In today’s Dispatch: liberal women triumph in US primary elections; research highlights benefits of flexible working for mothers; and a human rights experts speaks out about Ireland’s abortion referendum.
Democratic women win big in US primary elections
Nearly two-thirds of the women running in primary elections in the US this week won their nomination – and Democratic women were particularly successful.
Primary elections are where American voters decide who they want to represent them in an upcoming general election. The next general elections in the US are the midterms in November, where state and local politicians will be voted in and out.
Although President Donald Trump isn’t up for election this year, many Democratic women have been motivated to run for office for the first time as a direct response to his administration.
Women’s success at the primaries supports previous research that shows women are just as likely to win as male candidates; they just don’t run as often.
Read more on this story at Vox.
Flexible work reduces wage gap for mothers, research shows
A new study has found that access to flexible working arrangements reduces the wage gap for mothers compared to women who don’t have children.
The research, conducted by sociologists at the University of British Columbia and published in the journal Work and Occupations, is the first of its kind to analyse how flexible work conditions affect the pay gap between mothers and child-free women. It also looked at how these gaps were affected by a woman’s education.
They found that mothers’ wages were improved if they had access to flexible work arrangements such as being able to work from home and choose their work hours, especially if they had a university education.
“Our findings suggest that, when companies allow work to be organized in a flexible way, they’re less worried about hiring mothers,” said Sylvia Fuller, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the UBC department of sociology.
“Not only does flexibility make it easier for mothers to do well in their jobs, but it also alleviates concern from the employer that they’ll be able to.”
Read more on this study here.
Human rights expert says women are violated by Ireland’s abortion laws
A UN human rights expert has criticised Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, saying it is responsible for the “systematic violation of the human rights of women and girls” in Ireland.
Professor Frances Raday, who is a former chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and an expert Member of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, made the comments ahead of Ireland’s referendum on abortion, due to take place on 25 May.
Under the Eighth Amendment in Ireland, an unborn foetus has the same right to life as a pregnant woman, making abortion illegal in virtually all circumstances.
“The Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, by making a symmetrical equivalence between the right to life of foetuses and women, results in the systematic violation of the human rights of women and girls,” Raday, who is English, said in a statement.
She praised the referendum for bringing “a welcome note of clarity regarding the systematic violation of fundamental rights that the Eighth Amendment means for pregnant people, particularly survivors of rape, in Ireland”.
Read more on this story at The Irish Times.
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