Schuyler Velasco, The Christian Science Monitor

Schuyler Velasco

The Christian Science Monitor

Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Schuyler:

Why are we so mad about football?

A year characterized by polarization has thrown the contradictions in America’s biggest sport into even sharper relief. → Read More

Pitch from hometowns to skilled workers: Come home

Recruiters in areas with a dearth of professionals, including Maine, are successfully targeting talent that has local roots, but left for school and careers. → Read More

Troubling trend behind sexist memo at Google

The internet allows fringe groups to open for ‘debate’ topics that have long been settled, including Silicon Valley’s need to diversify its workforce. → Read More

America's stores are closing. Why isn't that raising a jobs alarm?

America's retail stores, from Sears to Macy's, are shedding jobs at a rate that dwarfs that of manufacturing or coal, but their implosion is happening far more quietly. Here's why. → Read More

Hot new job for middle-class students: manual labor

Young workers are becoming barbers, bookbinders, furniture-makers and jewelers. In the process, they are elevating what, historically, were lowly manual labor jobs into sought-after career paths with cultural cachet. → Read More

Male nurses? Female firefighters? Yes, as career boundaries erode.

More women are entering male-dominated career fields, and vice versa, according to new research. That increased fluidity could be a promising step toward equal pay. → Read More

Newest home buyers: the generation known for not owning stuff

As Millennials enter the housing market in greater numbers, they’re increasingly rebelling against rising rents. Many need help on the path to homeownership, but the market is adapting to their new demand. → Read More

Why inequality isn’t just about money – it’s about stability

Even families well into the middle class are dealing more and more with unpredictable income streams, thanks to fundamental changes in the economy. That instability can make it impossible to save and get ahead. → Read More

Worker anxiety at 4.4 percent unemployment? It's about hidden volatility.

Even families well into the middle class are dealing more and more with unpredictable income streams, thanks to fundamental changes in the economy. That instability can make it difficult to save and get ahead. → Read More

Can corporate feminism help all working women?

The push for women-friendly workplaces and policies has focused largely on individual personalities, like Ivanka Trump and Sheryl Sandberg, as well as those at the top of the corporate ladder. But that is changing. → Read More

More young Americans want moms to stay home. What's behind that?

In the past 20 years, high school seniors have moved toward the view that it's ideal if mothers can stay home with children – even though those seniors also support gender equality in the workplace. → Read More

Why United Airlines fiasco resonated with so many

Some people saw implicit racism. Some were outraged at the lack of humanity and fairness. But the video of a passenger being forcibly removed also speaks to the boiling frustration many Americans have toward the corporate class. → Read More

Ten favorite personal-finance books

Great advice for the financial stages of life. → Read More

States move to keep noncompete agreements from shackling workers to jobs

Massachusetts and other states are making moves to limit noncompete agreements, which even fast food companies use to keep employees from switching to other firms in the same industry. → Read More

She’s been instrumental in CVS taking a stand against tobacco

Eileen Howard Boone is both a mother of six and an executive at CVS Health. Her work is indicative of how many businesses are putting more emphasis on philanthropy. → Read More

How might overtime change affect middle class? Look at colleges.

The Obama administration's new overtime rule is intended to help the middle class. That could play out in a big way in higher education, for example, where researchers work long hours for $43,000. → Read More

The economy is rigged against workers. Or is it?

The picture since the Great Recession has been of economic gains flowing to top income brackets. Now, some rebalancing has occurred, as a better job market and minimum-wage hikes raise incomes for average families. → Read More

The gender pay gap starts right out of college, study finds

Women with college degrees earn $4 less per hour than their male peers early in their careers, and the gap is widening, according to a study out Tuesday from the Economic Policy Institute. → Read More

Want to shrink the wage gap? Help parents care for kids.

Women lose out on $500 billion annually due to the gender pay gap. But advocates and businesses are warming to the idea that more investment to help with child care could shrink the gap – and grow the economy. → Read More

Breaking up Silicon Valley's white boy's club, one interview at a time

'Blind interviews' force companies to consider applicants based on their merits, not their names or profiles. They're showing promise in the tech industry. → Read More