Since Pope Francis is on U.S. soil for the first time, if you had 10 minutes with him, what would you say?
I’d congratulate him on bringing the conversation around to wealth and income inequality, and then I’d ask him to look at his church’s history with women, and focus his attention there, as well.
This is what an inmate in Philly’s largest jail would ask him.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has released its latest findings on the gender pay gap and guess what?
The news isn’t good. In fact (from the report):
If the pace of change in the annual earnings ratio continues at the same rate as it has since 1960, it will take another 45 years, until 2059, for men and women to reach parity.
I shall be 100 that year. We need to move a lot faster.
Read this, by Roy Bourgeois at CounterPunch. Bourgeois says:
In 2012, after serving as a Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood because of my public support for the ordination of women. My expulsion from the priesthood by Pope Benedict came just five months before you became our Pope.
As Catholics, we are taught that men and women are created equal: “There is neither male nor female. In Christ you are one.” (Galatians 3:28). Pope Francis, why can’t women be priests?
Catholic priests say that the call to be a priest comes from God. As a young man serving in the military in Vietnam, I felt God calling me to be a priest. I was accepted into the Maryknoll Fathers and was ordained in 1972. In my years of ministry, I met many devout Catholic women who told me about their calling to the priesthood. They were all rejected because of their gender.
Pope Francis, who are we, as men, to say our call from God is authentic, but God’s call to women is not?
Amen. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.
Or: How exercise decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease in girls and women. I wrote this for the CT Health Investigative Team, c-hit.org.
For more on the photo of Kathryn Switzer above, go here.
This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine’s July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner. (Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP)
Transgender men and women have
double the jobless rate of the general population – and transgender people of color up to four times the national rate – advocates say the hiring is only one step in an uphill battle against the discrimination, stigma and lack of legal protection that hamper their joining the workforce and gaining positions of influence.
Sadly, not all trans women, in particular, have the resources of Caitlyn Jenner.
Not only do women make less than men all the way up the pay scale, but female executives tend to be financially penalized more when the market or the company takes a dip. From Liberty Street Economics:
Compensation of female executives is more exposed to declines in firm value and less exposed to increases in firm value than males’. We find that a 1 percent rise in firm value is associated with a 13 percent rise in firm-specific wealth for female executives and a 44 percent rise for male executives. Conversely, a 1 percent decline in firm value is associated with a 63 percent decline in firm-specific wealth for female executives and a 33 percent decline for males.
Right here, at Vanity Fair.