Monica Torres

Monica Torres

Monica Torres

Monica Torres is a reporter for Ladders based in New York City. She previously worked as a trending news editor for Facebook. She has written about tech, feminism, and sports for Fusion, Real Life magazine, Slate, and the Hairpin.


Articles by Monica Torres


Here’s how to leave work on time — every time

It may seem impossible to take back control of your workday, but there are research-backed tips on how to leave work on time in a professional manner. Here's how.


This startup promises to kill you — and there’s a waiting list

Nectome, a new startup founded by two MIT graduates backed by Y Combinator, is "committed to the goal of archiving your mind" by using a "brain banking technique" to "recreate your mind," according to its website. There's just one catch before your mind gets uploaded — you'll need to be dead first.


More than 180 female senior ad executives put industry on notice

More than 180 senior female advertising executives in North America announced the launch of Time's Up Advertising, an anti-harassment campaign and legal aid fundraiser.


This is how STEM recruiters make women feel unwelcome

New Stanford research gives insight into how women are made to feel alienated in STEM fields, proving that the lack of women in technology is more than a pipeline problem — it's an endemic structural issue.


‘Hi,’ ‘Hey,’ ‘Hello’: Why casual email greetings are the way to go

When you start an email, do you go for the more casual, "Yo, what's up," or for the more buttoned-up "Dear Madam or Sir"? A new analysis of 300,000 emails found that how you start an email can decide whether or not you get a response.


Study: When it comes to raising funds, men and women must pitch differently

If you're a woman entrepreneur, you are more likely to get funding if you emphasize your venture's social mission, while men are not expected to do the same.

Job search

The biggest interview mistakes you can make are easily avoidable

Too many times, the equation to getting hired is filled with unseen elements that have nothing to do with your qualifications. A recent survey found that one of the biggest interview mistakes is a self-inflicted wound — your tardiness to the interview itself.


The power of using an inclusion rider in your next employee contract

Frances McDormand's Oscar night inclusion rider shout-out sparked a national discussion on the little-known contract clause, and how it could be used to increase the representation of minorities in Hollywood and beyond.


Study: A top promotion can double a woman’s chance of divorce

A woman's professional success may come at the cost of her marriage. When women got promoted to the top job in their field, it doubled their chances of a divorce. The same was not true for men being promoted.


This is why it’s a good idea to step out of the office and head outside

When the busy workday gets to be too much, some of us go outside for a much-needed breather to go look at the nature surrounding us.


It’s in the tea leaves: Study says one cup a day boosts creativity

Next time you're looking for inspiration for your next brainstorming session, take a break to brew yourself a cup of tea. Just one cup of black tea has the power to boost creativity long after you drink it.


McDonald’s ‘W’ arches are only the latest corporate feminism fail

But when corporations dip their toes into female empowerment, they can run into trouble. We've seen quite a bit of that on International Women's Day in 2018.


This is how you can use anxiety to help you succeed

Good news for worrywarts everywhere. Your ability to remember events in excruciating, embarrassing detail can actually be a benefit that sets you apart from the rest. A new study found that people with manageable levels of anxiety were able to improve their ability to recall memories.


What is International Women’s Day and why it matters in 2018

On March 8, people around the world gather to celebrate International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women everywhere and a call to action to raise awareness about the ongoing fight for gender parity.


Research: Women making significant gains in tech since 1978

Technology and STEM have historically been a world where women are incredibly underrepresented. Now, that's starting to change.


Sit down for this: Standing desks might actually be bad for you

We already know that sitting down at work takes a toll on our bodies. But now, new research is finding that standing desks are not great for our bodies either.


This is why you shouldn’t blindly trust a candidate saying ‘yes’ to a job offer

Let an embarrassing week for a New York City mayor be a case study in not prematurely announcing a hire.


Millions of views on YouTube won’t even earn you enough to make rent

If you're starting a YouTube channel, don't expect to get rich quickly, or at all. 


This is why you’ll try harder at age 29, 39, 49, 59 …

If you are feeling a sudden burst of motivation to tackle a big goal, your age may be the cause.


This guy just quit in solidarity with female coworker over ‘boys’ club’ at FEMA

In an act of solidarity for his coworker, FEMA's male press secretary Paul McKellips said that he was quitting because of the “boys club” that was excluding the former head of external affairs, Susan Phalen, from meetings.

Job search

9 of the more ridiculous things job applicants have done in interviews

Hiring managers expose how candidates have crashed and burned their way out of a job through spectacular fashion choices and poorly timed self-disclosures.


New bill seeks to force employers to publicly report sexual harassment settlements

The Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act seeks to force companies to report the "total number" and the "total dollar amount" of settlements they make related to sexual harassment.


Almost 1/3 of millennials say they would dump their partner for a $37,000 raise

When financial services company Comet surveyed 364 single working millennials without children, they found that millennials were willing to sacrifice a romantic relationship for the right price.


Study reveals the reason people quit while they are ahead

Now that the Olympics have ended, many gold medalists from the 2018 Winter Games may be taking a long, sometimes permanent, break from the sports they spent years working to be the best at.

The Job search

Salary negotiation tips from Uber executive Bozoma Saint John

To get the best possible outcome for your paycheck, you need to arm yourself with knowledge about best practices. As part of your battle preparation, consider the advice of Uber Chief Branding Officer Bozoma Saint John.