How Our Education System Undermines Gender Equity

from Brookings There are well-documented achievement and opportunity gaps by income and race/ethnicity. K-12 accountability policies often have a stated goal of reducing or eliminating those gaps, though with questionable effectiveness. Those same accountability policies require reporting academic proficiency by gender, but there are no explicit goals of reducing gender gaps and no “hard accountability” sanctions tied to gender-subgroup performance. We could ask, “Should gender be included more strongly in accountability policies?” In this post, I’ll explain why I don’t think accountability policy interventions would produce real gender equity in the current system—a system that largely relies on existing state […]

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What Keeps Female Freelancers From Closing The Gender Pay Gap

from Forbes The gender pay gap remains a debated issue and is still a hotly contested matter within the freelance community as well. As I mentioned in a previous article, statistics are still lacking on gender pay discrepancy within many freelance niches, but what is known is this:  in those niches studied, the pay gap is high –– as much as 32%. A lot of this has to do with requirements for more transparency in salaries. What is surprising about all of this is that in the gig economy, freelancers set their own rates. So why are women setting rates that […]

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