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Why Direct Care Worker Wages Are Key to Closing the Gender Wage Gap

Jessica Brill Ortiz | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Jessica Brill Ortiz

Despite decades of advocacy by dedicated direct care workers and other visionary leaders, care work is still seen by too many Americans as somehow "less than" other forms of work.

Cooked: Is Fast Food Feminism's Fault?

Martha Burk | Posted 06.23.2013 | Books
Martha Burk

Our culture is stuck in the '50s when it comes to feeding the family. It's still her job, even if it now means picking up a pizza, or microwaving frozen concoctions that taste like the cartons they come in.

What Monkeys Can Teach Us About The Gender Pay Gap

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women

I could have done with some of that monkey's unfailing self-belief and refusal to accept the scraps out of life.

Smaller Government Equals Fewer Jobs For Women

Sarah Damaske | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Sarah Damaske

Job creation plans from every candidate need to take women's paid work -- and the sectors in which they are likely to find work, such as state and local governments -- more seriously if we are to build a stronger economy for tomorrow.

Reflections on Labor Day

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

The stratification of the job market is even more acute today than it was in my youth. Adult immigrants are trying to raise families on the kind of jobs I did as a way of contributing to my college expenses.

What Work Could Gilded Age Women Do?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.14.2011 | Women
Lev Raphael

Remember Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth? Remember how faded socialite Lily Bart drops down the social ladder, from unpaid secretary for her wealt...

What's a Mother's Work Worth to You?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

According to a report estimating how much it would cost to pay someone else for the work we do at home, stay-at-home moms would get $117,856, and moms with outside jobs would earn $71,860 above their salaries.

Pushing Babies: The Assault on Childless Women

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elizabeth Gregory

Because fertility is experienced as a very personal issue, it ends up getting very little critical discussion. Time for an honest exploration of the dynamics of birth timing and women's work, especially in our recession.

Feminomics: A Woman's Place - Still in the (Poor) House

Meizhu Lui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Meizhu Lui

The American myth is that hard work makes you rich. But the work of enslaved people didn't make African-Americans rich. Women's work never made women rich.

Women's Labor and Infertility

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Released from old biological constraints, women have flooded the universities and climbed career ladders, redefining "women's work" by expanding it to include just about every field, and doubling our national talent pool.

A Family-Friendly Recession?: Cut Hours, Not Jobs

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elizabeth Gregory

During a recession, gains for women earned through years of effort may be swept away in the undertow of layoffs, when flexibility and diversity efforts suddenly disappear.

Childcare as Infrastructure: Minting the Common Wealth

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Gregory

While Obama aims to fund traditional infrastructure-maintenance work, in the big picture, good, affordable childcare shores up infrastructure of an even more essential kind, our citizens.

Kisses for My President: Work/Family Balance in the White House and in Your House

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

While this political season won't yield a woman president, it has seen a movement of women into the political forefront as never before.

Sarah Palin Helps the Dems -- But What about the Ladies?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

Will Palin's difficulty on the big stage set back the progress of women into higher office?

Never Done and Under Paid

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

This year Labor Day and Women's Equality Day bookend the week: a timely conjunction, since tension over what properly constitutes women's work is the crux of much of our current public discourse.

Births Up -- No, Down!: Stats and the Politics of Fertility Anxiety

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Elizabeth Gregory

Anxiety helps put pressure on women to have babies now, at whatever age -- along with the recent highly politicized decreases in access to birth control, especially for younger women.