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Miserable now?

A tiny little MoJo piece offers statistics that prove what we already suspected -- being a woman just isn't that much fun. Sorry.
A new MotherJones piece by deputy editor Clara Jeffery provides cold, hard stats to prove what most of us (women, at least) already knew to be true: when it comes to female advancement in America, we've still got a loooooooong way to go, baby.

Some choice bits?

  • Over her career, the average working woman loses $1.2 million to wage inequity.

  • Only 5 of 20-odd "thought-leader" magazines have ever had a woman as editor-in-chief. Two of those jobs were held by Tina Brown.

  • 86% of guests on Sunday-morning political talk shows are men. So are 80% of the guests on The Daily Show.

  • Women over 65 are almost twice as likely to be poor as men.

  • 31.5% of Iraq's parliament are women. Only 15% of the U.S. Congress are women.

  • Heavyset women get fewer promotions and face more job discrimination. Heavyset men do not.

  • 15 African nations have a higher percentage of female legislators than does the U.S.

It's factoids like these that simultaneously make me want to kill myself and work my ass off. (Mainly, though, they just depress me.)
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's front page editor.
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