Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The first was in today's paper and is titled "Fighting over Child Support after the Pink Slip Arrives." In it, Julie Bosman reports on the great number of parents--mostly fathers--who are seeking to reduce the amount they pay each month to custodial parents (mostly mothers) in child support. They are seeking these reductions either because they have lost their jobs, changed to lower-paying jobs, or simply anticipate a reduction in income. The individual stories featured are very sobering. Of particular interest to me is one judge's apparent tendency to reduce the amount of child support because he figures a custodial parent is better receiving less--sometimes much less--than nothing at all, which is what might happen if a father becomes homeless, etc.
In the other story, "When the Stork Carries a Pink Slip," Lesley Alderman points out that neither laying off a pregnant woman nor laying off a woman on maternity leave is a violation of federal law. All the employer has to do is articulate some basis for the decision other than the pregnancy or maternity leave. Here's an excerpt from the story:
To be sure, it is illegal to dismiss someone or refuse to hire her specifically because she is pregnant, according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But few employers are foolish enough to cite pregnancy as the reason for firing or not hiring someone.On the whole, the impact of the economic downturn on women is not a pretty picture.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Increasing numbers of working class women now — in a downturn where 82 percent of the job losses have been among men – have become their family’s sole wage-earners, it’s true. But their husbands, very often, are holding their own at home just fine. For while the stereotype has long been that working class men won’t do “women’s work,” Coontz said, the truth is that in recent years they’ve had a better track record than the most high-income men in sharing domestic duties.I know that will make you want to read more.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Anyone out there see it differently? Maybe it's some kind of personality typology and I'm missing it?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The story features this quote from Karen Finney, who was a deputy press secretary for HRC in the White House and who is now an advisor to Ms. Gillibrand: “Kirsten has inspired the band to get back together ... It’s nice to be working for another great woman from New York.”
Here's an excerpt from deeper in the story, amidst many examples of women supporting Gillibrand:
One Clinton supporter who spoke on the condition of anonymity said:
Ms. Gillibrand’s back-to-back campaigns will also provide an outlet to the energies and enthusiasms of Mrs. Clinton’s ardent grass-roots supporters, especially in feminist circles.
One member of Ms. Gillibrand’s kitchen cabinet, for example, is Ann Lewis, a longtime Clinton confidante and a senior adviser on the presidential campaign. Ms. Lewis recently launched NoLimits.org, a Web site and blog, to allow Mrs. Clinton’s supporters to network and stay in touch.
Hard-core Hillary supporters are fully expecting [HRC] to run again in 2016 ... That is one reality. Kirsten is a more local reality. But for folks in New York, she gives them a focus.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Here's an excerpt:
I love the designer-to-J. Crew glamour. Combined with her workaday visits to soup kitchens, inner-city schools and meetings with military families, Michelle’s flair is our depression’s answer to Ginger Rogers gliding around in feathers and lamé.
Her arms, and her complete confidence in her skin, are a reminder that Americans can do anything if they put their minds to it.I'm purposefully omitting the next sentence, in which Dowd (of course) slams HRC.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
“Simply put, this is a patriarchal society,” said Manizha Naderi, director of Women for Afghan Women, one of four organizations that run shelters in Afghanistan. “Women are the property of men.”
* * *Women’s shelters have been criticized as a foreign intrusion in Afghan society, where familial and community problems have traditionally been resolved through the mediation of tribal leaders and councils.