What We’re Reading Today (9/5)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


IWPR IN THE NEWS

The New York Times

The Best Era for Working Women Was 20 Years Ago

Bryce Covert, September 2

 

DOMESTIC POLICY

The New York Times

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now

Neil Irwin, September 3

 

The New York Times

Eager to Create Blue-Collar Jobs, a Small Business Struggles

Trip Gabriel, September 4

 

The New York Times

Under Trump, Job Market Has Improved More for Clinton Supporters

Jed Kolko, September 5

 

The New York Times

Trump Shifts Labor Policy Focus From Worker to Entrepreneur

Noam Scheiber, September 3

 

The Wall Street Journal

Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse

Greg Ip, September 5

 

Seventeen

Betsy DeVos Will Reportedly Announce Major Changes to Campus Rape Policies This Week

Corinne Redfern, September 5

 

The Washington Post

Painkillers can pose problems for new mothers

Consumer Reports, September 4

 

The Washington Post

Reddit co-founder is latest tech executive to take parental leave

Hayley Tsukayama, September 5

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

The New York Times

European Court Limits Employers’ Right to Monitor Workers

Sewell Chan, September 5

 

OPINION

Teen Vogue

Why the Fight for $15 Matters for the Millennial Generation, and for All Women

Neera Tanden, September 4

 

The New York Times

When the Rich Said No to Getting Richer

David Leonhardt, September 5

 

The New York Times

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker

William E. Forbath and Brishen Rogers, September 4

 

The Washington Post

American workers will catch on to Trump’s con

E.J. Dionne Jr., September 3

 

The New York Times

Why We Should Put Women on Pedestals

Julia Baird, September 4

 

The Washington Post

Ivanka Trump has learned well from her father’s cons

Catherine Rampell, September 4


The Washington Post

The Democratic Party needs to become a workers’ party

Scott Courtney, September 4

 

The Washington Post

The quiet comeback of the middle class

Robert J. Samuelson, September 3

 

The Washington Post

It’s time to balance the power between workers and employers

Lawrence H. Summers, September 3

Happy Labor Day from IWPR!

Happy Labor Day from IWPR!

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Dear IWPR Supporters and Colleagues,

Today we celebrate Labor Day. As we enjoy the last days of summer, I would like to take a moment to remember the day’s true meaning—a time to honor the contributions workers have made to strengthen the well-being of our country, the struggle for improved pay and working conditions, and the fight that our value be recognized.

As Chair of the Board for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), I’m proud to be a part of this organization and the important role we play in this on-going effort to improve working conditions and economic security for working families. Women play an essential role in the continued strength and prosperity of this country.

Early this summer, IWPR and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) released The Status of Black Women in the United States. The report provides critical data to identify the barriers that Black women face in the workplace and to suggest investments, programs, and public policies that can lead to positive changes for Black women and their families. At the June event, “From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equality for Women,” IWPR collaborated with Spelman College and the Wellesley Centers for Women to discuss many of the key-findings for the report. You can watch the entire event online. To read the key-findings and for more in-depth information, you can find the full report and the Executive Summary on IWPR’s website.

IWPR’s work to promote equal pay for women is important to ending poverty and improving income security for families. IWPR researchers estimate that it will take until 2059 for women to finally reach equal pay (2056 for White women, 2124 for Black women, and 2248 for Hispanic women). Black women participate in the labor force at higher rates than White, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women, with 62.2 percent of Black women in the workforce. With the support of unions, Black women earn 32 percent more than their nonunionized counterparts.

Closing the gender wage gap would increase women’s earnings and add billions of dollars in wage and salary income to each state’s economy and $512.6 billion to the national economy. In The Economic Impact of Equal Pay by State, IWPR takes an in-depth look at the best and worst states for women workers. In the briefing paper, The Impact of Equal Pay on Poverty and the Economy, the increasingly important impact of pay equality is examined. Approximately 25.8 million children in the United States would benefit from the increased earnings of their mothers with equal pay.

