Transparency legislation is the recommended tool for clarifying, and then presumably doing something about, the gap in incomes between men and women in Ontario. Looking quickly through social media and the mass media there appears to always be lots of dumb commentary denying the entire idea of a pay gap by gender.
Yes, there’s plenty to consider in regard to who gets what in the economy and why they get it. Factor in race and things become even more complex. Complexity, however, should not mean ‘impossible to comprehend fairly’. The incentive is a common sense one: when women do well in the workforce everybody benefits, children, partners, other women, pets, and yup, even the men.
Ontario urged to tackle gender pay gap with transparency law. Gap between men and women’s pay has barely narrowed in three decades, advocates say
Who is minding the gap? New data show the split in annual earnings between men and women persists in Canada, Tavia Grant reports. If the trend isn’t addressed, long-term drawbacks for our economy will be unavoidable
Equal pay day: a wage gap fact check. How would someone go about finding the true wage gap numbers across gender and race groups in the US? Mona Chalabi investigates on Equal Pay Day
These are reasons why we need Equal Pay Day
To Iceland for some International Women’s Day inspiration. If you want something good you gotta get it into legislation.
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
See also: (597) Free tampons!
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
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When 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
Canadian writer Anemone Cerridwen writes regarding the potential benefits to women of a BIG:
A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist
If a given nation’s welfare system took on some of the characteristics of its surveillance system, what would that be like?
Pregnant, on Medicaid and being watched
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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.
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
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