The Gender Pay Gap Is a Symptom, Not Cause of Inequity

Washington Post Economics columnist Robert Samuelson recently asked What's the Real Gender Pay Gap?  His answer is that it is much lower than the reported 21%, and probably explained by women's (slightly) less experience and tendency to congregate in lower paying jobs like cashiers, health care aides, and receptionists.  ...more
But the persisting gap could have other causes. There’s 'the motherhood wage penalty': Women ...more

Equal Pay Day... For Moms?

Equal Pay Day arrives this year on April 12, representing the extra three months and 12 days it takes a full-time, year round working woman to earn on average what a full-time, year round working man did in 2015....more

Senator Patton, Sweetie, You're Wrong!

 Dear Senator Patton:...more

I See Sexism

Sometimes I think I'm going crazy, only I know I'm not, because other women tell me they notice the same thing. It's complicated, and it's hard to keep it in focus sometimes, but it really is there. I don't see dead people, I don't hear voices -- I just see gender distinctions being made where other people see ... nothing out of the ordinary. Business as usual. The same ol' same ol'. Has this ever happened to you? ...more
I notice sexism all the time, and I make a point of sharing the "little" things to help others ...more

Lawmakers Turn Back the Clock on Women's Rights

On April 5, 2012, Governor Scott Walker signed a repeal of Wisconsin’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts.Wisconsinwas one of 44 states with laws providing remedies for employees who experience discrimination.  When the bill was enacted, Wisconsin ranked 36 in the nation in gender equity; since then the state improved ten places in that ranking.Yet, instead of continued progress,Walker chose to protect companies proven to violate state law and hurtWisconsin's families and economy....more

“Proper Swimwear” for a Toddler Girl Includes a Top?!

At the city pool on a steamy Sunday, we were recently told by the lifeguards that our daughter, who just turned three, needs to wear a top and not just a bottom. Isn’t that taking the sexualizing of young girls to the extreme? ...more
Couldn't agree with you more. A swimsuit bottom is plenty on a toddler. What exactly am I ...more

Hey International Olympic Committee-Your Words Are Not Enough!

By Nikki Dryden, Canadian Olympic Swimmer and Attorney. Sport, unlike anything else, brings the world together, has the power to change lives for the better, and is truly universal. “It has an almost unmatched role to play in promoting understanding, healing wounds, mobilizing support for social causes, and breaking down barriers”, says former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who believes that sport has the power to breakdown “myths and prejudices.” He also notes that athletes as well as sports organizations are critical in “unifying societies torn apart by conflict, tackling prejudices...and in breaking down gender inequality.”...more

We have to be in control of our own destiny. With the NCAA, with this, we are always going to be ...more

Companies Can’t Discriminate, But Their Managers Can: The Supreme Court Gives Wal-Mart the Win in Dukes Gender Discrimination Cl

Today the Supreme Court sounded the death knell for Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the class action lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of paying and promoting women less than similarly- or less-qualified men. To protect corporations from having to do more to prevent gender discrimination than pop a few politically correct paragraphs into the employee handbook, the Supreme Court resorted to a belabored procedural argument that incentivizes corporations to do as little as possible to prevent discrimination....more

Video: How the Largest Civil Rights Class Action Lawsuit in U.S. History is Changing the Odds for Women

A new, brief video by the Rosenberg Foundation highlights the positive impact of a historic lawsuit currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court -- Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action in U.S. history. Watch the video: Viewing litigation as an essential advocacy tool in the work to change the odds for Californians, the Foundation historically has invested in cutting edge impact litigation efforts....more

Scalia: 14th Amendment Doesn't Protect Against Gender Discrimination

In the January 2011 edition of California Lawyer, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explains how the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution does not protect against sex discrimination....more

Yeah - you know - a galvinizing force - yin and yang - guess we really need that ...more