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Blog Posts by Jennifer Siegel

U.S. Tennis Scores A Win for Pregnant Players, But Too Many Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

It’s been a big month for reducing the stigma of pregnant women at work: First, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, 37, became the first world leader in three decades to give birth while in office (and only the second world leader overall ever!). Second, in a move aptly billed as “an ace […]

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Supreme Court Update:  Justices Send Racially “Packed” Voting Districts Packing

Posted May 24th, 2017 by in Race Discrimination.

The Supreme Court handed a major victory to voting rights plaintiffs on May 22, with a decision that struck down the boundaries of two congressional districts in North Carolina as impermissibly effecting race discrimination.  Cooper v. Harris, with a majority decision written by Justice Kagan, takes aim at the practice of diluting the power of […]

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Scandinavians See Parental Benefits Through Feminist Lens

Posted March 28th, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Americans dreaming of better work-life balance often set their sights on Scandinavia, and for good reason: The region boasts some of world’s most generous parental leave policies. Sweden, for example, permits new parents to take a full year of compensated leave, split between both parents. (The policy has inspired a photo project, “Swedish Dads,” which […]

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Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You?: Published Pay Information

Posted February 1st, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

For every woman who’s ever questioned if she is paid less than her male colleagues, President Obama has an answer: Let’s run the numbers. According to a proposed rule, businesses with more than 100 employees will soon provide salary data to the EEOC annually, along with the more general information on workforce demographics employers have […]

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California Leads the Way in Equal Pay

Posted September 4th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

In the realm of American politics and culture, California is known for leading the way on a host of issues, from the environment to the tech boom. Now the Golden State is poised to launch one of the nation’s boldest attempts to fix pay inequality between men and women. The state’s proposed Fair Pay Act, […]

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The Wife Bonus

Posted August 14th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Should a feminist (married) woman accept payment from her husband for a job well done? This question set the internet hive a flutter since a piece in The New York Times detailed the so-called “wife bonuses” allegedly commonly collected by hyper-privileged women on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. According to Wednesday Martin, author of the forthcoming […]

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Religious Groups Support Same-Sex Marriage As a Lesbian Rabbi Shatters a Glass Ceiling

Posted March 31st, 2015 by in Employment Discrimination.

As the Supreme Court prepares to address the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the acceptance of gay marriage continues to blossom across the religious spectrum. Most notably, earlier this month the Presbyterian Church USA — the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., with some 1.8 million members —adopted a definition of marriage that is more […]

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Opening the Pipeline for Women in Science

Posted February 24th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Just as women are over-represented in traditionally female fields such as teaching and childcare, they remain a scant presence in the so-called “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. According to recent U.S. census data, they make up only one-quarter of all STEM workers. Although there are many reasons for this dearth, two new […]

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Pay Disparity on the Silver Screen

Posted January 29th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Think fast: Can you name three pictures in which the actor Jeremy Renner has appeared? I ask this question because: (1) I wonder if I am uniquely out-of-step with pop culture; and (2) Renner is at the center of a growing conversation about Hollywood’s gendered pay gap. Due to the recent Sony leaks, we learned […]

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A Cosby Lesson: Power Differentials Silence Assault Survivors at Work

Posted December 18th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Like many children of the 1980s, I grew up on The Cosby Show. Amid the jokes and physical comedy, the show painted a legendarily wholesome portrait not only of an admirable and loving African-American family, but also of Cosby himself as a male obstetrician who loyally supported and was adored by his female patients and […]

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