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.
Earned Brand Report finds that brands are increasingly expected to speak out on gender equality, immigration, and environmental regulation.
Twenty seven prominent company leaders, a mix of men and women, have just come together to launch Paradigm for Parity, an organization committed to making significant progress toward gender equality in the business world by 2030. The new coalition comprises current and former CEOs from companies like 100% Talent signatory Bank of America, LinkedIn and the Huffington Post.
100% Talent signatory Deloitte is among the dozens of businesses that have signed on to the White House Equal Pay Pledge. Companies that sign on acknowledge the critical role that businesses must play in reducing the national gender pay gap.
In it’s Room for Debate series, New York Times guest columnists explore “How to Reduce the Pay Gap Between Men and Women.” Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, says that to disrupt the wage gap, society must re-assess cultural norms that devalue work that is done in the home. She notes that this work has also been excluded from equal protection and labor laws for decades.
Conservative think tank American Action Forum surprised many with its issuance of a policy proposal for paid family leave. The plan offers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to the working poor and is modeled on the already successful earned income tax credit.
“In the future we’re going to break today’s norms, we’ll create norms that are much better. We’ll be living 50/50 lives, we’ll be sharing the responsibility, we’ll be part-time care givers and part-time entrepreneurial breadwinners.” – James Wallman, The Future of Gender Equality Report
A radio segment that explores issues related to gender-based workplace discrimination – including questions of unconscious bias, the history of workplace inequality, and how the skills of the humanities can address these issues.