Perspectives

The Racial Wealth Gap and Today’s American Dream

Data suggest dramatic differences in financial well-being by race.

Education, Professional Support, and Self Advocacy: Tools for a Successful and Equitable Tech Career in Massachusetts

The landscape is still male-dominated, which often makes getting into – and succeeding in – the tech field challenging for women. 

Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day and the Business Case for Diversity

As Chief Operating Officer of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), Migdalia’s goal is to create a future where any Latino can look in any direction, in any industry, and find a Latino role model to emulate.

Your Money and Your Life: Trauma-Informed Responses to Economic Inequality

The measurable costs of economic inequality represent costs that are bigger and harder to quantify – loss of safety, loss of health, loss of connection, loss of opportunity, struggles to support the people we care about, absence of time or mental energy for the things that bring us happiness or hope or peace.

What Intersectional Equality Really Looks Like

Both when we try to analyze the communities that we are serving and when we turn our analytical lens back on ourselves as institutions, we have little hope of successfully tackling the wage gap, or any of the other issues facing minority populations, without an intersectional approach.

Moving from legal to economic equality for LGBT people

June is traditionally LGBT pride month, and Massachusetts has a lot to be proud of. In 1989, we became the second state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation (gender identity took longer). In 2004 we became the very first state to have marriage equality for same-sex couples. In spite of these victories for legal equality here and elsewhere, though, LGBT people continue to face wage gaps and other forms of economic inequality.

Recognizing Progress Made and Action Still Needed on Equal Pay Day

From the day I was sworn in, we have taken significant steps to help more women earn the pay they deserve.

The Partnership: Three Decades of Breaking Down Barriers for Women of Color

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, it’s important that we acknowledge the gains women have made in the workplace.

Reproductive Freedom and Economic Equality: Our Fight in 2017

Reproductive health issues cannot be swept under the rug if our state hopes to close the gender wage gap for real and achieve economic equality.  Regardless of the national climate, Massachusetts has a responsibility to serve as a leader on these issues. I’m optimistic that we can do that and more.

Gender and the Lack of Financial Education: A Detriment to Economic Equality

Assuming women achieve pay parity sometime before the century turns, a tricky assumption in and of itself, a complementary issue remains – are women financially savvy enough to navigate safely through the economic and financial challenges that surround our lives?

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