the inequality gap

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“My mother used to tell me, ‘You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.’ I feel a responsibility to show young women what’s possible and to mentor them to own their power and fulfill their promise.”

- Kamala Harris is California’s first female, African-American, and Asian-American Attorney General and is aiming to become the first African-American female senator in almost 20 years.

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Actually, I totally understand the gender wage gap. I mean, come on, it makes total sense!

Men need that extra money for all the tampons they need every month. I mean they can’t control their normal bodily functions, can they?

Men need that extra money for all the makeup they need. I mean if they don’t wear it, they get socially shamed, and thats not exactly fair.

Men need that extra money for all the clothes they buy that they have to cover themselves in so it’s not their fault if they get raped. I mean, it would be their fault if they didn’t anyway, you know? It’s bad enough that they have to walk down the street and get harassed no matter what they’re wearing. And women probably have NO idea how expensive bras are.

Men need that extra money for all that extra pepper spray they need for walking home all alone at night. How else are they going to keep themselves safe???

Men need that extra money for all the birth control they have to take. I mean, women couldn’t possibly understand the struggle of taking the pill every single day at the exact same time or else they might get pregnant, or having to schedule a shot every 3 months. All women have to do is pick up one of those free condoms that come in almost all bathrooms and are handed out free at clinics. Not to mention the weight gain!! Women should seriously have more sympathy.

Men need that extra money for all the gynecologist appointments they need to go to. Ladies, Pap smears aren’t free you know!!!
Men need that extra money for all those waxing appointments and razors they get shunned for not getting. I mean, hair on women isn’t even half as gross than when it’s on a man.

Men need that extra money for the pain medication for their menstrual cramps. Think about it, if they didn’t have them, they’d be bed ridden. They wouldn’t be able to go out, or move even. Women don’t know half that pain.

Women, you don’t even know half the struggle, so stop whinging about it.

Why I'm voting Labour this June.

These are just a few of the policies from the Labour manifesto, they are also my favourites.

  • £10 minimum wage for every person over the age of 18. 
  • Banning zero hour contracts. This means first time workers wont get exploited with unfair hours and unstable salaries.
  • Rented accommodation to be suitably fit for habitation.
  • Renationalise the NHS. The conservative government has widdled away portions of our NHS to be privatised meaning that less funds go into the national parts of it leaving poor people unfairly vulnerable and those who can afford private healthcare prioritised. Labour will reverse this.
  • Free school meals for every child!!
  • National education service. Takes a viewpoint of education being a right, not a commodity.
  • Scrap tuition fees. Students in the UK typically leave university with £50,000 of debt, this needs to stop.
  • Restore NHS bursaries. Last year the Conservative party cut bursaries for student nurses resulting in a 10,000 applicant drop, Corbyn will give that back.
  • Disabling major corporations for ripping off their supplier.
  • Reverse the Conservative corporation tax cuts. 
  • Defending human rights better than ever. 
  • Rekindle the free market.
  • Housebuilding. With a total immigration count over 500,000 annually and only 2% of land prioritised for housing we certainly need more. 
  • Tackling inequalities within the workplace, within the household, everywhere.( Focuses on class inequalities, wage gaps, the reform/eradication of racial and homophobic stigmatic ideals, name blind applications to be introduced within the work place, more help for romani travellers to find work etc etc )
theatlantic.com
Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong
By Gillian B. White

A lot of factors have contributed to American inequality: slavery, economic policy, technological change, the power of lobbying, globalization, and so on. In their wake, what’s left?

That’s the question at the heart of a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by Peter Temin, an economist from MIT. Temin argues that, following decades of growing inequality, America is now left with what is more or less a two-class system: One small, predominantly white upper class that wields a disproportionate share of money, power, and political influence and a much larger, minority-heavy (but still mostly white) lower class that is all too frequently subject to the first group’s whims.

Temin identifies two types of workers in what he calls “the dual economy.” The first are skilled, tech-savvy workers and managers with college degrees and high salaries who are concentrated heavily in fields such as finance, technology, and electronics—hence his labeling it the “FTE sector.” They make up about 20 percent of the roughly 320 million people who live in America. The other group is the low-skilled workers, which he simply calls the “low-wage sector….”

And how is one to move up from the lower group to the higher one? Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. That’s a 16-year (or longer) plan that, as Temin compellingly observes, can be easily upended. For minorities especially, this means contending with the racially fraught trends Temin identifies earlier in his book, such as mass incarceration and institutional disinvestment in students, for example. Many cities, which house a disproportionate portion of the black (and increasingly, Latino) population, lack adequate funding for schools. And decrepit infrastructure and lackluster public transit can make it difficult for residents to get out of their communities to places with better educational or work opportunities. Temin argues that these impediments exist by design.

Despite the bleak portrait that he paints, he doesn’t believe that the U.S. necessarily has to be like this. He offers five proposals that he says might help the country return to more equal footing.

