#todayin: sexism: Women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than men

From the guardian (emphasis added): Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than their male peers, a significantly bigger pay gap than for those with academic qualifications, according to new research. Men aged between 22 and 30 with a vocational qualification above GCSE level earn on average £10 an hour, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found in an analysis […]

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#todayin: you have got to be joking! As women take over male-dominated field, pay drops – @clairecm

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Why? Women’s work is not valued. From the NYT: Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? That sounds like a truism, but the academic work behind it helps explain the pay gap’s persistence even as the factors long thought to cause it have disappeared. Women, for example, are now better educated than men, […]

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Brexit is a feminist issue. Maybe, maybe not.

Brexit is a feminist issue. Maybe, maybe not. If I understood it, I could comment. Maybe. From the guardian: In 1975, campaigners for Britain to leave the European Economic Community – as it was then – hit upon a brilliant wheeze to put a woman at the centre of the debate. “In Coventry, they got a ‘new Lady Godiva’ to ride […]

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#womenslives: “When women are too busy cleaning and cooking, they have less time for paid work” – @olgakhazan

Prof.' Mack Weiner introduces brides to the rules of the kitchen at the School for Brides, May 22, 1950. (AP Photo)

For example: “American women spend more than two hours daily on chores, compared to just 82 minutes for men. Even in Finland, a country that seems more progressive on gender issues, women sweep, scrub, and change diapers for 137 minutes daily, and men do for just 91.” Those differences are going to get pretty big over time. Look at this (complied […]

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#todayin: dear gods! How the other 1% lives: wealth gap not the only way in which global elite is taking advantage

Oxfam’s latest report, focused on an increasingly obscene wealth inequality and the stranglehold exerted by a global elite, had one central message: The era of tax havens that have made this possible must be brought to an end. The report – An Economy for the 1% – was timed as a call to action for influential delegates to the annual meeting […]

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#academia: when teamwork doesn’t work for women

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On collaborative publishing (between women and men) and gendered (nay, sexist) credit in academia. The piece refers to publishing in economics but the findings could potentially be extrapolated, particularly to traditionally “male” disciplines. From the NYtimes: Economics remains a stubbornly male-dominated profession, a fact that members of the profession have struggled to understand. After all, if the marketplace of ideas […]

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Gender roles: When women dare to outearn men

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OF THE many glass ceilings constraining women’s careers, one is particularly important yet often overlooked: the wage of the husband. In a new paper, Marianne Bertrand, Emir Kamenica (both University of Chicago) and Jessica Pan (National University of Singapore) show how thick this ceiling really is. In a country like America, in which men on average earn more than women, […]

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Street art in Greece: austerity

Street art in Greece: austerity In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 17, 2014, an anti-austerity work of street art featuring the Dalton Brothers from the Belgian comic ‘Lucky Luke’ is seen in the Exarchia area of central Athens. Greece’s grueling financial crisis and the harsh terms of an international bailout have inspired multiple works of graffiti around Athens. Star […]

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Women, employment and the economy

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The Fawcett Society has a posted a series of blogs this week about the current state of women’s employment in the UK. The findings from recent research confirm what we’ve known for a while – women are more likely to be out of work or, if they’re in employment, working in lower paid, unskilled, insecure and temporary industries. Here are […]

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Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

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Really interesting insight into China’s problems with gender inequality, particularly for older women. Interview with Leta Hong Fincher by Sarah Graham. (Related post here.) Leta Hong Fincher is the author of ‘Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China’, published by Zed Books. She gave Deputy Editor Sarah Graham an in-depth interview on the state of Chinese gender politics. […]

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Does Feminism Have a Class Problem?

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Below is a the first piece on a new blog on the Nation – The Curve – where feminists discuss economics (or economics are discussed through a feminist lens). Feminism’s class problem is a good place to start. On the Curve (The Nation): Whatever you think of Sheryl Sandberg, her chirpy self-help book Lean In achieved at least one very […]

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sociology - Weekly Wipe (class)

“Class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves.” This is as true now as it was 25 years ago, and 25 years before that. “Each decade,” he continued, “we shiftily declare we have buried class; each decade the coffin stays empty.” Compare this with “We’re all middle class now” except we’re not; or “Playing by […]

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