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What is the Real Pay Gap and Why Does It Matter?

There has been some variation in reports on income inequity. Most studies report that women earn 77% in comparison to a man’s earned dollar. However, in October 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that women earned 81 cents to the man's dollar. They looked at weekly earnings to examine the wage gap and only used data from full-time workers, since women are twice as likely to work part…
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian Feminist and Author

On March 10th, Nigerian author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College. Every other year, they invite a Women's and Gender Studies speaker to campus, and due to her advocacy and her great TedTalk about why we should all be feminists, Ms. Adichie was the obvious choice. Many community members of her hometown of Lagos do not agree with or understand her feminist practices, and Chimamanda acknowledges…
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Gender Equity: How is the U.S. doing?

The United States is a free, democratic country that promotes equality and diversity. At least, that is often its reputation. While those qualities are the foundations of our country, the truth is that the U.S. isn't actually doing so great in regard to gender equity in comparison with other nations. In fact, numerous reports give evidence of the Nordic countries being some of the best for gender equality for a…
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Transnational Feminisms

Welcome to College Feminists Connect 2.0! Intern Chloe here, and I am in my final semester at St. Olaf College. I've been MIA for a while due to J-term, but I'm back in action and will be posting awesome blogs about transnational feminisms, since my Women's and Gender Studies seminar is focused in that content, and of course, economic equity for women in the U.S., as that is the working…
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Weekly Wrap-Up – Nov 30th

Looking back, here are some of the news items from the last week of November: This week launched the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, from the Center for Women's Global Leadership. The theme for 2012 is militarism, which "privileges violent forms of masculinity, and presumes that violence is an effective way to solve problems."  There was a well-deserved outcry of criticism aimed at this piece about modern…
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Take Back the Night a Success!

This past Tuesday, October 23rd the Minnesota Women's Consortium and the ACTC Women's Studies Programs co-hosted Take Back the Night-Twin Cities. Take Back the Night is an internationally held march and rally to protest and take direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. This year Take Back the Night Twin Cities was held on Hamline University's campus. An estimated 150 people attended the event, including students from…
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Weekly Wrap-up – Oct 12, 2012

Yes, it's been another delightful week in politics.  With assistance from moderator Martha Raddatz, the Thursday's VP Debate attempted to clarify abortion stances:    According to this guy (until Thursday, endorsed by Paul Ryan) "some girls rape easy." Needless to say, Feministing has issues with this statement. On an unrelated note, Vulture writer Margaret Lyons takes to task the New York Times for their tactless fat-shaming of "chubby" women in the media  - while…
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Tuesday Member Feature – St. Cloud State Women’s Center

  The St. Cloud State Women’s Center attained their current location on the campus of SCSU on October 23, 1989. The Center is “home to an array of support services designed to improve the lives of women.”  It provides a resource library featuring information pertaining to gender justice issues, as well as the Baby Café, a safe and comfortable environment available for breastfeeding. Their mission is “With passion and purpose…
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Monday Member Feature: Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

It can be surprising to see the words "religious" and "reproductive choice" together in the name of an organization. On the home page of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, they proudly proclaim they are: "Pro-faith, pro-family, pro-choice." This organization is composed of several member churches, religious councils, and other faith-based groups who "seek to ensure that every woman is free to make decisions about having children according to…
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