How The Movie Roma Is Spurring Mexico To Treat Domestic Workers More Fairly

How The Movie Roma Is Spurring Mexico To Treat Domestic Workers More Fairly
Mexico City, 1970. Cleo’s alarm sounds very early in the morning. She gets up and climbs down the stairs from her rooftop room in the upper middle class house where she lives and works.

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.

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Many Americans deeply believe that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. After all, individual responsibility is a core American value. Too much emphasis on an individual’s responsibility, however, may result in overlooking the societal and historically causes that keep racial minorities such as blacks at an economic and health disadvantage.

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans
Scholars of international political economy, such as myself, recognize that trade hasn’t always been good for poorer Americans. However, the economic fundamentals are clear: Tariffs make things worse. Tariffs are a tax on imports. As taxes go up, so do the prices of foreign goods. Unfortunately, protecting a few narrow industries can generate much broader costs. Not least, consumers now have to pay more for everyday goods.

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For Survival

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For SurvivalWomen comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives.

Poverty's Impact On Well-being Is Hard To Ignore

Poverty's Impact On Well-being Is Hard To IgnoreLife expectancy in the UK varies dramatically depending on where you live. As a recent BBC Panorama investigation highlighted, “the rich live longer and the poor die younger”.

4 Myths About The Homeless

4 Myths About The Homeless
An increasing number of people are sleeping outside in tents, doorways, and under bridges. In the United States, 192,875 people were unsheltered on a given night in January 2018, a 9% increase from 2016.

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality
Societies tend to become more unequal over time, unless there is concerted pushback. A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse. The process feeds on itself, growing like a cancer...

Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health

Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health
Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents work in government-funded jobs.

Free School Breakfast Gives Grades A Boost

Free School Breakfast Gives Grades A Boost
Children from low-income families who attend a school that offers free breakfasts do better academically in math, science, and reading, report researchers.

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018
Skeptics may wonder, does the gender of the person who represents you in Congress really matter? Currently, only about 20 percent of all members of Congress are women - 22 of the 100 U.S. senators are female, as are 84 of the 435 members of the U.S. House.

Why We Should Listen To People Angry About Their Taxes

Why We Should Listen To People Angry About Their TaxesIs it too much to expect people to talk calmly and reasonably about tax changes? Yes. Yes, it is too much. The rocket-fuelled fury of the worried taxpayer is a constant feature of tax culture for good reasons.

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?Most Americans with jobs work “at-will”: Either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or none at all. Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship and vice versa.

How Some Rich People Are Trying To Dismantle Inequality

How Some Rich People Are Trying To Dismantle InequalityAmple research indicates that the growing problem of wealth and income inequality could stunt U.S. economic growth and undermine our democracy while stirring political polarization.

Solving Homelessness: A Public Option For Land Ownership?

Solving Homelessness: A Public Option For Land Ownership?A number of recent articles in the corporate press around the country highlight the ongoing dilemma the capitalist class faces in dealing with the persistent and rising homelessness problem.

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

As the Senate prepares to modify its version of the health care bill, now is a good time to back up and examine why we as a nation are so divided about providing health care, especially to the poor.

Is Wonder Woman A Feminist Icon Or Symbol Of Oppression?

wonder woman and feminismIt’s been a busy – and controversial – year for Wonder Woman. In October 2016, the United Nations made a curious appointment: Wonder Woman would be the global organisation’s new Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment

Is The American Dream On Life Support?

Is The American Dream On Life Support?'Declines in absolute mobility have been a systematic, widespread phenomenon throughout the United States since 1940,' the authors of the new study write.

How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

How Innovation Can Fight Off InequalityInequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are Skating

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are SkatingTax day is here once more, and tens of millions of Americans will rush to file their income taxes by this year’s deadline of April 18 (rather than April 15 for a variety of reasons). The Conversation 

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go Down

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go DownIn 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop Migrants

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop MigrantsWalls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can Eat

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can EatA survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.

How It Feels When People See You As Less Human

How It Feels When People See You As Less HumanIn a recent study, American participants placed Muslims and Mexican immigrants significantly closer to the ape-like ancestor than Americans as a whole.

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors Together

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors TogetherAccess to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers.

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Social Mobility

The Uncomfortable Truth About Social MobilityIs it okay to talk to your young children? To read them stories at bedtime, discuss the flowers by the bus stop, be attentive as they describe their day? Let’s try another tack.

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to overthrow the Washington establishment, but this recent populist surge is certainly not the country’s first.

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit Fraud

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit FraudOver the course of four years, at least 5,000 Wells Fargo employees opened more than a million fake bank and credit card accounts on behalf of unwitting customers.

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income Inequality

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income InequalityScorpion met Frog on a river bank and asked him for a ride to the other side. “How do I know you won’t sting me?” asked Frog. “Because,” replied Scorpion, “if I do, I will drown.” Satisfied, Frog set out across the water with Scorpion on his back. Halfway across, Scorpion stung Frog. “Why did you do that?” gasped Frog as he started to sink. “Now we’ll both die.” “I can’t help it,” replied Scorpion. “It’s my nature.”

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic Plan

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic PlanDonald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else.

Affording Child Care In America

Affording Child Care In AmericaThis week on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump took a big step out of traditional Republican territory to propose a federal solution to the high cost of child care. His plan suggests utilizing the tax code to give a break to working parents with young kids.

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