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  Unsurprisingly, when asked about the gender wage gap, none of the GOP candidates had anything useful to say during the debate last night. Carly Fiorina took the time to attack Hillary Clinton because of President Obama’s economic policies: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president when every single policy she espouses, and every single policy of President Obama has been demonstrably bad for women. Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama's first term belonged to women. Read More
M’lady’s Records in Portland has gone a step farther than the Brooklyn bar that got so much press recently for having one night when ladies paid 77 cents to the dollar on each drink they purchased. M’lady’s will now charge women 77 cents to the dollar for any purchase they make for the unforeseen future. Read More
There are things going down in the Vatican we can finally appreciate: Pope Francis has deemed inequality in the workplace a “pure scandal.” By prompting Christians to be “more demanding” for “radical equality” through “supporting the right of equal pay for equal work,” the Pope believes there will be an increase in the amount of successful marriages in a “society (that) is confront with fewer” ones. Read More
Women may have a long history in the nursing profession, but that doesn’t mean that female nurses have a leg up on the guys when it comes to overall salary. According to recent reporting by NPR, it turns out that male nurses make anywhere from $3,900 to $7,700 more than their female counterparts. Cue disgust and lady rage. Admittedly, the wage gap is a dynamic and complex issue that’s about way more than an apples-to-apples assessment of who makes more money. Read More
Ever heard of cookies for a cause? Well, these students in Utah are fighting for equal pay for women through a bake sale that has been attracting some controversy. The cookies are being sold for $1 to boys, and .77 cents for girls. Why? "Because in America, for every dollar a man makes, a woman only makes 77 cents. So we're raising awareness for this,” says Kari Schott with the Young Democrats Club at Jordan High School. There has been plenty of support from fellow students, male and female, as well as some expected push-back. "I believe in what they're doing. Read More
In an awesome, inspiring, ya-damn-right kind of moment, actress Charlize Theron demanded and won a $10 million pay raise for her work in "The Huntsman"—a figure that matches what her co-star Chris Hemsworth made on the film. This is great news for the fight for equal pay (especially arriving on the heels of Sony hack-related emails revealing that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams made waaayyy less than their male counterparts in "American Hustle"). Read More
Yesterday I was on Facebook, just scrolling through my news feed, when I happened upon an image that made me want to pump my fist and go ‘Yeah!’...but then irked me because I realized it wasn’t entirely accurate.  This doesn't tell the full story. The wage gap is obviously still a real problem; a white woman makes, on average, 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. However, single, childless white women earn closer to 90 cents per dollar. According to Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti, the so-called ‘Mommy Wage Gap’ is very real. Read More
Next week, the Senate will consider a bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren concerning student loan payments. The bill will allow Americans with outstanding federal and private loans to refinance them at the same rates students receive when taking out new federal loans.   This in and of itself is a step in the right direction for all students without outstanding loans. However, Sen. Warren, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and many other Democratic Senators are framing this as a feminist issue. Read More
Thanks to a study conducted by the public policy organization Demos, we now know that women in retail are earning four dollars less than their male counterparts. In order for them to eliminate the gap, they would have to work for 103 more days. This disparity costs women $40.8 billion yearly. The vast majority of retail employees are women - the industry employs 7.2 million women. Over 1 million of those are on the brink of poverty. And, if this trend continues, 100,000 more female retail workers will be in poverty by 2022. 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