The Gender Wage Gap Is Worse Than We Thought

New research shows that the reality of today’s wage gap is more complicated than the figure often bandied about in Washington—“80 cents to a man’s dollar.” In fact, the gap might actually be much worse, yet much simpler to fix, than we assume.

According to a new analysis of historical wage data by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the oft-cited 20 percent gap, which focuses on short-term earnings, misses the context of women’s lives. When mapped over 15-year periods, the long-term gender earnings gap might widen to as much as 50 percent.

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Understanding Tech for Businesses: What Is a Bot?

Answers to your questions about technology today.

Technically speaking, bots are automated programs designed to perform a specific task, like tweet every new word that appears in the New York Times, colorize black and white photos on Reddit, or connect you with a customer service agent. There are bad ones, good ones, and countless more in between. A chatbot is a computer program designed to simulate human conversation. Bots are often associated with sites like Twitter, but there are many other types.

Read article at WIRED magazine

Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon, Dec 4, 2018

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) will hold the 2018 Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon on December 4, 2018 at the Castaway in Burbank. His office is accepting nominations for this year’s honorees.

The Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon was started by former State Senator Jack Scott while he served in the State Assembly and it has been an annual event passed down through State Legislators. The Women in Business Awards honor local women whose exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District.Women in Business celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of the workforce through the advancement of business and the proliferation of new jobs while serving as role models for their community and co-workers.

This year’s luncheon will proudly feature an amazing keynote speaker Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of World Wide Corporate Communication and Public Affairs for Warner Brothers.  Ms. Myers was the first woman to be the White House Press Secretary in our nation’s history.

Attached you will find a nomination form and the nomination categories for this year’s event.  Nominees must live or work in the 25th Senate District. Nomination forms are due by Thursday, November 1, 2018. We look forward to receiving your nomination(s) and seeing you at this year’s luncheon!

Please email Talin Mangioglu at talin.mangioglu AT sen.ca.gov or call 818-409-0400 for more information.

Download Nomination Form