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April 25, 2011

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The Wage Gap
Budget Analysis
News from the Network
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WEBINAR: Thinking Bigger with The OpEd Project   


     The Op-Ed Project  

 SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2:00pm EST

Join us for this exclusive webinar presented by The OpEd Project's Founder and Director, Katie Orenstein.


What is the bigger picture, and how do you and your ideas fit into it? Your ability to see the bigger picture is what makes your vision count. Learn more about how to articulate your thought leadership.


As a courtesy to NCRW members and affiliates, we are offering this webinar free of charge. All you need is a telephone and computer with internet connection to participate.


RSVP today ( for this exciting chance to experience The OpEd Project's acclaimed instruction, and add your voice to the growing movement of women writing, speaking, and sharing their opinions in the public sphere.

Gender and Leadership: A Case Study at Princeton

 Nan Keohane



Join Dr. Nannerl Keohane for an overview of how undergraduates at Princeton approach their college years, the differences in how young women and men view leadership, and in their overall experience.  




Thursday, May 12th 2:00 PM EST


A recent study from the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women's Leadership at Princeton suggests how to support young women on campus, provide them real-life skills and make their leadership more "visible." Many of the patterns observed in the report are common to other co-ed campuses and have implications for how women advance in careers after graduation.

Dr. Keohane will outline current challenges as well as point to opportunities such as mentoring, a proven strategy to help bring greater gender equity to leadership.




To register, visit our website, or click here






Johnnetta Cole/Beverly Guy-Sheftall Event & Member Center Awards   




 Thursday, May 19, 2011
NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South, NYC

A conversation with Johnnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, authors of Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out
on the 2008 Presidential Campaign, on the current impact of racism and sexism in the U.S. 



RSVP required: Please respond early as space is limited and registration is required for security purposes. The program is free and open to the public. 


Preceded by the presentation of the 2011 NCRW Member Center Awards

The Wage Gap: How Far Have We Come? 
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Women Earn Lower Pay Than Men In 107 of 111 Occupations

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released a new fact sheet on the occupational gender wage gap that shows women have lower median earnings than men in 107 out of 111 occupations, regardless of levels of education. The fact sheet, based on an analysis of median weekly wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is released annually by IWPR to mark Equal Pay Day.


A new IWPR reportEnding Sex and Race Discrimination in the Workplace: Legal Interventions That Push the Envelope, sheds light on factors contributing to the gender wage gap and steps that employers can take to eliminate unequal pay.


Women Earn Less Than Men Among Federal Employees

According to an IWPR press release, women make up 48 percent of the full-time, civilian federal workforce, but are overrepresented among federal workers with lower salaries. Women make up 60 percent of federal workers with annual salaries under $50,000, but only 38 percent of federal workers with annual salaries over $100,000. For more information, visit 


The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap

Equal pay is important for women's economic well-being and that of their families. When men and women are paid differently for comparable work, women have fewer resources to support themselves and their families, to invest in additional education for themselves and their children, and to provide for retirement.


This commonsense guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States, with explanations and resources to help you effectively advocate for pay equity.

WOC Policy Network

Wage Disparities and Women of Color

Women of Color Policy Network released this new issue brief, which looks into the negative impact of the gender-based wage gap is exacerbated for women of color, who face lower lifetime earnings overall, occupational segmentation, and unequal access to assets and other wealth builders.

NCRW Staff Offer Their Perspectives on the Wage Gap in The Real Deal Blog

Equal Pay: Why Aren't We There Yet? 


NYC Lags Behind the Private Sector in Pay Equity 


Mind the (Gender Wage) Gap   

2012 Federal Budget Commentary 
WOC Policy Network

Policy Brief Assesses Budget's Impact on Women of Color


The Women of Color Policy Network issued a policy brief that offers a synthesis of the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget proposal, President Obama's deficit reduction vision, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's GOP budget proposal, toward an understanding of what each means for low-income families and communities of color. 

National Women's Law Center

Budget Proposal Threatens Health Care for Women of All Ages

The National Women's Law Center has created fact sheets outlining the effect of the proposed budget on women's health care, the economy, as well as state-by-state summaries of the services sacrificed by the budget. Visit the NWLC website for additional resources.

Center on Budget Policies and Priorities

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP Funding by $127 Billion Over Ten Years 

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report highlighting the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget plan that would cut the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps) by almost 20 percent over the next ten years (2012-2021), which would affect benefits for millions of low-income families. 

Half in Ten

How Would the GOP's Budget Affect Those in Poverty? 

Half in Ten argues that the GOP budget plan will concentrate wealth in the hands of a few while undermining the economic security of the middle class and the poor. Take their quiz to find out how the proposed cuts will impact low-income families, and what the GOP's new budget mean for our safety net.

