Gender job segregation is the practice of filling certain occupations with mostly male or mostly female workers. Today, 40 percent of women work in jobs that are three-fourths female or more and 45 percent of men work in jobs that are more than three-fourths male. Job segregation is the main cause of the wage gap between men and women because jobs that employ women pay somewhere between 5-19 percent less than ones that employ men.
One of our Pinterest boards collects images that reveal that men are the “neutral” sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1) the image that pops up in our minds when we say “person” or “human” or “worker” is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male (e.g., cartoon animals appear female to us unless we slap on eyelashes and lipstick), (3) items for sale often get marketed as either “item” or “women’s item” (e.g., “deodorant” and “women’s deodorant”), and (4) men and male bodies get to stand in for humanity (e.g., in scientific research).
Imagine the year 2057. What does it look like? Are you picturing driverless cars, tiny tablet supercomputers, and everyone wearing a pair of Google glasses? Are you picturing a country where women finally earn as much as men?
The United States is unusual among developed countries in guaranteeing exactly zero weeks of paid time-off from work upon the birth or adoption of a child. Japan offers 14 weeks of paid job-protected leave, the U.K. offers 18, Denmark 28, Norway 52, and Sweden offers 68 (yes, that’s over a year of paid time-off to take care of a new child).
Question and answers session at the Economic Security for Women Conference. Topics include economic development, women of color and long-term wealth development.
Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) discusses the importance of women-owned businesses as an asset building strategy at the Economic Security for Women Conference.
Sarah Echohawk Vermillion, VP of First Nations Development Institute, discusses sexism in tribal economies and the need for economic development and asset and wealth building for women in American Indian communities at the Economic Security for Women Conference.
Bea Stotzer, Board President at New Economics for Women, discusses first generation women of color immigrants and their need for economic development and asset building at the Economic Security for Women Conference.
Sherry Salway Black of the National Congress of American Indians discusses American Indian wealth and how to manage it through asset building strategies at the Economic Security for Women Conference.
Janis Bowdler, Deputy Director Wealth Building Policy Project, National Council of La Raza, discusses wealth building, asset management, and the Latina family at the Economic Security for Women.