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04.12.132:44 PM ET

Women Notice Office Bias & More Business News

Your daily digest of the best business reads for women.

Before you put too much faith in the narrowing gender gap, check the numbers. A newWall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 84 percent of women agree men are higher paid in similar jobs, and four in 10 report facing discrimination, mostly in a professional setting. And in line with the recent wave of "Lean In" devotees, the survey shows that more women are reporting the ability to strike a balance between home and work than 10 years ago--but a majority 66 percent, still don't think they can "have it all" without having a lot of sacrifices in both arenas.

Poll: Most Women See Bias in the Workplace (The Wall Street Journal)

Beth A. Stewart launched Trewstar after noticing "how difficult it was for a woman to become a director" in the corporate world. The firm specializes in female directors, which first caused waves about diversity by launching a campaign against Facebook's lack of female leadership--which resulted in Sheryl Sandberg's appointment as COO. Now Stewart, an alumna of Goldman Sachs, hopes to help not just appoint women, but train them to navigate the politics of boardrooms.

In Push for Gender Equality, Breaking Down the Boardroom Door (The New York Times)

Can a fledgling tech company succeed without the excessive, and much griped about, workday hours? Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, talks to The New York Times about her early days in Silicon Valley and learning that hiring the right people is really key. Besides, no one can survive for long on a start-up schedule. "I mean, working 18 hours is ridiculous. You can’t be creative and innovative. I didn’t want that environment," she says.

Start-Up Spirit, Without the 18-Hour Days (The New York Times)