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The Working Woman’s Anthem ‘9 to 5’ Needed an Update. But This?

“Another word for hustle is ‘survival,’” said Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been pursuing a passion project about Ms. Parton. Women often take on significant caregiving responsibilities on top of paid work and “micro-entrepreneurship,” she said. It’s necessary to acknowledge, but, she added, “we should not valorize it.”Professor McMillan Cottom noted that she was struck by the subject of the ad — a Black woman whose side hustle is dance (she’s making herself a website). That’s at least somewhat accurate, she said. Women of color, especially …

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Pinduoduo Employee Deaths Ignites China Debate Over Work

Lyu Xiaolin, an employee at a major Chinese tech company, said she had discussed the Pinduoduo deaths extensively with colleagues, who agreed that the idea of unbearable work pressure felt all too familiar.“The conclusion was this is too terrible, and we have to cherish our own lives,” she said. “We should make sure to leave work earlier in the future.”She herself had switched roles in her company, which she did not want identified for fear of retaliation, because her previous job often required her to work until 11 or 12 at night, sometimes even 3 a.m. She had sought therapy …

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Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

SEOUL, South Korea — At a logistics depot the size of an airplane hangar in southern Seoul, couriers recently held a ritual at the start of another grueling work day: They stood for a moment of silence to remember more than a dozen fellow couriers who they say died this year from overwork.“We won’t be surprised here if one of us drops dead, too,” said Choi Ji-na, one of the couriers.Ms. Choi, 43, and other delivery workers in South Korea say they feel lucky to have jobs amid growing unemployment, and that they are proud to play an essential …

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