Our neighbor to the north could raise GDP by $150 billion by closing the gender pay gap.
Research labs may be short-changing women by ignoring differences between male and female animals in experiments to discover new drugs, suggesting sexual equality in scientific studies is overdue, researchers said on Monday.
With women still bearing the burden of unpaid domestic work around the world, a new report is calling for a “radical” change of laws, policies and social attitudes to address the imbalance. The extra time women spend on unpaid work is undermining progress on gender equality, the report’s coordinators told Devex, laying out a series of recommendations for reform.
After seven years of progress, gender equality has taken a step back in the board room. Just under 28 percent of the 431 open board seats in Fortune 500 companies were awarded to women in 2016, down from 30 percent the year before.
Gender equality in the workplace and eliminating the gender pay gap are hot topics in the news, with some large brands capitalizing on the discussion to attract female consumers.
The financial resilience of families is a critical factor in the overall health of the US economy. Americans across the income spectrum experience high levels of income and spending volatility, and health emergencies are among the most common economic hardships. One in six families makes an extraordinary medical payment in any given year. Families’ financial outcomes worsen as a result of the extraordinary medical payment and do not fully recover even a year after. This is especially true for women. The gender gap in financial outcomes widens after an extraordinary medical payment.
Women are still underrepresented in STEM fields across the country, but the STEM gender gap varies depending on which state you work in.
The March jobs report, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, didn’t paint an optimistic picture for the economy under the Trump administration. Overall unemployment dropped to 4.5 percent, but as the New York Times reports, economists had anticipated 180,000 new jobs to be created last month. In reality, only 98,000 new jobs were added — and only 9,000 of those jobs went to women, according to Elle.
First, there was #BanBossy, backed by the likes of Beyonce, aimed at encouraging young girls to be assertive — and to ignore a gendered word used to stigmatize women leaders. Then there was #LeanInTogether, an Emma Watson-approved attempt to convince men to join women in the fight for gender equality.
Now, on April 4th — Equal Pay Day — Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit LeanIn.Org has launched its latest high-profile campaign, this time with the backing of women-friendly businesses like Salesforce and Lyft and a social media assist from Funny or Die and Hulu.
Inspiring young women to pursue science and building their confidence is only the first step in bridging the gender equality gap in STEM fields, female scientists say.