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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New Report: Women CEOs Make More Than Men

by Karin Agness

Americans are used to headline after headline about the gender pay gap when it shows men earn more, on average, than women. Feminists have even created a holiday for it—Equal Pay Day—to supposedly mark how far women must work into the next year to make up for the difference in what men earned in the previous year.

But what happens when it is reversed?

Comparing median compensation packages of S&P 500 leaders who held the job for a year, 21 female CEOs received a median of $13.8 million compared to the $11.6 million median earned by the 382 male CEOs last year. This isn’t new—women CEOs have made more than men in six of the past seven years. And three of the 10 highest paid executives are women.

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Companies Are Offering New Mothers More Perks Without Government Mandates

by Karin Agness

Need help planning a gender reveal party? If you work at Fifth Third Bancorp, a Cincinnati-based banking and financial services institution, your first phone call might not be to your mother, but instead to your employer.

Fifth Third Bancorp provides a maternity concierge service to help expectant employees and those with infants under a year with tasks such as rescheduling a baby shower, ordering birth announcements and picking strollers. The purpose of the program is to help mothers stay and advance in the workplace—Fifth Third Bancorp found that employees who have taken maternity leave in the last 12 months leave the company at almost twice the rate of all women at the firm.

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Notre Dame Graduates Miss Pence’s Freedom Of Speech Lesson By Walking Out

by Karin Agness

Vice President Mike Pence returned to Indiana to deliver a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame over the weekend.

A small group of graduates walked out when the former Governor of Indiana began speaking. Only about 100 students of the approximately 3,000 students graduating participated. That’s less than 5 percent. But it is what made headlines—Some Notre Dame graduates walk out over VP Mike Pence speech, for example.

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What To Learn From Miss USA’s Comments On Health Care And Feminism

by Karin Agness

A nuclear chemist won the Miss USA 2017 contest. For all the criticism that pageants receive for being too much about beauty and not enough about brains, this should be the headline.

But the new Miss USA is in the news for other reasons. Kara McCullough, from Washington, DC, is facing a backlash for her views on health care and feminism.

Her comments should open the door for a serious conversation about these issues among young people.

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Was ‘Last Man Standing’ Cancelled Because ABC Dislikes Conservative Values?

by Karin Agness

Turn on Saturday Night Live and you will find Melissa McCarthy dressed as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and making fun of the Trump Administration. Or odds are you will at least see some skit mocking right-of-center America. And that’s not unusual for TV today.

That’s why it is so refreshing for conservatives to be able to flip on Last Man Standing on ABC at 8pm on Friday nights and know that they are going to be able to laugh with the main characters instead of being laughed at by them.

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