How New York City is addressing the ‘Charging Bull’ of the workplace: the wage gap

New York City recently cashed in on a bold new method to combat the gender wage gap: prohibiting private and public employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. Public advocate Letitia James introduced the legislation in August as a means of controlling the economic disparities between male and female workers, and the New York City Council , just after Equal Pay Day. In a country that has celebrated Equal Pay Day for more than two decades without guaranteeing equal pay, the

Fox’s failure to discipline Bill O’Reilly for sexual harassment perpetuates conservative networks’ rewarding of misogyny

Sex sells, and apparently, so does sexual harassment. An investigative report released by The New York Times on Sunday found Fox News host and narcissistic bully Bill O’Reilly can add another bullet point to his controversial resume: He has been accused on five separate claims of sexual harassment and paid $13 million to keep it quiet. O’Reilly, a conservative commentator and host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been known for his brash behavior when it comes to spewing right-wing rhet

Thompson: Trump should keep campaign promise and get on board with Gillibrand’s paid family leave plan

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) made a bill and checked it twice, and is now waiting to find out if Congress is naughty or nice when it comes to paid family leave. Gillibrand recently reintroduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in an effort to alleviate some of the burdens on working-class families in the United States, especially those in need of paid time away from their careers. The recent bill is the third version of the FAMILY Act, which Gillibrand has promo

Thompson: Backlash to gay character in 'Beauty and the Beast' is unwarranted, and unfortunately a tale as old as time

It’s a tale as old as time, true as it can be: Kidnapping and bestiality are acceptable storylines in children’s films, but two men dancing is not. Walt Disney Co.’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” which was released Friday in the United States, is already sparking controversy that doesn’t have to do with Lumière’s candle wicks. The film, a 21st-century adaptation of the 1991 animated movie, re-envisioned the villain Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, as a gay man. LeFou, who has made hi

Thompson: Women’s rally at Syracuse University united women of all colors and types under an umbrella of hope

The women’s rally held Wednesday on Syracuse University’s Quad was a refreshing change of pace from the infuriating conversations surrounding women’s rights and advocacy happening on Capitol Hill. It was a setting that encouraged women of color, queer women, disabled women and undocumented women to utilize their voices without being drowned out in a sea of white feminism. The Women’s Day Sanctuary Campus Rally was one of thousands women’s rallies that were held across 60 United States cities an

Thompson: The worst part of Betsy DeVos being education secretary is her non-commitment to preventing college sexual assault

As the United States’ new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos will be tasked with cleaning up the messes in the country’s schooling systems. But DeVos, whose confirmation has faced much criticism, doesn’t seem to think the biggest mess — the college sexual assault epidemic — is a mess at all. DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor who believes the real plight of public education is grizzly bears finding their way into schools, was denounced by left-leaning politicians and the general public for her

From Valentine’s Day to Galentine’s Day: Finding self-love this holiday season

At some point along the line, women started confusing V-Day with D-Day. In a culture saturated with glorified, Instagram-worthy images of the “perfect” couples, it’s time we start looking at ourselves as “goals” rather than a pixelated image planted on our smart phones. Valentine’s Day — the day Hallmark longs for 364 days of the year — has outdated itself in recent years with its sappy cards, expensive flowers and chocolate candies that make more of an impact on a wallet than a love life. In

Male politicians should follow the example of New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and defend women’s reproductive rights

In today’s edition of pigs will fly, we see a male politician promising to improve women’s reproductive health care by actually — wait for it — improving women’s reproductive healthcare. New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced his proposal for an amendment to the New York State Constitution to protect abortion rights outlined under Roe v. Wade. Cuomo announced the proposal at an “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” rally in Albany in late January. The amendment would serve to protect N

Thompson: The Women’s March on Washington was a 'symbolic middle finger' to the Trump administration

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and one woman scorned surely doesn’t hold a candle to half-a-million women coming together in peaceful solidarity to protest an establishment that has built its name on degrading and defiling women’s rights. Just more than 100 years ago, women were protesting against second-class citizenry and demanding the right to vote, the first stepping stone toward the ability to live a life of independence, freed from the confines of living under the restrictive scr

The last time a women’s march on Washington was as big as Saturday’s is projected to be, it was 1913. Here's why that’s extraordinary.

The weather outside may be frightful, but it doesn’t hold a candle to President-elect Donald Trump’s impending presidency. He’s called us bimbos. Pigs. Dogs. “A young and beautiful piece of ass.” Gold diggers. He’s said that intelligence and beauty are mutually exclusive attributes. We’ve been rated for how desirable our bodies are, how desperately men would want to have sex with us. He’s told us that breastfeeding is disgusting, and that “it must be a pretty picture” to see women on their knee