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ThinkAboutIt October 2013
Diagnosis: doctor pay gap
For female doctors, the gender pay gap has grown over the past decade, and they are now earning more than $56,000 less than male doctors, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. One factor may be specialty, where surgeons and radiologists earn significantly more than primary care providers. For example, only 10% of orthopedic surgeons are women, while more than half of pediatricians are. The study asks: "Do female physicians have less opportunity to enter higher paying specialties despite having similar preferences as male physicians?"
Source: Washington Post Wonkblog

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen


Innovate for girls' sake
The theme of the second annual International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11, is "Innovating for Girls' Education." The day's mission is to recognize the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world, and the violence and discrimination they face. According to the U.N., examples of steps to take include:
• Improve transportation for girls to get to school, including canoes, bicycles and roads.
• Provide science and technology courses targeted to girls at all levels.
• Revise curricula with positive messages.
• Deploy mobile technology, especially in remote areas.
Source: dayofthegirl.org

The drive-through sex box
"Of course, people laugh about it. People have said the city has become the pimp, that we are creating a Disneyland for hookers. For us, it's not funny. I don't think violence is funny. And the cause for prostitution usually is poverty, and I don't think poverty is funny either. So what we are doing here is serious.".- Michael Herzig, Zurich social services.

In Switzerland, where prostitution is legal, Zurich has forbidden soliciting on the street and has opened new drive-in "sex boxes" to help protect sex-trade workers from robberies and violence. Men drive down a strip, select a woman, and then take her to the guarded compound, which has trees, colored lights and benches. The cubicles offer the sex worker an alarm button and an emergency exit, as well as safe-sex reminders. Other facilities include a kitchen and showers.
Source: BBC

'Daddy day care'
If you've heard about the increasing trend of stay-at-home dads, think again. U.S. census data show that:
• Stay-at-home dads have more than doubled in the last 15 years, but in actual numbers it's only from 76,000 to 189,000.
• Only 0.8 percent of married couples with children under 15 include a stay-at-home dad, up from 0.3 percent in 1994.
• Even when both parents work, women spend 12 hours a week on child care, while men spend seven.

"A decade ago, you could pack every stay-at-home dad into the University of Michigan's football stadium. Now, you'd just need Michigan and Ohio State's," a Reuters article says.

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Hanging up on telemedicine
Iowa's pioneering telemedicine abortion program, allowing rural women to take an abortion-inducing pill over a video chat with a doctor, has been operating safely and effectively since 2010, but now the Board of Medicine - which originally approved it - is trying to ban it. Why the change? Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, an abortion foe, has replaced all 10 members of the nonpartisan board with anti-choice appointees. After a recent public hearing, the board voted 8-2 to adopt the ban.
Source: Think Progress

The vigilante marriage clerk
D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County clerk, decided in July to start handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even though that's illegal in Pennsylvania, and has issued more than 160 such licenses. Hanes, an Army veteran who is a Democrat, said that "based on recent Supreme Court decisions ... I felt that Pennsylvania's Marriage Act was indeed unconstitutional. So in this office, we no longer ask people their gender."
Source: Mother Jones





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