RJ Eskow: “Giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act,” said Ledbetter herself, “is like giving them a nail without the hammer.”
Sexism or gender discrimination may stem from the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other. The articles in this category focus primarily on discrimination in employment but may contain pieces on discrimination in lending, housing and other vital areas of life.
Tina Dupuy: Hobby Lobby, the store that is to birth control what Citizens United is to campaign finance, also wants to teach your children about the merits of the Protestant Bible.
Larry Wines: Five conservative male justices have given an employer power to determine, based on their own personal religious beliefs, what their women employees’ health care will and will not include.
Larry Wines: How long before someone who is already emotionally distraught feels threatened by some screaming zealot whose tonsils are coming out of his mouth, and she pulls out her .38 and splatters his head all over the sidewalk?
Jamala Rogers: We need to expose, challenge and change the heart and minds of people in all sectors of society if we expect to create an environment that respects and protects the aspirations and lives of women wherever they are in the world.
Tara Culp-Ressler: So are we getting closer to a tipping point where unrealistic images of women’s beauty are going out of style? Are brands starting to recognize that photoshopping hurts their bottom lines? Will TV viewers start rejecting contestants who are unrealistically thin?
Claude Fischer: The pay gap remains even though women now get more education than men and have long been covered by anti-discrimination laws.
Jennifer Lee: Only nine of the 100 statues in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building are of women. Not one of them is a woman from the women’s liberation movement.
Tara Culp-Ressler: Some of the most pervasive forms of street harassment, like telling women to smile or whistling at women, are often perceived as compliments. It’s difficult for some people to understand why women wouldn’t welcome being told that they’re attractive.
Tara Culp-Ressler: Although Tiller’s murder shook the nation in 2009 — and led Attorney General Eric Holder to dispatch U.S. Marshals to protect abortion doctors across the country — his line of work hasn’t actually gotten much safer in the years since his assassination.
Tara Culp-Ressler: There are serious consequences to this pervasive cultural attitude about women as objects of men’s desires. When men believe that they are entitled to sex, they often respond violently when women deny it from them.
Tara Culp-Ressler: There’s increasing evidence that the “pro-choice” and “pro-life” dichotomy doesn’t accurately reflect Americans’ complex attitudes about abortion, from both a moral and a legal perspective.
Tara Culp-Ressler: New ads are now targeting the students who may be considering attending an additional seven institutions grappling with their own rape controversies