I know I’ve been slackin on the jamz lately y’all – sorry! I got distracted by fashionz! Pero lucky for you and me, Javiera Mena – the very first person featured on Feministing Jamz - released a new track last week.
A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization in New York City, has a new report explaining how the “bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that starts when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages” is driving gender inequality and overall economic inequality in the city:
Despite advances in gender equality over the past 40 years, women continue to jeopardize their livelihoods simply by having children. The pregnancy penalty helps to explain why mothers as a whole continue to earn five to six percent less than non-mothers, and why historically disadvantaged women, single mothers and black women, have seen their wage penalties rise sharply since 1977. In New York City, single, childless women under age 35 earn 96 cents for every dollar men earn, whereas women between the ages of 35 and 65, who are likely to have children, earn only 78 cents to the dollar. Over the course of a lifetime, women earn only 38 percent of their male counterparts. The pregnancy penalty also explains why poverty and gender are so closely linked. In New York City, nearly 40 percent of households headed by single mothers with children under 18 live in poverty. Nationwide, women over 65 are twice as likely as men their age to be living in poverty. When caregiving pushes women out of the workforce during their prime earning years, it derails their earnings and hampers their ability to put food on the table and make ends meet. In the long-term, it imperils their career prospects and social security payments, leaving them impoverished in their golden years.
Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, founders and stars of Citizen Radio, have taken yet another step into the media ecosystem. They have recently released their newest work, #Newsfail, a book that critiques why mainstream media continues to fail citizen consumers. Allison and Jamie’s hilarious work gives example after example about why we should expect more from our media, whether it’s why rape culture apologists shouldn’t be on air or why the LGBT movement should move beyond just securing marriage equality. #Newsfail mixes in high level analysis with every-day humor, once again proving that developing a critical lens can be great fun. Don’t take our word for it; seriously, pick up your copy soon!
We spoke to Allison and Jamie about their new book, their past work, and what’s coming up next for news media. To be sure, we also shared some great laughs throughout our conversation.
And now without further ado, the Feministing Five with Allison Kilkenney and Jamie Kilstein!
Great piece by Kate Harding on affirmative consent and that Mindy Project episode about anal sex.
“If miscarriages are so common, why do we hide them behind a wall of shame and silence?”
Black women are far more likely to be evicted than anyone else.
Six charts showing the mind-blowing extent of economic inequality in the US.
According to a new report, 2013 was the deadliest year of LGBT intimate partner violence on record.
I’m not asking that as some type of rhetorical, poetic question, meant to move you toward ferocious finger snaps. I want to know. Who cries when black women die?
Further, who cries when black women are killed?
Mary Spears was killed. The man who killed her did so because she refused to give him her phone number. She told him “I have a man I can’t talk to you,” and yet he persisted. Rather than respect her wishes to be left alone, he shot her.
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