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Annual Report 2012-2013

The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is excited to share our Annual Report for 2012-2013.  We hope you enjoy reading about our achievements from the last year. Thank you to our members, donors, volunteers, and partners who make our work possible. It’s an honor to work with all of you to advance equity and justice for all women. Click here to read the report!

What is the Real Pay Gap and Why Does It Matter?

There has been some variation in reports on income inequity. Most studies report that women earn 77% in comparison to a man’s earned dollar. However, in October 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that women earned 81 cents to the man’s dollar. They looked at weekly earnings to examine the wage gap and only used data from full-time workers, since women are twice as likely to work part…
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian Feminist and Author

On March 10th, Nigerian author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College. Every other year, they invite a Women’s and Gender Studies speaker to campus, and due to her advocacy and her great TedTalk about why we should all be feminists, Ms. Adichie was the obvious choice. Many community members of her hometown of Lagos do not agree with or understand her feminist practices, and Chimamanda acknowledges…
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Gender Equity: How is the U.S. doing?

The United States is a free, democratic country that promotes equality and diversity. At least, that is often its reputation. While those qualities are the foundations of our country, the truth is that the U.S. isn’t actually doing so great in regard to gender equity in comparison with other nations. In fact, numerous reports give evidence of the Nordic countries being some of the best for gender equality for a…
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The Importance of Paid Sick Leave

Nearly all workers will, at some point in their career, need to take time off of work because of personal illness or to take care of family members.  It is a reality of life that we get sick.  Why is it, then, that only twelve percent of U.S. workers have paid sick leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent have employer paid family leave through an employer-provided short…
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Transnational Feminisms

Welcome to College Feminists Connect 2.0! Intern Chloe here, and I am in my final semester at St. Olaf College. I’ve been MIA for a while due to J-term, but I’m back in action and will be posting awesome blogs about transnational feminisms, since my Women’s and Gender Studies seminar is focused in that content, and of course, economic equity for women in the U.S., as that is the working…
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Girls and Civic Engagement

Girls Rock! the Capitol is an annual event that girls from all over Minnesota can partake in. For the day the participants came to the state capitol and engage in mock elections, mock committee hearings and workshops. They were all able to interact with legislators that chose to partake in the day. Seeing young girls engage as they did at Girls Rock! the Capitol was truly an inspiring experience. Girls want to learn,…
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Weekly Wrap-up: February 19

While minority populations are overrepresented in U.S. prisons, new research shows that people of color are even more disproportionately high in private, for-profit prisons. Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were beaten with whips by Cossack militia right before a scheduled performance. An interview with Duke freshman and porn star highlights the complexity of sex work. The Kansas House passed HB 2453, which would allow businesses and individuals…
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The Shriver Report

The latest Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink”, published on January 9, is the third in the series.  This 400-page report is not only comprised of in depth research and analysis but also coupled with essays by a vast array of thinkers. The report includes stories from women that are experiencing the hardships the report highlights.  Essays topics vary, as do the authors writing them. From…
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“The Oppressed Majority”

You may or may not have seen this video circulating around the internet.  The title is “Oppressed Majority” and it highlights the nature of everyday sexism by swapping traditional male/female gender roles.  As viewers, we see clearly how women are objectified daily–by cat-calling, by sexual abuse, and by seemingly innocent comments about our appearances. After watching this video, I am irritated.  It is yet another example of the devaluation of women’s…
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Why Should Millennial Women Care about Pay Equity?

Why Should Millennial Women Care about Pay Equity?

Women today are entering the workforce making hourly wages that are much closer to those of men’s than ever before in history.  This is exciting stuff, right? New research from Pew Research Center states, “In 2012, among workers ages 25 to 34, women’s hourly earnings were 93% those of men. By comparison, among all working men and women ages 16 and older, women’s hourly wages were 84% those of men….
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Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay!