The Christian Science Monitor featured several articles this week on the veil and the Muslim Women's Movement. They're well worth the read! From "Behind the veil: Why Islam's most visible symbol is spreading:"
Nearly one-third of U.S. adults play caregiver roles in households across the nation according to Caregiving in the U.S. 2009 report. The report was funded by the MetLife Foundation and conducted for the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP by Matthew Greenwald & Associates. The report also found that
Caregivers provide an average of 20 hours a week of care
66% of caregivers are women
One in seven caregivers provides care for a child with special needs
One in six caregivers report that caregiving has a negative impact on their health
I am a feminist. You don’t have to be a woman and firsthand experience these inequalities in order to identify them. In fact, I find it irresponsible to identify these inequalities and then sit idly by and do nothing to change them.
Extra points to this activist for identifying as a cisgender man, being trans inclusive as well as just generally awesome.
The DC Women's Agenda, a program of Wider Opportunities for Women, recently released a gender analysis of the 2008 American Community Survey. They found that women remain in poverty even while working. Here are some of the stats they shared:
Women are eight times more likely to live in poverty than men in D.C.
Approximately 22% of women-headed households, working full or part time, live in poverty
Gender income disparities persist as men who worked full-time had an 8.5% increase in salary from 2007 to 2008 while their female counterparts had only a 2.3% increase.
Yesterday, three fabulous NCRW interns* and I journeyed down to the concrete maze that is the United Nations to participate in a commemorative event celebrating CEDAW’s 30th birthday. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, often referred to as the international bill of women’s human rights, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. The Convention defines discrimination as