The Gender Pay Gap

Written by: Amber Baldwin

It’s 2021 and there is still a wage gap between men and women. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, on average a woman makes $0.82 for every dollar a man makes.

With such disparity in numbers, white women have to work until March 24th to make the same amount that a man-made the previous year. This day is known as Equal Pay Day.

Asian-American women make $0.87 for every dollar a man makes and have to work until March 9. Black women have to work until September 3 because they make $0.63 for every dollar a man makes. Native American women make $0.60 for every dollar a man makes and have work until September 8. Latina women have to work until October 21 because they make $0.54 for every dollar a man makes.

Here’s the wage gap from an everyday perspective. Men are paid for a full 9 to 5 workday where women start working for free at 2:40 pm.

When the gender wage gap is looked at by age and not as a whole average a woman actually starts to make even less as she grows older. Women ages 45 and older make an average of $0.72 compared to every dollar a man makes. Women ages 30-44 make $0.81 and women ages 20-29 make $0.85 for every dollar a man makes.

Here are some simple things people can do to fight for equal pay.

  1. Do Research
    a. Look into more statics about the gender wage gap- https://blog.dol.gov/2021/03/19/5-facts-about-the-state-of-the-gender-pay-gap or
    https://www.payscale.com/data/gender-pay-gap
    b. Learn how to negotiate your own salary
    c. Learn about the successful women that you look up to
  2. Post on social media
  3. Have an event to teach others about the wage gap

As Vice President Kamala Harris said, “The burden of ensuring equal pay isn’t on women alone. It’s on all of us. And equal pay will benefit all of us too. Because when we lift up women, we lift up families, we lift up communities, and all of society is better off.”

Women History Month: Singers and Performers

Written by: Amber Baldwin

With it being Women’s History Month, it is important to celebrate the women who have played an important part in history. Here are some female singers who have made some amazing works of music.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)
Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song,” was a jazz singer who won 13 Grammy Awards and an abundance of other achievements in music. Her voice range was very broad, so she was able to sing a variety of different music types. Fitzgerald worked with many other jazz musicians like Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole. She also traveled all around the world doing concerts. By the end of her life, she had recorded over 200 albums and her last concert was at Carnegie Hall. It was also her 26th time performing there. To find out more about Fitzgerald, check out her website at http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

Patsy Cline (1932-1963)
Patsy Cline was a country singer known for her songs “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Crazy.” She was one of the first country music artists to be able to overlap into pop music and actually have it work out. In 1973 she was the first solo female artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Cher (1946-present)
Cher is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has sold over 100 million records around the world and that is on top of the 40 million records that were sold as Sonny & Cher. Many radio stations would not play her very first single “Ringo, I Love You” because her contralto voice was apparently too low and sounded like a man and the radio stations did not want people thinking the song was about homosexuality. Now the media calls her the “Goddess of Pop.”

Girls Generation
This all-girls K-pop group began in 2007. They are also Billboard’s “Top K-pop Girl Group of the Past Decade” and they are also the first Asian girl group to have five music videos on YouTube with over 100 million views on each video. Not only are they known for their music, but they are also known for their fashion statements. The group went on a break in 2017 so that the members could gain more experience in the entertainment field individually. They all still support each other.

St. Patrick Day Celebrations on Campus

Written by: Emily Vargo

March 17 is a special day for some people and a day you don’t want to forget to wear green. To some, this is a cultural celebration, a religious celebration, or a fun holiday that they celebrate with friends. This special day is called St. Patrick’s Day!

This year there are some exciting things happening on campus on March 17. The cafeteria will be serving a delicious Jiggs dinner for lunch. For those who are not familiar with this meal, it consists of salted beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and turnips all boiled in a large pot. Some recipes will vary but they are all wonderful.

The Campus Catholics are hosting a free event open to everyone from 1-3 pm on the 17th in the McCann Center. Everyone can stop by and pick out a St. Patrick’s day themed treat of their choice. There will be cookies and shakes! You can also play a St. Patty’s day trivia game and take a picture at the St. Patrick’s Day photo wall.

St. Patrick’s day celebrates the death of St. Partick who passed away in the fifth century. He is credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland and explaining the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) by using a shamrock also known as a three leaf clover.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated as a feast since the ninth or tenth century. On March 17, 1601, in St. Augustine, Florida the first ever St. Patrick’s day parade was celebrated but for the most part, it was not celebrated everywhere. Over time, however, St. Patrick’s Day increased in celebration in the United States.

