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Review for National Council for Research on Women Inc, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Is Regender really a front for the financial corporations that support this non-profit? Its support comes from corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Bank of America, RBS, Blackrock, Citi, Wells Fargo... Now that they opened up their membership to the public and it is free and they have no member centers paying dues what do they stand for? Google just released its employee data voluntarily and the figures show that only 29.7% of its labor force is made up of women. Only 1.9% of Google's workforce is black! 2.8% are Hispanic!

WHY DOESN'T REGENDER ASK ITS CORPORATE CIRCLE TO VOLUNTARILY RELEASE THEIR EMPLOYEE DATA SO WE CAN REALLY SEE HOW MANY WOMEN THEY EMPLOYEE AND IN WHAT POSITIONS!!! We all know that when it comes to the financial and banking sectors these companies are down right awful with few women as executives and top mangers. Come on REGENDER ask your corporate circle to reveal its women workforce data.

The so called NEW mission statement makes no sense with the corporate donors supporting Regender.

Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference. Really?

Regender cites meaningless statistics like the 77 cents pay gap for "women" but that is a meaningless figure because there is no average or typical woman in America. It varies by occupation, by race, class, zip code, ethnic group, rural or urban living setting, marital situation... A black woman who is 30 years old living in NYC is not in the same boat as a urban white 30 year old woman in NYC with the same education level. The women's wage gap is closer to 45% for Hispanic women in the central and southern states.

Forget about the pay gap, now the wealth gap between minority women is extreme according to new analysis of the recent census data. The wealth gap between minority women and white women in the U.S. is the largest in the last thirty years with the median wealth gap for a minority woman is just $100 in assets while white women have $100,000 in assets. So lean in to that! I doubt the women working at Regender with their $100,000 + salaries understand or can relate to that horrific reality.

Guess what Regender the ROOT CAUSES of inequity and discrimination against girls and women can probably be found in many of the corporations in YOUR own Corporate circle. In an article on April 24, 2014 in the NYT's entitled "For Women in Tech, Pay Gap is Unusually Small" Harvard labor economist Claudia Goldin found that women were payed almost the same as men in the tech field while the worst pay gap existed in the Financial industry with women making 65.7 cents for every dollar a man made. Financial and Banking were among the worst in women's pay gap. So for the women who work at Regender for root causes all you have to do is look at yourselves in the mirror. How are you shaping a world of fairness when you are collaborating with corporations who may be part of the problem.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Regender should collaborate with corporations that actually support women and don't just talk the talk but walk the walk. Regender should hire minority women in executive positions. Also Regender needs a forum on their website for women to air their views and become more democratic instead of the top down approach of experts vs. the public. Less expensive wasteful award ceremonies especially in these hard times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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