The “Pink Tax”: What You Need to Know

If you’re a woman, then you’ve been paying the pink tax for years without seeing it explicitly printed on your sales receipt. Simply put, the pink tax refers to the premium price that women pay for many products that are marketed to women when compared to comparable, generic products.

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Women Patent Holders on the Rise – But Still a Minority

How many of the following women can you identify?

  • Hannah Wilkinson Slater
  • Hazel Irwin
  • Mary Dixon Kies

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these women were among only seventy-two women who were granted patents between 1790 and 1859 while fellow male inventors racked up over thirty-two thousand patents. The USPTO reports a rise in the number of patents awarded to women but notes that “the percentage of all patent inventors that are women, or the annual ‘women inventor rate,’ reached only 12% in 2016.”

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Who Do the Streets in Your Town Commemorate?

The next time you are out for a run or relaxing day with friends, take a look at the street signs along your route. You’ll likely see that the most common street names are numeric (Second, Third) followed by trees (Oak, Pine). Of course, there are also many streets named after famous people like Martin Luther King, Jr, and George Washington. One thing you won’t see a lot of, however, are streets named after women.

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Equality in the Little Green Army

The composition of our military forces has changed significantly since the draft ended in 1973 and enrollment dropped from 2.2 million to just over 1 million (or less than 1% of the population). Today, about 16% of active duty personnel are women.

Interestingly, the diversity of women recruits tends to be greater than both their male counterparts and the population as a whole.  Yet, for the contributions during military service that women have made over the years, they had been excluded from one of the best known branchesPlastic Army Men. But that oversight is about to change.

BMCToys.com, 8/30/2019
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Women’s Equality Day & Best Friends

As Summer comes to a close and we look forward to the Fall, two notable events share the same celebratory day, August 26th.

Women’s Equality Day

According to the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA), “At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973,  the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as ‘Women’s Equality Day.’ The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote… The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.”

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