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Gender and racial pay disparities are not new but remain far more prevalent and excessive than one might realize. And cited salary is only part of the problem. Research suggests that women and people of color are much less likely to get call-backs on submitted job resumes, and efforts to negotiate better earnings are viewed far less favorably than for their white and male colleagues.
Many studies demonstrate the wide-reaching benefits of early childhood care and education for children and parents but also for employers and society at large. Yet, affordable child care remains out of reach for many American families.
Experts from Cornell University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggest that the inability of unions to negotiate for better pay or working conditions has historically lead to a degeneration of all workers’ rights, unionized or not.
Failing to protect the environment bodes poorly for American health, safety, and overall quality of life. It will also play a key role in our economic competitiveness as outdated manufacturing and sustainability practices lose ground to those of more forward-thinking countries.
Most introductory economics classes teach that giving cash is better than supplying benefits and many studies across the world show that cash has more utility and a more positive impact than like-kind benefits, which cost more than if those citizens were to purchase them outright.
According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 45 million Americans still live in poverty and the country's most recent approach to fixing this problem has been to cut spending for social protections and allow the free market do the fighting on its own.
According to recent data from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, more than 44 million Americans are paying off student loans. Collectively, these borrowers hold nearly $1.5 trillion in student debt. The average student loan borrower graduates with $37,172 in educational debt—a $20,000 rise in the last 13 years.
Healthcare is perhaps one of the most politically charged issues affecting the United States. It is also probably one of the most misunderstood. In some political circles, terms like “universal” or “single-payer” medicine are rejected. However, the Pew Research Center found that more than 50 percent of Americans support single-payer care—the highest share in more than a decade.
Public education is vital to a healthy economy and, more broadly, a thriving democracy. In 1785, John Adams wrote that citizens should not just “educate the whole people,” but “be willing to bear the expense of it.” In practical terms, an uneducated workforce is limited in what it can achieve—a failing that affects everyone.
Founding Father Thomas Paine and English radical Thomas Spence first introduced the economic theory where all citizens are guaranteed a basic income for living expenses. Since then, the theory has been forgotten, reintroduced, and embraced—or at least considered—by certain countries.
If a review of other nations’ practices can teach us anything, it is that the United States has a lot of room for workplace improvement. Employees could benefit from better regulated work hours, more paid vacation, and paid parental leave, but some of the lapses speak to even more basic rights, like freedom from discrimination and assurance the law will protect that freedom.
According to an analysis of 151 nations conducted by the U.N.’s International Labor Organization, the U.S. and New Guinea were the only two without paid parental leave mandates. The Family Medical Leave Act entitles parents working for U.S. companies with at least 51 employees to just six to eight weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn—a period experts attest is woefully inadequate.