All posts tagged: Women

How I Lost A Million Dollars: What Pay Equity Really Means

As a longtime journalist, I’ve covered what American society considers to be “women’s issues” for 40 years — including pay inequities, which were big news when I became a reporter in the 1970‘s. Unfortunately for all of us, the gender gap is still making headlines today, because female full-time workers earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. As if that weren’t depressing enough, the United States lags far behind many other nations in achieving wage equality. A new report by the World Economic Forum found that the United States ranks 65th among 142 countries. But we’ve heard about women’s lost wages for so many years that the actual figures take on a numbing familiarity. What they really mean may not fully register until later in life, when it’s too late to do anything about the longterm cost of such penalties. So let me tell you about how I lost a million dollars, how a young woman I know is on her way to losing millions more, and what that may mean for you. When …

Margit’s Note: One From the Guys

Attending an all-girls grade school will mess you up a little. You’ll think you can do anything you want as a girl. Leaders become leaders and followers become followers, gender notwithstanding. (It also meant that we swore like sailors, and a few of my classmates liked to chew tobacco. Go figure.) I grew up thinking I could do anything guys could do and never put too much thought to women’s rights. I never took a gender studies class — it seemed weird to me at the time. I don’t recall any kind of women’s movement on campus (attending a big state school was actually an effort to integrate more with men!). I spent more time working at the mostly male-staffed college radio station, and eventually worked in a field, music journalism, dominated by dudes. Did I ever think I couldn’t do it? Not once. I just did stuff because I was lucky enough to have the resources, family support and confidence to do it. But did I ever feel like the uninvited girl at the …

Margit’s Note: Flick on the Switch

We turn on the light and we don’t think much about it. Behind that switch plate are wires that run through the wall, out to the street, on to a power plant where the power is generated. There’s a source, but we never really see it. That is until things go dark, the power shuts down and we’re fumbling around for flashlights. Where does this little switch go anyway? We often think about power as the switch, winning an election, making SVP. But there’s a complex network feeding that power, a network of knowledge, access, money, strength. A light goes off, we’re caught off guard and we realize we need to investigate — and challenge — the mechanisms that prevent us from power. That’s Feminism. Challenging and confronting a powerful network that keeps us from making more than 71 percent of what men make, feeling safe and secure when we walk out the door, or even playing baseball. Hey, Mo’ne. Because if you’re the best player out there, you should be on the team. This week we’re feeling the …