Center for American Progress

CAP Resources on the Budget Battle 

The Center for American Progress offers their take on the "Seven things Americans will lose if the government shuts down," as well as an interactive timeline of the FY 2011 budget debate. Visit the CAP website for further analysis, including the potential impact of the budget cuts on the military and the still-recovering housing market.

News from the Network 
Nat. Women's Studies Association 

How to Write Successful Grants to Advance Women in Science


The National Women's Studies Association is pleased to offer an interactive audiovisual workshop on how to successfully navigate the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant process. ADVANCE grants are intended to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic and science engineering careers.


Tuesday, April 26, 4:00-5:15 PM Eastern
The fee is $75 for members, $100 for non-members. Learn more here.


NWSA and University of Illinois Press

Announce First Book Prize

The National Women's Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce a new competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies. Applicants must be National Women's Studies Association members. 


We welcome nonfiction manuscripts that exemplify cutting-edge intersectional feminist scholarship, whether the area of focus is historical or contemporary. 


Submitted dissertations must have been completed and defended after June 1, 2008. All submissions must be postmarked by June 1, 2011. For more details, click here


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Radhika Balakrishnan to Speak at the Obama Administration and Human Rights Conference

CWGL Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan will participate in a panel on the economic crisis and human rights on April 28th at 1:30p.m. Click here for more information.


Public Forum: Student Advocacy Training on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

May 5, 2011, 4-6p.m.

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus 


Please join the Center for Women's Global Ledership (CWGL), Douglass Residential College and the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) for a reception and report back from students. From February 18-March 4, 2011, 16 undergraduate Rutgers University students participated in a pilot training for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.    
RSVP by April 22nd.







Authors Series Event with Margaret Heffernan 

A distinguished businesswoman and writer, Margaret Heffernan is a popular guest of CWL and was also one of our first Executives in Residence. In her current book, Willfull Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril she asks, "What is it that makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? How can we change? 


Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6-8 p.m.

Needham Wellesley Room, Babson College 

Register here.








Participatory Action Research Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders Project

The Center is pleased to have been selected to serve as the academic partner for an exciting new initiative,The Participatory Action Research Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders Project. This project is one of four initiatives of the Women's Pipeline for Change which aims to expand public expectations of political leadership in the United States by building a sustainable infrastructure to support progressive women of color as they enter public life. Click here for more information.






Welfare Reform at Age 15: A Vanishing Safety Net for Women and Children

In 1996, the federal government "ended welfare as we know it," replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.


Welfare Reform at Age 15, a new report by Legal Momentum, demonstrates that TANF has shredded the safety net, utterly failing to offer its recipients - mostly children and single mothers - a path out of poverty. 


Congress must enact legislation by September 30, 2011 to reauthorize or otherwise extend TANF. Welfare Reform at Age 15 shows that change is essential if TANF is to become an effective safety net. Read the report here.


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WCW Receives NIMH Funding for Depression Prevention Project


The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College, with the University of Chicago (UC), has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for a multi-site study to evaluate a primary care/Internet-based depression prevention program for at-risk adolescents and their families. The project, Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive Behavioral Humanistic and Interpersonal Training (CATCH-IT), is based on face-to-face interventions that demonstrate efficacy. Read more about the study here.


Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity Highlights Intersectionality in Research, Theory and Practice


The CRGE's annual "Research Connections" publication includes research on Black women writers in South Africa, Filipina immigrant Youth in Japan, as well as intersectional resources for the classroom. An interview with University of Maryland Professor Dr. Sandy Hofferth, director of the Maryland Population Research Center, explores the importance of interdisciplinary research collaborations. Click here to read the publication online.

News from Beyond the Network 
The Op-Ed Project

Register for Spring Courses with The OpEd Project
Register today for the new OpEd Studio course, created and taught by the dynamic duo of Julie Burstein (NPR, Studio 360, "Spark") and Jolie Solomon. Thought Leadership 360 will help you shape your ideas across media platforms under the guidance of top editors, producers and social media gurus from The New York Times Magazine, major book publishing houses, WNYC's Greene Space, Fox News, and more. 

Core OpEd courses and workshops are also available in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and other cities this spring. For all the news and listings visit The OpEd Project.






Panel on State Responsibility to Eliminate Violence Against Women


The Due Diligence Project, a research advocacy project, is pleased to welcome the public to an expert panel on state responsibility to eliminate violence against women. 


Thursday, April 28 from Noon to 1:30p.m. Details here.

Panelists will include Janine Moussa and Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Directors of the Due Diligence Project, Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (South Africa), Geeta Ramaseshan (India), and Vivienne Wee (Singapore). RSVP by April, 21.