Why Conservative Women Are Persisting

by Karin Agness

Former First Lady Michelle Obama told an audience this week that, “Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice.” This follows remarks from Hillary Clinton herself similarly criticizing women who voted against her as being weak.

It is as if these former First Ladies believe no woman could ever choose to oppose a liberal politician if the politician happens to be a woman. And that if a woman decides to be conservative, she doesn’t count as a woman any longer. The hashtag #ShePersisted doesn’t seem to apply when it’s conservative women standing up or liberal women doing the silencing. Unfortunately, this attitude is often widespread on American college campuses.

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Why Clinton Shouldn’t Blame Women For Her Election Loss

by Karin Agness

Hillary Clinton was the first woman to win one of the major party nominations for President of the United States. There are many positive lessons she could teach women candidates and women who aspire to run—it’s too bad that she is instead spending her time accusing women voters of being weak, and effectively discouraging other women from trying to run.

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Ivanka Backs White House Plan To Pause Obama-Era Equal Pay Reporting

by Karin Agness

The White House announced this week that it won’t move forward with an Obama Administration rule requiring businesses to collect and report employee pay data by sex, race and ethnicity.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said, “It’s enormously burdensome. We don’t believe it would actually help us gather information about wage and employment discrimination.”

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What Women Want 97 Years After Winning The Right To Vote

by Karin Agness

Friday marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, in 1920.

Unlike many women around the world, American women have a voice in politics and policy. Women throughout the nation are influencing legislation, helping hold leaders accountable, and running for office, including to be President of the United States.

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New Position Will Fundamentally Change The Experience Of Men At Princeton

by Karin Agness

What does it mean to be a Princeton man? Regardless of how you might answer that question today, it will be drastically changing in the near future if Princeton University has anything to say about it.

Princeton is the latest university to provide specific programming to try to change men on campus, and is currently looking to hire an “Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men’s Engagement Manager.” In addition to providing clinical support for the men at Princeton, “[t]he Manager will develop and implement men’s programming initiatives geared toward enhancing awareness and challenging gender stereotypes…”

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Excluding Conservatives From Female Empowerment Campaigns Is Bad Politics And Bad Business

by Karin Agness

GoldieBlox, a company promoting engineering as a career to young girls, launched a new #BeLikeHer campaign today. The hashtag campaign celebrates female role models in sports, politics and STEM fields, and encourages participants to post a photo with a sign naming their favorite female role model above the hashtag.

This sounds like a positive, uplifting campaign that we could all get behind.

But the first image in the 2 minute 35 second video is a re-creation of the Women’s March with young girls wearing pink pussy hats and holding signs that say, “A Woman’s Place Is In The Revolution,” “She Persisted,” and “Resister!”

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Why To Read Beyond The Headlines On Equal Pay And The White House

by Karin Agness

Breaking news from CNN: White House women earn less than their male coworkers. The news, to many, lends more evidence to the theory of the gender wage gap—that women face widespread discrimination in the workplace and get paid less just because they are women. As usual with the equal pay issue, the headline presents a much starker picture for women than is actually the case.

According to the article headlined, “White House pays women 80 cents for every dollar paid to men,” CNN found that, “[w]omen working in the White House earn an average salary of 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues.” While the average salary among men is about $104,000, the average salary among women is only approximately $83,000.

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