A Danish study recently found that, when male CEOs have daughters, they’re more likely to close the gender pay gap within in their companies – eliminating up to 13 percent of Denmark’s 21.5 percent gap for their female employees. As Feministing noted, the logic behind these findings is simple:
It appears that these men are having female children, and realizing that the world in which they will become women is one that treats women worse than it treats men. And because as CEOs, they have the power to do something about that, they do.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported on a proposed Federal Reserve rule that could prevent stay-at-home parents (the majority of whom are women) and other people without their own income from getting cards unless their spouse co-signs the application. The rule is meant to prevent credit card companies from preying on college students, but, as the story notes:
Some Fed critics say the proposal makes the central bank look like it is stuck in the 1950s, when women needed their husbands’ signatures even to open bank accounts. “Women have worked hard over the course of my lifetime to establish financial independence,” says Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), one of the authors of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act. “If a stay-at-home mom, who’s often the one who controls the family finances, cannot easily obtain a credit card in her own name, then that would be a step backward.”
At Racialicious, Latoya Peterson wrote a must-read piece on the feminist blogosphere’s race problems. Peterson discusses being the token woman of color on feminist panels, the politics of getting a book deal, and how people don’t always take her expertise seriously:
It’s the invisibility that burns. Amazing writing from all kinds of people is only a search box away – yet, since we are not filed under “listen to,” we are ignored. And we are ignored in favor of people who will admit to not being experts on the topic or not having certain types of experiences. This is when we start moving into erasure territory. It isn’t that we are not out there, putting work into the public consciousness. It’s that our words don’t count until they fall from the lips of a white girl.
With a new film version of Jane Eyre set to open in select cities today (some of us are excited), Slate set to work on the very important task of rating which adaption of the classic book has the creepiest Mr. Rochester portrayal. This is probably why the Internet exists, no? But, as Jezebel’s Sadie Stein noted, Jane Eyre‘s staying power can be attributed to more than a creepy, brooding lover:
So what is it that’s so eternally intriguing? Is it just the skewed Cinderella story? That may be part of it, but I like to think it has more to do with the story’s arc. At the end of this novel, more than almost any romance I can think of, the agency is [Jane's]. It is she who has the money, the power, the good health. It is her choice — after a lifetime of powerlessness — to marry him. That famous line “Reader, I married him” has a lot of agency in it.
Finally, in honor of International Women’s Day, The Guardian created its list of the Top 100 Women. The writing and academia category included profiles on some of Canonball’s favorite lady authors, like Marjane Satrapi, Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing – who we’ll still claim as a feminist, even if she won’t admit it herself.