For International Women’s Day we thought to first share a longish feature from The Guardian. Written in 2014, it’s about who gets to design our communities. The second shorter piece is about a specific item of social policy and women.
image: litherland via Flickr/CC
Less-than-the-best housing is an up front tactical issue for students. A deferred, strategic issue, and probably the more socially worrisome of the two, is the enormous debt they can wind up carrying. Not a pretty trillion-dollar picture in America.
Where do Americans have the most student debt? A new map tracks the growing crisis down to a zip code citylab.com
Student debt can hurt women more than men. A loan can be more financially painful for women, whose pay doesn’t grow at the same rate as men bloomberg.com (video 5:07)
Behind The Numbers, the blog of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at employment for Ontario’s women. Roller coaster is right!
Women’s roller coaster ride in Ontario’s labour market
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We can’t think of a reason to not go with the flow regarding this issue.
A strong piece from Slate on the way poverty affects women in America.
Hunger’s disproportionate effect on women
One probably couldn’t ask for a better window on post-industrial Ontario than Welland. This item, from the local paper’s website, looks at the life of a single mom there.
Pop, poverty and a whole lot of pride
image: notice regarding the opening of the first Welland Canal via Wikimedia Commons