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Despite the progress women have made in education and all the campaigns that encourage women to seek out more fulfilling job opportunities, women are still not on track to attain equal pay with men—at least in our lifetimes. IWPR’s series, Status of Women in the States: 2015, released its latest installment, and reported that the number of women living above the poverty line has dropped from 87.9% in 2002 to 85.4% since 2013. According to Daily Beast, these gaps are more vivid in Southern states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Read More
  Wage inequality is one of the major battles women of all backgrounds are currently fighting around the world, and Sarah Silverman is joining the fray with her new video for #Ask4More. #Ask4More is part of Levo League, with the goal of educating women and men about the history of pay inequality and how it affects women in their day-to-day lives. The organization also encourages women to negotiate their pay rates, gives them with tips and techniques, while also providing job listings from major companies across the United States. Read More
Former New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson, was abruptly fired this past Wednesday, allegedly for being “pushy” and “mercurial.” Hmm, could it be that she got a little peeved and pushy (ahem, gendered terms) once she found out that she was being paid less than her male colleague, Bill Keller? That’s right, once Abramson discovered a pay discrepancy, she confronted publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger about the pay discrimination and was fired about a week later. Read More
  The average woman earns about 81 percent of what the average man doing the same job makes. Although we’ve made great strides in the last 25 years, the recent recession hasn’t helped decrease the pay gap. A recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that women are paid more than men in only two full-time job fields. Business Insider used the BLS’s report to determine what American jobs have the largest pay gaps.    They discovered that jobs in sales are not so hospitable to female workers; on average women in the field make only 62. 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
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
  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
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
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