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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on September 3, 2010

Court rules NY Ladies Nights are not sexist [AOLNews.com]

Women in Green Forum: Women move corporations green.  [TriplePundit]

Engaging men in culture change: Would you want your daughter to work here? [The Glass Hammer]

IWPR paper: Gender segregation in the labor market and the gender wage gap [IWPR]

Making the tax code work for families and business  [Corporate Voices]

NY Times not covering notable women’s deaths as they cover men’s [HBR]

In cities, young single women’s pay surpasses male counterparts [Wall Street Journal]

Women’s groups target sexism in campaigns [Washington Post]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the mother of all grizzlies [Slate]

Mary Blige working with NASA on encouraging science careers for women [Black Enterprise]

Brookings: Disparities for women and minorities in retirement savings [Brookings Institute]

Study finds declining revenues and small and midsized law firms and pay gap between men and women lawyers [ABA Journal]

Gender differences in job stresses [HR Online]

Right kind of mentoring necessary for women’s advancement [Pittsburgh Live]

Welfare job rules hurt women with disabilities [Womens e-News]  

Kids and Career: walking that line [Chicago Tribune]

Fighting caregiving discrimination: running into the maternal wall [Forbes]

The female factor: will three women really change the court?  [Newsweek]

Defending family values and pay equity.  Another discussion of the recent US Chamber blog on attacking working women [Huffington Post]

Sotomayor: Growing up stubborn [Denver Post]

Woman to become Alabama ANG’s first female fighter pilot [F-16]

Equity for women still top issues [Chronicle]

Celebrating Jane Addams a radical woman [Chicago Tribune]

How far have women come in the workplace?  [Mary Claire]

Beware of credit card offers aimed at small business and professionals. [Wall Street Journal]

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Women’s Equality Day, The Right to Vote and Nuclear Negotiations

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 26, 2010

Working for the Right to Vote

On Women’s Equality Day we not only celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment 90 years ago giving women the right to vote but also call attention to women’s ongoing efforts to achieve full equality.  While while a greater percentage of women vote than men we don’t hold a proportionate number of elected positions. And while we are now more than 50 percent of the workforce we have not achieved pay equity.

But what I would call a “good news” story in the Washington Post caught my eye the other day.  The Post reported that during the negotiations on the new nuclear treaty with Moscow, the U.S. team was filled with women.  It was so noticeable that the Russians even asked “How come you’ve got so many women?”  While not reported I hope our team asked back “How come you’ve got so many men?”

Some of you may not have been around 25 years ago when President Reagan’s White House chief of staff Donald Regan said that women ”aren’t interested in the nitty-gritty” of nuclear negations and that they are not ”going to understand throw weights or what is happening in Afghanistan or what is happening in human rights.” He also said when discussing females and South African sanctions — ”Are the women of America prepared to give up all their diamonds?” 

Rose Gottemoeller

Hard to believe that someone could say such offensive things and hold on to their job, but today’s nuclear team has proven him oh so wrong.  As reported in the Post the U.S team was led by Rose Gottemoeller. Her deputy was Marcie Ries, another diplomat. The top two U.S. scientists were female. And helping to close the deal on the New START agreement was Ellen O. Tauscher, a State Department undersecretary and former congresswoman. Obviously women not only get nuclear policy, they run it or at least a lot of it.   

Women hold now senior positions at the State Department, Pentagon, Senior Intelligence Service, USAID and the White House. These changes have not come about overnight, since it has only been since 1973 that the State Department lifted its ban on married women in the diplomatic service.  But the times they are a changin’ and it feels good to this woman who can remember her anger at Donald Regan’s unapologetic foot in mouth moment.  I did get a laugh though when Andrea Mitchell asked Regan about throw weights and he hemmed and hawed with such a lack of understanding, it was a joy to behold.

But we don’t have to go back 25 years to find stupid statements about women’s worth in the workplace.  Just last week a U.S. Chamber of Commerce employee, Brad Peck, blogged about how women wanting equal pay have a “Fetish for Money” and how we should focus on marrying the right partner, I guess to take care of us so we wouldn’t have to work.  He and Don Regan would have been best buddies. 

So where are we now?  We have come along way but there is still a long way to go.  Not only to achieve equality but to overcome and silence the likes of Brad Peck and Donald Regan.  I know I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and I only hope that my shoulders are stong enough to hold those still coming. 

