All posts tagged: Women’s Rights

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 …

Women Who Inspire: Wendy Davis

(Photo Credit: Facebook) NAME: Wendy Davis AGE: 50 OCCUPATION: Texas state senator and Texas gubernatorial candidate WHO SHE IS: To be honest with you, I had never heard of Wendy Davis before she staged a courageous coup in the Texas State Senate — a filibuster that lasted 11 hours in June of 2013. Davis successfully blocked a bill banning abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In addition, the legislation featured some pretty tough requirements that would ultimately shut down many women’s health clinics. As Davis’ filibuster dragged on, social media went bonkers. And it was on Twitter where I first heard about Davis and started following her story. Now she is running for governor of Texas, a path partially forged by another Lone Star heroine of mine, Ann Richards, who died in 2006. (Richards’ daughter Cecile, incidentally, is the president of Planned Parenthood.) WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Some question the campaign narrative Davis relies heavily on as a former single mom, who once lived in a trailer park, and graduated from Harvard Law School. Honestly, her …