Tuesday, August 3, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day—the day in 2021 when the average Black woman working full-time year-round finally catches up to what the average non-Hispanic white man earned in 2020. In other words, it takes Black women eight extra months on average to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earn.
California’s groundbreaking law requiring corporations to have at least one women on their board of directors has quadrupled the number of women on boards. But this progress is now threatened by conservatives alleging “sex-based discrimination.”
Like tech industries in general, the field of data science has a problem: Research suggests only 15 percent of data scientists are women, and fewer than 3 percent are women of color.
If data is going to serve a diverse range of citizens and consumers rather than a small subset, it’s imperative that the rules of the game change.
For Democrats in both the Senate and House, the bipartisan infrastructure bill—focused on so-called “traditional” infrastructure such as water systems, roads, bridges, clean power sources and broadband—is just the first step.
“Human infrastructure is intertwined with our physical infrastructure,” said President Biden.
Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.
“I haven’t had work since the shutdown, that was March 17 of 2020 here. I have been looking for work, and all I want is just a good-paying job. The money from Magnolia Mother’s Trust was so important in getting me through those months last year.”
The pandemic reminded everyone that women will sacrifice their own professional future and emotional well-being to take care of their loved ones. Put aging in the mix, and it’s a double-whammy for women who want to earn.
There are many talented women in academic medicine; given the chance, they could produce more medical miracles. However, because of sexism, many of those women are leaving the profession.
Black women are driving America’s entrepreneurship boom—starting six times more businesses than average and creating 1.4 million jobs. But even though Black women are starting businesses at a rapid rate, their businesses earn less revenue, remain smaller, and have a higher failure rate.
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing soaring unemployment rates and an economic recession, a federal paid maternity leave policy is even more pertinent.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s HR 564, the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act, would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave for family caregiving, medical issues and military deployments.