Irish Americans gain more acceptance in 1948 when President Harry S.Truman attended a St. Patrick’s day parade in New York City. Now St. Patrick’s day is celebrated all around the world and enjoyed by millions of people.

Don’t forget to wear green for good luck on this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!

Pi Day

Written by: Emily Vargo

March 14 is a special day. It is a holiday for scientists, mathematicians, and all of those who have a love for science across the globe. It is an exciting mathematical day where we get to celebrate the awesomeness of pi and anything round since pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14….

https://www.theparkatwintersrun.com/blog/314-pi-day/

An amazing pi-incidence is that Albert Einstein’s birthday is on pi day and this year, on pi day, will mark the third anniversary of Stephen Hawking’s death.

Many people celebrate by making and/or eating pie and memorizing as many digits as pi as they can. The website, https://holidappy.com/holidays/25-Best-Ways-to-Celebrate-Pi-Day-314 list some different and interesting ways to celebrate pi day such as writing a pi-ku or other pi related poems, running or walking distances of 3.14, or watching math related movies like Good Will Hunting.

I asked a few students what Pi day means to them. 

Coi a freshman said, “Pi day is the greatest most legendary day of all time where you count 3.1415 and so on… as well as eating as much pie as you can”. 

A student who wants to stay anonymous states they thought it was “a day that revolves around a number that contains everything to our universe.” 

The first ever pi day celebration took place at a San Francisco-based interactive science museum which featured a parade and eating fruit pies. Each year the festivals drew increasingly larger crowds that eventually in 2009, the U.S. The House of Representatives passed legislation to make Pi day a national holiday. To find out more, check out the Pi Day website https://www.piday.org/

Pi is an irrational, transcendental number that continues on indefinitely. In order to use pi in problem solving, the number is abbreviated to the first three numbers which are 3.14 or the fraction of 22/7. Since the mid-18 century, the symbol of pi, which was taken from the first letter of the Greek word  “periphery” and “perimeter.”  (meaning circumference) is used in formulas to successfully calculate problems.

Many admiral scientists have toiled over pi, calculated over the digits, and have applied it to countless areas of mathematics. The Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes is the most commonly credited to being the first person to accurately calculate the estimated number of pi. 

Today with the help of modern day technology, pi has been calculated to 31 trillion digits but you only need the first 39 to perform all possible calculations with virtually no error. Pi occurs in many different forms like circumference, area of a circle, cylinder, sphere, cone, the volume of a cylinder, the surface area of a sphere, the volume of a sphere, and that’s just a few to name. So for this pi day enjoy all things round and have some pie with friends and family.

Women’s History Month

Written by: Amber Baldwin

Women’s History Month is all about celebrating and honoring women’s contributions to American history.  It started out as Women’s History Week and was first celebrated the week of March 8 in 1980.  That week was chosen because International Women’s Day is March 8.  By 1986 fourteen states had decided to have March be Women’s History Month and in 1987 Congress had finally decided to officially make the entire month of March Women’s History Month. 

On being asked if they knew March was Women’s History Month Jennifer Kaffenbarger, a student at DC, said, “yes, but I think it needs to be talked about more.” 

Maricella Najar, another student here at DC, said that she did not know. 

There are many different ways DC students and others can celebrate Women’s History Month.  They can learn more about the history of women’s rights and the problems women still deal with today.  People can also write thank you notes to women they appreciate or admire. Volunteering for a nonprofit organization that supports women and girls is also a great way to celebrate the month. 

Every year The National Women’s History Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1980, decides on a theme for Women’s History Month.  This year’s theme is the same as last year’s theme because a lot of plans for last year’s Women’s History Month were canceled because of COVID-19.  Since last year was the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment the theme “Valiant Women to the Vote:  Refusing to Be Silenced”  will honor the women who fought for women’s rights to vote. 

The United States is not the only country that celebrates Women’s History Month.  The UK and Australia also celebrate it in March and in October, Canada celebrates it. 

Find more information about Women’s History Month here https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month

WEEKLY NEWS RECAP

Written by: Amber Baldwin

TEXAS: The snow and low temperatures that Texas has been experiencing caused their electric grid operations to lose control of the power supply.  Now many people do not have electricity.  With no heat, temperatures in people’s houses are in the 30’s and 40’s or lower.  Because of the low temperature and no access to heat, they are also facing a water crisis because their pipes are freezing causing them to bust.  If people do have water, they have to boil it before using it. Some are even going outside to gather snow and melt that. President Joe Biden has declared Texas’ situation a major disaster and has sent in FEMA.  By doing this Texas can now receive federal funding to help with the situation.

