In this week’s news roundup, we’re celebrating women changing history, and highlight the stories that illustrate why we need to keep pushing for progress.
The FQ Equality News 12.21.18
Change has been the name of the game for 2018, with much progress being made in terms of female representation in politics, media and culture at large. We still have a long way to go: Women continue to hold less than 5% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies and make up less than 25% of Congress. In this week’s news roundup, we’re celebrating women changing history, and highlight the stories that illustrate why we need to keep pushing for progress.
Equal pay for equal play Flutist Elizabeth Rowe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra filed a gender discrimination lawsuit after being paid roughly $70,000 less than the orchestra’s principal oboist, who is a man. It’s important because the ruling could set a precedent, as it’s the first to test Massachusetts’s equal-pay law that was just updated in July.
Going to an elite college boosts women’s earnings but not men’s earnings More on the paycheck front: Women who attend elite colleges end up earning about 14% more two decades later as compared to women who don’t choose elite colleges. The same doesn’t hold true for men. Why? It turns out, women who go to elite colleges are about 4 percentage points less likely to be married compared to those who attend less competitive schools. Research shows marriage impacts a woman’s earning potential and makes her less likely to work outside the home.
Refinery29 unveils 29 women who led the way in 2018 There has been a sea change happening in the wake of #MeToo and other movements, and it’s been a record-breaking year for women rising up in government, art, and culture. Check out this year’s list of power women making history.
Shifting the gender ratio in politics Nevada will be the first state ever to have a female majority in the state assembly. When the new session starts in February, 51% of the seats will be held by women.
Women are more likely to be punished for bad behavior at work It’s no secret that women continue to face discrimination in the workplace, and new research shows they’re apt to be punished more severely than men. A study focused on financial advisors found that female advisors engaged in misconduct were 20% more likely to be fired and 30% less likely to find a new job in the industry as compared to their male counterparts.
Writing herself into history Retired NASA mathematician Katharine Johnson, 100, was one of the black women whose character was featured in the movie Hidden Figures, which highlights the black women who were vital in helping launch flights into space. Now she’s telling her story in an autobiography aimed at middle schoolers in her new book, Reaching for the Moon.
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