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OK, so there's this thing going around about #EqualPayDay being today (April 14th) because this is how far into 2015 a woman would have to work on top of the year 2014 to make what the average man makes in 2014 alone. However, that still relies on the uninformative statistic that women make $.78 for every $1 men make. Not only is this statistic almost as old as I am, it vastly oversimplifies the problem, ignoring the many mitigating factors that turn out to point to a different source of discrimination altogether.

At least for the childless among our generation (Gen Y and Millennials), once you account for differences in hours worked, choice of professions, and willingness to ask for raises and promotions, the gap pretty much disappears. Throw children into the mix, however, and the gap explodes to, in some demographics (e.g. single mothers), as high as 50%: www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2014/beyo… (and other charts on the site) Make no mistake, this is discrimination—not against women in general, but against parents, particularly mothers. (Generally because of traditional divisions of labor, married fathers are hardly affected, but what little info exists on single fathers suggests they're hit almost as hard as single mothers.)

So this is the conversation we need to be having: what can businesses and society do to make it so that having children stops disproportionately holding women back in their careers? It's a far less tractable problem than simple sex discrimination: the solutions will need to be many-pronged, will have to combat many deep-seated prejudices in who society says is responsible for childcare, and most importantly, will have to overwhelm the monetary and political resistance from corporations more hostile to labor-rights than at any time in the last 50 years.

Ironically, corporations have financial incentives play along as the sexist villains with the straightforward 78-cents-on-the-dollar narrative, because most of them have already solved that problem. They don't have to do anything, and the chronically-distracted public (distracted by their personal, familial, and financial struggles for the most part) will be satisfied that the solution is as simple as beefing up enforcement of the Equal Pay Act. If the public did their research and demanded their employers walked the "family-friendly" walk, it would take a hefty bite out of corporate profits (which, need I remind you, kept on climbing to historic highs right through the Recession) to offer equitable paid parental leave, living wages, flexible hours, full healthcare coverage, and other benefits that are standard in civilized nations with adequate social safety nets. Good social safety nets are widely known by researchers to be strongly tied to lower rates of child abuse and domestic violence, BTW (one big reason America sees so much more DV than Western Europe www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/w… ). It's shocking how many of our nation's problems come back to the fact that we live in a corporatocracy guided by the principles of social-Darwinism deregulated capitalism. Think I'm a conspiracy theorist? Google ALEC. Here's one of the links you'll find, but there are others: www.theatlantic.com/politics/a…
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I've always loved art. I spent my middle school & high school career in magnet schools for the arts. In high school I majored in printmaking & art history.
But I've also always loved science, & late in high school I realized that science is more lucrative & maintains its novelty longer. In particular, I find studying physics of space (i.e. astrophysics) an immensely spiritual experience, to the extent that one can be spiritual as a secular humanist. So that's what I'm pursuing my PhD in. Yep, I'm learning how to take the universe apart & bend it to my will. :evillaugh:
Art is still an integral part of my life. It's just not for a grade anymore :meow:.

:star:Note: if you want to color my line art, please PM me for permission (I have never refused—ask and ye shall receive the full-size line drawing), and when you're ready to post, be sure to include both my name and a link to my original line drawing in the description. If I have given you the lines to color, I will check in after a certain amount of time to ensure, if the work has been colored and posted, that my policy has been followed.
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Grizzly-Bear-Joe101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was!
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Grizzly-Bear-Joe101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. And great.
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Jigoku-Rui-chan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there.:icononionhiplz:
I am passing by to wish you a happy b-day.PartyHave your cake and eat it too:iconamericapartyhardplz::iconfeelingfreeplz::iconlawooplz::iconpresentplz::iconpinklilyplz:
I hope all your dreams and wishes come true.:iconbrightfutureplz:
You may fall in the way to reach them,but do not ever give up.Hope is the last one that die.Keep fighting and don't let others decide what path you should follow.Follow your heart and ambitions.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! My wishes & dreams did come true! I got the best present I could've asked for: I passed my Master's thesis defense with flying colors today! :woohoo:
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Jigoku-Rui-chan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.^^
Oh!That's great to hear!Congrats.:iconclappingplz:
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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DavidNowak Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thanks for all the favs! Have a llama.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome and thanks! 
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RunaFire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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