Entre chien et loup (crépuscule)
July 2014. Olympus mju-II with Kodak portra 800.
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Joint favourite from my dashboard this week: the work of ClearCut.
TBT: to a news item that has been bugging me for the best part of a week…
Firstly, human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that are created for in-vitro fertilisation, that become surplus to requirements (due to successful or abandoned treatment), and that would otherwise be discarded. Anti-abortion campaigners are again trying to conflate that with abortion. Because, apparently, science, and nuanced thought, or, likely, thought of any kind, doesn’t sit well with their worldview…
On the other hand, isn’t the taco and beer challenge ceding the high ground by (metaphorically) giving the anti-abortion crowd the finger, rather than engaging them on the facts?
What really, really, pisses me off though is the mealy-mouthed media outlet that is happy to self-publicise by taking part in the ice bucket challenge, while simultaneously pandering to their conservative viewers. Pathetic.
Did you think she was done for the day? Here’s Betsey Stevenson on America’s place among developed nations in female labor force participation, and how we can improve it.
Ok, so things are improving on many fronts when it comes to women in the workforce, but we’re slipping compared to other countries when it comes to female labor force participation.
Since 1990, the U.S. has dropped from 7th to 16th in that category among advanced democracies—that’s in the bottom third. In fact, we’re the only developed country that does not guarantee paid maternity leave.
But with the right policy changes, we can jump back up the leaderboard and help expand opportunity for millions of women. Paid leave and other policies that enable workers to better balance work and family obligations could help boost female labor force participation. One study estimated that U.S. female labor force participation would be 6.8 percentage points higher if the U.S. had implemented a suite of family-friendly policies. (cc Republicans in Congress)
Sometimes I am just astounded by my own ignorance - or maybe just by the (apparently) stupid assumptions that I make about a country that I am so fond of: the United States. How can one of the richest nations on earth not guarantee paid maternity leave (and how did I not know that) ?
You will be telling me next that in some jurisdictions it’s still legal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation…