This story is part of Fast Company‘s Gender Pay Gap package “Short Changed.” In honor of Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day that women have to work for free to match men’s earnings, we are exploring elements of pay inequality though the personal stories of women across industries and career stages who experience it every day. Click here to read the whole series. Men have historically shied away from jobs that are perceived as women’s work. These so-called pink-collar jobs, which include nursing and teaching, frequently pay less than male-dominated fields and carry the stigma of being more “feminine” work. But research shows that when men do enter fields that are considered women’s work, they often earn more money than their female counterparts or move up the ranks with more ease. As male-dominated blue-collar jobs have become more scarce, some men have turned to pink-collar work. Over the last five decades, the percentage of men in the … [Read more...] about “I’ve been a nurse for 20 years. The male nurses I work with have a different pay track”
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Nykora aims for the bucket … and misses. The man’s bright red nose lights up, and a buzzer sounds. Nyakora jumps, and his friends laugh. Luckily for Nyakora — and the patient, Operation’s “Cavity Sam” — the surgery is only a game, part of a stress-management workshop for freshmen and sophomores in a program for underrepresented students here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The idea, said Ann Swartz-Beckius, interim director of student achievement, is to teach students how to remain calm under pressure, “to tune out the noise in their heads.” The program’s larger goal is much more ambitious: eliminating the nearly 30 percentage point graduation gap, on average, between white students and black and Latino students at this campus of 13,000 undergraduates, 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?
By Katy Murphy | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 7:34 am One of the central issues looming before California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is the state’s acute housing affordability crisis. As he unveiled his first budget blueprint this month, days into the job, Newsom spoke at length about the depth of the problem and how he aimed to attack it, from new state investments in affordable housing to better local planning. In his speech, Newsom hit a notably different tone than that of his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, who in an exit interview with NPR last month questioned the limits of the state’s ability to make housing more affordable. We talk with Ben Metcalf — a Brown appointee who leads the California Department of Housing and Community Development — about that marked contrast in perspectives and what state government can and can’t do about California’s housing … [Read more...] about Can state government make a dent in California’s housing crisis?
By Carolyn Said Updated 4:00 am PST, Sunday, January 13, 2019 Patty Rodriguez, founder of SF Parking, which runs the employee lot at San Francisco International Airport, chats with concierge Gilbert Gallegos at SFO. Patty Rodriguez, founder of SF Parking, which runs the employee lot at San Francisco International Airport, chats with concierge Gilbert Gallegos at SFO. Photo: Photos By Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Photos By Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Patty Rodriguez, founder of SF Parking, which runs the employee lot at San Francisco International Airport, chats with concierge Gilbert Gallegos at SFO. Patty Rodriguez, founder of SF Parking, which runs the employee lot at San Francisco International Airport, … [Read more...] about Small loans make big difference for businesses owned by women, minorities
If neither Mexico nor Congress is going to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, then Brian Kolfage has a more expedient plan: GoFundMe. In just four days, the military veteran’s crowdsourced campaign for construction of the border wall has raked in more than $2.5 million in donations from more than 43,000 people as of early Thursday. Kolfage, a triple amputee who won a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq, is aiming to raise $1 billion for wall funding through the GoFundMe. He proposed on the GoFundMe page that if every one of the 63 million people who voted for Trump donated $80, they would get the wall that Trump promised them, echoing an idea included in a New York Post column over the weekend. The 37-year-old Air Force vet of Miramar Beach, Florida, said in an email to The Washington Post that he decided to start the campaign on Sunday because “political games from both parties” have been holding back funding for the wall. He said his campaign, “We … [Read more...] about A triple-amputee military vet started a GoFundMe for Trump’s border wall. He’s raised $2.5 million in four days.