Saturday, June 18, 2016

How Sexism Holds Back The Economy

By Washington Post, June 17, 2016 

The United States still makes it too hard for women and African-Americans to contribute as much as they could to the economy, a fact that has suppressed wages and slowed growth in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development concludes in its latest assessment of the American economy.

The OECD report, released Thursday afternoon, warns that several impediments are "compromising the economy’s ability to direct skills toward the activities where they are most highly valued" - which is to say, policies and attitudes in America are keeping workers from doing jobs that would maximize their potential to earn money and contribute to growth. It says those factors "still tilt the playing field against some groups—such as women, African-Americans, and those with criminal records."

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