Why Working Motherhood Affects Wages
Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., senior research scientist and economist at WCW, discussed motherhood and the gender wage gap on 1A, a radio show produced by WAMU 88.5 and distributed by NPR. Dr. Kerr shared data on how the wage gap grows in the early career years. At their first jobs after college, she said, men and women start at roughly even salaries. However, there is a rapid divergence of earnings during the "family founding" years, where fathers' pay skyrockets and mothers' pay goes down. By the time these workers are in their mid 30s-early 40s, the pay gap is 45-50 percent.
Afterschool Programs Offer Fruits and Vegetables, Research Shows
The CDC recently published an article co-authored by WCW researchers Georgia Hall, Ph.D., and Amanda Richer, M.A., reporting that most U.S. afterschool programs are offering fruits and vegetables to children.

Women's Empowerment in Cabo Verde
This summer, Wellesley College student Natália Marques is in Cabo Verde working on a project to bring more women into the formal labor force. On our blog, Natália reflects on her internship, which is made possible through a partnership between WCW and the Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family at the University of Cabo Verde, supported by the Anchor Point Fellowships program at Wellesley College.

At Christian Colleges, a Collision of Gay Rights and Traditional Values
In the New York Times, Laura Pappano, writer in residence at WCW, looks at the way students, faculty, and administrators at Christian colleges are responding to the clash of gay rights and traditional values on campus.

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Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director
Wellesley Centers for Women