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Many women’s rights groups and ecofeminists joined the biggest climate strike, in New York City, on Friday, September 20. With over 250,000 people appearing at Foley Square, this was a momentous occasion for the protesters to express solidarity while asking tough questions to the political power. New York City public schools also allowed for its 1.1 million student strength to join the strike, making it into the largest gathering of young people in recent memory.…
By Saswat Pattanayak Women soccer players earn a maximum of $99,000 in total during the course of a 20-games season – $4,950 per game, while the payout for the male players is an average of $263,320, or $13,166 per game. Despite the fact that Sunday’s match was one of the most watched soccer broadcasts ever in the US history, having attracted 14 million television viewers. Also, despite the fact that half of the U.S. Soccer…
We were at the WorldPride NYC 2019 which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising yesterday. Following are some photos we took at the event. The celebrations to respect the Stonewall Era Trailblazers also underscored the importance of acknowledging the rising hate crimes, suicides, and the AIDS crisis. According to the co-chairs/organizers Marvanne Roberto Fine and David Studinski, “While there is much to celebrate, there is more work to do. Those of us with…
By Saswat Pattanayak Four states have passed laws to prohibit abortion before women learn they are pregnant. 18 states have laws to restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. In the latest instance, Alabama has banned abortion at every stage of pregnancy, and regardless of rape and incest. There is a punitive component to it as well – doctors who perform abortion will be imprisoned for upto 99 years. The day after Gov. Kay…
By Saswat Pattanayak According to the latest data released by Catalyst on May 1 this year, whereas in the top S&P 500 companies, women comprise almost 44.7% of the workforce, only 5% of women hold any position equivalent to that of a CEO. Likewise, 89% of top earners in the corporations happen to be men. Among the women, women of color are posited to emerge as the majority in the US labor force, by 2060.…
By Saswat Pattanayak Current debates on gender gap disparity are timely. Claudia Goldin, an economist at Harvard argues that women don’t step back from work because they have rich husbands; they have rich husbands. because they step back from work.Indeed, my own acquaintanceship with many mothers of kids who attend elementary schools suggest they have consciously sacrificed their previously held careers in order to look after their children full-time. In many cases, they…
The most diverse Congress in US history is already making headlines. A record number of 102 women have been sworn into the House to commence their two-year term. Women now comprise 24 percent of all seats – 106 female Democrats and 21 female Republicans. What makes this Congress especially unique is its intersectionality – Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Native American women to bag Congressional seats. Rashida Tlaib became the first…
By Saswat Pattanayak Amazon has announced raise in minimum wage for all its employees, beginning November. The $15 hourly wage has been arrived at after a prolonged phase of international workers strikes as well as demands domestically by minimum wage activists. Whereas Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently became the world’s richest person with a $230,000 a minute income, his company had come under heavy criticism for facilitating low wages and poor working…
By Saswat Pattanayak New York Times faced a class-action lawsuit in 1974 brought against it by 600 of its own women employees. An affirmative action plan mandating progressive hiring practices was to be the outcome of its settlement, four years later. Who were these courageous women and what were their professional commitments like? Today’s New York Times digs into this history and offers a tribute to those times when women staff writers contributed to a…