Category Archives: Women and 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
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.
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
“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.
“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.
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
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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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
Historiann has the depressing details.
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
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.
“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.
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.
“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?
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
… 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
More here. Recommended related post: The Big Picture at Agricultural Law
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
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
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?
“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.”
According to this article in the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, the increase in contraceptive costs sold at student health centers on college campuses and some clinics is a “crisis.” David S. Cohen previously blogged about the issue here. The … Continue reading
This article from Women’s E-News analyzes why women are less likely than men to receive unemployment benefits. It’s a relatively straight-forward article that explains some of the complicated factors that go into a benefits program designed with a (heterosexual) male … Continue reading
Upcoming Conference: Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Lessons for the Use of Stereotyping Evidence and Implicit Bias in Employment Cases
Friday, February 8, 2008 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. U.C. Hastings College of the Law – San Francisco, CA The rise of “family responsibilities discrimination” (FRD) is being hailed as the most important recent development in employment discrimination law. FRD … Continue reading
Martha McCluskey (Buffalo) as posted to ssrn a chapter of her forthcoming book, Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship. Here is the abstract of the chapter: This chapter links the failure of U.S. social citizenship ideals to a broader weakness … Continue reading
As you probably know, yesterday the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S. 1843), which would reverse the recent Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. that severely limits workers’ … Continue reading
Two months ago New York Magazine ran an article called “A Stranger’s Touch,” about the growth in the “spa industry” in New York. Here’s an excerpt: I don’t want to be moralistic about beauty, to scorn women for wanting … Continue reading
Joan Entmacher, the Vice President for Family and Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center, testified earlier this week before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Women and Social Security. Ms. Entmacher suggested, among other reforms, lowering … Continue reading
I buy into the usual reasons why mandatory individual filing is preferable to the current system that bestows benefits on only certain kinds of families: (i) “fairness” in the sense of treating equals equally, both in terms of different family … Continue reading
More here on the gender and race aspects of subprime lending. -Ralph Michael Stein Editor’s Note: See also Sex and the Subprime at Womenstake.org.
University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and coauthor Sudhir Venkatesh conducted a study which is based on surveys conducted with prostitutes and pimps in Chicago neighborhoods and incident data from the Chicago Police Department. Their focus seems to be on … Continue reading
“More than 50 women in this city are now pregnant with the children of couples from the United States, Taiwan, Britain and beyond. The women earn more than many would make in 15 years. But the program raises a host of uncomfortable questions that touch on morals and modern science, exploitation and globalization, and that most natural of desires: to have a family.”
That’s an excerpt from this article, entitled “World Outsources Pregnancies To India.”
This full-day program, GENDER AND CLASS: VOICES FROM THE COLLECTIVE, will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, on Thursday, January 3, 2008. The conference will feature an opening plenary, eight topical sessions (Children, Work, Care, … Continue reading
In general terms, subprime loans are “non-conforming” loans made at higher-than-market-interest rates to borrowers with credit problems. Predatory loans are loans that are inappropriate for the buyer, either because the buyer is not qualified financially or the loan is … Continue reading
Study finds female U.S. corporate directors out-earn males, but are also vastly outnumbered by them.
From this article: … Female directors in corporate America earned median compensation of $120,000, based on the most recently available pay data, compared with $104,375 for male board members, [for profit] research group The Corporate Library said in its annual … Continue reading
This poll shows increased support for the providing of prescription contraceptives in public high schools. The differences in support based on age, income and race are hardly surprising. -Ralph Michael Stein
This time the topic is Social Security, spurred by Barak Obama’s decision to address Social Security (see also) in his campaign. Atrios writes: Beating back George Bush’s plan to kill social security was probably the first major victory for the … Continue reading
A supposedly academic study about the economics of lapdancing and fertility is discussed in this post at Pure Pedantry, wherein Kara Contreary notes: Ask anyone who’s spent any time in a strip club, and one of the things he will … Continue reading
Dr. Violet Socks reminds us that soldiers are not the main casualties of war. Innocent civilians are. In part she cites to this article, which observes: Feminist anthropologists such as Cynthia Enloe have documented how the U.S. military perpetuates the … Continue reading
From Am I a women scientist? I’ve been well, not forced, but strongly encouraged to join a study on women with children in academia and family leave policies. After three days of reading the literature, my assessment of my chances, … Continue reading
Database that provides country-by-country ionformation here, via Black Looks, where Sokari writes: I read a report yesterday that there are thousands of African and South Asian migrants amongst the displaced in Lebanon. Unlike other foreign nationals from the Middle East … Continue reading
The New York Times reports today that police in Nassau County, New York (Long Island) have made “more than 70 arrests since it began focusing on Craigslist last year, one of numerous crackdowns by vice squads . . . ‘Craigslist … Continue reading