Why Equal Pay Day Is A Flawed Holiday

by Karin Agness

Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In circles have organized the #20PercentCounts campaign to give female consumers a discount on Equal Pay Day, April 4. This holiday created by feminists supposedly marks how far women must work in 2017 to earn what men did in 2016. The campaign is based on the idea that if women make 20% less than men, they should pay 20% less for purchases.

Charging women less in relation to equal pay is not a new idea. Back in 2015, the Way Station bar in Brooklyn sold drinks to women at a 23% discount. This year, two businesses in Richmond, Virginia are offering 21% discounts—Brewer’s Café is giving discounts to women, while Chop Suey Books is giving discounts to all customers.

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Chelsea Clinton Misuses Wage Data

by Karin Agness

Chelsea Clinton is the latest Clinton wrong on the wage gap.

She tweeted out a Business Insider animated map video that “shows how much less women make than men in every state.” In Arkansas, where her dad served as governor, it is 21.1 percent. In New York, where her mom served as a senator, the gap is the smallest at 11.3 percent. The largest gap is in Wyoming, 35.6 percent.

This presentation of the data makes it seem as if a man and a woman with the same educational background who work the same hours in the same job are paid differently, specifically that the woman is getting the short end of the stick. After watching this video, Wyoming women should be especially outraged and some might move states.

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Government Shouldn’t Require Stay-At-Home Moms To Work

by Karin Agness

Stay-at-home moms of school-aged children should be required to work.

That is what Sarrah Le Marquand, the editor-in-chief of Stellar magazine and the founding editor of RendezView, writes in The Daily Telegraph with the headline, It should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mum.

She argues: “Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed.”

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Why I Won’t Be Striking On March 8

by Karin Agness

Expect to see fewer women in the workplace on Wednesday. The Women’s March, the group that organized the January 21 protests, has called for a national boycott of “paid and unpaid labor.” Women who don’t strike are encouraged to wear red. Participants are told to avoid shopping, except for small businesses owned by women or minorities. Organizers are billing this effort as, “A Day Without A Woman.”

I am one of the millions of women who won’t be striking, or wearing red for that matter.

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The Search for Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day

by Karin Agness

McDonald’s is not the only fast food chain offering toys in their meals. Burger King restaurants in Israel are giving away an “adult toy” in a special Valentine’s Day meal tonight. Consumers will find a feather duster, head massager, or blindfold among their Whoppers and French fries. The marketing campaign seems to be trying to appeal to the same crowd that is rushing to theaters to watch the latest installment in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, which opened this week.

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Why Women Shouldn’t Try To Make The Future Female

by Karin Agness

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is back with a message for women and all Americans. In her first post-inauguration statement for “the glass ceiling breakers of the future,” she said,

Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female. Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month as women organized a march that galvanized millions of people all over our country and across the world.

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Audi’s Misleading Super Bowl Message To Young Girls

by Karin Agness

For many of the millions of Americans who will watch the Super Bowl, the entertainment is as much about the commercials as the football. Our collective memories of notable Super Bowl ads, from Apple’s 1984 introduction of the Macintosh to Budweiser’s frogs, often last longer than the highlights of the games themselves.

As more Americans cut the cord with TV, and turn to commercial-free viewing options like Netflix, the Super Bowl provides a once-a-year occasion to grab the nation’s attention, raising the stakes for advertisers.

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Want to Empower Teen Girls? Stop Feeding Them Partisan Nonsense

by Karin Agness

The latest issue of Teen Vogue is full of content typically found in women’s magazines—beauty tips, the latest fashion trends, celebrity interviews. But the Teen Vogue website includes some additional content that seems out of place among the advice on lipstick: a “scorched-earth op-ed” with the headline, “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.” In the piece, Teen Vogue Weekend Editor Lauren Duca writes that Trump’s “rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception.”

She goes on to explain that “gas lighting” is “a buzzy name for a terrifying strategy currently being used to weaken and blind the American electorate.”

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