Category Archives: Women and Economics
Philadelphia has a unique approach to helping homeowners avoid further predatory lending practices and foreclosure auctions, and Women’s Enews has the story.
In a non-precedential decision in Leonard v. Commissioner (T.C. Summary Opinion 2008-141) (full opinion here), the Tax Court permitted a pro se taxpayer to take dependency exemption deductions for the grandchildren of her “friend,” an adult woman with whom the taxpayer had been … Continue reading
Laura Kessler (Utah) has posted to SSRN her working paper “Getting Class.” Here is the abstract: Gender-based economic inequality has been a longstanding concern of feminist legal theory, particularly as it affects middle-class women. Yet much legal feminist literature remains … Continue reading
Susan Carle, “Short Notes on Teaching About the Micro-Politics of Class, with Examples from Torts and Employment Law Casebooks”
Abstract: This short Essay explores several potential teaching moments in which one might raise issues concerning the micro-politics of socioeconomic class status. I discuss cases found in popular casebooks for three course areas in which I teach: torts, employment, and … Continue reading
Bank of America “has an $8.4 million, seven-year contract with Michigan State giving it access to students’ names and addresses and use of the university’s logo. The more students who take the banks’ credit cards, the more money the university gets. Under certain circumstances, Michigan State even stands to receive more money if students carry a balance on these cards.”
And Michigan State is far from the only university to engage in this nefarious practice. I don’t know exactly what my own school’s practices are in this regard, but I’ve certainly seen credit card solicitations happening on campus. It’s sad … Continue reading
Tonight on Bill Moyers Journal, at 9 pm ET, my colleague Emma Coleman Jordan will be featured in a segment on “deconstructing the bailout.” Emma is a pre-eminent scholar on the intersection of law with economic and class issues, … Continue reading
“Letter from Women’s Historians to President Elect Obama” asking for gender equity in the proposed economic stimulus package.
Friends and colleagues, Attached is a letter to President-elect Obama making a historical case for more attention to gender equity in the proposed stimulus package. It is based on a draft circulated by Linda Gordon with input from several others. … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this notice of yet another great workshop being convened by Martha Fineman and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School: From 1995 â€“ 2006, the number of incarcerated women in the United States … Continue reading
I read with great interest Jonah Weiner’s recent Slate article decrying the absence of women in hip hop music. After providing a compelling (if not, in my opinion, entirely accurate) history of women in the genre, he explains the reasons … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading
Echidne has a really good, thoughtful post here.
From the publisher’s website: The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other … Continue reading
From Jezebel: The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap Report and everyone from Matthew Kirdahy at Forbes to Kate Pickert at Time to Laura MacInnis at Reuters are all over the unsurprising news that the Scandanavian … Continue reading
Joan MacLeod Heminway and Sarah White, “WANTED: Female Corporate Directors (A Review of Professor Douglas M. Branson’s No Seat at the Table)”
Abstract: In his 2007 book No Seat at the Table, Professor Douglas Branson aptly describes how patterns of male dominance inherent in the legal structures of corporate governance reproduce themselves again and again to keep women out of executive suites … Continue reading
Well, freakin’ duh. The survey findings didn’t surprise Manisha Thakor, author of”On My Own Two Feet,”a female-focused personal finance guide. â€œ[The spending cutback] is a very rational response,”she says.”Women live seven years longer than men. We earn less â€“79 cents … Continue reading
Report by “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” – “The Disparate Impact of the Economic Crisis on Unmarried Women”
Income: Unmarried women earn only 56 cents for every dollar that married men make. [Center for American Progress, 4/25/08] According to analysis of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for individuals 25 to 61 years old, female-headed households … Continue reading
Even among highly educated professionals, there is a persistent difference in the salaries of men and women. Untangling the reasons for that difference is quite difficult, and it involves as a threshold matter trying to figure out whether there are … Continue reading
Call for papers for workshop on : Women, Equality, and Fiscal Policy: Gender Analysis of Taxes, Spending, and Budgets Context and purpose of the workshop: The political economy of women is deeply affected by gender differences: women’s incomes … Continue reading
So last week when I received my TIAA-CREF statement (like many professors, I assume) you might have heard me scream from Milwaukee. But now I have a better ideaâ€“I should be running the market! Tim Harford, a columnist … Continue reading
According to this Phila. Inq. article: Rutgers University is investigating complaints of discrimination from female faculty in its political science department, including allegations of pay inequities and charges that male senior faculty members have held long-standing, decision-making dinners that exclude … Continue reading
For readers in the Western Pennsylvania area who might be interested in attending, Lilly Ledbetter will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law tonight about her Supreme Court case and the fight for equal pay for women. … Continue reading
Study finds earnings for male-to-female transgender workers fell by nearly one-third after their gender transitions, but earnings for female-to-male transgender workers increased slightly.
