The Fight Against Inequality Is As Old As America Itself

Settlers like these in Custer County, Nebraska, in 1870, got free or low-cost land from the government under the Homestead Act.

Americans are increasingly worried about the rising tide of economic inequality, as fewer control more wealth. But fears of great wealth and the need for economic equality go back to the country’s origins.

How Remote Work Worsens Inequality

How Remote Work Worsens Inequality

The importance of remote work, also known as telecommuting, is evident during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Is Your Neighborhood Raising Your Coronavirus Risk?

Is Your Neighborhood Raising Your Coronavirus Risk?

The 1-square-mile neighborhood mixes small, ranch-style homes with auto body shops, metal fabricators and industrial supply warehouses, and is hemmed in on its four sides by state highways and interstates.

The Future Of Work Will Hit Vulnerable People The Hardest

The Future Of Work Will Hit Vulnerable People The Hardest

A great deal of attention is being paid to the future of work and its impact on Canadians. Often missing from the discussion is the extent to which different workers will be included or excluded from the changing labour market.

Are Win-Win Solutions A Fantasy?

Why Win-win Solutions Are A Fantasy
It’s no secret that the biggest gains in the growing global economy are reaped by the extremely wealthy.

What the U.S. Economy Can Learn From the Nordic Model

What the U.S. Economy Can Learn From the Nordic Model
According to Atheendar Venkataramani, the study’s lead author and a professor in the university’s Perelman School of Medicine, economic instability can affect people’s mental well-being and drive up the risk of substance abuse.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher Education

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher EducationFifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers — my generation — and millennials.Millennials aren’t teenagers anymore.

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier
An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins.

The True Cost Of Growing Old In America

The True Cost Of Growing Old In AmericaThe U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections.

How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes

How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes
People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for survival. But do they ever think about their access to microbes?

Why Urban Unrest Propels Global Wave Of Protests

Why Urban Unrest Propels Global Wave Of Protests
Numerous anti-government protests have paralyzed cities across the globe for months, from La Paz, Bolivia, to Santiago, Chile, and Monrovia, Liberia, to Beirut.

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone
Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wageto US$15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has thrived.

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?
Economic inequality is high and rising. At the same time, many governments are struggling to balance budgets while maintaining spending for popular programs.

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter
Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go
News reports from across America tell of vehicle residents from virtually every background attempting to settle in cities. They find themselves essentially blocked from local communities and social services, because there are few parking spaces to leave their home where it is safe from tickets or from being towed.

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. 

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

We Have The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

We have the wealth to ensure a sustainable future but too many people are being left behind
The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index, which takes into account life expectancy, education and national income per capita. We also rank 19th on national income per capita.

Does Equality Free Women To Follow Traditional Gender Choices?

Does Equality Free Women To Follow Traditional Gender Choices?

You might expect that the more equal opportunities in these countries might reduce other differences between the genders, such as what kind of jobs people are more likely to have, or personality traits such as kindness or a tendency for risk-taking.

3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others

3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others
Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same period, the income share of wealthy Dutch hasn’t budged?

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your Life

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your LifeNewly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

6 Ways The Places Where You Grow Up Shape Your Life

6 Ways The Places Where You Grow Up Shape Your Life
Researchers have created an interactive, map-based tool—the Opportunity Atlas—that can trace the root of people’s outcomes, such as poverty or incarceration, to the neighborhoods in which they grew up.

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You
Few things are more annoying than spending a large sum of money on a purchase, only to discover that someone else got the same thing for a lower price. This often happens with airfares. You go the same website, search the same airline, choose the same seat row and fare conditions, but you’re offered a different price depending on when and where you do it. Why?

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway
For millions of American women – both those who’ve survived assault and those who have experienced workplace harassment – seeing a man on the path to promotion despite allegations of harassment is jarring yet painfully familiar.

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow Up

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow UpAustralia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s. This inequality takes many forms, not least between suburbs and neighbourhoods. And our research suggests the few celebrated examples of famous Australians who emerged from disadvantaged neighbourhoods are the exceptions to the rule for children who grow up in them.

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In Life

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In LifeAmerican workers’ occupational status reflects that of their parents more than previously known, a new study shows.

The findings reaffirm more starkly that the lack of social mobility in the United States is in large part due to the occupation of our parents.

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