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Update on the UK Gender Pay Gap: Has Transparency Made a Difference?

September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have long felt and written about the importance of transparency to close the gender wage gap in the United States. It stands to reason that as long as payroll information is a secret, we cannot hold organizations accountable for paying women and people of color less than they pay … Read more Update on the UK Gender Pay Gap: Has Transparency Made a Difference?

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Why Black Women Are So Thrilled about Kamala Harris

September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Let me be clear—I am a white woman who is thrilled that Kamala Harris was chosen to be the vice presidential running mate to Joe Biden. I noticed the giddiness of black women and men on the days following Harris’s appointment. Every black person interviewed on television over subsequent days … Read more Why Black Women Are So Thrilled about Kamala Harris

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Caregiving Is an Issue for Everyone

September 14, 2020 | 1 Comment

When my mother was diagnosed with brain tumors and given four months to live, I did what most of us would do if we could. I, along with my sister, temporarily moved 1,200 miles to take care of her for the remaining months of her life. Fortunately, both my sister … Read more Caregiving Is an Issue for Everyone

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Costs of Motherhood in the Pandemic

September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

In so many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed a deep disregard for working mothers. In a previous article I wrote about the unequal distribution of labor in heterosexual couples as women and men try to work full time from home while dealing with homeschooling, housework, and childcare. In another … Read more Costs of Motherhood in the Pandemic

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More Barriers Fall for Women in Publishing and the Military

August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is important to notice good news for women leaders when it happens. I recently wrote about barriers for women that came down in publishing and politics. These small cracks in the glass ceiling are beginning to accumulate. Now there are new cracks to report as additional barriers fall for … Read more More Barriers Fall for Women in Publishing and the Military

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Five Ways Women Could Benefit from the Pandemic

August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

It seems likely that some changes in the way we work resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic will be permanent. In a previous post, I summarized research emerging about the differential impact of the pandemic on women who are parents. Family caregiving, previously expected to be kept private and not mentioned … Read more Five Ways Women Could Benefit from the Pandemic

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How Gender Inequality and the Pandemic Affect Retirement for Women

August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new report from the Brookings Institution notes that the status of women in retirement has not gotten much attention. The authors of this report, Grace Enda and William G. Gale, point out that significant differences exist in economic status for women in retirement compared to the status of men. … Read more How Gender Inequality and the Pandemic Affect Retirement for Women

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Good News for Women in Publishing and Politics

August 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

In the midst of a lot of terrible news and hardship for many people in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, some good news for women’s leadership has emerged in the publishing industry and in politics. Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth A. Harris, writing for the New York Times, report that … Read more Good News for Women in Publishing and Politics

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Our National Disregard for Families

August 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Politicians and employers like to talk about the importance of “family values,” but the pandemic has revealed that families are not really valued at all. Two recent policy decisions in New York City, described by Deb Perelman of the New York Times, offer an example of the complete lack of … Read more Our National Disregard for Families

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The Rape Kit and the Invisible Woman Who Invented It

July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

It has never been easy for women to report being raped to the police. In the early 1970s, I was one of many women in my community who volunteered to be rape crisis advocates for the state and local police departments. The police were supposed to notify us when a … Read more The Rape Kit and the Invisible Woman Who Invented It

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