Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/19/2014
It’s A Rich Man’s World
Money is usually equated with security and the ability to have a comfortable life. Yet girls are still persistently raised to believe that they may not have control over this reality. We’re often told that we should “marry rich” or at least make sure our husbands (always husbands) can “provide” or “take care of” us. This socialization perpetuates countless gender stereotypes: it relies on notorious stereotypes that frame women as bad at math and therefore incapable of managing their own money and perpetuates the idea that women should marry men who will make enough money to take care of them (ignoring women who would like to marry women or not marry at all).
When I talk to my friends about the “perfect” partner, we still love to paint the …
Feminism | Posted by Briana N on 11/21/2014
PR: An Industry Full of Women, Run by Men
It’s a well known fact that women still face inequality like sexism and discrimination in the workplace. However, while we often focus on the dismal representation of women in STEM fields or at the top of corporate fields, this problem extends to many (if not most) professional fields. Public relations is one such field in which women face multiple types of discrimination.
In 2007, median incomes for male and female PR professionals were $73,250 and $66,467 respectively, which is a significant difference. Not only are women in PR making less, but they are also filling fewer managerial positions despite making up nearly two-thirds of the PR workforce. In theory, women should make up at least half of the upper level jobs as well, yet men hold 80 percent…
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/29/2013
Saturday Vids: The Equal Pay Act Turns 50
In honor of the Equal Pay Act’s 50th anniversary, BTRtv talked with Patricia Gatling, Commissioner and Chair of The New York City Commission on Human Rights, and took to the streets to ask men and women how they feel about equal pay — and why there’s still a gender wage gap.
Feminism | Posted by Cecile M on 11/10/2010
Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay…Right?
The Senate is considering a bill that would make it easier for women to sue their employers for wage discrimination on the basis of sex. While the bill has received support from women’s organizations and President Obama, who referred to it as “a common-sense bill,” the author of this New York Times article (interestingly enough, a woman) was not so sure that the bill was a good idea. Essentially, the author argued that though women currently earn 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, this statistic ignores other factors determining salary. Historically speaking, men are likely to have had stronger educational experiences than their female counterparts if they were educated more than about 30 or 40 years ago. Similarly, they might have more experience and tenure simply …