Gender

  • 06.26.17

    Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

    Month's after the Women's March, this video lays out the difference between the wealth and income gap. They explain that while women earn 79 cents to the dollar that men earn, there is an even larger gap between how much women own: "Women own only 32 cents on the dollar that men own, and black and Latina women own ...

    Month's after the Women's March, this video lays out the difference between the wealth and income gap. They explain that while women earn 79 cents to the dollar that men earn, there is an even larger gap between how much women own: “Women own only 32 cents on the dollar that men own, and black and Latina women own pennies on the dollar compared to white men and white women”

    This large wealth gap exists for a number of reasons, including:

    1) Women make less than men

    2) Women are more likely to work part time (usually because women are caring for family members)

    3) Women often can't access tax subsidies that encourage savings (because of the way they are structured)

    Robert and Elena call to keep pushing for pay equity, affordable childcare and, paid family leave to address this disparity. Ultimately, they advise that whenever your local area, state, or national government is considering legislation, it is important to ask: "who benefits?" Ultimately, legislation that benefits women, benefits all of the United States.

  • 10.01.16

    The State Of Women's Representation On The Eve Of The 2016 Election

    This report from Representation 2020 looks at female representation at the federal, state and local levels of government. "This report finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes i...

    This report from Representation 2020 looks at female representation at the federal, state and local levels of government.

    "This report finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes in recruitment, electoral, and legislative rules"

    It reaches this conclusion through using a "Gender Parity Index" created by Representation 2020 to analyze the representation of women in office, giving more weight to more prominent offices, such as positions in Congress or Governorships. The scale ranges from 0 to 100 where 0 is no representation of women, and 100 is full representation of women. Representation 2020 suggests that states should aim for a score of 50 for equal representation.

    Ultimately, states in the Northeast and West receive better scores than many states in the South that "lags behind." New Hampshire is the state with the most gender parity with a slight over-representation of women in elected office (55 points in the gender parity index) , while Mississippi scores the worst with only 6.4 points. The report states that "Mississippi is the only state that has never elected a woman to the governor’s mansion or to the U.S. Congress."

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  • 10.06.15

    Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone, Men Included

    This TED talk by Michael Kimmel addresses the preconceived notions that society has about gender, privilege and feminism. Kimmel begins by saying that he is there to "Recruit men to support gender equality." He argues that this is necessary because by definition, privilege is invisible to the people who have it and...

    This TED talk by Michael Kimmel addresses the preconceived notions that society has about gender, privilege and feminism. Kimmel begins by saying that he is there to "Recruit men to support gender equality." He argues that this is necessary because by definition, privilege is invisible to the people who have it and therefore white men do not see their privilege. 

    He cites statistics that clearly demonstrate that gender equality is not only positive for women, it is positive for:

    Countries: "Countries that are the most gender equal score the highest on the happiness scale.")

    Companies: "Research has shown that the more gender equal companies are, the better it is for workers, the happier their workforce is, the lower levels of job turnover, lower levels of attrition, and easier time recruiting, higher rates of job satisfaction, higher rates of productivity."

    Men: "The more egalitarian our relationships the happier both partners are."