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Forbes Woman shares seven ways that parents can be hurting their daughter’s future, with study references and reasons why. They include:
1. You teach her to be polite and quiet.
2. You buy her gender-specific toys.
3. You tell her she’s pretty … to the exclusion of everything else.
4. You indoctrinate her into the princess cult.
5. You give Dad all the physical tasks around the house.
6. You only let her spend time with other girls.
7. You criticize your own body, and/or other women’s bodies.
An earlier study published in Forbes Woman noted that shifts in parents’ prejudices — and particularly mom’s — on gender roles makes a significant difference in “reducing sexism and preventing gender-based violence.” The Spanish researchers also confirmed that boys exhibited higher levels of sexist beliefs than girls.
Sexism in the City
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as of February 2012 there was a gender wage gap of 17.4 per cent across all sectors – with an average full-time weekly wage of $1,186.90 for women and $1,437.40 for men.
Suzi Finkelstein, executive convenor of Women & Leadership Australia at the Australian School of Applied Management, says disproportionate salaries are an institutional problem, deeply entrenched in the workplace culture of many industries. Once considered less suitable for leadership roles, women can struggle to work their way up the chain and are often passed over for male colleagues irrespective of their ability and performance record.
Outsourced Jobs Come Home
Whether defined as the promise of a better future or as the endless opportunity to work hard and get ahead, fewer people than ever believe that the United States embodies that hope. “The U.S. worked hard to create the American dream of opportunity,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote last week in the Financial Times, “but today, that dream is a myth.”
“The U.S. used to think of itself as a middle-class country - but this is no longer true,” he said. “Today, a child’s life chances are more dependent on the income of his or her parents than in Europe, or any other of the advanced industrial countries for which there are data.”
The Daily Beast shares dual perspectives on whether the American Dream is alive.
Teens Learn Manufacturing
American business leaders have a problem with unskilled workers. BloombergBusiness quotes yet another survey of unfilled jobs for line workers, skilled trade workers and engineers. The momentum of businesses striking alliances with educational facilities is working to solve the skilled worker shortage.
In Pennsylvania’s Bucks and Montgomery counties, 50 manufacturing companies are working to partner with two-year colleges and trade school, after forming their own BuxMont Manufacturing Consortium.
Companies in the Pennsylvania consortium typically pay workers $35,000 to $50,000 annually, plus overtime pay, health care, and employer-matching 401(k) accounts.
Read also an earlier BloombergBusiness article about the Reshoring Initiative, a group of companies and trade associations trying to bring factory jobs back to America. An April poll of 259 YS contract manufacturers showed good news for American workers. 40 percent of respondents said they had sourced production in America that was previously done in China.
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