How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. 

There Is A Monetary Solution To The Climate Crisis

Are We Fiddling While The World Burns, Floods, And Dies?The idea that has been passed around by most conservative and liberal government leaders and representatives is that little can be done for the people because "money" is in short supply.

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits.

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?

Durable Or Recyclable? These Goals Tend To Clash

Durable Or Recyclable? These Goals Tend To Clash

Solar power has seen a boom, but what happens to all the panels in a few decades when they’re no longer useful? And what about electronic devices with even shorter life spans?

This Small Mexican Border Town Prizes Its Human And Environmental Links With The US

This Small Mexican Border Town Prizes Its Human And Environmental Links With The US

The tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen sits nestled between the Sierra del Carmen Mountains and the Rio Grande. Its Chihuahuan Desert location is strikingly beautiful, with green vegetation along the river, the brown soil of the surrounding desert and pink mountain cliffs creating splendid color contrasts.

Why Can't We Fix Our Own Electronic Devices?

Why Can't We Fix Our Own Electronic Devices?Traditionally, when a car breaks down, the solution has been to fix it. Repair manuals, knowledgeable mechanics and auto parts stores make car repairs common, quick and relatively inexpensive.

Why Doing Your Taxes Shouldn't Make You Crazy

Why Doing Your Taxes Shouldn't Make You Crazy

It’s tax time in the U.S., which means Americans and residents are hurriedly poring over paperwork, filling in forms and hoping to file by the April 15 deadline.

One Way To Cut Anxiety

One Way To Cut AnxietyReducing the number of debt accounts lowers the mental burden of people in poverty, research finds.

Is There A Path Forward That Could Help The Poor, Not Harm Them?

Is There A Path Forward That Could Help The Poor, Not Harm Them?

President Trump enthusiastically declared on March 26, 2019, that Republicans will be known as “the party of health care.” He also ordered the Justice Department to defend the ruling of a Texas judge that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety during the appeals process.

There Is An Emissions Inequality Between Global Rich And Poor

There Is An Emissions Inequality Between Global Rich And Poor

American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shook up environmental politics by releasing a broad outline of a Green New Deal – a plan to make the US a carbon-neutral economy in the next ten years, while reducing both poverty and inequality.

Is It False Hope Offered By Talk Of A Living Wage?

Is It False Hope Offered By Talk Of A Living Wage?

One of the claimed benefits of a living wage is that employees will spend most of their extra income, resulting in large increases in national spending, national income, and even the tax take.

How Government Deficits Fund Private Savings

How Government Deficits Fund Private SavingsThe ruling Liberals have tabled another deficit budget. The government debt grows larger. Commentators are wringing their hands and wagging their fingers. The worries are largely based in misrepresentation or ignorance of government debt and money.

The Real Scandal Of American Universities Is Subsidized Privilege

Students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Stanford has a $24 billion endowment.  (the real scandal of american universities is subsidized privilege)Scandal has thrust the troubling inequality of higher education in the U.S. into the spotlight. News media have highlighted how big money donations, sports scholarships, SAT tests and admission consultants can help people game the elite admission system in both legal and illegal ways.

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea
Ontario Premier Doug Ford may be planning a two-tiered, profit-driven health-care system, according to the Toronto Star. This is clearly the wrong solution to the health-care woes of the province, and the nation as a whole.

Why The US Has Higher Drug Prices Than Other Countries

Why The US Has Higher Drug Prices Than Other Countries

Spending on pharmaceuticals is on the rise worldwide. And it well should be. Today, we are able to cure some diseases like hepatitis C that were virtual death sentences just a few years ago.

Why Authoritarianism Is Bad For The Economy

Why Authoritarianism Is Bad For The Economy?

Seventy-one out of the world’s 195 countries saw their democratic institutions erode in recent years, according to the 2018 year-end report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, a phenomenon known as “democratic backsliding.

Here's How A 100% Renewable Energy Future Can Create Jobs

Here's How A 100% Renewable Energy Future Can Create Jobs

The world can limit global warming to 1.5℃ and move to 100% renewable energy while still preserving a role for the gas industry, and without relying on technological fixes such as carbon capture and storage, according to our new analysis.

Why School Suspensions Don't Stop Violence

Why School Suspensions Don't Stop Violence

When school officials suspend students, the idea is to maintain a safe environment and deter violence and other problematic behavior on the school campus.

Why Women Still Earn A Lot Less Than Men

Why Women Still Earn A Lot Less Than Men

A decade ago, on Jan. 29, 2009, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

Are You Stumped By The Stock Market Slump?

Are You Stumped By The Stock Market Slump?Stocks have been slumping on a variety of concerns, from President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China to worries about an economic slowdown and rising interest rates.

The New American Farmer Isn’t Who You Think

The New American Farmer Isn’t Who You ThinkThe number of farmers markets in the US has grown dramatically in recent years, but with an aging population of farmers, who’s supporting this growth? Meet the “new American farmer.”

Could A Recession Be Just Around The Corner?

Could A Recession Be Just Around The Corner?The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years, American companies are earning record profits and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century.

8 Things You Can Do About A Toxic Work Environment

8 Things You Can Do About A Toxic Work EnvironmentAs a sociologist who studies feminist activism, I often get asked when and how the #MeToo movement is going to trickle down. This is a fair question, and not one easy to answer.

Why College Educated Cops May Not Be The Entire Solution To Quality Policing

Why College Educated Cops May Not Be The Entire Solution To Quality Policing

In the wake of controversial and widely publicized incidents involving the use of deadly force by the police against racial and ethnic minorities, President Obama appointed the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015 to propose ways to improve policing in the U.S.

There Are Many Good Ideas To Tackle Inequality

There Are Many Good Ideas To Tackle Inequality
Forida, 22, lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her infant son and husband. They live in a dark compound built mostly of tin and wood with six other families and just one toilet. It floods and leaks when it rains, and beside the compound is a polluted pond that attracts mosquitoes. Forida says that if she were paid a little more money, she could one day send her son to school. She could live happily; her family could live a better life.

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad
Kelsey Hrubes knew she had a challenge on her hands when she visited Germany as a study abroad student back in 2015. “I was forced to adapt to cultural norms I had never considered before and try to comprehend everything in a new language,” recalls Hrubes, a software engineer at Microsoft and 2017 Iowa State graduate in German and computer science.

Rising Income Inequalities Are Linked To Unhealthy Diets And Loneliness

Rising Income Inequalities Are Linked To Unhealthy Diets And Loneliness
One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. Food is a key component of household budgets. Poverty is linked directly to how people access food.

Why Collecting Water Turns Millions Of Women Into Second-class Citizens

Why Collecting Water Turns Millions Of Women Into Second-class Citizens

A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or two in tow, to the nearest safe source – regularly repeating the journey up to three times a day.

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