The value women workers bring to the economy and the positive changes they make to our country inspire IWPR to continue to produce the reliable research that informs and promotes effective policy. At this time in our country, facts have come under attack in many ways and are challenged like never before. The news media rely on IWPR to provide them with the information necessary to tell the stories and struggles of women across the country. With your support, we can continue to fight back against misinformation and allow the media, policymakers, activists, and supporters like you to see the research for themselves.

I encourage you to take a moment today to contemplate the past, present, and future of working women in this country and how to best support their continuing achievements and struggles. As the Chair of the Board of IWPR, I ask for your support. Please make a donation to the Institute today in honor of a hard-working woman in your life.

 

 

Lorretta Johnson, Chair, IWPR Board of Directors
Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

 

 

What We’re Reading Today (9/1)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


IWPR IN THE NEWS

CNN

Ivanka Trump supports ending Obama-era equal pay data collection rule

Betsy Klein, September 1

 

NBC News

Trump Halted Obama’s Equal Pay Rule. What it Means for Working Women

Suzy Khimm, August 31

 

Business Insider

Millennial Women Have Yet to Recover from the Great Recession

PR Newswire, August 31

 

DOMESTIC POLICY

The New York Times

Job Growth Slowed in August, With U.S. Adding 156,000 Positions
Nelson D. Schwartz, September 1

 

The Wall Street Journal

Americans Are Happier at Work, But Expect a Lot Less

Lauren Weber, September 1

 

Elle

Ivanka Trump Just Endorsed Shuttering Obama’s Equal Pay Initiative

Bryce Covert, August 31

 

The Washington Post (Video)

Where was Ivanka Trump this week in the fight for equal pay?

August 31

 

The Wall Street Journal

Texas Judge Quashes Obama-Era Overtime-Pay Rule

Eric Morath, August 31

 

The New York Times

Storm With ‘No Boundaries’ Took Aim at Rich and Poor Alike

Julie Turkewitz and Audra D.S. Burch, August 31

 

The Atlantic

Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio?

Joy Lanzendorfer, August 31

 

The New York Times

Texas Abortion Restriction Is Temporarily Blocked

Maggie Astor, August 31

 

INTERNATIONAL

The New York Times

How Chile Ended Its Draconian Ban on Abortion

José Miguel Vivanco and Veronica Undurraga, September 1

 

OPINION

The New York Times

In Silicon Valley, Working 9 to 5 Is for Losers

Dan Lyons, August 31

 

The Washington Post

What’s more important than breast-feeding a baby? Giving a father time with his child.

Petula Dvorak, August 31

 

The Washington Post

Poor Texans are going to suffer the most in Harvey, thanks to state politics

Tawny Tidwell, August 31

 

The Washington Post

The economy really is getting better. Here are two key signs

Heather Long, August 31

What We’re Reading Today (8/30)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


IWPR IN THE NEWS

Bustle

Hurricane Harvey Affects Women More Than Men & Here’s Why

Madhuri Sathish, August 29

 

DOMESTIC POLICY

The Wall Street Journal

White House Won’t Require Firms to Report Pay by Gender, Race

Ted Mann, August 29

 

Fast Company

These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism

John Paul Titlow, August 29

 

Newsweek

Ivanka Backs Trump Administration’s Plan to Scrap Obama Rules Preventing Pay Discrimination

Callum Paton, August 30

 

The New York Times

U.S. Economy Grew 3% in 2nd Quarter, Fastest Pace in 2 Years

Nelson D. Schwartz, August 30

 

The Wall Street Journal

Pressure Grows to Fund Children’s Health Program

Stephanie Armour, August 29

 

The Wall Street Journal

Workers Save More for Retirement When Employers Tell Them to, Study Says

Francesca Fontana, August 20

 

HISTORY

The New York Times

A diminutive woman — and a spy who defined courage

David Ignatius, August 29

 

OPINION

The Washington Post

The Trump administration’s ongoing attack on workers

Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg, August 30

 

The Washington Post

Trump says a corporate tax cut would create more jobs. Economists aren’t so sure.

