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“If organizations aren’t committing resources of some kind (manpower or money) to addressing the problem, I don’t believe they are actually interested in structural changes. My recruiting assistance may help my community get entry level positions, but the fundamental power dynamic within the organization won’t change. When they’re asking me for free advice without any incurring any additional costs, they demonstrate an interest in mitigating the risk of a negative press cycle, not in solving a problem.”—
Thanks to the Heartbleed Virus, Tumblr went ahead and changed all the formatting across their blogs, defaulting to a singularly fugly design with no inkling of how to get back to the previous look. So - CTR got its first redesign since June 2010. Hope you like the freshening of our color scheme, tagline and all our social media icons n’stuff. We also gave our avatar a makeover, retiring Liberty and subbing in Rosie.
There. Now you are up to date! Now go out and spend all that dough you made on Equal Pay Day. Oh, wait.
Even the useful 77 cents-to-the-dollar statistic is partially misleading because it looks at the median earnings of all full-time employed women against the earnings of full-time employed white men, leaving race and ethnicity out of the equation. Here’s the granular breakdown. White men in the United States make:
· 47% more than Hispanic and Latina women
· 40% more than American-Indian and Alaskan Native women
· 36% more than African-American women
· 34% more than Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women
· 21% more than white women and
· 13% more than Asian women.
Wage gap deniers, who, let’s be honest, often happen to be white males (can someone please start a Tumblr called White Guys Who Don’t Know The Gap Exists?) will tell you that women just choose professions that make less money. Sorry wage gap deniers, but that argument just doesn’t add up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics catalogs 534 job types — men make less than women in precisely seven of them.
Rebecca Soffer’s passion is palpable, be it for Latin culture, community building, Olympic level table tennis, or pop culture. In a world which often rewards narrowly focused expertise, Soffer found the best way to quench her diverse interests was journalism.
But just as Soffer entered the work world, journalism was going through its own identity crisis. Luckily, her intellect and openness to change enabled Soffer to enjoy a rich career from the get go. Soffer started out covering the Olympics in Atlanta, then headed to Caracas, Venezuela, where her passion for community building and international affairs grew. When she returned to the States, Soffer headed to Columbia’s J School. Always a risk taker and prescient one at that, Soffer decided to then work for a new television show spoofing the news instead of slaving away at a site, like Huffpo, scraping together listicles and trolling for Likes on Facebook. Soffer’s job at The Colbert Report allowed her to goon the road with Stephen Colbert to produce its renowned recurring segment Better Know A District and attend the Emmy’s.
Life wasn’t all fun, and in her early thirties, Soffer’s parents died. She looked for outlets, but found that nothing existed which dealt with the relevant issues in a manner that resonated. So in her typical can-do fashion, Soffer teamed up with another journalist, Gabi Birkner, who had also faced tragic loss. Together the two journalists developed MODERN LOSS, the first website to provide candid 1st person essays and articles about everything from miscarriage to tweens taking selfies at funerals. Modern Loss quickly became so popular that a community of readers and contributors formed and critical praise soon followed. How Soffer and Birkner balance (new) motherhood and their new website is awe inspiring. Soffer and Birkner’s vision, generosity and talent is not lost on readers. Modern Loss is a vital resource for anyone dealing with the inevitability of loss and longing to celebrate life.
Conquering SXSW (welcome, New York Times readers!)
Every year at SXSW, we host a great event for women in tech and new media to celebrate and highlight their accomplishments, introduce them to each other and present a visible, physical reminder that the industry is not comprised solely of white dudes in hoodies.
Last year we were delighted to be sponsored in part by Posse, a great app for seeing what your friends recommend in a town (Microsoft was our other sponsor). Posse founder Rebekah Cambpell wrote a terrific article for the NYT about how her team made a huge splash at SXSW without a huge marketing budget - including sponsoring our event! She wrote that she was delighted to be able to give a speech. That’s her above giving it.
If you’re coming here from that article, welcome! Last year’s party was the official SXSW launch of TheLi.st, a network and media platform for women and sister-org to CTR. We have an expanding membership network, a newsletter, and most recently, an anthology out on Amazon Kindle called “The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women.”
download our Kindle Serial including essays from Stacy London, CNN’s Sally Kohn, MSNBC’s Nisha Chittal, the NYT’s Jenna Wortham, Newsweek’s Paula Froehlich, Make Love Not Porn’s Cindy Gallop, and more - at $1.99 it’s cheaper than your daily coffee, with no mid-afternoon crash
Because if it was actually about equality every bit of the name wouldn’t need to scream WOMAN or FEMALE. If it were about equality it would be a non-specific term, non gender specific. Yet for some reason you demand it be all about FEMALES while at the same time screaming…