Gender Wage Gap Teaser

“If you’re a young women who graduated last summer from high school, you will earn $700,000 less over your working life than the young man standing in line with you to get his diploma.  If you graduated from college, you’ll lose $1.2 million compared to the man getting his degree along with you. ”

-Evelyn Murphy: President of The Wage Project

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Biz Proposal: Gender Discrimination and the Wage Gap

This week’s proposal has by far been the hardest one.  In general, finding business sources is difficult.  But it becomes especially hard on an issue such as gender discrimination, because clearly businesses are going to try to portray themselves in the best light possible.  For this reason,  I feel that business sources are going to be the most unreliable out of all the sources I find. Businesses act as if there is no or very little existence of differences in pay based on gender.  They follow the idea that they have express policies in place that prevent gender discrimination and that these are vigorously enforced.    Anyone who expresses a personal bias is not following policy and therefore it is out of their control.  This mindset can be seen in the Walmart v Duke case that we studied in class.

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Donate the Gift of Life

It is a simple idea: check yes for being an organ donor. The need for organs is real.  There are currently 116,466 people in the United States waiting for organs and 18 people will die each day waiting for one.  Some people may ask why they should donate.  I ask why not.  We have the power to positively influence the lives of others and this is an opportunity we should all take advantage of. One single organ donor can save up to 8 lives.  Not just organs are donated either; often times people receive tissue transplants that help them recover from serious trauma, bone damage, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Continue reading

Women….like men, only cheaper!


For my white paper I am exploring the gender wage gap.  To begin looking for an image I used google images and searched gender wage gap and found a nice selection to choose from.  Most of the pictures showed women standing on a smaller stack of money compared to men or holding a smaller piggy bank.  Although I felt these represented the struggle well, I decided to choose the above image instead because I thought it said more about the situation.  The image above comically represents the gender wage inequality that is caused by gender discrimination.  The image also gives the idea that women are just as capable and are providing just as good work as men but are being paid less for it.  I think this is an important aspect and this is the angle I want to take for my paper.  The image came from an informative website for Dublin, California which talked about how the gender wage gap is still present in California.

Gov Proposal: Gender Discrimination and the Wage Gap

For my white paper, I will be writing about the gender wage gap in the United States.  I intend to focus mainly on salaried workers, but depending on how my research goes I may include hourly workers.  So far, a lot of the research I have found talks about how women are at a disadvantage because they are often the caretaker of the home and children.  However, if possible, I want to avoid talking about how female’s other responsibilities interfere with pay.  Although I understand how this role in life could affect work patterns, I don’t believe this is the reason for wage inequality.  The problem here is simple: women with the same skills as men get payed less for doing the same work.

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Inglewood vs Walmart #smackdown

I was imagining this exchange occurring as Walmart was attempting to put a store in Inglewood (assuming that Twitter actually existed at that time).


@WalmartCEO: Want a walmart near you? Tell us where you live and we’ll bring one to you! #savemoney #livebetter

@InglewoodCC: @WalmartCEO anywhere but here please!

@WalmartCEO: @InglewoodCC Why not? We are helping people live better one community at a time, you could be next #morejobs #savemoney

@InglewoodCC: @WalmartCEO your presence will hurt independent business owners, create traffic congestion, and drive out better paying jobs #nowalmart

@WalmartCEO: @InglewoodCC research shows that new businesses often sprout up around our stores and we provide new job opportunities! #livebetter

@InglewoodCC: @WalmartCEO we don’t need you bringing us down, providing more minimum wage jobs, and discriminating against females #nowalmart

BP–too late to be responsible?

The company I want to investigate this week and potentially for paper 2 is BP.  Obviously the first thing that comes to mind when hearing BP is the deepwater oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  The beginning of the problem was the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig which killed 11 men and injured 17.  The explosion resulted in the largest ever accidental oil spill in history.  The actual rig was not owned by BP but leased to them from a company named Transocean.  Reports on the safety record of the company vary.  Some reports claim that it had a strong safety record with no major incidents in 7 years.  However further investigation shows that they have had specific problems and were actually rated last compared to other deep-sea drillers for job quality.  This poses questions regarding the regulations or governmental oversight involved with off-shore drilling, as well as the varying responsibilities of BP and Transocean.  

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Young Drivers: Discriminated

In high school, one of the greatest things to happen to any kid was when they finally got their license.  It provides teenagers with an unparalleled sense of freedom and independence.  And lets face it, what else do teenagers want?  But with his newfound independence comes huge responsibility.  Operating a two-ton vehicle can be difficult and the risk of hurting yourself, your passengers, or other drivers is high. Thus it is reasonable that in the state of New Jersey, a probationary license is given at first, which restricts some of the activities of new drivers.  These restrictions include only having one other person in the car at a time and no driving between midnight and 5 a.m..  These restrictions last for a full year until a regular license is issued.

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