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

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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

women - women and men (Esther Lui)

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

politics - austerity is class war

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

feminism - equality, 50,50

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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Minimum wage is a women’s rights issue

Minimum wage is a women’s rights issue Data shows most Americans making minimum wage are women. In reality, not only are more than half of all minimum wage workers women, they’re adult women with children who earn half of their family’s income. For this reason, not only is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 a labor rights issue, but a […]

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Sunday feminist roundup (16th February 2014)

The feminists are taking over.

This week. – Catholic dominance over hospitals endangers women (feministe) – Teenage feminism – coming to a blog near you (The F Word) – On SWERFs, TERFs and good girls (glosswitch) – A Letter to My Son about Porn (Everyday Feminism) – Sexual Identity and “Nigerian Culture” (The Feminist Wire) – Oppression against women is much more nasty, brutal and […]

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How Can We Help Men? By Helping Women

Feminism, there. Not just for the wimmin. From the NYTimes: THIS week Maria Shriver brings together a star-studded cast of celebrities, from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Beyoncé, to call attention to the economic plight of American women and demand that women’s needs be put “at the center of policy making.” But is this really the time to focus on women? […]

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What does the Spending Review mean for women?

Chancellor George Osborne this week announced government spending plans for 2015-16. Plans included: – A 10 per cent cut to the Department for Communities and Local Government budget; this means councils – already struggling with reduced budgets – will likely cut more of their services. Those that are not ‘ring fenced’ will be worse affected – this includes Sure Start […]

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