Language, style, and Machiavelli for women

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Statue of Niccolò Machiavelli, the work of Lorenzo Bartolini, located in Florence on the external facade of the Uffizi. Photo by Frieda tell Ubi/Wikicommons.

Despite increasing attention to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, the pay gap for women has not shifted much over the last 15 years. According to one study of the median hourly earnings for full and part time workers in 2020, women earned 84% of what men earned. 

Jonathan Bastian talks with NPR host and author Stacey Vanek Smith about empowering women in the workplace and how Machiavelli’s “The Prince” might serve as a much needed resource. Later, professor of linguistics Deborah Tannen and author and poet Marguerite Pigeon join to discuss projecting confidence through lingusitic style and fashion.



Andrea Brody