Aug. 26 marks the 87th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. "Women have turned out to vote at a higher rate than men since the 1980s," writes Jacqueline Lee today at Women’s eNews. But the numbers are could be better: "In the last presidential election, 8 million women registered but did not vote; another 36 million potential female voters were not registered at all, according to the U.S. Census Bureau."

The women of "Hillaryland" are the focus of this New York magazine article on Hillary Clinton’s inner circle of advisers.

Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, looks more closely at The New York Times story from last week on women in their 20s making more than men.

"The interesting statistics in this chart are not discussed in the New York Times: among young, whites working full-time, the gender pay ratio is 89 in NYC, just like it is nationally. It is among non-white
racial/ethnic groups that the wage ratio is closer to — or above — parity," writes Boushey.

"So, is this a story about women with college degrees moving to the big city and makin’ it or is it about a change in the demographics of cities, with more, very low wage men of color? It may be a bit of both, but while the article implies that that this data show that women with college degrees are outperforming their male colleagues, there is nothing in the statistics presented that indicates this is the case."

NPR reports on the study in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (previously discussed here) that shows women are more likely than men to be penalized if they negotiate for higher pay.

Stephen Kotkin discusses the new book by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps," about what corporations should do to be more accommodating to women at the higher ranks.

Meanwhile in Japan, women are still finding a blocked career path, reports The New York Times. "In 1985, women held just 6.6 percent of all management jobs in Japanese companies and government, according to the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency. By 2005, that number had risen to only 10.1 percent, though Japan’s 27 million working women made up nearly half of its work force. By contrast, women held 42.5 percent of managerial jobs in the United States in 2005, the organization said."


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