Wage gap

Wage gap concern for District men and women

Frank Rivera, a Washington, D.C. resident and American University alumnus, feels that wage gaps between men and women in the United States are unfair. “It disturbs me, of course,” Rivera said. “When we talk about justice and this happens. I feel helpless, frustrated, and anger.” White women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by…

Gender Inclusive sign

AU community will see more gender inclusive signs on restrooms

American University will increase the number of gender inclusive restrooms on campus and will up the number of signs indicating where they are located, according to a university official. The university had previously referred to the facilities as family or unisex restrooms,in the wake of a 2006 Washington, D.C. law. Sara Bendoraitis, 37, the Director…

Younger generation more supportive of gender-neutral bathrooms

District residents and visitors took a short time away from walking their dogs and watching the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to voice their opinions in the debate against North Carolina’s law restricting transgender people from using the bathroom where they are most comfortable. Julien Doe, 42, a father of one, supported gender-neutral bathroom access, however, said he wouldn’t want his daughter using…

Transgender movement gathers awareness and supporters

Washington D.C. residents and students expressed varying viewpoints about the transgender movement, which has gathered momentum in the last couple of years in the wake of several high-profile celebrity advocates and television shows. This week in Tenleytown, a half dozen interviewees leaned toward a more accepting and liberal standpoint of transgender icons, people and the…

SCOTUS same-sex ruling brings diverse opinions

Students and residents in the Washington D.C. area offered diverse opinions regarding June’s historic U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with many people’s views mirroring how they feel about homosexuality as more than just the right to marry. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage is a Constitutional right, prompting passionate…

Women making strides in life but not media representations

Washington D.C. residents and visitors agree that women are portrayed poorly in the media today with attention directed to female bodies and emotions rather than their accomplishments. Women are objectified in the media constantly due to stereotypes and unrealistic standards, an issue that has lingered for decades. They are underrepresented and treated differently than men.…