Kay SteigerAug 06, 2007
MOTHERS CAN'T HAVE CAREERS. The NYTimes has a story of women who struggle with their careers after they choose to have children: Like other career-minded young women, she hoped the law would open doors. But her promising career at a department-store corporate office ended 15 years ago when she had a baby. She was passed over for promotions after she started leaving work before 6:30 each evening to pick up her daughter from day care. Then, she was pushed into a dead-end clerical job. Finally, she quit. But this is the story of a Japanese woman named Yukako Kurose. Apparently, Japanese women have just as much trouble balancing the their families with a long work week as American women do. The Japanese passed an equal opportunity employment law in 1985, but they're finding that it is the work culture itself -- not the law -- that is preventing women from truly achieving equality. Hm... this sounds familiar . --Kay Steiger
Donald Rumsfeld and high-level generals deny a conspiracy surrounding Pat Tillman's death, but their stories have changed so many times, it's hard to take their word.Kay SteigerAug 02, 2007
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is one of the many administration officials benefiting from the "I do not recall" defense. On Wednesday, as Congress rushed to finish the summer session before the August break, the House Oversight Committee gathered to question Rumsfeld and three high-level generals about Corporal Patrick Tillman's death. After more than three years and six separate investigations (the most recent of which concluded Tuesday) within the Army and the Department of Defense, the story that Tillman died as the result of valor against the enemy changed to a story that he was the victim of fratricide. Now, no one is quite sure about the circumstances surrounding Tillman's death. His mother, Mary Tillman, said in an interview with National Public Radio , "They could have told us the truth. And if they didn't want to tell us the truth, they could have said that we don't know, we're doing an investigation. But what they did is they made up a story." In the latest...
Kay SteigerJul 31, 2007
TELL ME, PETRAEUS. A WaPo 's webcast interview yesterday with Democratic whip James Clyburn suggested that a positive report from Gen. Petraeus could cause a boondoggle for the 47 blue dog Democrats in the House, without whom it will be impossible to pass any kind of timetable for withdrawal. The report from Petraeus is expected to be mixed, given little subsiding of violence in Iraq, but some forecast a slightly more positive review. And why not? Over the last year, there's been something of an exodus of good reporters from Iraq (some of whom have come back to write books ), and even the reporters still there rely heavily on Iraqi stringers for person-to-person reporting, and on the U.S. military for any kind of statistics. With such a heavy reliance on the military for information, Petraeus could be glossing over the bad news from Iraq and making it very hard to slice through the war of rhetoric the right will launch. Especially since he answers directly to Bush , who of course...
Kay SteigerJul 30, 2007
VETO POWER. On Friday the White House announced that even if Congress passes legislation reversing the Ledbetter ruling, Bush will veto it. The statement (pdf) said such legislation would "serve to impede justice" and "allegations from thirty years ago or more could be resurrected and filed in federal courts." The basic argument the right is making on this (on the Court and in the White House) is that 180 days is more than enough time for a discrimination filing to take place (even though most states already allow for up to 300 days) . As I've written before, it's rare to obtain knowledge of pay disparities with any certainty in such a short period of time, and often the initial disparity is so small it sometimes takes several years to discover the full effect. As long as Republicans control the White House, though, there seems to be little chance for any real efforts to combat discrimination. -- Kay Steiger
Kay SteigerJul 24, 2007
TAKING THE VA TO COURT. The BBC reports veterans are suing the VA over denied mental health treatment and disability pay. This is more evidence that the VA is too understaffed (despite the fact that they are leaders in post traumatic stress disorder treatment) to deal with the influx of former soldiers suffering from PTSD. It will be interesting to see how the courts deal with such a case. If they throw it out, the only recourse is to put pressure on Congress to pass legislation which would increase funding for disability pay and treatment for veterans with PTSD. --Kay Steiger