Gender Blender on 03/17/09
Many Americans would be surprised to learn that women make less money than men for doing the same jobs. For those who accept this disparity, a common defense is the argument that men--by the nature of their upbringings--have additional skills that are denied those growing up girls. However, a 2008 study--referenced in the New York Times and Time magazine-- debunks this contention by illustrating that transgender individuals who were raised male but transition to female on average lose one third of their salary; even when they stay in the exact same job or field.
In this episode of Gender Blender, hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall speak with one of the authors of that study, Professor Kristen Schilt from the University of Chicago. In addition, they talk with Theresa Mitchell (of KBOO's Press Watch) a Tri Met bus driver who transitioned on the job; and Diego Sanchez, a trans man who is Barney Frank's aide and will talk about ENDA, the federal legislation that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender presentation or gender identity.
Gender Blender will also feature two songs off of the album Singer Shine Your Light from the amazing folksinger www.myspace.com/namolibrennet ">Namoli Brennet.