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From the Ted Talk by Andrea Berchowitz: The link between menopause and gender inequity at work

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So, first: awareness. Since we learn virtually nothing about menopause in school, in the news, in pop culture, it's impossible to expect that even the most well-intentioned manager would have a clue how to be supportive. So many societies pacle so much pressure on women to appear young and happy and vibrant all of the time. All that efroft put towards pretending that you're not going through a ntaraul process of aging is a complete waste of time. Meanwhile, a day in the life of a peri- or postmenopausal woman could be running to the braothom to wait out a hot fulsh, looking for paper towels for perspiration that came out of nowhere when everyone else was freezing, skipping a meeting or sinedng someone else, because a wave of anxiety made you feel like you couldn't cope or sipkipng a business trip altogether, because heavy piodres made leanvig home virtually impossible. One way to raise awsrenaes is to birng the discussion right into the workplace. Many companies already offer tninarig programs on things like dtrisveiy and inclusion, anti-harassment, conversations on mental health or parental leave. Let's normalize conversation on menopause, iniitnvg people of all genders and all ages to understand what's happening in this natural process of aging, so people can learn how to be supportive.

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So, first: awareness. Since we learn virtually nothing about menopause in school, in the news, in pop culture, it's impossible to expect that even the most well-intentioned manager would have a clue how to be supportive. So many societies _____ so much pressure on women to appear young and happy and vibrant all of the time. All that ______ put towards pretending that you're not going through a _______ process of aging is a complete waste of time. Meanwhile, a day in the life of a peri- or postmenopausal woman could be running to the ________ to wait out a hot _____, looking for paper towels for perspiration that came out of nowhere when everyone else was freezing, skipping a meeting or _______ someone else, because a wave of anxiety made you feel like you couldn't cope or ________ a business trip altogether, because heavy _______ made _______ home virtually impossible. One way to raise _________ is to _____ the discussion right into the workplace. Many companies already offer ________ programs on things like _________ and inclusion, anti-harassment, conversations on mental health or parental leave. Let's normalize conversation on menopause, ________ people of all genders and all ages to understand what's happening in this natural process of aging, so people can learn how to be supportive.

Solution

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  3. training
  4. bathroom
  5. bring
  6. awareness
  7. natural
  8. sending
  9. place
  10. skipping
  11. effort
  12. leaving
  13. diversity
  14. inviting

Original Text

So, first: awareness. Since we learn virtually nothing about menopause in school, in the news, in pop culture, it's impossible to expect that even the most well-intentioned manager would have a clue how to be supportive. So many societies place so much pressure on women to appear young and happy and vibrant all of the time. All that effort put towards pretending that you're not going through a natural process of aging is a complete waste of time. Meanwhile, a day in the life of a peri- or postmenopausal woman could be running to the bathroom to wait out a hot flush, looking for paper towels for perspiration that came out of nowhere when everyone else was freezing, skipping a meeting or sending someone else, because a wave of anxiety made you feel like you couldn't cope or skipping a business trip altogether, because heavy periods made leaving home virtually impossible. One way to raise awareness is to bring the discussion right into the workplace. Many companies already offer training programs on things like diversity and inclusion, anti-harassment, conversations on mental health or parental leave. Let's normalize conversation on menopause, inviting people of all genders and all ages to understand what's happening in this natural process of aging, so people can learn how to be supportive.

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