Forbes’ list of the smartest tech investors in the world is only 6% women

  • On Tuesday, Forbes released The Midas List — a catalog of the “world’s smartest tech investors” in 2017.
  • Individuals are chosen based on data collected by Forbes and TrueBridge Capital Partners from “publicly available sources as well as through many direct submissions from the firms themselves,” list editor Alex Konrad noted on Forbes.
  • The list, which totals at 100 people, is 6% women. Read more (4/18/17 1:30 PM)

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The BBC revealed how much it pays its stars — and there’s a huge gender pay gap

  • The BBC has exposed a massive pay gap among its highest-paid actors of different genders and races in a public report of the stars’ earnings released Wednesday.
  • The list discloses the names and salaries of all 96 BBC actors and presenters who earned more than £150,000 ($195,360) last year. 
  • Sixty-two of the stars on the list are men, while 34 are women.
  • According to the report, the BBC’s highest-earning man — radio host Chris Evans — made about £2.2M ($2.86M).
  • In contrast, Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, the network’s highest-paid woman during this time period, drew a salary between £450,000 ($586,080) and £499,999 ($651,199).
  • The list also reveals a bleak pay disparity among actors and presenters of different races. According to the Associated Press, every star who earned more than £300,000 ($390,720) in the fiscal year was white. Read more (7/19/17)

anonymous asked:

If the "wage" gap existed cause sexism then why do we have the equal pay act.

Equal Pay Act: 1963.

Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: 2009. 46 years after the Equal Pay Act. (Very apparent) inequality persisted.

Just ‘cause something is written on paper doesn’t mean it’s a reality. The pay gap persists.

usatoday.com
Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life
Downward mobility: Their student debt is drastically higher and "I think the opportunities have just been fading away."

Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you.

With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.

The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher.

The generational gap is a central dilemma for the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, who essentially pledged a return to the prosperity of post-World War II America. The analysis also hints at the issues of culture and identity that divided many voters, showing that white millennials — who still earn much more than their blacks and Latino peers — have seen their incomes plummet the most relative to boomers.

Andrea Ledesma, 28, says her parents owned a house and were raising kids by her age.

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businessinsider.com
Felicity Jones was paid way more than her 'Rogue One' male costars
Felicity Jones was reportedly paid a seven-figure upfront salary for the new "Star Wars" movie "Rogue One," which is much higher than the rest of the cast.
By Jason Guerrasio

Cue feminist response …

I am morally outraged by this willful act of gender inequity. Without equal pay there can be no equality. It doesn’t matter that Felicity Jones is formerly an Oscar nominee. It doesn’t matter Felicity Jones has proven to sell movie tickets. What matters is gender discrimination must not be tolerated and equal pay must be instituted with no excuses.

Oh, wait. Felicity Jones is a woman? That’s different! This proves women are better than men and should be an example for salary structures moving forward. Women are winning! Yeah!

Feminism is a fraud. To justify the fraud requires hypocrisy. To enforce the hypocrisy that justifies the fraud requires intimidation. Once you take an open minded, critical eye to the movement you see this is true. If you deny it you are either disingenuous, delusional or mentally deficient. It’s your choice, but you have to choose.

End of story.

theguardian.com
Look at Grenfell Tower and see the terrible price of Britain’s inequality | Lynsey Hanley
The privileged can buy their safety – high-rise dwellers and the poor are condemned to second-class status
By Lynsey Hanley

Lynsey Hanley looks at the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the issues of inequality in the UK that arise from the case of the tower block.

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The Racial Wealth Gap Explained in 60 Seconds - The Color of Wealth Inequality

shaming shoplifting blogs is ableist as fuck because some people have kleptomania and have no control over themselves??!?!!?!?

and it’s not us women’s fault that we get payed less and women’s products cost more in this disgusting capitalist society

Pride and Pretension

Pairing: Jensen × Reader

Word Count: About 1000

Summary: The reader is headed downtown with her best friend to a weekly free salsa class. They cut corners through a dinner party and offend a guest after some playful mockery. Both the reader and the guest are unwilling to back down from each other.

Warnings: Language

Obviously I intend no hate or ill wishes to him or his family. This is purely just for writing and wasting my time.

This is purely for a hobby and my enjoyment. Maybe some of you will enjoy it too. I apologize in advance for any mistakes or grammatical/spelling errors. I appreciate any feedback or suggestions!

Thank you Addy! (@misguidedconqueress) for reviewing, making suggestions, and as always putting up with me!!!

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It was a beautiful Saturday night. The kind of night where the sun was still setting and the heat of the day was being washed away by a cool breeze from the lake. You and your bestie, Lila, were walking through downtown on your way from a happy hour to the park for free salsa dancing lessons. It had become a weekly tradition for the two of you. Getting some exercise, but mainly just goofing around and having fun with your best friend.

You passed through a hotel courtyard to avoid walking around the block. It was a pretty prestigious hotel, one of the best in the area. Tonight, it seemed they were hosting a dinner outside. There was classical live music, champagne, hor d’oeuvres, and guests dressed up as if it were the Oscars.

You found a fake and phony accent. “And then he spilled his appletini all over the duvet.“  

Lila followed suit. “Quite frankly my dear, I’m surprised you didn’t socially outcast Nigel ages ago.” You both pompously laughed with each other.

“Hey,” One of the guest must have heard the mockery. “Just so you know, this is a charity dinner.”

You turned around, coming face to face with Jensen Ackles. Sure you watched his show and he was devilishly handsome, but you were in a mood tonight, not helped by the margaritas from happy hour.

“Oh how kind of you. Throwing another party for yourself and donating one cent per every thousand dollars to justify it.” You said in a gracious and soothing tone, but the teasing behind it was not lost.

“This benefit will raise more money than you make in an entire year.” Jensen replied with a clenched jaw, unamused.

“What would us commoners do without such generosity?” You continued.

“Come on Y/N, let’s just go.” Lila whispered grabbing your arm.

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