Women

  • 10.27.17

    Nina Turner on the Recent Reports of Workplace Harassment

    Ahead of giving remarks at the opening night of the Women's Convention, a Women's March-organized conference held in Detroit, Michigan, Turner spoke to Cosmoplitan.com about channeling your "inner man" to run for office and why she thinks it's important to incorporate men in the fight against institutionalized sexi...

    Ahead of giving remarks at the opening night of the Women's Convention, a Women's March-organized conference held in Detroit, Michigan, Turner spoke to Cosmoplitan.com about channeling your "inner man" to run for office and why she thinks it's important to incorporate men in the fight against institutionalized sexism.

  • 10.26.17

    Nina Turner at the Women's Convention

    Nina Turner is one of the most energizing, sharpest, and effective figures representing the progressive movement. At a time when Republicans are waging a class war and the Democratic Party still seems intent on ensuring that the needs of Wall Street, the health care lobby, and its corporate donors are a priority, T...

    Nina Turner is one of the most energizing, sharpest, and effective figures representing the progressive movement. At a time when Republicans are waging a class war and the Democratic Party still seems intent on ensuring that the needs of Wall Street, the health care lobby, and its corporate donors are a priority, Turner is a loud clear voice on the left who fights for Medicare For All, a $15 per hour minimum wage, and other similar policies.

  • 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.

  • 03.07.17

    Trends In U.S. Corrections

    This fact sheet gives an overview into statistics in the U.S. Corrections system. It begins with a broad overview of the U.S. Federal prison population which has increased dramatically since the 70's and incarceration rates in the U.S. (670 per 100,000) compared to other countries, the country with the next highes...

    This fact sheet gives an overview into statistics in the U.S. Corrections system.

    It begins with a broad overview of the U.S. Federal prison population which has increased dramatically since the 70's and incarceration rates in the U.S. (670 per 100,000) compared to other countries, the country with the next highest incarceration rate is Russia (439 per 100,000.) "The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons and jails."

    The fact sheet then looks at the prison population by offense - where almost half of individuals in the federal prison population are there due to a drug related offense.  It also delves into the female prison population, racial disparities in the prison system, youths in prison, felony disenfranchisement by state, and the increase in life sentences.

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  • 03.04.17

    Interview With Senator Nina Turner: Right-To-Work Laws Are Weakening The Middle Class And The Economy

    In this interview, Senator Nina Turner talks about her time in the Ohio State Senate and the issues that are most important to her. For Senator Turner, these issues include women's rights - "During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men-inclu...

    In this interview, Senator Nina Turner talks about her time in the Ohio State Senate and the issues that are most important to her.

    For Senator Turner, these issues include women's rights - "During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men—including introducing the “Viagra bill,” which would subject men to the same scrupulous levels of regulations women face over their reproductive choices"  as well as workers rights - "Workers' wages are not keeping up with inflation. Their wages are not on pace with the amount of work that they do. We work harder and longer in this country, and still people’s wages are not keeping up with that."

     

  • 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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  • 09.13.16

    What Former Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm Said About Facing Gender Discrimination

    This article from PBS delves into Representative Shirley Chisholm's presidential run in 1972. She made history as the first African American woman elected to the House of representatives and then again when she was the first African American woman to run for president. She was not only an advocate for African Amer...Read More

  • 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."