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Sororities, often established to help women find a sense of community in male-dominated college campuses, have in some ways transformed into elite organizations that boast status and reputation. Girls work tirelessly to be desirable candidates, jump through hoops, and put up with hazing in hopes of being chosen as sister to a community of women who will help them advance both in their personal lives and their careers. But sometimes, even the "ideal" candidate cannot breach the ranks of these prestigious and exclusive organizations. Read More
Well, wouldja look at that, Abercrombie & Fitch is under siege once again. In A&F’s latest news, a young Muslim woman filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company because she was unable to wear a hijab to work. Jeez, this company needs to get its act together. In 2010, 18-year-old Hani Khan was fired from the San Mateo, CA, Hollister store. Four months into her job, Khan’s manager expressed concern for her head scarf. Khan refused to remove it. In light of this, Khan was terminated from her job. Read More
  A new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association has something shocking to tell us: women doctors are paid, on average, $56,019 less than male doctors. And that’s even more of a disparity than it was in 1980, over thirty years ago. Is the medical field getting even more discriminatory of the basis of sex? It would appear so.    Female pharmacists and those working in health insurance are catching up to men when it comes to income, but for dentists and doctors, it isn’t looking that way. Read More
We know that discrimination against women still exists, but sometimes we forget the fact that discrimination is not distributed equally to each woman. A recent Forbes article by political strategist Atima Omara-Alwala revealed some horrifying facts about health care discrimination among black women.  African American women, as just one example of many, are three times more likely to experience unwanted pregnancy and four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. Read More
Global Times has spotlighted some awesome feminists in China who have recently staged various grassroots protests that go beyond writing articles or giving speeches.  They focus on pressing women’s issues like sexual harassment and workplace and financial inequality.  China is a more difficult environment to protest in, as feminism is less accepted there than in the United States (and a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t down with feminism either). Read More
The Augusta National Golf Club, aka the Masters Tournament course, has decided to allow women (albeit only two) into their prestigious club in Georgia. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore are the two first female members.   Some are praising the club for this move, and noting that it represents a milestone for women in business. However, I can’t understand why any woman would even want to be part of a club that has only now, in 2012, decided to allow women to join. In a related note, the club didn't admit its first African-American member until 1990. Read More
Today is a victory for equal rights in Massachusetts, where a federal appeals court just declared that  the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.   The ruling is also a victory for the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law. Read More
We’re so thankful to Marie Claire for reporting on how women tend to pay more than men for most things. The practice is called gender pricing, and it's everywhere. Gender pricing takes place in the sale of health insurance, dry cleaning, haircuts, home mortgages, cars, and many, many more products and services. Toiletries such as shampoos, soaps, razors, and deodorants are marketed differently to men and women, although they are NEARLY IDENTICAL, with the main difference being aesthetics and scent. And you can probably guess who pays more. Read More
Students for Free Enterprise USA (SIFE) and Wal-Mart are teaming up to launch an economic empowerment partnership for women.  The project started earlier this year and Wal-Mart will make the announcement of the initiative via a live webcast today (September 14, 2011) from their home offices in Arkansas. SIFE is an international non- profit organization that collaborates with university students and business leaders to develop skills to help students make a difference in their community and become socially responsible business leaders. Read More