Women's Economic Equity
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Updated December 5, 2013
- In the News: $15 Wage in Fast Food Stirs Debate - Repeated strikes against fast-food restaurants have called for a sharp minimum-wage increase, but the effects of such a jump on prices and employment are unclear.
- In the News: Millennials may not be able to afford retirement essentials - While many Americans are falling short on savings, millennials are most at risk of being unable to afford essential retirement expenses -- such as food, shelter and medical care, according to a Fidelity Investments survey released Wednesday.
- In the News: Congressional GOP may be willing to let emergency unemployment benefits lapse - With the jobless rate hovering just over 7 percent, congressional Republicans said Tuesday that they are ready to let emergency unemployment benefits lapse on Dec. 31, immediately cutting off checks to more than a million recipients.
- In the News: Low bank wages costing the public millions, report says - Almost a third of the country’s half-million bank tellers rely on some form of public assistance to get by, according to a report due out Wednesday. Researchers say taxpayers are doling out nearly $900 million a year to supplement the wages of bank tellers, which amounts to a public subsidy for multibillion-dollar banks. The workers collect $105 million in food stamps, $250 million through the earned income tax credit and $534 million by way of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center.
- In the News: A $95,000 question: why are whites five times richer than blacks - A huge wealth gap has opened up between black and white people in the US over the past quarter of a century - a difference sufficient to put two children through university - because of racial discrimination and economic policies that favour the affluent. A typical white family is now five times richer than its African-American counterpart of the same class, according to a report released today by Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
- In the News: Struggles of Younger US Workers Ripple Through Economy - Since 1965, the number of households has grown at a rate of 1.5 percent annually, according to census data, and that's meant about 1.3 million new ones every year. But since the Great Recession began in December 2007, and going well beyond its end in June 2009, the rate of new households has slowed sharply. Workers aged 20 to 34 are vital to foot traffic in shopping malls, sales at automobile dealerships and the pace of new homes being built. For all that to happen, however, there must be more jobs for them. The stress in the labor market for younger workers disrupts a number of historical patterns in consumption.
- In the News: Labor As Seen from Down Under: Fair Wages and Decent Benefits Profit Everyone - Well-paid workers don't normally steal because they don't want to lose their jobs, and they also tend to respect generous employers more than tightwads. The idea that workers have to be beaten down at every turn just doesn't add up, as the industrial experience Down Under shows us every day of the year.
- In the News: Courageous Boeing Workers Say No to Corporate Extortion - By rejecting a contract that amounted to corporate extortion, the Machinists Local 751 at Boeing have taken a stand for middle-class workers all over the country. While the proposed contract came with skimpy pay increases and benefit cut-backs for all workers, younger Boeing workers and new hires would have been hit the hardest.
- In the News: England - New mothers and fathers to get right to share 50 weeks of looking after baby - Fathers will be able to share up to 50 weeks of parental leave with their partners, under new family friendly laws being announced by Nick Clegg.
- In the News: Pope Francis Understands Economics Better Than Most Politicians - Inequality is the biggest economic issue of our time. It's only surprising it took so long for a globally prominent figure to say it.
- In the News: Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy - More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Nearly one in three, 32 percent, say they worry "a lot" about losing their jobs, also a record high, according to the joint survey, which explores Americans' changing definition of success and their confidence in the country's future.
- In the News: Pope Francis Attacks 'Idolatry of Money,' Says Inequality 'Kills' - Pope Francis called on politicians to guarantee “dignified work, education and healthcare” to their citizens.
- In the News: 10 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers - Over 1 in 10 US jobs is in the retail trade. Here's what their lives are really like.
- In the News: An Uptick in the Hiring of Women for Tech Jobs - There are signs that tech companies are hiring more women, but women still appear to make up far less than half of all new hires in the industry. Women account for fewer than a quarter of the engineers at most tech companies, but are found in higher numbers in human resources, public relations and administration. Women account for about a quarter of all employees at Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft, according to data from PayScale, a company that provides compensation information.
- In the News: Swiss voters reject proposal to cap executive pay - Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to cap the salaries of top executives Sunday, heeding warnings that the limit could damage its economy and businesses.
- In the News: The Major Life Regrets of a Stay-at-Home Mom - Consider this a warning to new mothers: Fourteen years ago, I "opted out" to focus on my family. Now I'm broke.
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- Women Hit Workforce Milestone - A recent Department of Labor report showed a record 67.5 million working women, beating the 2008 pre-recession record of 67.4 million. While women have gained back the jobs lost during the recession, the overall employment gains for women have not kept pace with population growth and the gender wage gap persists in many of these professions.
- In the News: Youth Unemployment Rates Are Terrible Everywhere - High unemployment continues to the dominant economic theme around the world. Youth unemployment rates were more than double total unemployment rates in most selected countries and more than triple the total unemployment rate in Italy. This has implications for lifetime income, lifetime savings, as well as related social implications at the aggregate level.
