Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.
Submitted by sbanerjee on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 11:30am
The Equal Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Women's Bureau present Earning What You're Worth: Defending Your Right to Equal Pay.
Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in the U.S. still earn only 80 cents for every $1 men earn. Join us to listen to a panel of advocates, a panel of attorneys, and a guest equal pay expert discuss this issue, and learn what employees can do to to help close this wage gap. Two New York State CLE credits will be available for attendance and participation.
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011 Time: 8:45a.m.-12p.m. Location: EEOC-New York District Office, 33 Whitehall St.-11th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY
Submitted by sbanerjee on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 2:45pm
In this recession, women’s earnings are more vital than ever to their families' and our country’s economic security. Yet women still have had to work more than three months into this year to match the income of men in 2010. Learn more about how the wage gap affects you: Use the map here to download an equal pay fact sheet for your state.
(Released by National Partnership for Women & Families and AAUW.)
Submitted by sbanerjee on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 2:35pm
Despite efforts to equalize earnings, a persistent wage gap exists between women and men. Recent Census data indicates that women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. This gap is more pronounced for women of color with Black women earning 61 cents and Hispanic women earning 52 cents for every dollar paid to a white male. The negative impact of the gender-based wage gap is exacerbated for women of color, who face lower lifetime earnings overall, occupational segmentation, and unequal access to assets and other wealth builders.
As more women become primary wage earners for households across the country, eliminating the pay gap becomes even more crucial to sustaining healthy and prosperous communities. Aligning the income distribution with the gender composition of the workforce is particularly needed now in these tough economic times to ensure economic security, opportunity, and prosperity for all.
Submitted by Kate Meyer on Mon, 04/04/2011 - 4:13pm
*By Kate Meyer
Last week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a White House Webchat to highlight findings from the recently released report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Here at NCRW we were thrilled to see Jarrett and Bansal advocating for the same policies and programs that are on our agenda.
Submitted by Kate Meyer on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:39am
IWPR’s study explored the challenges many Latina immigrants face and the ways that nonprofit organizations and congregations strive to address them in three areas with rapidly growing immigrant populations: Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; and Northern Virginia, a region within the Washington, District of Columbia (DC), metropolitan area.
Submitted by sbanerjee on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 3:18pm
02/10/2011 - 02/13/2011
Co-founders Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood and Katheryn Kolbert of The Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College present:
The Athena Film Festival - A Celebration of Women and Leadership at Barnard College
25 shorts, docs and features will unspool over the weekend all focused on women's leadership. The festival aims to foster female participation in every facet of independent and commercial filmmaking. Our message is clear: if the representation of women in mainstream media is going to advance, women need to be behind the scenes.
New York Times: Polls show the Democrats losing support among female voters this year, with white women likely to switch to supporting Republicans in November elections.
"Midterm elections are often considered a referendum on the sitting president. This year, women may be more anxious to vote for change in a recession that does not seem to have an end in sight. And white female voters, who had high hopes for President Obama, may be more disillusioned and eager to leave the Democratic president and his party behind.
Gender gaps in voting are mostly a white phenomenon and the likelihood that white women will switch their partisan preference in November 2010 cannot be readily applied to black and Latina women, who are expected to be solidly behind the president’s party."
Association for Psychological Science: Studies showing sex differences in brain structure or patterns of neural activity should be taken with a grain of salt, according to psychological scientist Cordelia Fine. Many times, the results are interpreted in a way to reinforces gender stereotypes.
"People love to speculate about differences between the sexes, and neuroscience has brought a new technology to this pastime. Brain imaging studies are published at a great rate, and some report sex differences in brain structure or patterns of neural activity. But we should be skeptical about reports of brain differences between the sexes, writes psychological scientist Cordelia Fine in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Some of the problems start with the research. The studies Fine came across were often conducted with small numbers of men and women, where the differences seen could have been due to chance. It's very easy and obvious for neuroscientists to compare the sexes by default. But when neuroscientists habitually check for sex differences, some researchers, just by chance, will find statistically significant differences between the two groups—even if there's no real difference between men and women overall.
'A healthy dose of skepticism is required when it comes to reports of sex differences in the brain and what they mean,' says Fine, who is concerned that claims about differences in male and female brains are reinforcing old-fashioned gender stereotypes."
Reuters: Canadian researchers have found that male executives with high levels of testosterone exhibit more aggressive behaviors in the corporate world, including attempting hostile takeovers. Not enough research has been done to determine if women behave the same way, although a recent study did show that "female MBA students with higher levels of testosterone were far more likely than those with lower levels to choose finance careers such as investment banking that can be lucrative but also risky."
"'Younger chief executives with high testosterone levels may be more likely to try a hostile takeover -- and to get burned in the attempt, Canadian researchers said on Wednesday.
They found age was clearly linked with aggressive takeover behavior, and did a careful but indirect analysis to see if testosterone might be involved. It likely is, said Kai Li and colleagues at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
'Young male CEOs appear to be combative: they are 4 percent more likely to be acquisitive and, having initiated an acquisition, they are over 20 percent more likely to withdraw an offer,' Li's team wrote in the September issue of Management Science. 'Furthermore, a young target male CEO is 2 percent more likely to force a bidder to resort to a tender offer. We argue that this combative nature is a result of testosterone levels that are higher in young males.'
Could experience be a factor, or rational thinking? 'Our main thesis is hormones in a person's body may influence corporate decisions,' Li said in a telephone interview."
Last week, I waited eagerly on the steps of City Hall to get the latest facts on the status of black women and girls. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. released their 2010 Bi-Annual report to a crowd of fellow non-profits, media, and interested citizens. According to Executive Director and Founder Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, the report gives the public a picture of an “African-American female as a whole person—a snapshot of her life.” This particular study is the only ongoing national report on the current state of black females in the United States.
The research not only covers the challenges faced by black women today, but also their achievements thus far. For example,