WOMEN

The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

Since this nation was founded over two centuries ago, there has been nearly constant tension between tradition and evolution. Yet over the years, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, the forces of progress have haltingly advanced, and continue to do so today. After all, just fifty years ...

Study: Recession Hit Working-Class And Black Families The Hardest

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2011

Working class and African Americans families suffered disproportionately in the Great Recession, says a new study by economists at the progressive-leaning Economic Policy Institute. According to the report, the distribution of wealth in America after the official end of the recession in 2009 was t...

The Walmart Class Action and the Culture of Discrimination

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2011

If the questions earlier this week at the Supreme Court hearing about the huge discrimination suit again Walmart are any indication -- and, with this court, they usually are -- it looks like hundreds of thousands of women are about to lose. The case is the largest employment discrimination case in...

Walmart Sex Bias Suit Heads To Supreme Court

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Christine Kwapnoski hasn't done too badly in nearly 25 years in the Wal-Mart family, making more than $60,000 a year in a job she enjoys most days. But Kwapnoski says she faced obstacles at Wal-Mart-owned Sam's Club stores in both Missouri and California: Men making more than women an...

Wal-Mart's Woman Troubles -- Too Big to Be Sued?

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2011

Seven years ago a judge in California ruled that women suing Wal-Mart for sex discrimination could move forward as a class. That meant the women with various claims wouldn't have to go it alone, each with a separate lawyer and separate expenses. Essentially what the judge said is that the six women ...

What the White House Report on Women Didn't Say

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2011

A few weeks ago, the White House released a report on the status of American women: "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." This was a big deal: it's the first comprehensive federal report on women since 1963. Yes, you read that right: The last time the federal government p...

Financial Services: The Industry Women Love to Hate

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

According to a BCG survey, 73 percent of women said they are "most dissatisfied" with the financial services industry. Women claim they are not respected, often treated in a condescending manner, receive poor or contradictory advice, and get worse terms and deals than men. One participant shared her...

The White House Report on Women: 3 Surprising Insights

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2011

How Are American Women Doing? March 8th was International Women's Day. Celebrated around the globe, each year there is a different focus. For 2011, "Equal access to education, Training and science and technology, Pathway to decent work for women" were highlighted themes. Given that the White Hous...

Women: Do You Work Just for the Sake of Working?

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Detrix Young, a Wal-Mart employee in Aiken, South Carolina, reports that she sat in a store-wide meeting where one of her female co-workers asked why the men in the store earned more than the women. One of the male managers answered that "men are working as the heads of their households, while women...

Suits: A Woman on Wall Street

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Have you ever wondered what it's like being a woman working on Wall Street? In 2009, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof eloquently pointed out that our economy might be in a very different place had it been Lehman Sisters and Brothers rather than merely Lehman Brothers. In his piece ...

Women and Quotas: Will It Break the (Plexi) Glass Ceiling?

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A debate on boardroom quotas continues to percolate through the European and American media, especially of late. Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently hosted a rather tepid discussion on the topic, while the Financial Times published a more thoughtful set of articles tackling the issue. The fact is, in th...

Blacks and the federal budget

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I often wonder what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say about the economic state of black America. Would he see progress? Or would he be disappointed at how far African Americans still have to go? The unemployment rate for blacks is 15.6 percent, compared with 9 percent for the country overa...

"Mancession",

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The great recession may have left more American men unemployed then women, sparking cries of a "Mancession", but in 2009, women's median weekly wage was still only 80 percent of men's. But all professions are not created equal when it comes to salary inequality, as a new chart from the Bureau of La...

72 percent of all

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

72 percent of all high school valedictorians in 2009 were women. Women now graduate from college in far higher numbers than men. Over the past two decades women have contributed more to the global GDP than either new technology, China or India. Fortune 500 companies with more women board member...

Gender gap on Wall Street, but to top women bankers care?

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011

For a company that sets the bar for management, training, and all things associated with corporate excellence, I'm shocked at how badly Goldman Sachs's chief strategist, Abby Joseph Cohen (pictured below), handled her interview with Deborah Solomon of The New York Times last Sunday. Cohen was ...

Replace Corporate Ladders With Lattices

Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011

So it's a new year, a time for looking forward toward positive change, but I can't say I hold out a lot of hope that this change of the calendar will do much to increase the number of women in leadership. Why the grim outlook? Well, as the saying goes, history repeats itself. The history in this cas...

Minorities Increasingly Dependent on Government Welfare Programs

Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

An alarming report coming out of the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that more than half the family households in parts of the District of Columbia and Prince George`s County are run by single parents. That these areas have a high minority population, largely...

Houston, We Have a Problem With HAMP Loan Modifications

Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Meet Francia. Francia is a working professional and mother of three wonderful children and lives in a suburban neighborhood in Houston. When the economy took a nose dive so did her commissions in new home sales. She held on as long as she could digging into her savings account to try to keep up. As...

21 Companies That Have Excluded Women From Leadership:

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010

24/7 Wall Street By 24/7 Wall Street: More than half of the American workforce is comprised of women. It is well-known that they are paid less than their male counterparts. Several studies show that female workers make about 77% of the compensation paid to their male peers. The numbers are worse f...

The Problem with Men: A Look at Long-term Employment Trends

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010

Jobs and the Economy, U.S. Economy, Unemployment Michael Greenstone, Director, The Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies Adam Looney, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, and Policy Director, The Hamilton Project The Brookings Institution The November employment numbers, released ...

The Declining Demand for Men

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nancy Folbre is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bureau of Labor Statistics The Great Recession has sometimes been dubbed the Mancession because it drove unemployment among men higher than unemployment among women. Because men tend to work in more cyclical indu...

Elizabeth Warren: We Need More Women On Wall Street

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Elizabeth Warren, the new consumer czar of the White House, has her work cut out for her: build a brand new federal agency charged with protecting American consumers, stave off Republican attempts to kill that agency before it even gets off the ground, and go head to head with the financial services...

Women and Recovery

Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

After the crash, the downturn was dubbed a "mancession." As the meme continues to circulate, the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog asked leading thinkers to help sort fact from fiction. Are men suffering more than women in a weak economy? Is Washington doing enough to address female unemployme...

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