Detroit: The Road to Bankruptcy Hits Women Hard

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I live in Los Angeles now, but I am a native Detroiter–a proud daughter of a great city. So I have watched my hometown’s long, downhill slide with sadness. Years of political corruption, corporate welfare, apathy, outsourcing, downsizing and relocating finally reached a boiling point, and the city filed for bankruptcy in July. Residents fed […]

Labor Day Reminder: Gender Discrimination Hurts Women AND the Economy

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Thanks to recent Supreme Court cases, proving gender-based harassment and discrimination is a lot harder. Maybe the decisions wouldn’t be so distressing if gender discrimination in the workplace had suddenly disappeared. But as two new studies show, it remains pervasive and widespread. A poll by the Center for American Progress and Elle Magazine found that more […]

Feminists Are Yelling for Yellen

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Now that President Obama has made it very clear that current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will not be reappointed in 2014, the question on every economy wonk’s mind is, Who will replace him? The front-runners are Janet Yellen, current vice-chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, and former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers. (Some suggest […]

Should the Keishas of the World Put Karen On Their Resume?

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When white America sneezes, black America usually gets the flu. In a still sputtering economy, employment discrimination seems to be having a more blatant impact on African Americans, especially black women, who are trying to stay afloat in a cutthroat job market. This is why the unemployment rate for Americans overall is around eight percent, […]

“Work It” and the “Man-cession”

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“Work It,” an ABC sitcom about two unemployed buddies (a car salesman and a mechanic), who dress in drag in order to land jobs as pharmaceutical sales reps, premiered on Tuesday night. According the the official ABC blurb, the main characters are victims of “the man-cession:” Lee Standish is a quick-witted and likable family man. […]

Extend Unemployment Benefits, But Don’t Stop There

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Nearly 2 million Americans will see their unemployment benefits expire in January if Congress doesn’t act to renew them. Some 430,000 of these workers lost their jobs as recently as July. An extension of benefits is a basic necessity for a country in the midst of a crisis of long-term unemployment: Rates have not been […]

Public Sector Meltdown Hits Black Women the Hardest

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Middle-class black Americans are among those hardest hit by the recession, in part because they were more likely to be employed in public sector jobs, the New York Times reported on Tuesday: Though the recession and continuing economic downturn have been devastating to the American middle class as a whole, the two and a half […]

NEWS BRIEF: Today, Nurses Rally Around the World for Economic Justice

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Nurses say they are fed up with seeing patients and communities strapped for cash and struggling to survive. So nurses’ unions around the globe are staging demonstrations today in favor of policies that promote economic justice. National Nurses United (NNU) members will protest outside the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. Joined by the AFL-CIO and […]

The Women of OccupyLA Speak Out About Hard Times

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Democracy is not easy, says Occupy Los Angeles on its website. It requires work and dedication. Most Americans believe that America is on the wrong track, and, for the most part, our representatives have not been representing us. Dissatisfied Americans might also agree that voting is not enough action to break out of this profound […]

Poverty in the U.S.: Do the Math

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For the first time in many years, poverty is news again. Newspaper headlines, television report and the blogosphere have reacted to the latest Census Bureau report showing that U.S. poverty increased last year, and that women and children are among the poorest of the poor. In fact, poverty among women is at the highest level in […]