BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 01, 2012
What’s scarier than monsters, ghouls, zombies, or vampires? The pay gap! Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter appeared on the Colbert Report on Halloween night to talk about the Lilly Ledbetter Act and her new memoir, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.
“My guest tonight became the face of equal pay for women. Tonight, I will pay her just as much attention as I pay my male guests,” Colbert said as he introduced Ledbetter.
Colbert led Ledbetter through the story of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Read More
If you've ever caught the tiny voice in the back of your head thinking to yourself that the 33 cent pay gap between women and men really isn’t all that big, first of all: you are the worst, and second of all: let’s see if you’re singing a different tune when you see all the cool things you could afford when those cents add up. The Center for American Progress plugged in the numbers and found some interesting results. In 2010 the median full-time working man took home $47,715 in earnings, while the median full-time working woman made only $36,931—77. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 29, 2012
Here in the US, we're constantly reminded of the systematic inferiority of women in the workplace– we earn 77 cents on the man’s dollar (and women of color make less than that - African American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 54 cents on the white man's dollar). Women out-earn men only in the “personal care” sector of the workforce. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on May 08, 2012
The Global Post reported recently that Germany may pass legislation to pay families who don’t opt to put their children in government-funded daycare. My knee-jerk reaction was, “That’s so great! Not only does the government provide free childcare, they actually reimburse families who can spend time with their kids at home! The Germans get everything good-- fancy chocolate, fantastic TV programming, twee little snow-covered houses!” However, there are arguments against such legislation, and they're pretty intriguing. Read More
BY Ariana Anderson
on Jul 28, 2011
Boys and girls perform equally in math and science testing when they begin elementary school, and show about the same level of enjoyment of the subjects. However, by 8th grade twice as many boys than girls are interested in STEM careers, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which are ultimately the fields with the highest growth rate and earning potential. This contributes to the gender pay gap among adults as well as various other inequalities. Read More