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International Women’s Day in a post-gender world


Elisabeth Kelan-Dr Elisabeth Kelan is lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

To mark International Women’s Day, the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business will be launched in New York on March 9, 2010.

It springs from a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and contains comprehensive recommendations on how women and gender have to be considered in modern organizations across the world.

While the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles points to the sustained inequality between men and women in the workplace, many young women in the global north see International Women’s Day and specialist events for women as outdated. They seem to believe that they live in a post-gender world where gender no longer matters.

Proposed legislation on women bishops falls short



- Reverend Dr. Miranda Threlfall-Holmes is Chaplain and Solway Fellow of University College, Durham. The opinions expressed are her own. -

A controversial decision by a committee drawing up legislation to allow women bishops has been met with criticism from women who are seeking equal representation at the highest levels in the Church of England.

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Are women paid less than men?

Diana-FurchtgottRoth.jpg -- Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The views expressed are her own. –-

One of the concerns of working women is the “pay gap” – the alleged payment to women of 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.  But there are more behind these numbers than first meets the eye, because women work different hours, major in different subjects, and choose different careers.