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(1097) Icelandic equity legislation


To Iceland for some International Women’s Day inspiration.  If you want something good you gotta get it into legislation.
Iceland first in world to require companies to prove they offer equal pay. In legislation announced on International Women’s Day, the Nordic nation will make it mandatory for firms to orive they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality
thestar.com

(1094) Period poverty


Well, if it costs money it can be one of the building blocks of poverty, right? And poverty is always personal.  An article from a UK source looks at feminine hygiene products and poverty.  We’re talking a little more than thirty-five cents now.
Period poverty: call to tackle the hidden side of inequality
theguardian.com

Millions of women in the US lack proper access to menstrual supplies
truth-out.org

See also: (597) Free tampons!

(1065) Gendering life expectancy [Study]

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We all love life, right?  That’s why longevity is such a sensible measure of the quality of life in a given place.  Gaps in longevity data emerge into view quickly thanks to such things as gender and occupation.  Ideally, a well off society should find these gaps moderate and when in the right frame of mind it might even challenge these gaps, seek to close them up.  A new medical study reinforces our understanding of the role of income in determining longevity with the finding that in Canada high income men are starting to outlive low income women.  The incomes of Canada’s richer males is more powerful than the natural characteristic of women to outlive men.
Did you just say ‘holy shit’?  We did.
High income men now outliving low income women, study finds
globeandmail.com

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(1010) Homeless & expecting

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At one time, you could be forgiven for thinking of homelessness as mainly about men living rough and drinking.  By the 1980s the definition of homelessness was clearly more complex.  It seems just about anyone is at risk, including in Toronto in 2016, pregnant women.

Homeless and pregnant in Toronto: one woman tells her story. About 120 homeless women give birth in Toronto every year. The challenge is how to help them
cbc.ca

(962) BIG builds muscle

musclepersonsWhen this blog began in 2011 the idea of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) was still kinda out there.  Not any more.
Here is a good feature article designed to convey a sense of recent momentum from a UK perspective:
Should we scrap benefits and give everyone 100 a week? The idea of a universal basic income is about to leap from the margins to the mainstream, bringing promises of a happier and healthier population
theguardian.com
Canadian writer Anemone Cerridwen writes regarding the potential benefits to women of a BIG:
A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist
feministcurrent.com

(942) Two reads for IWD

woman on the busFor 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.
If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like? The number of women in UK architecture firms is falling, and many urbanists are worried by the ‘very, very male-dominated’ worlds of planning and construction. So how would cities differ if women designed them? (2014)
Thinking about basic income on International Women’s Day
basicincome.org

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(888) Student debt republic

US student debtLess-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)