COVID-19: According to the New York Times, 5.1% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated and 13% of the population has had at least the first dose.  There has also been a decrease in new cases and new deaths in the last 14 days. However, with new studies conducted, the CDC is now recommending double masking.  In a 2020 study, a surgical mask along with a single layer cloth mask on top was found to be 91% effective.  Please wear your masks correctly (over the nose) and always wash your hands. To find out more on masks visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html

Black History Month

Since it is still Black History Month don’t forget to follow BASA, Black Action Student Association.  The group is on Instagram and Twitter.  This entire month they are doing activities that are celebrating and honoring Black lives. And don’t forget to check the free little library outside the Chapel in Schauffler hall for books written by great Black authors.

 Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/defi.basa/

Twitter https://twitter.com/BlackActionStu1

Liv B is a Canadian YouTuber and author of Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget Cookbook. She is coming out with a new cookbook on April 12, 2021, called Liv B’s Easy Everyday.  Right now, it can be preordered on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.  Liv B is known for quick simple vegan recipes that are not going to cost a ton of money.  She also does podcasts. To find more information check out her website here:  https://itslivb.com

To catch some of her videos, view both of her YouTube channels here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtuwIdM0Zx7xCiZSa_clRzw and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL4XJVj4PPOdecb2J5w3z8A 




Eight Tv and Movies to watch during Black History Month

Written by: Emily Vargo

February is Black history month. To celebrate the month, I have put together eight shows to watch during the month and what they are about.

The first show is called “Watchmen” (2019). “Watchmen” starts with the Tulsa Race Massacre, then fast forwards to 2019. The series portrays race and policing in an alternate reality. By using superheroes, random squid storms, and many plot twists, “Watchmen” is not only thrilling but can be used to begin discussions on the relationships between race and police. It can be found on HBO Max.

Next up is a called “Lovecraft Country” (2020). “Lovecraft Country” shows the horrors of the 1950s Jim Crow Laws that happened in America. The show is about a character named Atticus Freeman. He is a Korean war vet and a lover of books who heads home to the south side of Chicago to investigate the disappearance of his father. This is also on HBO Max.

The third show is called “Dear White People” (2017-2021). “Dear White People” is about a group of black students who attend a university that is made up of mainly white students. One of the black students starts a podcast directed at white students. On the podcast, they call out the microaggressions and racist behavior of the white students. This show can be found on Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, Apple TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime.

The fourth show is called “The Black Church: This is our story, This is our song.” This show is hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., who tells the 400 year old story of Black Churches in American and the role it plays in Black people’s lives. The show also explores the history, worship of traditions, and how they came into Christianity. The Black Church can be watched on PBS.

The fifth show is titled “Queen Sugar.” This show is about a family whose daughter comes back home to get away from a very public divorce. When she gets home, she purchases a sugar mill on her father’s farmland, bringing prosperity and complications to her and her family’s lives. Over the many episodes of this show, adultery, power and influence, police brutality, and slavery are shown. This show is found on Hulu.

The sixth show is “Insecure.” This show is about a character named Issa Dee. Iassa is living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, who she has been with for five years. Their relationship starts the fall apart, but Issa will not give up easily. In the show, you will see Iassa and her boyfriend try to work things out with each other while exploring their culture and reminiscing about their funny embarrassing moments. This is on HBO Max.

The seventh show is “Underground.” This show is about a character named Noah, who is a determined slave that leads a revolt on his Georgia plantation. He is able to escape into freedom with six other slaves. This show exposes all of the dangers and hardship of the group’s escape. “Underground” will always keep you on your toes, and you will never know what will happen next. You can find this on Hulu, Fubo TV, Youtube, Itunes, Google play, and Apple TV.

The eighth show is called “Atlanta.” This show is about three friends who are trying to make it in the city of Atlanta. They all have big dreams, and together they will try their hardest to accomplish them. This is a hilarious show that respects the Black experience of trying to make it in a big city. It can be found on Hulu, Youtube, iTunes, Google Play, Apple TV, and Vudu.

Honorable mentions go to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix, on Disney Plus, Black Panther and Black is King, and on HULU, Blackish.