gender gap

As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to evolve, the problem of gender bias and discrimination in the workplace is no closer to being solved. Filmmaker Lea-Ann W. Berst saw that first hand with her own daughter Ashley Maria.

A woman in a prison cell
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The number of incarcerated women in North Carolina is growing faster than the number of incarcerated men. According to statistics from Prison Policy Initiative, the number of women in the state prison population increased 19% from 2009 to 2015. In that same time period the number of men in the state prison population increased only one percent.

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Many people credit the feminist movement with the striking shift in gender dynamics in the United States over the second half of the 20th century. Women earn college degrees at higher rates than men, and they have also made large political and socioeconomic strides. 

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An analysis on women in the North Carolina workforce shows mixed results on closing the economic gender gap.  

This year's Status of Women report from the Department of Administration says women's earnings have improved. But they still make about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men. And the share of women in the workforce was worse in 2016 than it was in 2002. 

Winston-Salem AAUW board member, Janice Imgrund, helps participants Natasha Evans (left) and Lashuanda Lash (right) during one of their salary negotiation exercises. The workshop is one of several taking place across the country.
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Nearly two dozen women filled the central branch of the Greensboro Library on a recent evening to discuss how the gender pay gap affects them and what they can do to effectively negotiate their salary.

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Three female doctors say they were paid less than male counterparts on account of their gender in a federal lawsuit filed against Carolinas HealthCare System.

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Women in Wake County earn a lot less than their male counterparts, and the wage gap is even worse than in other parts of the country.