Study here. The abstract: We use the workplace experiences of transgender people â€“ individuals who change their gender typically with hormone therapy and surgery â€“ to provide new insights into the long-standing question of what role gender plays in shaping … Continue reading
The Social Security Administration released its 2008 Fast Facts and Figures report this month and given our current economic crisis and the tsunami of Boomers getting ready to retire the report is informative, important and a reminder of critical financial … Continue reading
Brilliant essay by S. M Berg, below is an excerpt … The old prostitution paradigm sees prostitution as a women’s problem and thusly suggests fixing women as the solution. Identifiers of the old paradigm that circles around prostituted women are: … Continue reading
Being a lawyer and female, not so much. From the ABA Journal: The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online report … Continue reading
“The measure that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado will not be on the November ballot.”
From the Feminist Daily News: The measure, Initiative 82, would have preserved affirmative action programs that are threatened by Amendment 46, which has been cleared for the ballot. The disqualified initiative fell about 8,000 signatures short of the number required. … Continue reading
Today in Wills, Trusts & Estates class, we discussed the difference between dying testate (with a will) and intestate (without one). We talked about the origins of the word testation, which the OED gives as “from testrto witness, make a … Continue reading
…to serve sushi? I jest not. Today’s New York Times has a story — “Fish and Hips” — describing the practice. According to the Times, JILLIAN TALBOT, a 26-year-old Californian, lay very still on a long, elegant table draped with … Continue reading
Long essay here, excerpt below: ” … Despite her interest in feminist economics, Julie Nelson’s publication record is so impressive that she qualified for tenure at one of the top 30 US university economics departments. But she’s disheartened by the … Continue reading
That’s the title of this article, with a short excerpt below: Every lawyer who works on the issue of human trafficking has a powerful memory of someone like Katya, whose life has been torn asunder by what is seen as … Continue reading
From the Feminist Daily News: A new report analyzes the impact media has in framing the current affirmative action debates and generally concludes that media portrayals are often biased and misinformed. The report was released by The Opportunity Agenda and … Continue reading
The SF Chron reports: Smith Barney has agreed to pay $33 million to settle claims by three Northern California women that the brokerage giant favored men in pay, promotions and client assignments.U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton of San Francisco approved … Continue reading
Interesting post here that discusses this new study, which has the following abstract: A common gender stereotype assumes that men are more aggressive and women are more emotional. In negotiation, men are assumed to be more assertive and women better … Continue reading
Around 1995 the song “Macarena” and its associative dance became extremely popular (and still culturally resonates). Watch this video, and note that all the women are young, thin, beautiful, and very scantily clad. The men, however, are ordinary looking, and … Continue reading
Here is the abstract: America is a country founded on ideas. The Enlightenment was one set of ideas that attended our birth and one Enlightenment belief as strong today as during the revolution is our faith in capitalism and the … Continue reading
Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law, will hold its organizational meeting from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesday 15 July, in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) … Continue reading
“Poverty is one reason so many Yemeni families marry their children off early. Another is the fear of girls being carried off and married by force. But most important are cultural tradition and the belief that a young virginal bride can best be shaped into a dutiful wife, according to comprehensive study of early marriage published by Sana University in 2006.”
That’s a paragraph from this heart wrenching account of young girls forced into marriage.
Anya Prince at the NWLC’s Womenstake blog reports: Before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 clearly made such practices unlawful, AT&T gave substantially less leave for pregnancy than for other short-term disabilities. Today, the women who were treated unequally … Continue reading
Feminist Law Prof Dennis J. Ventry, Jr. (UC Davis) discusses gay marriage and taxation here. Professor Ventry is a fantastic all-around tax scholar and an important contributor to the discourse on issues of taxation and the family. -Bridget Crawford
How much prostitute sex does a woman who is not a prostitute have to displace, to effectively lower a nation’s HIV transmission rate?
That’s a question some economists are vigorously debating. Yes, high HIV transmission rates are apparently the fault of women who are not putting out enough, and therefore driving men to disease ridden prostitutes. Feel free to unpack that, and all … Continue reading
After considering a NYT article positing that gay unions “shed light” on gender and marriage, Economic Woman wrote a provocative post, noting: When economists see a division of labour, they are likely to assume that it is a mutually … Continue reading
The Girl Effect overview video, viewable here. Affiliated website here. And see also. Via Froomkin and here. Edited to add: Shorter “Girl Effect” – if we start treating women like human beings maybe they will clean up some of the … Continue reading
Abstract: Throughout the Cold War 1950s, the NAACP sustained an ambitious campaign for African-American workers’ constitutional right to join unions and access decent jobs. Surprisingly, it did so not in the courts, but in executive branch agencies and committees. Blending … Continue reading
The IRS has issued its quarterly SOI Statistics of Income Bulletin Spring 2008 (IRS Publication 1136). Included in that bulletin is an analysis of Federal Estate Tax Returns Filed by 2004 Decedents. As shown in Figure C, both … Continue reading
That’s the title of a post at Workplace Prog Blog that reports: The Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) at Cornell Industrial & Labor Relations brings to our attention the latest edition of a study of U.S. workplaces on flexible workplaces. … Continue reading
Here. Via Froomkin.
The AFL-CIO and Working America have joined up to produce the Ask a Working Woman Survey 2008. Read the details at The Feminist Underground.
“With more years out of the workforce to care for family, combined with lower wages and a greater life expectancy, it’s clear that simply being a woman in our society may jeopardize your financial security.”
That’s a quote from WISER President Cindy Hounsell via this Jezebel post.