WHERE THE GLASS CEILING IS LOWEST
The Economist compiled data on workplace gender equity across more than two dozen countries. Indicators include: higher education, female labor force participation, difference between median earnings for full-time male and female workers, women in senior management as a percent of total, and child-care costs as a percent of average wage.
The result: New Zealand's glass ceiling appears to be highest, while women in Japan and South Korea are likely to suffer frequent headaches as they bump their heads against the barriers of workplace gender discrimination.
GENDER DIFFERENCE IN UPTALKING
New analysis of Jeopardy contestants show that men and women "uptalk" differently. Uptalk is characterized by rising intonation at the end of a sentence that makes the sentence sound like a question (think Valley Girl).
Findings, published in the journal Gender and Society show:
"The more successful a man is, the less likely he is to use uptalk; the more successful a woman is, the more likely she is to use uptalk."
MAKING MOUNTAINS OUT OF MOLEHILLS
|Source: National Library of Australia|
Despite the fact that amniocentesis testing cannot be done until weeks 14-20 of a pregnancy, the state of Arkansas passed a law to prohibit the termination of a pregnancy after week 12. Amniocentesis tests alert parents to severe birth defects including neural tube deformities such as spina bifida.
In short, by prohibiting the termination of a pregnancy before amniocentesis can be performed, the new Arkansas law will force families to continue a pregnancy even if the baby cannot and will not survive birth.
FREAKONOMISTS TACKLE GENDER
The Freakonomics folks explore gender similarities and differences in a series of interviews, blog posts, and podcasts... (I may not concur with all views expressed in the podcast, but it is fascinating.)
OTHER GENDER EQUITY LINKS
From the Data Insights archives...