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Still long way to go...

Still a long way to go...

Yes, Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee in history. The American Association of University Women last week distributed 79 examples of how women are still treated unequally.  Seems we still have a long way to go…

1  In less than 10 years, the United States will need 1.7 million more engineers and computer scientists, and women could help fill these critical jobs.  But today, women make up only 26 percent of mathematical and computer scientists and just 12 percent of engineers.

2  There was a 7 percent decline in first-year undergraduate women who said they were interested in majoring in computer science between 2000 and 2014.

3  Nearly two thirds of bylines, on-camera appearances, and producer credits were listed to men, while women constituted only a third of these contributors.

4  Older men are much more likely to be married than older women  - 72 percent of men versus 46 percent of women.  In 2014, almost half of women age 75 and older (46 percent) lived alone.

5  Women working full time are paid 79 cents to every dollar men working full time are paid.

6  The gender pay gap could cost women more than $435,000 throughout the course of their careers.  For women with college degrees, losses can be much higher.

7  After becoming fathers, men see a 6 percent increase in earnings, even after controlling for factors such as hours worked and marital status, while new mothers see a 4 percent decrease per child.

8  Forty-three percent of men do food preparation or cleanup on an average day, compared with 70 percent of women.  Men are slightly more likely to do lawn and garden care than women – 12 percent compared with 8 percent.

9  More than three-quarters (76 percent) of public school teachers are women, but a mere 20 percent of superintendents are women.

10  Sixty-six percent of women in the military were sexually assaulted in 2014.  Sixty-two percent of the women in the military who reported their assaults faced retaliation.  One in four women who used the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 screened positive for Military Sexual Trauma.  Forty-three percent of victims of sexual assault in the military were encouraged to drop the issue.  Women in the military are more likely to be victims of rape than to be killed in combat.

According to Michael Kimmel, in a TED talk, “…gender equality is in the interest of countries, of companies, and of men, and their children and their partners…gender equality is not a zero-sum game. It's not a win-lose. It is a win-win for everyone.”  I agree.


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