This week: Gender segmentation still prevails in the workplace, the greenery of West Virginia hides the scars of strip mining and Canada's border service holds off on capturing terror suspects until new terrorism legislation is up for debate. Speaking of terrorists, Americans are as likely to be killed by them as by their own furniture.
— Alleen Brown focuses on education.
“Corporate Reform Puts Democratic Party Leaders in a Bind,” by Anthony Cody. Education Week, April 17, 2013.
Democratic and Republican Party support for "corporate education reform" is showing sings of decay. California's state Democratic Party passed a resolution last week decrying the "Corporate 'Reform' Agenda." Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee passed its own resolution against the federally supported curriculum initiative Common Core. Blogger Anthony Cody describes Democrats in a bind: union and Democratic leaders continue to support corporate reform.
— James Cersonsky focuses on labor and education.
“Overworking Women: How Long Hours Lead to Gender-Segregated Jobs,” by Sarah Jaffe. In These Times, April 24, 2013.
Why all the blathering on workplace equality, conservatives ask, when the newish economy has meant more jobs for women than under high-Fordism, and an attendant breakdown in gender segmentation? "We'd like to think this ideal is changing," Sarah Jaffe writes, but really, it's not. Jaffe unpacks new research showing that workplace standards, coupled with gender norms, still tend to push women into certain, often crappier-paid, jobs. When women are primary caretakers, for example, especially single mothers, how can they afford to work jobs demanding longer hours (and, in many cases, higher pay)? That's one of many issues, Jaffe suggests, that should inform policy-making.
— Catherine Defontaine focuses on war, security and peace-related issues, African and French politics, peacekeeping and the link between conflicts and natural resources.
“Amid Much Tumult, France Approves ‘Marriage for All,’” by Scott Sayare. The New York Times, April 24, 2013.
After months of demonstrations and heated debates at the French National Assembly, France has adopted the “Marriage for All” bill, becoming the world’s 14th nation to approve same-sex marriage. If the Constitutional Council approves the legislation and French President François Hollande signs it into law, the first same-sex marriages will be celebrated this summer. However, this highly contentious issue continues to divide French society as opponents to the law are organizing huge rallies in the country to protest the new legislation, while several attacks against gay couples have been reported.