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 20, 2010

A break through for GOP: more women running [Time]

 19th Amendment: how far have women come since 1920? [Christian Science Monitor]

As workers choose to stay on the job longer who benefits, who pays? [Denver Post]

 Caregivers fight employers on discrimination [HBR]

Norfolk Navy base gets first female commander [Hampton Roads]

Most highly paid women athletes [Forbes]

Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network President: women and climate change [Your Daily Journal]

Without the vote of women, these laws might not exist [LubbockOnline]

US Chamber says women to blame for pay gap.  We need to choose right job and right partner [Think Progress]

New white collar job juggle [Wall Street Journal]

Examining work schedules, gender and marital quality [ScienceBlog]

Watching the gender wage gap [HBR]

What women want is important [Cascade Business News]

The female factor: Counting the cost of machismo [New York Times]

Yes you can get fired after taking maternity leave [Slate.Com]

Newsweek ranking the countries of the world [Newsweek]

Working mothers, forget time off [Salon]

Federal job funding opens doors for single mothers [Womens E-News]

Editorial: Maternity leave ruling shows how little childrearing matters to society [Boston Globe]

For every woman challenger running for a seat in the WI Legislature, six men are running [jsonline]

Why shouldn’t women shape the political agenda?  Interview with new executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, at Chatham University [Post Gazette]

 Social media a new tool for work life balance? [AFL-CIO Blog]

Harris Poll: Most Americans agree that US has long way to go to achieve gender equality [KXVO]

Unmarried women hurt more by recession – make up 63 percent of unemployed women [Infozine]

Working women redefine success [MSNBC]

Why girly jobs don’t pay well [New York Times]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 6, 2010

5 ways to improve gender diversity at your company [The Glass Hammer]

Gender-bais impacts women physicists [Physorg.com]

Why working mothers fall behind  [The Atlantic]

 Do working mothers still need to justify themselves? [Doublex.com]

Hard won workplace advice for my daughter – dealing with continued inequality [Forbes]

Justice Ginsburg Considers Kagan’s Likely Confirmation ‘Exhilarating’ [Huffington Post]

Women and the uneasy embrace of power [Harvard Business Review]

Economic odds stacked against mothers [msnbc]

Commonwealth Fund Study: 30 million women could benefit from health care reform.   [Commonwealthfund]

Different benefits keep men and women on the job [Money]

How employers can start loving maternity leave [Worklifefit]

First women takes command of carrier strike group [WTKR]

California court says affirmative action ban is not unconstitutional [Jewish World Review]

How to break the glass ceiling [More]

Screw work life balance, we need a work life policy [Huffington Post]

Women out vote men but men still in charge [ Free Republic]  

2010 Project hopes to recruit new generation of female candidates [Washington Post]

Health jobs reliance on women calls for more flexibility [Ithaca Education]

British Study: Working mother’s children don’t suffer [Guardian]

Housewives of DC gives women a black eye [Washington Post]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 23, 2010

Women in the workplace [The Tennessean]

 Women fight more than fire in the NY fire dept [ispnews]

Women should set their political sights on 2012 [Huffington Post]

High heels vs. cowboy boots – CO Republican Senate primary [Politics Daily]

Working class husbands more help than they used to be. [Slate.com]

Elizabeth Warren perfect for the job she created [New York Times]

Women sweep annual Sailor of the Year Award [Washington Post]

Why women shun science careers [Huffington Post]

Retirement income gap yet another challenge for women [Huffington Post]

30 under 30 women entrepreneurs [bnet.com]

Women few and far between in Mississippi politics [Clarion Ledger]

Women gaining in car racing [Equality in Sight]

Are women getting short shift on Late Night? [Time]

Obama to push for pay fairness [USA Today]

Fastest growing jobs for women [Forbes]

How much is beauty worth at work? [Newsweek]

European countries offer more parental leave than US [Yubanet]

Blonds and their husbands earn more [HBR]

In Texas, Girl Power meets Solar Power [KXAN]

The 10 women to watch in politics [Politics Daily]

We should not be satisfied with “smaller” wage gap for younger women [Womenstake]

Dismantling the maternal wall [Washington Post Views]

A hard headed woman making it in the hard hat world [Washington Post]

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Department of Labor Report Confirms Wage Gap Continues

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 20, 2010

Last week, the Department of Labor released Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2009, a report which confirmed that the wage gap between men and women still exists. The report  indicates that women on average earned about 80 percent of that earned by their male counterparts.

Interesting statistics in the report include those showing that American women under 35 earn 90 percent of pay received by their male counterparts.  Women over 35 only earn 75 percent of that earned by their male counterparts.  As we have know for sometime the wage gap increases as we age.  And while the 90 percent gap for younger women is an improvement it will not be acceptable until it is equal.  We can’t fall into the trap of saying that it is good enough.  

The report also points out higher pay discrepancies the higher the income level.  This confirms the outrage expressed recently by women law firm partners who make less than their male counterparts. This was recently documented in a report prepared the by the Project for Attorney Retention  and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.   That report, The Impact of Law Firm Compensation  Systems on Women,  found that at elite law firms, women partners made on average $66,000 less than their male counter parts. 

