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US: Mommy Penalty vs. the Daddy Bonus. Hunting bin Laden was women’s work. Are women in politics more honest?

Are women in politics more honest? The Tennessean What, I wonder, explains the gender gap in political corruption?

Women make up almost 20 percent of the current Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, but they don’t come anywhere near that proportion of Congress’ scandals.

Will it take breaking news of a female lawmaker doing something truly stupid like former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tweeting self-portraits of his private parts to strangers to know we are beginning to achieve gender equality?

This thought comes to mind with news of a new study by political science researchers at Rice University and titled “‘Fairer Sex’ or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender and Institutional Context.”

In the spotlight: What do we look for in women’s political … Sacramento Bee There’s something I need to get off my chest. It’s been weighing on me, and I want to come clean before the next election cycle: I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. That fact is only controversial because I’m a women’s advocate by trade, and there are certain feminist circles in which anything less than full-throated Hillary support is tantamount to heresy.But 2008 Hillary just wasn’t the candidate for me. I didn’t like the hack Democratic Party operatives she had in her inner circle – strategist Mark Penn and fundraiser-turned-Virginia-governor Terry McAuliffe come to mind – and I didn’t like her hawkishness on Iraq. Most of all, I couldn’t stomach the Clinton-style “neo-liberalism,” she and her husband unleashed in the ’90s, which in my opinion has done more ideological damage to Democrats than anything since Reaganomics.

Hunting Osama bin Laden was women’s work … NBC News Navy SEALs may have killed Osama bin Laden, but women led them to their prey.

Women made up the majority of analysts – at one point all the analysts — in “Alec Station,” the unit charged with finding Bin Laden, managed the ramp-up at the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center after 9-11, and participated in the interrogation, and the waterboarding, of al Qaeda suspects. They were critical to the first capture of a major al Qaeda target, Abu Zubaydah; helped find and kill Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq; ran “black sites,” the secret CIA prisons used to interrogate terror suspects; and in the case of two senior analysts, died in an attack by al Qaeda on a CIA compound in Afghanistan.

Women can have it all – but they’ll likely pay a mommy … NBC News Call it the mommy penalty versus the daddy bonus.

A new government report finds that women with children under 18 earn less than women without minor children, while men with kids under 18 earn more than men without younger kids.

Experts say it’s further proof that, despite the many gains women have made in education and workplace equality in recent decades, moms are still at risk of earning less just because they also are parents.

“I think parenthood is like the new site of gender discrimination,” said Michelle Budig, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Budig’s research has shown that women generally make less money for each child they have, even after accounting for factors that would explain a salary reduction, like taking time off for child-rearing and career choice.

Men, on the other hand, are more likely to see an earnings boost for being married and having kids, also after accounting for other external factors that would impact earnings, according to Budig’s research.

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