How Restaurants Feed on Exploited Women’s Labor

A new study warns that when Americans eat out, they feed into an industry fueled by exploitation and rampant discrimination against women. The report details the restaurant industry’s secret recipe for fattening profits: low wages, harsh working conditions, erratic hours and multiple racial and gender barriers to job advancement.

Midwives Fight for The Right to Deliver

As if politicians weren’t busy enough attacking abortion rights and access to contraception, there’s another reproductive choice that’s under threat from conservative lawmakers: the right to choose where your baby is born and with whose help. Though it may sometimes be eclipsed by the public fixation on the abortion debate, a movement to improve women’s […]

Economic Recovery? Not So Much for Women

The latest employment figures place the economic “recovery” firmly on the Y chromosome. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the unemployment crisis declined for men in 2010–but grew for women. From January to December 2010, federal data shows that unemployment among women ticked up from 7.8 percent to 8.1 percent, while the rate for […]