discrimination

A very cold place has warmed up to women. Minnesota has passed landmark legislation that provides for women's economic security. It's a first for the nation—now will other states follow suit?

After working on peace and other big issues, former President Jimmy Carter has now taken up the cause of women. He has published a new book, "A Call to Action," which might be called in Internet speak, a listicle, that shows 23 ways to change things. Buying the book might be the first.

A woman in can be fired for comparing her income to that of her male coworker. Is it Illegal or Just Sleazy? You can find out by watching this parody game show. The punch line is that you won't believe the answer.

Some very brave Iranian women protested the hijab by undressing this weekend in Stockholm. Not in Iran. Their bare chests were inscribed with the messages, "No to Hijab", or "My nudity, my protest." However, some still covered their faces for protection.
On November 27, the ACLU filed suit on behalf of Major Mary Hegar and three other military servicewomen against the Department of Defense for its discriminatory combat exclusion policy, which keeps women like Hegar from taking one of the 238,000 direct ground combat positions in the Armed Forces. So while Hegar is allowed to rescue infantry, she is not allowed to fight alongside them. According to the ACLU, this policy constitutes a denial of Equal Protection under the Fifth Amendment.
Women -- and men -- at all income levels report harassment, retaliation, and even outright firing by their employers once their caregiving responsibilities become known. Reported cases of family responsibility discrimination are on the rise: lawsuits filed by employees with family caregiving obligations have increased almost 400% in the past decade, while the number of reports of pregnancy discrimination rose 35 percent over the past ten years.
Back in 2008, the Gender Equality Principles Initiative, a partnership between the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the Calvert Group, and Verité, released a set of gender equality principles to help organizations assess how well they are doing on the gender equality front. The principles are organized into seven key areas, including employment and compensation, work-life balance and career development, management and governance, and business, supply chain, and marketing practices.

People who worry about their appearance are more likely to discriminate against obese people, a new study has found.

Researchers gave bogus resumes to 102 university students and asked them to discuss the 12 candidates, six of whom were obese women and six of whom had undergone stomach surgery to treat their obesity. Participants said they were less prepared to award jobs to the obese women, less likely to identify them for future success and more likely to start them on low salaries.