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How Gender Double Standards Cause the Wage Gap

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The average woman in the US is still paid considerably less than the average man. This we know. But the reasons for the wage gap are, apparently, still up for debate. Plenty of people will try to argue that the reason is not actually sexism — that the real reason is that they don’t ask for raises. This comic by Lefty Cartoons puts this distraction to rest.

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Source: Complex

With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These myths keep us from seeing this issue for what it really is. So let’s debunk them.

The Who, What, and Where of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace Sexual Harassment

They say that knowledge is power. So in order to begin to reclaim power over a problem, we must first understand it. And the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive problem that we definitely need to eradicate. This infographic provides the first important tools to addressing this serious issue. Find out who gets harassed, who harasses, and more.

How Bosses Can Develop an LGBTQIA+ Friendly Work Environment

Source: Levo

Any exclusion can be painful and dangerous for LGBTQIA+ folks, but to be excluded in the workplace is especially damaging. As the boss, it’s your responsibility to make sure that this place where your employees spend so much of their time is a nontoxic environment — especially for those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are some practical tips on how to do this.

Why I Don’t Suppress My Gender Identity in the Workplace

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Professionalism is a funny term. It masquerades as neutral, despite being loaded with immense oppression. For years, professionalism has been my enemy because it requires that my gender identity is constantly and unrepentantly erased. But I finally realized something: As transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, we deserve better.

The Truth About Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

It’s easy to ignore problems that don’t directly affect us. So if you’ve never experienced sexual harassment at work, you may not realize how pervasive it is. Get the facts about how common sexual harassment in the workplace is, who is most often targeted, and how often the harassment gets reported with this handy infographic from Visual.ly.

10 Reasons Why Labor Unions Matter

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Labor unions are a feminist issue: It doesn’t get more feminist than battling the gender and race wage gaps, advocating for paid parental leave, and empowering lower-income workers. Check out this cartoon by Barry Deutsch, which perfectly demonstrates how arguments against labor unions don’t stand a chance in feminist discourse.

5 Ways to Negotiate for the Paycheck You Deserve When You Work for a Sexist Company

Source: The Grindstone

Women, and particularly women of color, find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting paid. The wage gap plays a detrimental role in women’s lives as they are systemically cheated out of money they should be receiving. But there are ways to ask for what you deserve and leave your boss wondering why they waited so long to give it to you!

It’s Not You, it’s Them: How to Know If Your Social Justice Job Is Toxic (And What to Do About It)

Source: BET

The work being done at feminist nonprofits and other organizations working for social change is necessary work; it can be very satisfying work as well. Unfortunately, as many idealistic activists have found, too many of these organizations have dysfunctional or toxic work environments. So what can you do if you’re working in a toxic social justice organization?

José vs Joe: Who Gets a Job?

José Vs. Joe: Who Gets A Job?

In a perfect world, the most qualified applicants would gain the attention of those responsible for filling job openings. But that’s not the world we live in. Something as simple as a non-White sounding name can immediately reduce your chances of getting hired. Watch what happened when one man decided to change only one letter of his resume, going from José to Joe.