Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.
MYTH: Families are better off financially when fathers are the primary breadwinner, as opposed to mothers.
In nuclear families headed by a heterosexual couple, when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner, the total family income is higher. A Pew Research study revealed that in 2011, the average family income was about $80,000 for families in which the woman was the primary breadwinner, as opposed to families in which the man was the primary breadwinner, in which the average income was $78,000. Families with spouses that make approximately the same income had an even lower median income—about $70,000.
“Fairy tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” (G.K. Chesterton)
Halloween is scary. A coven of witches hang out randomly on a street corner. A zombie passing by in a taxi makes eye contact with you. Small (hopefully!) werewolves ring your doorbell and howl for candy. The fact that the streets crawl with monsters on the holiday specifically designated to be scary is no coincidence.
Passed in 1965, the Equal Pay Act was lauded as a victory in the fight to end gender-based pay discrimination in the US. Fast-forward to 2014, women of all backgrounds still make less a week than men, finds a study by American Association of University Women. Both Latinas and African American women make 11 percent less their male counterparts, while the gap for White women (22 percent) and Asian women (21) was slightly higher. Although many factors contribute, the root of the wage gap may lie in the way American society views gender, families and industry.
In late 2013, Re:Gender completed its strategic planning process. In preparation for the full rollout of the new plan this winter, we have been busy developing new projects and programming. I am pleased to present a snapshot of this work to you and show how our new network structure and programmatic initiatives connect research, policy and practice to promote and realize gender equity. This overview provides an opportunity to see the breadth of Re:Gender's work and to understand how our initiatives in your particular sector and field are an important piece of a greater whole.
I look forward to sharing more of the new with you in the coming months.
If you have not already, we recommend reading and sharing "Invisible Child," an excellent series by the New York Times’ Andrea Elliot. Chronicling the daily struggles and hopes of a young homeless girl and her family in New York City, this series puts a face to the statistics we hear and read about and brings them to life.