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First female head of Japan labor lobby vows to empower women

Oct. 22, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first female president of Japan’s powerful labor union federation said Friday she will work to correct the gender gap in wages and working conditions to help empower women. “Progress is extremely slow,” said Tomoko Yoshino, who was elected this...

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Oct. 21, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming the social services and climate change programs and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a scaled-back...

Foundations back new effort to ignite Americans' generosity

Oct. 14, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

In a new effort backed by more than $2 million in grants from the nation’s biggest foundations, a group of philanthropy leaders Tuesday announced the public kickoff off a campaign to drive greater giving of time and money, especially from middle- and low-income Americans. Noting that...

The end of student loan forbearance will be tougher on women

Oct. 13, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

Before the pandemic, wage disparities already made it tougher for working women to pay off student loans than men. Now, after a second year of juggling increased caregiving duties, over a million women have had to drop out of the workforce as a new/old problem looms: the restart of federal...

'Squid Game' strikes nerve in debt-ridden South Korea

Oct. 13, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — “Squid Game," a brutal Netflix survival drama about desperate adults competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, hit a little too close to home for Lee Chang-keun. The show has captivated global audiences since...

S Korea's ruling party nominates maverick politician in race

Oct. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's ruling liberal party on Sunday nominated its candidate for next year's presidential elections, selecting a maverick politician known for his outspoken views who is currently the race's front-runner. Lee Jae-myung’s nomination as...

Analysis: Equal pay efforts reviving in Mississippi in 2022

Oct. 03, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is the only state without a law requiring equal pay for equal work by women and men, after Alabama enacted one in 2019. Efforts have fallen short in Mississippi in recent years, but Senate Labor Committee Chairman John Hohrn, a Democrat...

Syracuse University settles $3.7M gender pay lawsuit

Oct. 03, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse University will pay $3.7 million to settle a lawsuit brought by five female faculty members who claimed they were paid less than their male counterparts who held equivalent positions. The settlement entered Friday in state Supreme Court in...

Cannabis lounges coming to Nevada with host of new laws

Oct. 01, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A flurry of laws passed by the Nevada Legislature earlier this year take effect on Friday — ushering in reforms that Democratic lawmakers who have majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly have long campaigned to implement. Five years...

Japan's next leader sets sights on wage hikes to fuel growth

Sep. 30, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Fumio Kishida, the man soon to become Japan’s prime minister, says he believes raising incomes is the only way to get the world’s third-largest economy growing again. Kishida says he wants to promote a “new capitalism” that would be more...