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  3. September 4, 2018

Texas Doctor's Pay Gap Revelation, Career Limiting Volunteering, Niiiiceland, and More

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Texas Doctor's Pay Gap Revelation, Career Limiting Volunteering, Niiiiceland, and More

Quick Hits

  • Great news, ladies! Gary Tigges, a doctor from Plano, Texas, has uncovered why female physicians are paid less than their male counterparts, and the reason is surprisingly simple: women don’t work as hard! According to Tigges, the pay gap is a natural consequence of women just not working as hard and prioritizing other responsibilities over work. Doctors and researchers — male and female — have called out the inaccuracy of his remarks. InHerSight

  • While Nike makes headlines with its new Colin Kaepernick campaign, we're staying focused on the continuing developments for women working for the company. The latest: four female employees have sued the company for unequal pay. InHerSight

  • More female and minority students took AP Computer Science courses this year than ever before! USA Today

  • A controversial gender equality bill in California will advance to the State Assembly after passing the State Senate. The bill would require the boards of ALL publicly traded companies to include at least one woman. InHerSight

  • Lyft Riders have donated over $1 million to Girls Who Code via the company’s Round Up & Donate program . Fortune

  • Comedian Louis C.K. reappeared on stage for the first time since he admitted to masturbating in front of women without their consent. His return is sparking debate on when, if ever, abusers should be accepted back into their professions. NY Times

  • Sen. Kamala Harris has introduced a bill called the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies act to to help African-American mothers, who die at four times the rate of white mothers during childbirth. Mother Jones

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is cooking up new policies regarding sexual assault on college campuses to increase the rights of...the accused and the institutions? That doesn’t seem right. Read more about it in this article by the New York Times. NY Times

Another Study Says Just Say No to Office 'Volunteer' Work

A recent Harvard Business Review study warns women to stop volunteering to plan the office holiday party and and staying late on behalf of another colleague. Why? Because it’s hurting their chances of career growth. Professors Linda Babcock, Maria Recalde, and Lise Vesterlund found that women are much more likely to volunteer for mundane tasks — 48 percent more likely — and that their willingness to perform these “non-promotable” tasks actually hinders their advancement in the company. The report proclaims, "this can have serious consequences for women. If they are disproportionately saddled with work that has little visibility or impact, it will take them much longer to advance in their careers." CNBC

We Need to Talk About Mollie Tibbetts

University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, 20, disappeared after going for a jog in mid-July in her hometown of Brooklyn, IA. It was a month later before her body was discovered in a cornfield. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was charged with her murder. Tibbetts’ murder was a tragedy and a sobering reminder that women are not guaranteed safety in public — not even in their own hometowns where they likely feel most at ease. Her murder has left behind a grieving family and an unsettled nation.

Some, however, have sought to use Tibbetts’ murder as fodder for anti-immigrant rhetoric, calling upon Rivera’s status as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. But Tibbetts’ family was not going to see their beloved daughter used as a pawn in the immigration debate, publishing an op-ed in the Des Moines Register to firmly denounce those who would attempt to. Refinery29

Around the World

  • Bulgaria might be the poorest country in the European Union, but it’s at the top when it comes to women in tech with almost 27 percent of its women population working in information and communication technology. OZY

  • Iceland has been named the best place to be a woman in the world by the World Economic Forum’s gender-equality index for the ninth year in a row. HuffPost

  • On a more sobering note, two women in Malaysia were publicly caned for attempting to have sexual relations with each other. Homosexuality is illegal by both secular and religious laws in Malaysia. BBC

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