Posts tagged "wage gap"

Watch These Little Princesses Fight Sexism With F-Bombs

FCKH8 put together this amazing video of little girls summing up the women's equality movement more succinctly than any grown-up ever could. After all, it's their future we're so worried about, right? The video highlights their T-shirt fundraiser, which goes toward supporting anti-sexism organizations and funding FCKH8 to keep pushing activist causes forward. I am head…

By: Claire Hannum / October 22, 2014

Sarah Silverman Wants To Abolish The Vagina Tax

Sarah Silverman is working with the National Women’s Law Center on their Equal Payback Project, a fundraising effort focused on economic justice for women, and is acquiring herself a dick so she can make as much money as a man in her profession! OK, not really. The video’s premise is that if we can raise…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 8, 2014

Christina Hendricks Navigates The Modern Workplace (While Making A Point About The Antiquated Wage Gap)

What happens when you stick "Mad Men"'s Christina Hendricks in a modern office and ask her to get to work? Well, she's a little confused. Where's the phone? How do you "fax" something? Who wants a martini? What do you mean she can't smoke? See, if pay disparity between men and women is going to…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 8, 2014

Miss Utah Gets Another Chance To Answer The Gender Wage Gap Question

After her total fail of a response at the Miss USA pageant when asked about the gender wage gap, Miss Utah Marissa Powell tried to redeem herself with a more streamlined answer on "The Today Show." Check out her interview with Miss America Erin Brady and see what you think!

By: Daley Quinn / June 18, 2013

Republican Congresswoman: Women Just Want To Be “Recognized,” Not Paid Equally

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she opposes equal pay laws because women just want to be "recognized," just not paid equally for the same work. Rep. Blackburn then added, "You know, I 've always said that I didn't want to be given a job because I was female, I wanted it because I wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2013

Want To Make Equal Pay For Equal Work? Don’t Become An Insurance Agent

The wage gap has closed somewhat in a lot of industries, but when it comes to insurance agents, forget it. In a new study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, insurance sales agents were ranked first when it comes to unequal pay between men and women. Women typically make $.62 cents for every male dollar…

By: Julie Gerstein / February 14, 2013

Why Mothers Are Getting Screwed At Retirement Age

This should scare all of us: many women are unable to financially provide for themselves after reaching retirement age, due to the wage gap and time women take off for raising children. Motherhood increases the wage gap and that puts elderly women at a higher risk for poverty. [Madame Noire] "Teenage Girl Blossoming Into Beautiful…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 29, 2013

Girl Talk: I’m Paid Less Because I’m A Woman, But It’s Mostly My Fault

I was talking to my guy friend about Caitlin Moran’s book How To Be A Woman, which led us to the topic of money. I said that I am a feminist, but I am not completely resistant to guys paying for my meals on dates because most guys I know make more money than women.

By: Lauren Passell / December 14, 2012

Are You In One Of Mitt Romney’s Binders Full Of Women Yet?

During last night's presidential debate, the candidates were asked what they'd do to improve the status of women and ensure equal pay. And while President Obama discussed his work on the Lilly Ledbetter act, Mitt Romney accidentally said one of the most talked about phrases of the evening. Speaking to the crowd, he said that…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 17, 2012

Sorry, Ladies, The Paycheck Fairness Act Is Dunzo

Sorry, ladies, but the Paycheck Fairness Act is no more. Senate Republicans filibustered the bill and Senate Democrats fell two votes short of the 60 needed to put it to an up-or-down vote. Generally speaking, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed in the House of Representatives in 2009, would have made it easier to seek…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 17, 2010

Here’s A Handy-Dandy Guide To Your State’s Wage Gap Between Men And Women

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010

Swedish Feminists Burn $13,000 To Protest Unequal Pay

Usually "burning money" is a figure of speech. But Sweden's feminist party literally set fire to $13,000 (or 10,000 Swedish kronar) to symbolize the amount of money women aren't getting every minute compared to men. An advertising agency donated the $13K, which members of the Feminist Initiative heaped on a BBQ. According to Sweden's statistic…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 6, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Female Scientists Earn Less Than Male Scientists Do

An international study of female scientists found a wage gap exists six to 10 years after finishing their PhD's. Male scientists' salaries can grow to be anywhere from 18 to 40 percent higher than their lady counterparts over time. [Vancouver Sun] Underinsured African-American women die more often from breast cancer than underinsured white women, according…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2010

The Equal Pay Act Of 1963 Turns 45

The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits "discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages" was signed into law by President Kennedy 45 years ago. Since then, women have brought their earnings up, but things still aren't quite there. For the past five years, the deficit between women's and men's wages ha…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 17, 2008