Racial Justice is Economic Justice


via FranChescaleigh’s blog.

Black people make up the largest % of fast food workers in the nation. On 4/15, stand with Black Youth Project 100 and #Fightfor15 for better jobs: http://byp100.org/ff15signup/


On a related note:
 The U.S. economy would expand by $2.1 trillion in gross domestic product if racial minorities had equal access and opportunities in the job market.

A woman’s 4.0 GPA is equal to a man’s 2.0




So, this is fun. High school GPAs may be a good indicator afterall of future income BUT not if that student graduating is the woman variety.
A Woman With Perfect Grades Is Worth The Same As A Man With A 2.0 Average | ThinkProgress. ←link

I don’t think grades are everything usually. I think a lot of parents and schools use grades to measure intelligence and potential way too much. But hell…I have twin daughters who are graduating next year and it’s depressing to raise daughters to believe they ARE equal beings and can have success in whatever field they choose when society isn’t quite up to speed on the matter. They both currently have a 3.9 GPA. They’re proud of their academic success and have some great aspirations for college. How do we keep our daughters motivated to succeed when no matter how much they focus on  their goals, they face going into a job market that determines their value as less because of gender?

The answer is not that they need to “lean in” more. This is not something we can fix by telling our daughters to work harder and be smarter.

On a related note, everyone is talking about Jill Abramson being fired from the New York Times and speculation has gone straight to pay gap issues.  I echo what Maria Shriver says. I don’t know all the ins and outs of the Abramson case, but I do know this: Jill Abramson is going to be fine. What I also know is that the gender pay gap in this country is real, especially for low-income working women. That’s who isn’t doing fine.”

It’s still a significant problem. Congress (ok, Republicans in Congress, specifically) have voted no on every measure meant to close the gender pay gap.Equal pay shouldn’t be such a hard thing to achieve.

Recently, David Leonhardt tried to link fidgety boys to poverty, stating that boys are in a crisis state and girls are doing just fine. There’s a lot to pick apart in his article but one flawed point made was this:

To put it another way, the American economy — for all its troubles (and all of the lingering sexism) — looks to be doing pretty well when you focus on girls. The portion of women earning a four-year college degree has jumped more than 75 percent over the last quarter-century, in line with what has happened in other rich countries. Median inflation-adjusted female earnings are up almost 35 percent over the same span, census data show — while male earnings, incredibly, haven’t risen at all.

One of the causes of widening inequality in the U.S. is due to the fact that nobody is getting a decent pay increase . The rate of pay increases since the late 60s hasn’t kept pace with inflation. Women still on average make 77 cents for every man’s dollar… and this is all women. Women of color and transgender women earn less than white women even. Black women, for example, earns less than 70 cents for every dollar a man earns.  Over the last quarter century, women’s earning may be up almost 35% (thanks,feminism.May the future version of you be more intersectional and fight equally for everyone) but it still isn’t even equal to a man’s dollar.  I have a fidgety boy myself but I am far more concerned about the future my daughters have. There is a crisis for ALL children being raised in poverty (equal consideration given to single parented households and two parent households). Fidgety or not, my son is still going to start his future career at  a better advantage than his sisters.

I mean, unless something changes to equalize things. Finally.


ok! ok! hold it! I just want to say something you know, for every dollar a man makes a woman makes 63 cents. now, fifty years ago that was 62 cents. so, with that kind of luck, it’ll be the year 3,888 before we make a buck. but hey, girl

(That 63 cents was back  in 1990. And we’re up to 77 cents 20 years later.