All of this goes to show that Congress still needs to pass the The Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 12/S 182)  that will strengthen the Equal Pay Act in ways that will guarantee that women are not shortchanged solely because of their gender.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 16, 2010

Are we dealing with Gen Y in the best way? [TalkingAboutGenerations]

Is LeBron true to his generation? [Bradenton.com]

Boxing for women in the Olympics? [Wall Street Journal Online]

TVs best loved career women [Forbes.com]

Congress largely exempts self from Vet employment provisions [Politico]

Requiting military elite to lead in business [Amercian Chronicle]

Retires will be outliving their retirement [Washington Post]

Higher Education and the pay gap [AACU]

Women stand to benefit from new PTSD change [Statesman]

Vote on Kagan delayed a week [Legal Times]  

Why can’t career women just be women – don’t distinguish men [Salon]

Poll: Workplaces support individual’s with disabilities [wfnetwork]

Workplace flexibility addresses workers caregiving needs. [HR.BLR.Com]

Some vet groups find trauma rule lacking [New York Times]

 Growing green jobs from an economists viewpoint [NY Times Blogs]

 Women owned small business will create 5+ million jobs by 2018 [SmalBizDom]

 Even female law partners suffer wage disparity.  [Newsweek]

 Kagan the post gender justice?  [NPR]

Women in non traditional role do heavy lifting in rebuilding Haiti [Cleveland.com]

Tenure track is tough for working mothers [Washington Post]

How much do women spend on shoes?  For all of you shoe lovers  [Mainstreet]

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Title IX More Than Fun and Fairness

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 25, 2010

Title IXThere have been lots of statements and tributes on the 38 year anniversary yesterday of Title IX, legislation that broke down barriers for women and girls in sports and education.  Since then, young women have flocked to the fields and courts to hone their athletic abilities, have fun and improve their health.  But the importance of Title IX is more than fun and fairness.  Important new research by Wharton business and public policy professor Betsey Stevenson offers empirical evidence that playing sports leads to more education and better employment opportunities.

The paper titled, “Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports,”  compares the variation in outcomes across states for girls who went to school before Title IX and after, and concludes that playing sports paid off. Looks like denying young women the right to play sports actually hurt their employment and financial futures.

So let’s give a cheer for all of those, including BPW members  and Representative Patsy Mink, who worked tirelessly for passage those many years ago.  But in particular I would like to give a call out to former Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, without whom, women would still be sitting in the stands.  Attention to his role and efforts have been missing in all of the hoopla and coverage of this anniversary.  So thank you Birch Bayh!!!

Senator Birch Bayh

Posted in Advocacy, BPW, Career Advancement, Education, girls, sports, Title IX | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Top Paying Jobs for Women

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 16, 2010

Acording to the Department of Labor, the 20 occupations with the highest median weekly earnings among women who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2009 were–

  1. Pharmacists, $1,475
  2. Lawyers, $1,449
  3. Computer and information systems managers, $1,411
  4. Computer software Chief executives, $1,553
  5. Engineers, $1,311
  6. Physicians and surgeons, $1,228
  7. Computer programmers, $1,182
  8. Management analysts, $1,177
  9. Computer scientists and systems analysts, $1,167
  10. Occupational therapists, $1,155
  11. Speech-language pathologists, $1,148
  12. General and operations managers, $1,110
  13. Education administrators, $1,093
  14. Psychologists, $1,091
  15. Personal financial advisors, $1,088
  16. Human resources managers, $1,072
  17. Marketing sales managers, $1,052
  18. Managers, all other, $1,037
  19. Registered nurses, $1,035
  20. Network systems and data communications analysts, $1,032

Check out the top 20 jobs held by women in this earlier post.  You will notice that the top jobs held by women are not those that pay the highest.

Posted in Career Advancement, Feminism, Financial Security, Non Traditional Jobs, Pay Equity | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

47 years Later and Still No Pay Equity

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 11, 2010

Yesterday was the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act in 1963.  Love this picture of the signing as 1962-63 Business and Professional Women’s/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches. She also was given the the first pen in recognition of all of the work done by BPW members to ensure passage of the act.  Well I guess we have come a long way as they say but we still haven’t achieved pay equity dispite all of the good work done by those women. 
The next step is to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S182) has already passed the House and has 40 co-sponsors in the Senate. Women and the families that depend upon them deserve fair pay. Even if you have taken action on this issue before, we need your voice now! Please take a moment to call or write your legislators and ask them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act! You can easily write your Members of Congress using the BPW Foundation Advocacy Center.

In a nationwide poll of registered voters commissioned by the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition, of which BPW Foundation is a key leader, 84% said they supported “a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace.”  84%! Participants were told that the “law will also make it harder for employers to justify paying different wages for the same work and ensure that businesses that break the law compensate women fairly” – precisely what the Paycheck Fairness Act would do. 

 So 47 years later there is still work to do to ensure women are paid fairly.  Seems like it is taking a long time.

President John F. Kennedy signs the 1963 Equal Pay Act into law as BPW/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches.

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