- The Labor Department announced it will expand protections for home care workers, a predominantly female and woman of color workforce that includes eldercare aides. These types of “companionship” domestic workers will now be guaranteed minimum wage and overtime pay. Babysitters, however, are still exempt from these pay protections. [New York Times, Think Progress]
- On the science around “fetal pain” and abortion. [New York Times]
- On the suicide of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after pictures of her rape were posted online. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »
Tag Archives: fair pay
We can vote! We can make decisions about our own reproduction (sort of)! But can we get paid an equal wage for equal work? The New York Times Economix blog has a nifty map depicting the wage gap between men and women state by state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year women’s median income was 80.2 percent of men’s, but the differences between states vary wildly. In Connecticut, my home state, women’s median earnings in 2009 were 75 percent that of men’s. In California it was 88.7 percent and in Texas it was 81.4 percent. The most equitable place to live, as far as fair pay is concerned, is Washington, D.C., where women’s median earnings were 95.6 percent that of men’s. The worst? Louisiana, at 65 percent.
Sirens siren Heather Wood Rudulph has written a piece for Huffington Post about five reasons we still need feminism, including the recent murder of abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, and the propensity of pop culture to make women look like marriage-crazy loons.
Her five reasons are just dandy, but why limit ourselves to only five? It was depressingly easy to think of five more reasons we need more of the F-word. Keep reading »