7 Facts About the Gender Pay Gap, for #EqualPayDay

by Philip N. Cohen
Posted with permission from the Family Inequality blog. To view the original piece, click here.

Well, actually, 7 fact-filled posts culled from the many I’ve written on gender inequality, so just call it lots of facts.

1. The gender gap is just one number.

But when you break it out into hundreds of numbers, it’s variations on a theme. This post shows the gender gap by education, kids, marital status, and hours worked. And then by college major. And then I show the distribution of women across 484 occupations, according to the gender gap within each:


2. Occupations matter.
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Malala Yousufzai & Women’s Education: Ethnography of Contested Muslim Womanhood and Gender Empowerment in Pakistan

by Ayesha Khurshid

Khurshid_image1-4“Taliban never attacked you (Malala Yusufzai) because of going to school or because you were an education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl….” stated Adnan Rashid, a senior Taliban commander, in a public letter written to Malala Yusufzai days after she addressed the UN about the rights of children to go to school. Malala, a young activist from Pakistan and a recent Noble Laureate, was shot in the head for supporting girls’ education in Pakistan. The intended audience for this letter were the Pakistani public, and not Malala per se. It aimed to shift the discourse of a “cowardly attack on a schoolgirl” by presenting the Taliban as an anti-imperialist and anti-Western movement rather than being against women’s education. The letter further states “you and the UNO (United Nations) are pretending that as you were shot due to education, although this is not the reason, be honest, not the education but your propaganda was the issue and what you are doing now, you are using your tongue on the behest of the others…..” Rashid tries to persuade the Pakistani nation to view Malala as a Western agent rather than a young “education lover.”
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The Glass Runway

by Allyson Stokes

Fashion design is an occupation where women far outnumber men, yet there is a widespread perception that gay men are the most successful. Scholars, journalists, and industry insiders have all commented on how gay men (e.g. Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs) are “media darlings,” win more awards, and have more prestigious jobs. Why is this the case?Stokes_image2

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One Nation Under (Women’s) Soccer?

by Rachel Allison

At the end of February, Fox Sports released a new set of advertisements for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Marking the 100-day countdown to the summer tournament, the new video commercial consoles fans of last year’s men’s World Cup with the prospect of renewed American sports victory. Continue reading


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Feeling the Gendered Labor of Fortunetelling

by Zeynep K. Korkman

Have you ever had your fortune told? Many of us are intrigued by fortunetelling, yet most of us consider it empty entertainment at best and charlatanry at worst. Intrigued myself, I sought to understand divination by conducting research to observe and listen to fortunetellers and their clients. My main research site was fortunetelling cafés in Turkey where fortunetellers read the residues left at the bottom of a cup of Turkish coffee, which is served unfiltered, with the grounds. Continue reading

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Feminist Parenting, Gender Ideology, and All Those Glittery Toys

by Jessamyn Neuhaus

Nauhaus_image3Recently a friend told me that his young daughter seemed to be reaching the end of her Disney princess phase. “She likes dinosaurs now,” he said with obvious relief.  Continue reading

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Drawing Race and Class Boundaries with Sexual Discourses

by Tristan Bridges
Originally posted at Feminist Reflections (here). The piece is cross-posted with permission.


“The fag” and “the slut” are both symbols of contemporary gender relations. Stories about each provide social mechanisms for bonding, betraying, and belonging. Research suggests that “fag” and “slut” are among the more ubiquitous insults traded among young people. Each is simultaneously all about sexuality and has absolutely nothing to do with sexuality. For instance, most of CJ Pascoe’s research participants in her study of the use of “fag” among boys at River High said that they would never aim the insult at someone who is “actually gay.” Pascoe suggests that this indicates a need for a more nuanced way of understanding sexuality—not as some thing inhering in specific bodies or identities, but as something capable of operating to discursively construct social boundaries in social life as well. “Slut” is used in similar ways—as a mechanism of gender policing. Most of the research focusing on either is primarily about gender policing and gender and sexual inequality. But, research shows that sexual discourses play a key role in racial and class inequality as well. Continue reading

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