Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tell Speaker Boehner: We Need Women Committee Chairs

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Women showed up at the polls on November 6, and women were elected to the House and Senate in record numbers this year. Yet when the House leadership announced the chairs of the major committees for the 113th Congress, there were no women to be found

AAUW wants to know: Where are the women?
Two House Committees—the Committee on House Administration and the Ethics Committee—still need chairs, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gets to appoint them. Tell Speaker Boehner: Fill those committee chairperson slots with women! These decisions are being made as you read this, so take action now!

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The House GOP leadership should be representative of all lawmakers and all citizens. Excluding women from major committee posts is not an option. Urge Speaker Boehner to appoint women as chairs of the Committee on House Administration and the Ethics Committee.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Ithaca College Wins AAUW Campus Action Project

The Ithaca College Seal
The Ithaca College Seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The AAUW-NYS Board congratulates Ithaca College. We look forward to the results of their project.

The 2012-13 Campus Action Project will allow teams of faculty and students to bring awareness to the gender pay gap one year out of college and its connection to student debt. Nine teams from around the country were selected to implement projects based on recommendations from AAUW's 2012 research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Men and Women One Year after College Graduation.

There was one winning team from New York State: Ithaca College is a C/U partner with AAUW.

The Ithaca College team will develop a workshop series to address issues pertaining to the pay gap, specifically one year after college graduation. A team of students will video-record the workshops, and format them similar to TED Talks. Each workshop will include 8-18 minutes of lecture-style presentation, and an interactive piece that will take 20-40 minutes. Workshop topics will range from self-advocacy to salary negotiation skills. The video-recordings will be made into short films that will premiere at an event in May 2013 and then will be used in future campus and community trainings.

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Union, Religious, Civil Rights and Sports Activist- celebrate birthdays

Rose Pesotta addresses the floor at the 1965 I...
Rose Pesotta addresses the floor at the 1965 ILGWU convention, December 15, 1965. (Photo credit: Kheel Center, Cornell University)

Three very different women celebrate(d) birthdays on Nov. 20.-- Rose Pesotta, Rev. Dr. Anna Murray, and Billie Jean King. Learn about them.

Nov. 20 is the birthday of Rose Pesotta (1896-1965), a feminist labor organizer and vice president within the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. In 1913, at the age of 17, she emigrated to New York City and found employment in a shirtwaist factory, quickly joining the ILGWU, a union representing the mostly Jewish and Latina female garment workers. Working hard to educate her fellow workers, Pesotta was elected to the all male executive board of ILGWU Local 25 in 1920. In 1944 Pesotta resigned from the executive board of the union in protest of the fact that, despite 85% of the union's membership were women, she was the sole female executive member.

The Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray was born on Nov. 20, 1910. She was an American civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, and writer. She was also the first black woman ordained as an Episcopalian priest and the first black person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School. She died in 1965.

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Happy birthday to Billie Jean King, born Nov. 20, 1943. A professional tennis player, King won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles through out her career. An advocate for sexual equality, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, World Team Tennis and the Women's Sports Foundation. One of the 20th century's most respected and influential people, Billie Jean King has long been a champion for social change and equality. In 2009 King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, the first female athlete so honored.

Submitted by Donna Seymour

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

One Year After Graduation, Female Pay Lags Behind

One year after college graduation women working full time earn less--82 percent on average--than male counterparts, the American Association of University Women finds in "Graduating to a Pay Gap," a study released Oct. 24.

This is slightly higher than it was in 2001 when, among the same group, women earned just 80 percent of what their male peers earned. Women working full time earned $35,296 on average, versus $42,918 for male counterparts. Business was the most popular major for both men (27 percent) and women (19 percent), but female graduates in this sector earned just over $38,000, while men earned just over $45,000.

The study shows that differences in job type and hours explain part of the pay gap, but about one-third of the gap remains unexplained, suggesting that bias and discrimination are still problems in the  workplace. 

What Can Employers Do?

In light of the findings, authors recommend that employers

  • Increase transparency in pay systems 
  • Ensure clear structures for evaluation
  • Conduct internal pay equity studies and 
  • Take steps to address any gender disparities. 
The analysis is based on data of about 15,000 students who received a bachelor's degree between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, and were tracked by "Baccalaureate and Beyond a longitudinal study" by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. 

Lower Pay Means Greater Debt Burden

The study also finds women more burdened by student debt. Women and men borrowed roughly similar amounts of money—about $20,000--among 2007-08 college graduates. Women, however, often appear to have a harder time repaying the money for two reasons: lower earnings and a bigger share of the national student loan pie because they are more likely to go to college than men.

Among full-time workers repaying their loans one year after college graduation in 2009, 53 percent of women (39 percent in 2001) versus 39 percent of men (27 percent in 2001) were paying a greater percentage of their earnings toward student loan debt than the American Association of University Women estimates a typical woman or man could reasonably afford to pay. Also, women are more likely than men to borrow money for school (68 percent versus 63 percent).

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