuses

By Catherine Rampell August 7, 2014 6 a.m.

One in five? Yeah, right. Sounds way too high.

Rampell: People should incorporate themselves to get tax breaks

By Catherine Rampell July 31, 2014 6 a.m.

'Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying (my fiancée) does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS."

Rampell: Don't condemn the rich for advocating for the poor

By Catherine Rampell July 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

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