Danielle Paquette, August 30

 

The New York Times

It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs

Sarah Anderson, August 30

What We’re Reading Today (8/29)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


IWPR IN THE NEWS

Business Record

Guest Opinion: Use your words, tell your story to spark change

Tiffany O’Donnell, August 28

 

DOMESTIC POLICY

The New York Times

Home Health Care: Shouldn’t It Be Work Worth Doing?

Eduardo Porter, August 29

 

Chicago Tribune

Illinois’ No Salary History bill vetoed

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, August 28

 

Fortune

This Is the New Uber CEO’s Track Record on Gender Equality

Valentina Zarya, August 28

 

Glamour

Black Girls Code Turned Down $125,000 From Uber—Then Crowd-Funded Even More

Maggie Mallon, August 28

 

The Washington Post

Americans express support for traditional public schools in new poll, even as Trump disparages them

Valerie Strauss, August 29

 

The Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Challenged by Civil-Liberties Lawsuits

Nancy A. Youssef, August 28

 

INTERNATIONAL

BuzzFeed News

The Gender Wage Gap Is Due To Sexism, Not Low Paying Industries, Researchers Say

Gina Rushton

 

OPINION

Market Watch

Opinion: No, hurricanes are not good for the economy

Caroline Baum, August 29

What We’re Reading Today (8/28)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


IWPR IN THE NEWS

The New York Times

The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

Gail O. Mellow, August 28

 

DOMESTIC POLICY

The New York Times

Why Medicare and Medicaid Can Outmatch Private Plans on Cost

Austin Frakt, August 28

 

The Wall Street Journal

Unemployment’s Steady Fall Could Signal Trouble—or a Broader Structural Shift

David Harrison, August 27

 

The Wall Street Journal

In St. Louis, a Rare Effort to Lower the Minimum Wage

Eric Morath, August 27

 

The Washington Post

Some say people on disability just need to get back to work. It’s not that easy.

Terrence McCoy, August 27

 

The New York Times

Closing a Racial Divide, One Swim Lesson at a Time

Vivian Wang, August 27

 

CULTURE

Refinery 29

Insecure Stars Say Black Women’s Equal Pay Gap Is Everyone’s Problem

Judith Ohikuare

 

OPINION

The Washington Post

No, millennials aren’t killing stable employment

Danielle Paquette, August 28

 

The New York Times

Unemployment in Black and White

NYT Editorial Board, August 28

 

The New York Times

The Secret to a Good Robot Teacher

David DeSteno, Cynthia Breazeal and Paul Harris, August 26

 

The New York Times

Two Lessons in Prejudice

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, August 26

What We’re Reading Today (8/25)

Each morning, IWPR’s @landewatson compiles articles on gender, race, economics, and other policy issues IWPR staff want to know about. See below for what we’re reading today. (Note: articles included do not necessarily reflect the views of IWPR’s staff.)


DOMESTIC POLICY

The New York Times

As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check

Steve Lohr, August 24

 

The Economist

Does ageing explain America’s disappointing wage growth?

August 24

 

Huffington Post

What It’s Like To Be A Teen In The U.S. Who Can’t Afford Tampons

Eleanor Goldberg, August 25

 

The New York Times

Will the Republican Tax Bill Be Aimed at the Economic Past, or the Future?

Neil Irwin, August 25

 

Glamour

Uber Is Donating $1.2 Million to Girls Who Code

Maggie Mallon, August 24

 

The Washington Post

Golden parachutes for presidents of public colleges with thin budgets

Jon Marcus, August 25

 

INTERNATIONAL

The Economist

Are men more irrationally exuberant than women?

August 24

 

LOCAL

The Washington Post

Researcher’s fight to close achievement gap irked school board for years

Jay Mathews, August 25

 

OPINION

 

The Washington Post

Don’t fall for the misinformation campaign against Title IX reforms

Chad W. Dunn, August 24

 

The Washington Post

Making a dent in student debt with ‘Freshman Year for Free’

Michelle Singletary, August 24

 

The New York Times

The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America

Frank Bruni, August 25