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on Apr 14, 2015 - 10:39 AM ET
Female students of color in college

Today is Equal Pay Day, the dismal holiday where women celebrate the fact that, on average, their earnings have caught up to what men made in one year last year, given that when they work full-time, year-round they make just 78 percent of what men make.

The gender wage gap hasn’t really budged in recent years—about...

Feminism, Inequality, Wages and Hours
on Mar 18, 2015 - 15:59 PM ET
Starbucks "Race Together"

McDonald’s has some unlikely company in at least one aspect of its labor practices: Starbucks.

This week, Starbucks announced that it would encourage its baristas to write “Race Together” on coffee cups and engage customers in conversation about the state of race relations in the United States. The company is also giving its employees...

on Mar 13, 2015 - 10:40 AM ET
Working from home

The dilemma is gut wrenching: you’re a new mother and you’ve just ended whatever amount of maternity leave, paid or unpaid, you were able to scrape together. Maybe you work at one of most generous companies, and got six paid months; maybe your employer doesn’t offer any paid leave, and you could only afford a few unpaid weeks away. Or perhaps you couldn’t afford...

Feminism, Working Conditions, Economy
on Mar 5, 2015 - 14:48 PM ET
#LeanInTogether

Sheryl Sandberg has a new target demographic: men.

On Wednesday night, Lean In launched a new campaign called Lean In Together. While Sandberg’s original exhortation was for women not to “leave before they leave” their jobs even if they have or might have children, now the organization wants to support and promote “men leaning in for equality.”

Including men is essential if women are...

Feminism, Economic Policy, Economy
on Feb 18, 2015 - 17:02 PM ET
EBT sign

Last weekend, consumers all across America were buying their slice of the 2.2 billion pounds of chocolate that would be sold for Valentine’s Day. For those who make enough income to afford their basic necessities, that necessitates setting aside some of the money they would have normally spent on rent, clothes or regular groceries to buy candies. For the poor, that could mean using some of their meager food-stamp allocation to give a gift to their loved ones.

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Government, Poverty, Economy
on Feb 2, 2015 - 16:42 PM ET
McDonald's "Pay With Lovin'" commercial

TV spectators of last night’s Super Bowl were treated to many slick, high-concept ads, but one probably stuck out to the millions of McDonald’s employees who were watching: the company’s spot trumpeting its new “pay with lovin’” campaign. The company is rolling out a new way to bribe customer loyalty amid...

Business, Working Conditions