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Why We Still Need a Feminist Agenda

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 06.29.2014 | Women
Gina Messina-Dysert

It is disappointing that Congress had an opportunity to make a statement about the status of women in the U.S. with the Paycheck Fairness Act, but instead chose to block the bill. But given the historical treatment of women in our nation, it shouldn't be surprising.

Lesbian Couples' Wage Penalty is Greater Than The Lesbian Wage Premium

Jarryd Willis | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarryd Willis

A lesbian may see her family lose $20,404 each year because both she and her wife are being paid less. Thus, by allowing the gender pay gap to continue, wife-wife families are being disadvantaged in a way that is not true for husband-wife or husband-husband families.

Pay Gap Deniers

Joan Williams | Posted 08.06.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

Next week is the anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act. Is it time to declare victory? The standard pay gap measure is that women now earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. Maybe so, argue Pay Gap Deniers, but that's due to women's choices, not to gender discrimination.

Bloomberg Case: Open Season to Discriminate Against Mothers?

Joan Williams | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Joan Williams

What employers are not allowed to do is discriminate against mothers on the fast track because a different group of mothers decided to leave the fast track. If the judge doesn't understand that, she needs a refresher course in anti-discrimination law.

Now We're Supposed to Fret that She's Not a Mother?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

Are you persuaded that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not gay, and that it should never have mattered anyway? Good, because now we can move on to her next supposed shortcoming.