Category Archives: Women and Economics

The report found that men in the department operated like a “club,” the Chronicle reported.

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

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Lilly Ledbetter at Pitt Law Tonight

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

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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 – individuals who change their gender typically with hormone therapy and surgery – to provide new insights into the long-standing question of what role gender plays in shaping … Continue reading

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It Is About the Economy for Main Street as well as Wall Street!

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

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“Paradigm shifts and paying for sex”

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

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“Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows”

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

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“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

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Testation, Testicles and Ritual Practice

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

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Using Women’s Bodies …

…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

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“Thought Control In Economics”

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

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“Restoring Human Dignity: Women Lawyers Push Back Against Human Trafficking”

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

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Report Released on Affirmative Action in Public Discourse

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

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Smith Barney settled a sex discrimination suit for $33 million

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

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Gender and Negotiation

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

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Thirteen Years, No Change

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

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“Your Sex Industry Questions Answered”

Here.

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Beverly I. Moran, “Capitalism and the Tax System: A Search for Social Justice”

 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

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Announcing Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law

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

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“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.

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AT&T v. Hulteen

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

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Ventry on Gay Marriage and Income Taxation

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

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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

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Feminism v. Economics

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

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“The Girl Effect”

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

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Sophia Z. Lee “Hotspots in a Cold War: The NAACP’s Postwar Workplace Constitutionalism, 1948-1964″

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

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What is the Health Benefit of Wealth? About 2 Years of Life

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

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“Workplace Flexibility Correlates with More Women and Minorities in Workplace”

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

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McCain (sort of) Explains His Opposition to the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Here. Via Froomkin.

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Ask a Working Woman Survey 2008

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.

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“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.

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Upcoming Conference at Brown: “Beyond Borders: Innovative Approaches to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Abroad”

May 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m. List Art Center Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence According to the United Nations, over 12 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation every year. In the United States, an estimated 17,500 … Continue reading

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“A new study of young children living in extreme poverty found that those whose mothers showed symptoms of depression had low levels of cortisol, a hormone activated during times of stress, compared with children whose mothers did not exhibit depressive symptoms.”

That’s the first sentence of this article, from the U.C. Berkeley News. A second account of the study is here.   Via Sharon Sandeen.

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“Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast”

Here, a report issued last week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research – related press release here.   Via Feminist Philosophers.

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Support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Equal Pay Day Fact Sheet Text of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act List of the bill’s current co-sponsors Fact Sheet on the Supreme Court ruling and the Fair Pay Restoration Act, by the National Women’s Law Center

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Blog for Fair Pay on Friday!

Sign up here. Women in the United States are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts. And for women of color, the numbers are even worse. African-American women earn 63 cents and Latinas … Continue reading

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Queers for Economic Justice Event April 17, in NYC

WOC PhD has the details. Car ringtones James bond ringtone Midiringtones 3.0 For the love of money ringtone Download free verizon ringtone Free nokia 2126 ringtones Free polyphonic ringtones usa Free ringtones for a motorola 120t Nextel ringtones cd wallpaper … Continue reading

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Civil Unions and State Taxes

A story in the Hartford Courant last week highlights the burdens faced by same-sex couples in states that legally recognize same-sex relationships when they go to file their state tax returns. But, first, a little background: Because many states use … Continue reading

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New major study on gender and the pay gap between faculty women and men.

Historiann has the depressing details.

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Victor Ricciardi, “The Financial Psychology of Worry and Women”

Abstract: This paper provides a review of significant academic studies and non-academic research endeavors in the realm of negative emotions (with an emphasis on worry), gender, and decision making. The author encourages behavioral finance researchers to place greater attention into … Continue reading

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Best Post Title Seen Today: “Women Are Highly Underrepresented In Corporate America. Corporate America Is A Laughingstock. Coincidence?”

The accompanying blog entry is here, at Jezebel.

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“The National Urban League’s 2008 Report, The State of Black America, Recommends a Blueprint for Economic Equality to Close Gaps Between Blacks and Whites. The Voices of Black Women are Heard in this Year’s Report.”

Press release here. Executive Summary here. Information about obtaining the full report here. Via Womenstake.

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“Hit or Miss – Women’s Rights and the Millennium Development Goals”

ActionAid’s new report shows that promises made by the world’s governments to tackle poverty are failing to deliver because the basic rights of women in the developing world are being ignored. Related research reports are available here.

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“The men who were tested were over twice as likely to steal the lost wallets then the women who were tested.”

That’s one conclusion from an experiment described at wallettest.com. Score another one for difference feminism?

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How Not To Bring A Sexual Harassment Claim

According to the 8th Circuit: To establish a prima facie hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must prove: (1) that she was a member of a protected group; (2) the occurrence of unwelcome harassment; (3) a causal nexus between the … Continue reading

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In Wyoming Sisterhood is Powerful…

… as relayed by the NYT. Below is an excerpt: … Here in a state with the highest gap in the nation between a woman’s wage and a man’s, and a divorce rate 30 percent above the national average, some … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2008 is March 8th

More here. Recommended related post: The Big Picture at Agricultural Law

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Women Working Longer into Pregnancies and Returning to Work Faster

From the Feminist Weekly News: Women are working later into their pregnancies and taking shorter maternity leaves, according to a report by the US Census Bureau Monday. The report (see PDF) analyzed data on maternity leave and employment patterns of … Continue reading

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“Yale Sex Week Glosses Over Porn’s Dark Side”

An Op-Ed by Gail Dines. Below is an excerpt: … I dare say that few if any women at Yale are aspiring for a career in the porn industry, as they are going to have a range of options open … Continue reading

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Belle Lettre on Sexual Harassment

Here, in a post entitled: What the Hell: I Am Mad, and I Can Type. If I Don’t Have a Voice Here, Then Where Do I?

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“The first increase in union membership in a quarter of a century was recorded in 2007 with employment sectors traditionally dominated by women driving the turnaround.”

That’s the first sentence of this article, entitled “Women Add Union Sectors, Fueling Labor Revival.”

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