Middlebury College Perpetuates Vermont’s Gender-based Labor Divide

By Hye-Jin Kim and Rebecca Walker | May 11, 2016 “Vermont’s reputation for progressive and liberal politics may be undeserved, at least when it comes to labor-gender equality. A recent report by “Change the Story,” a statewide initiative devoted to female economic empowerment, revealed that little has changed in Vermont for …

Vermont Woman: Changing the Economic Story for Vermont Women

“Did you know that in Vermont that 43 percent of women who work full-time do not earn enough to cover basic living expenses as defined by Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office? That single women with minor children are nine times more likely than women who are married to live in poverty? …

2016 Status Report: Where VT Women Work…and Why It Matters

This is the second in a series of briefs published by Change The Story on topics related to women’s economic status.  This report focuses specifically on occupational segregation, its impact on women’s wages, and the way in which it compromises Vermont’s ability to make the most of home-grown talent. Much of the data …

AAUW Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership

“Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of …

April 12th is Equal Pay Day

What is Equal Pay Day? Throughout the U.S., women’s organizations observe Equal Pay Day each April, symbolizing how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year, due to the gender wage gap.  In Vermont, median …

The Work That Makes Work Possible

  “The labor of caregivers—often invisible and undervalued—is crucial for economic growth and gender equality.” “Whether it’s childcare, elder care, or self-care, caregiving plays a central role in keeping America’s economy going. As baby boomers continue to age and Millennials continue to become parents, America’s care needs are only increasing. …

As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops

“A new study from researchers at Cornell University found that the difference between the occupations and industries in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap, accounting for more than half of it. In fact, another study shows, when women enter …