Inequality: Blog Action Day 2014

The good news is…we are not here anymore:

The Trouble With Women in the Workplace.

And don’t have literature like this:

Women are cooperative
But even after more than 60 years, women are still treated unfairly, and paid less than their male counterparts in the workplace.

Typical statistics say women make 77 cents for every one dollar a man is paid. Those numbers include the fact that women tend to have lower paying jobs than men. But dig deeper and there is still a gender salary gap.

According to the New York Times post Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs: “ …in the majority of the pay gap between men and women actually comes from differences within occupations, not between them.”

So even if all things are equal, women still make seven percent less than men…doing the same job, with the same qualifications and the same years of experience. Why?

Women have to work harder and smarter to prove we are just as qualified as a man. But often, this type of behavior is seen in a negative light…being too aggressive…while a man is seen as a leader.

In a recent article in The Atlantic “The Confidence Gap,” researchers show that if two co-workers (one male and one female) are essentially acting at a high level of confidence, the man is usually rewarded for his assertiveness and great ideas, while a woman is seen as bossy or worse…bitchy.

And this Women in the Workplace Bias study by ABC News, showed us first hand our bias toward strong women. The study showed two job candidates (one male, one female) with identical resumes, who said exactly the same thing in their interviews. People (men and women) then rated the candidates. Even other women rated the female candidate as aggressive and unlikable, but the man seemed confident.

Why this double standard? Women entered the workforce almost 70 years ago now make up about half of it. Why are we still fighting this? How do we change it? What does this say to young girls now?

Blog Action Day 2014

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The Power of We :: Blog Action Day 2012

We. You and me. Us. All of us.

There’s Power in We.

“We” can be as simple as two people…you and I. “We” can be as big as a group of ten, 50 or hundreds of people.

The Power of We is a couple raising a child to be happy and healthy, a mother and daughter collecting books for a school, two friends delivering a Thanksgiving dinner to a family who might go hungry this year.

The Power of We is a family donating groceries and clothing to a food pantry…helping another family just like theirs, who may be struggling.

The Power of We is a group of employees, some friends, a neighborhood, working as one to clean up a park, build a house, or serve food at a soup kitchen.

The Power of We is a non-profit organization providing shelter for the less fortunate, assistance to the elderly, or a way out of a tough life for an at-risk youth.

The Power of We is a community working together to clean up after a tornado, running a 5K to raise money for research, or rallying behind each other to make their city…their town…a better place to live.

There’s power in each of us. But together we’re stronger, louder…more powerful. There’s Power in We…there’s Power in Us.

Water :: Blog Action Day 2010

Today is blog action day, a day when bloggers from around the world write about the same subject. This year’s topic is water.

There are a lot of different angles to write about with water. Clean drinking water. Efforts to keep rivers and lakes free of trash and debris. Your water footprint.

I’m gong to stick with something I know. Plastic water bottles.

I’m not going to preach about how plastic bottles are bad, because there are some instances when I still use them. But over the past several years, our family has reduced the number of one-time use plastic water bottles. We make an effort to use reusable, recyclable water bottles.

I use aluminum water bottles like this for sports drinks:

And these reusable bottles for lunch boxes:

It’s not a lot, but it’s something. And every bit counts.

According to Earth911.org, American use 28 billion plastic water bottles per year. Another statistics states the average US person drinks 200 bottles per year, 86% which are not recycled.

Some cities are taking action by reducing their spending on bottled water. A city in Maryland even banned the sale of bottled water.

It’s unrealistic to pledge to eliminate plastic water bottles altogether. But by making a conscious effort to use reusable bottles when is appropriate and convenient, and recycling all others, you really can make a difference.