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It’s no secret that women have a long way to go before they are treated completely equally on the job, and that’s no where more apparent than when you look at the amount of women currently holding leadership roles in companies. 

A new Pew Research report finds that when it comes to top executive positions, meaning chief executive officers, chief financial officers and the next three highest paid execs, women make up only 10% of the positions in 2016-2017. And when it comes to the very top positions, just 5.1% of chief executives of S&P 1500 companies were women.

And it doesn’t stop there. When it comes to jobs just below CEO in terns of pay and position, such as chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO),  only 11.5%, or 651 out of 5,700, positions were women. What’s more, the women that are in these positions, tend to be in finance or legal, which doesn’t usually lead to them being promoted to CEO.

Overall, the sector with the largest percentage of women in high positions was utilities, but that still was only 17.3%, with 10 out of 54, or 18.5%, of those women being CEOs. The sector with the least amount of women in high positions is telecommunications services, at 6%. Not only that, more than half of the 77 female CEOs worked in just 10 industries, with eight of them heading up specialty retailers.

Source: Pew Research

It’s safe to say that everybody has their own idea of what is considered "fun," whether it's going to amusement parks, hanging out at clubs, or enjoying outdoor activities. Well apparently, there are some states in this country that cater to those who like to have fun more than others, and now WalletHub is naming names.

The site determined their list by judging at all 50 states on 26 key indicators in areas of entertainment and recreation, like restaurants per capita, golf courses, movie theaters per capita and more, as well as nightlife, which encompasses things like the average price of beer and wine, time of last call, number of casinos per capita and more.

With all that in mind, California tops the list as the Most Fun State, earning a total score of 59.42 out of 100, and landing first in entertainment and recreation, and seventh in nightlife. Not surprising, Nevada, home of Las Vegas, lands on top for nightlife, although the state is third overall

Most Fun States In America

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Nevada
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois

On the other end of the spectrum, if you're looking to live in a snoozefest, West Virginia is the place to be, scoring a 14.16, and ranking dead last for entertainment and recreation and 45th for nightlife. 

Least Fun States In America

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Delaware
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Arkansas

Click here to see where your home state landed on the list. 

Source: WalletHub

As the summer season approaches, many people are finalizing their vacation plans and there’s no doubt some locations are going to be packed with folks taking advantage of the season’s warm weather.

Well, AAA has just come out with a list of the top domestic and international travel destinations for this summer, so if you want to avoid the crowds you may want to listen up.

When it comes to U.S. travel, it certainly looks like a lot of people will be taking their kids, or just themselves to Disney. Domestically, Orlando, Florida is the most popular destination, just like it was last year, with Honolulu, Hawaii coming in second, up from four last year. Internationally, Rome is now the most popular spot, up from three last year, followed by last year’s number one, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 AAA’s Top Domestic Summer Destinations

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Anchorage, AK
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Los Angeles/Anaheim, CA

AAA’s Top International Summer Destinations

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Vancouver, British Columbia
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. London, England
  5. Paris, France 

Source: AAA

We are used to Starbucks adding drinks every couple of months, but they are often only for a limited time and rarely stick around. Well, not anymore. The company just announced that for the first time in 16 years, two brand new Frappuccinos will become permanent fixtures to the Starbucks menu.

The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino and the Triple Mocha Frappuccino just debuted on Starbucks menus in the U.S. and Canada, alongside the classic Caramel and Mocha Frappuccinos. The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino is made with the chain’s new Sweet Brew Whipped Cream, and features dark caramel sauce, dark caramel coffee, milk, ice and smoky dark caramel drizzle. Meanwhile the Triple Mocha Frappuccino also has the new Sweet Brew Whipped Cream, and features dark mocha sauce, coffee, milk, ice and dark mocha drizzle.

As you can imagine, neither of these are all that healthy for you. If you get the 12-ounce Ultra Caramel Frappuccino with whole milk it will contain 350 calories, 44 grams of sugar and 17 grams of fat, while the same size Triple Mocha Frap with whole milk is a tiny bit better at 320 calories, 37 grams of sugar an 16 grams of fat.

Source: USA Today

Facebook wants to help its users find love. The social media site, which says it has 200 million users with the relationship status “single,” is set to launch a dating service to “help people find partners.” Mark Zuckerberg insists the service will help people build "meaningful relationships,” and that it’s “not just for hookups.” The service will be within the Facebook app, but friends won’t be able to see a person’s profile, and Zuckerberg adds that it won’t connect people with existing friends.

It’s prom season, which means high school students across the country are picking out their fancy dresses and tuxes for the big dance. And while some teenage girls have been planning this for months and bought their dresses long ago, some school dress codes for prom could prevent them from wearing the dress of their dreams.

At Divine Child High School – a catholic school in Dearborn, Michigan – they’ve announced plans to hand out a “modesty poncho” to any female student who shows up to prom and isn’t dressed in compliance with their “standards of appropriateness.” The school has one of the pink ponchos on display for students to preview, along with a note explaining, “If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements – no problem! We’ve got you covered — literally. This is our Modesty Poncho, which you’ll be given at the door. :)”

And hey – we get it – some kids take it too far. But is the school really that concerned that someone might reveal a shoulder or a bit of cleavage? Apparently, yes. So teachers will size up the girls’ gowns as they walk in prom and pass out ponchos to the offenders.

Some students are already planning to buy another dress to ensure that doesn’t happen to them, and others are wondering what’ll happen to those who speak out against the policy and others are calling it shaming. But these teens deserve to have fun on one of the most memorable nights of their lives, not have to worry about if they’ll be forced to wear the poncho, so at least they’re getting a head’s up of what’s allowed.

Source: Scary Mommy

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and once again, Chipotle is rewarding our educators with free food for all their hard work. The chain is showing teachers love with a free burrito on their Teacher Appreciation Day, May 8.

Here’s what you need to know about Chipotle's teacher appreciation deal:

  • Teachers need their faculty ID card - The deal is good for anyone showing a valid staff ID from a preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college or university. Bonus - this includes non-teaching staff, too.
  • It’s actually a BOGO deal - Chipotle is giving teachers a burrito for free, but they have to buy one first. So really, it’s more like a half price offer.
  • The burrito deal starts at 3 p.m. - So you can’t hit up Chipotle for lunch and score the deal, but teachers are in school until three anyway, right? And the BOGO deal runs through closing, at participating locations.
  • It’s a dine-in-only offer - So you have to show up, but it’s still free Chipotle.

Source: Food and Wine

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