Economists want to end hotel room job interviews

Sep 4, 2019
For many American economists, hotel room job interviews used to be the norm. A new policy from the American Economic Association wants to change that.
One year ago, Ph.D. student Kathryn Holston wrote a memo criticizing interviews in hotel rooms at the American Economic Association's annual conference.
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Many states still don't have protections for LGBTQ workers

Feb 18, 2019
More than half of U.S. states don’t have laws that specifically bar discrimination against LGBTQ workers.
A unisex sign and the 'We Are Not This' slogan are outside a bathroom at Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Most millennials believe in gender equity, but avoid the "feminist" label

The latest GenForward survey examines how millennials view equal rights.
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A national report shows blacks and Hispanics haven’t made big gains when it comes to equality

May 7, 2018
The National Urban League’s State of Black America report is an equality index that looks at gains and losses across sectors, including economics, health and education. According to the report, if we looked at equality with whites in the United States as a whole pie, black Americans are missing nearly a quarter of it, achieving […]

More women are entering the construction trade, but job sites and equipment haven't adapted yet

Mar 26, 2018
From harnesses to heavy-duty gloves to restrooms, construction sites are not prepared for the next generation of construction workers.
Mary Jo Emrick works with James Mescall during a welding class at Austin Community College. 
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Women and the gig economy: "Every job you have is essentially the last one"

A recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll found that only 39 percent of gig workers are women.
A dog walker awaits dogs to go on a crosswalk in New York, April 8, 2013.

TV writer Nell Scovell says men need to "make room"

Mar 22, 2018
It's not a pipeline problem, she says, but a "broken doorbell problem."
Nell Scovell says that when comedian Garry Shandling said she wrote like a guy, she took it as a compliment.
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Conference of African-American women offers platform for exercising economic and political power

Feb 21, 2018
Black women own about 1.5 million businesses in the U.S. At an Atlanta gathering, they set an agenda for making their voices heard.
Labriah Lee Holt stands inside her blow-dry salon, which she plans to open in May. She'd like to see more support for women entrepreneurs of color.
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