Why My Legacy, Our Truth Matter: The Economic Realities of Poor Working Mothers

I have vivid memories from when I was 3 years old of walking to work with my mom, who was a maid at one of the state agencies in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. I was very familiar with the houses along the route and got to know many of the elder neighbors who would greet us from their front […]

Proof that the STEM Fields are Totally Inhospitable to Women

After generations of hard-fought, hard-won progress prying open the doors of opportunity for women in the classroom, the boardroom and everywhere in between, our nation is at a tipping point in the struggle for gender equality. This historic moment, however, doesn’t mean the fight has been won. The proof of this unfinished business is all […]

The Gender Pay Gap Has Barely Budged Since the ’90s

Each year in April we mark the passage of Equal Pay Day—in 2016 it falls on April 12—a symbolic date that marks how far into the year women must work to finally make as much as men were paid the previous year. The inaugural Equal Pay Day took place in 1996, and the gender pay gap has […]

This Comedy Festival Is Charging Women a Different Price for a Great Reason

A Brooklyn-based comedy festival is charging women, people of color, LGBTQ folks and people with disabilities a different price to submit their work than straight, white men. The catch? The “minority” comedians will pay 77 cents to every dollar a straight, white male comedian pays—a reflection of the gender-wage gap. “The 77 cents to the dollar […]

Why Sheryl Sandberg Is Applauding This Detergent Commercial

You might not expect the founder of the “Lean In” movement to call an ad for laundry soap one of the “most powerful videos” she’s ever seen, but that’s exactly how Sheryl Sandberg described detergent company Ariel’s new spot. It’s not hard to see why Sandberg was impressed. The ad, aimed at consumers in India, calls out […]

Earn Less, Spend More: New Report Shows Women are Gouged by the Marketplace

On average, women in the United States earn 79 cents to every man’s dollar. That’s enough to get your blood boiling, but add to that the finding that women pay more for most products than men—and your head will be spinning. New research from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) finds that women’s […]

The Nation Inks Impressive 6-Year Contract; Includes Paid Family Leave

Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation’s employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract. While The Nation has been unionized for decades—and other news organizations such as In These Times and The Guardian followed its lead […]

Women Cardiologists Earn Nearly $110K Less Than Male Counterparts

A new report released this week reveals that even in the esteemed medical field of cardiology, the gender pay gap persists. The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that median annual salaries for male cardiologists are more than $100,000 higher than for women in the same field—$502,251 compared to $394,586, a gap […]

Fighting for a Living Wage in Cities Across America

Low-wage workers around the country—the majority of whom are women—gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour. The Fight for 15 campaign, now in its third year, began with fast-food workers demanding better wages, and now includes factory laborers, home- and child-care workers, janitors, retail employees and others earning less than $15 an hour. The […]

5 Stars Who Have Taken a Stand for Equal Pay

Last month, Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about Hollywood’s gender pay gap in an essay for Lena Dunham’s website, Lenny. She described her fears of being considered “spoiled” or “difficult” by film industry executives while negotiating her salary for American Hustle, and wrapped up by proclaiming that she was done trying to please others. She’s in good […]