- In the News: Blaming the Victims: Media Bias Against Struggling Millennials - It has become a common refrain in the mainstream media: The economic problems that young people face are the product of generational laziness and a sense of entitlement. People between the ages of 16 and 24 have an unemployment rate of 16.3 percent, more than twice the national average, and an alarming 36 percent of adults age 18-31 are living with their parents.
- In the News: Work, Women and Caregiving - Trying to hold onto a job while caring for a family member is a tough juggling act. Caregivers sometimes have to arrive late or leave early, cut back to part-time work, and decline travel or promotions. For women, these competing responsibilities may prove particularly perilous, a study recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology suggests. Women who are caregivers are also significantly less likely to be in the labor force, compared to women who are not caregivers. Yet for men, caregiving has no impact on employment status.
- In the News: Is Walmart's request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages? - The strikes against Walmart, which have been staged in the last several weeks across the country, including at stores in California, Florida and Illinois, are focusing on three issues: ensuring that no associate makes less than $25,000 a year, offering employees more full-time work and "ending illegal retaliation" against employees who speak out against pay and working conditions.
- In the News: Gillibrand Introduces Paid Family Leave Bill, Backs Pregnant Workers' Protection Bill - Gillibrand's legislation -- developed by the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for American Progress -- would give 12 weeks paid leave to all eligible workers, regardless of company size, duration of employment or number of hours worked. Specifically, the plan requires deposits of 0.2% from employee earnings, plus matching employer contributions, to be placed in a Social Security Administration fund. Up to 66% of the account would be given to employees and their family when they take leave.
- In the News: Why Americans Are Still Scared of Female Bosses - Even in 2013, many people still prefer men in charge. It's a bias problem that doesn't have any objective reality.
- In the News: The Living-in-the-Basement Generation - According to new research by the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project, for our nation’s 5.8 million “disconnected youth”—the one in seven Americans between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four who are neither working nor enrolled in school. This cohort, whose numbers were stable for a decade, surged by 800,000 after the Great Recession and includes not only children from poor and minority families but significant numbers of white, middle-class youth as well.
- In the News: Job Gap Widens in Uneven Recovery - America's jobs recovery is proceeding on two separate tracks-a pattern that is persisting far longer than after past economic rebounds and lately has been growing worse. Despite three years of steady job gains, and four years of economic growth, many Americans have yet to experience much that could be described as a recovery.
- In the News: Work Should Adapt to Mothers: Human Shapes Don't Fit Inhuman Holes - Instead of having women change to fit the workplace, we need to overhaul the current system to fit the needs of women and their families. Working mothers need to have an equal voice in directing their workplaces and creating the mission, values and ethos of their organizations.
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- Three-quarters of Americans want to up minimum wage - Three-fourths of Americans support increasing the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9 per hour, according to a new Gallup poll. The White House announced last week that President Obama supports a bill from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that would increase the minimum wage, incrementally, to $10.10 per hour.
- In the News: Wage Theft Outstrips Bank, Gas Station and Convenience Store Robberies - America's workers face a crime epidemic - one in which the criminals are rarely even made to pay back what they've stolen.
- In the News: Charles Pierce: How Is Washington Still Not Talking About Poverty? - "I ask this in all seriousness - when was the last time the president gave a speech about poverty?"
- In the News: More Women Working Today than Ever Before -
According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the November employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women have surpassed their previous employment peak reached in March 2008. Women have regained all the jobs they lost in the recession, but men have so far regained only 73 percent of the jobs they lost. Despite gains, neither men nor women have regained their pre-recession labor force participation rate, with women's labor force participation rate peaking in 2000.
- In the News: The United States Has More People In Jail Than High School Teachers And Engineers - There are 1.57 million people in federal and state prison (does not even include county and local jail) according to the Department of Justice. That’s above the nation’s 1.53 million engineers and 1.05 million high school teachers.
- In the News: Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers' Fight for Justice - Americans eat out more than any other people, but the workers who put food on our restaurant tables are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and author of Behind the Kitchen Door makes the case for bringing justice to restaurants and how ordinary diners can help.
- In the News: Job Growth Higher than Expected for October - The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, released today, shows 204,000 jobs were created in October. Job growth was much larger than expected; however, economists caution that the data may be unreliable given the government shutdown that lasted for the first half of October. Today's report also showed a slight increase in the unemployment rate, which may have been partially due to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who were furloughed early in the month. Meanwhile, a White House report released Thursday attempts to tally up the costs of the shutdown, from lost productivity in the government to a loss in private-sector job creation.
- In the News: Economy Adds 204,000 Jobs in October, Even as Labor Force Declines by 700,000 - The October employment report showed a sharp divergence between the household and the establishment surveys. The establishment survey showed a surprisingly strong gain of 204,000 jobs in October, in addition to upward revisions of 60,000 to the prior two months' data.
- In the News: Economists: Population Growth Not Necessary for Healthy Economy - Solution to aging population is boosting productivity, increasing workforce participation, according to new report.
