Equity in the News 2-29-08

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AAUW in the News

Read about the ten best and worst states for pay equity.

AAUW members learn tips for living a more environmentally-friendly life.

Over four hundred middle school girls recently attended career workshops taught by professional women.

Studies find that “gender bullying” is on the rise among young students.

Other Equity Issues/News

A student activist responds to a Los Angeles Times opinion piece about rape on college campuses.

Over seven hundred University of Georgia workers and students have signed a petition calling for administrators to improve the enforcement of the university’s sexual harassment policies.

A new study finds that most historically black colleges and universities do not meet the proportionality standard of Title IX.

A child prostitution survivor works to change lives.

Is Hillary Clinton struggling among young women in part because women are so successful on campus that they don’t feel any need to vote based on gender?

Blog   |   Community   |   March 03, 2008

My Passion

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write about passion — in this case, my passion about equity and why it is still an issue to me. I’m not even thinking about the inequities of job opportunities and/or salary when I first entered the workplace; that’s old news now.

Instead, I think about the inequities still facing women today. When I recently read the article “Tech Pay Gap Between Men and Women Grew Last Year,” which reports that even in the IT field men earn higher entry-levels salaries than women do — well, steam started coming out of my ears. I’m thankful at least that AAUW’s recent research report Behind the Pay Gap continues to receive media coverage and to educate the public about this continuing salary discrepancy problem.

I also think of women’s passion for gender equity and realize how different generations view the same issue, as beautifully portrayed in the recent New York Times article “Feminists Find Unity Is Elusive.” This really points to the importance of women of all ages understanding how someone younger or older may view the same subject and how can we communicate across those perceptions to agree on the need for change.

So, Happy Valentine’s Day! For those of you who share my passion, let’s send a special message to folks we know who would benefit from a link to sites like AAUW’s that focus on today’s equity issues. As for me, I know two young women (my nieces, ages 23 and 17) who nod their heads when I spout my views but who do pay attention to Facebook. I’ll be sending them a special message by posting it on their “wall” instead.

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   3 Comments   |   February 14, 2008