April 30, 2016
By David Neumark An aging population, coupled with low employment rates among Americans older than 62, poses severe challenges to the long-term sustainability of Social Security. Numerous reforms have been proposed to extend their working lives, including raising the retirement age. Such reforms may be unlikely to gain traction - not because people are so eager to retire, but because age discrimination sharply limits job opportunities. After decades of debate, most labor economists today accept that discrimination has played a role in limiting job opportunities for minorities and women.
April 22, 2016
YOU KNOW what I really resent? I resent it when someone tells me I should vote for, or support, or give a pass to, someone because it will be a "historic moment. " Don't get me wrong. I'm as much a sucker for the grand and melodramatic gesture as anyone. Last weekend, I took my nephew to see the updated version of "Jungle Book," and I was reduced to sobs when the animals banded together to defend Mowgli. Heck, I still get a lump in my throat at that scene in "Spartacus" where all the other slaves rise up to protect Kirk Douglas from crucifixion by saying, "I am Spartacus.
April 8, 2016 |
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
February 26, 2016 |
Men and women should be able to share a townhouse on their college campus - even if that college is Catholic, says Nicholas Lario, a sophomore at La Salle University. Turns out, nearly four-fifths of those in La Salle's student body who voted in a recent student-government referendum agreed with him. The university's administration has not taken a position on the issue. Were La Salle to adopt Lario's proposal, it could be the only Catholic college in the area - perhaps the country - to allow such an arrangement, though many schools have allowed men and women to share dorm rooms and apartments for years.
January 11, 2016 |
Mallissa Weaver knew she faced long odds when in 2008 she sought to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that unrelenting sexual harassment by her former boss was so egregious that the justices should overturn a state law that barred her from suing for discrimination. Much as she expected, she lost. She left her job at a small financial planning office in rural Snyder County and resolved to put the experience behind her. But as the statewide Porngate scandal continues to widen, Weaver is finding it more difficult to remain at peace with the outcome of her case.
December 27, 2015 |
Developing a more specific gender-based marketing plan to engage minorities in clinical trials may increase participation. In a new study conducted by Temple University professor Sarah Bauerle Bass, minority men and women with HIV were interviewed about what they perceived as barriers to entering a medication clinical trial. The researchers then used a marketing technique called perceptual mapping to break down how the sexes differed in their responses. "Perceptual mapping allows us to tailor very specific messages to address exactly what issues are for specific groups," said Bass.
December 25, 2015 |
Before we're even born, while our bodies are still forming muscle and we grow our first strands of hair, one of the first questions people ask around four or five months of pregnancy is: Is it a boy or a girl? Should the booties, the nursery, the socks be pink or blue? And on social media, that most democratic space (supposedly), you have your Man Crush Monday (#MCM) or Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW). Pink or blue? Twenty-three-year-old Keyonis Johnson founded the hashtag #ThouCrushThursday on Instagram and Tumblr.
December 9, 2015 |
Kimye spawn 2.0, named Hear ye, hear ye, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have blessed the world with the name of their second child: Saint West . Did the Kardashian-West brain trust mean to give all future celebrity commentators an early Christmas gift? We've never wanted to see a kid misbehave - we're talking normal toddler temper tantrum, not, like, drug bust - so bad. We can barely wait to type "He's no Saint" at the slightest lip quiver. Or what if he trips on a playground? Can't you just see the headlines?
December 5, 2015 |
In a nod to gender equality and the quest to be mindful, the Pantone Color Institute released two colors of the year Thursday morning: a blush pink it named Rose Quartz, and a baby blue called Serenity. This is the first time the New Jersey authority on all things color has predicted two shades would drive our home decor, fashion, and beauty moods. In the last year, Pantone's specialists have watched dusty rose and sky blue dominate showrooms and runways - separately, color-blocked, in mixed-print patterns, and melded together as ombré.
October 10, 2015 |
The words men and women are soon to come off many Philadelphia restrooms, thanks to a bill passed Thursday. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be labeled as gender-neutral, and that men or women be dropped from signs. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, applies to single-occupant bathrooms open to the public and not to multiple-stall restrooms. Mayor Nutter, whose Office of LGBT Affairs drafted the bill, is expected to sign it. "For business owners, the only impact is taking down one sign and putting up another," said Nellie Fitzpatrick, the office's director.