- In the News: What is a $tart$mart Salary Negotiation Workshop? - The workshop teaches a young woman how to determine what employers are paying for the job she wants when she graduates and how to negotiate to be paid what she is worth doing that job. Typically, workshops include forty or fewer participants so that every student has a chance to ask questions and make comments.
- In the News: Young and smart, but Millennials face homebuying hurdles - High debt levels and weak job prospects have made it hard for many young, educated Americans to buy homes, and that could be a drag on the housing market for years to come.
- In the News: You Will Be Shocked at How Ignorant Americans Really Are - If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and-poor. The danger democracy faces isn’t so much that different segments of our country inhabit alternative realities constructed from different data delivered by different news sources. It’s that a minority of the country watches a fair amount of news, and a majority may as well be living on the moon.
- In the News: Study: Workers with disabilities paid 10% less - Researchers says employers should be as conscious of disability pay gaps as they are of gender or racial disparities.
Workers with disabilities are paid about 10% less than other workers in similar jobs, and 8% less in total compensation, including wages, health insurance and vacation time, according to a new Cornell University study. Research by Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations found that people with disabilities are more likely to opt for jobs that pay lower wages but offer strong benefit packages.
- AAUW Jeer of the Week: Despite the thousands of letters from AAUW members and supporters, the House passed the misnamed "Retail Investor Protection Act" (H.R. 2374) on Tuesday. This act would delay the Department of Labor from updating its rule which requires investment advisers to be free from conflicts of interest that might benefit them at the expense of you, the client. How did your representative vote?
- In the News: 7 Salary Negotiation Tips for Women - How to Get Ahead Without Negative Feedback - Women are far less likely than men to negotiate at work, which typically costs women more than half a million dollars in earnings over the course of their respective careers, according to Linda Babcock and Sara Lashever, authors of the book Women Don't Ask.
- In the News: Women’s Unpaid Care Work—Why it’s More Than Just Who Does the Dishes - Last week Magdalena Sepúlveda, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, encouraged the United Nations General Assembly to consider the unpaid care work in families —which is disproportionality performed by women throughout the world—as a human rights issue. She reported that “unpaid care work such as cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly entrenches women’s poverty and social exclusion when it is not socially recognized and shared.” Sepúlveda noted that these significant and unequal care burdens may actually restrict women’s human rights, including their rights to education, work, social security and participation, as well as to rest and leisure.
- In the News: Majority of Walmart Workers Earn Less Than $25K A Year - Criticism prompts Walmart to launch campaign to promote 25,000 workers - but that still leaves more than a million workers earning poverty wages.
- In the News: Do 'Family-Friendly' Workplaces Discriminate Against Childless Employees? - A 2013 Supreme Court decision, The United States vs. Windsor, expanded the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex spouses in states where gay marriage is legal. The expanding recognition of gay couples and the growing proportion of women in the workforce have changed the way employers treat family issues and how people talk about them on the job. But, what about people who don't have children? Communication researchers who interviewed childless individuals for a study recently published online in the National Communication Association's Journal of Applied Communication Research found that expanding definitions of family often don't embrace people without children.
- In the News: Delayed September Job Numbers Continue to Show Weak Progress - After a nearly three-week delay due to the government shutdown, the September jobs numbers were released Tuesday – and it's not pretty. The report shows the U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September (economists had predicted an increase of 185,000). However, the numbers released Tuesday reflect the pre-shutdown economy: October's numbers are expected to be worse, with an estimated 120,000 jobs lost because of the shutdown.
- In the News: The 10 best-paid CEOs in America- The Guardian reported on the 2012 list of the 10 top-paid U.S. executives – and all 10 are white males. Many on the list, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (who brought home $2.27 billion) and Apple’s Tim Cook ($143.8 million), are from STEM industries where women continue to be critically underrepresented.
- In the News: CEO-to-worker pay gap is obscene; want to know how obscene? - Corporate America is fighting a proposed SEC rule requiring companies to calculate the ratio of their CEO's pay to the median pay of all their employees.
- AAUW: The Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District - The gender wage gap exists in almost every congressional district according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do some districts in the 113th Congress lag especially far behind, but some states also have large disparities between districts.
- In the News: Neither School Nor Job for Many U.S. Youths - Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study. That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report. "Their destiny is too often determined by their ZIP code," said Charlie Mangiardi, who works with Year Up, a nonprofit that trains young adults for careers and helps them find jobs.
- In the News : New Report Reveals 48% of School Children Come from Low Income Families; Indicates Long-Term Trend in American Poverty - According to a new report by the Southern Education Fund, 48 percent of all school children come from low-income families. And, in 17 states, that number is even higher. In comparison, only four states in our nation had similar statistics in the year 2000, indicating a long-term trend of more families living in poverty.
- In the News: Lower benefits coming to St. Lawrence County Food Stamp recipients - St. Lawrence County citizens receiving food stamps will see a decrease in benefits as a federal stimulus measure expires, according to Hunger Solutions of New York. The benefit reduction takes place Nov. 1, when all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit recipients will see a decrease in their monthly SNAP allotment.
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