On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the news on our radar today:

• Almost half of all workers are strongly discouraged from asking their coworkers what they earn, which can make it impossible to figure out whether you're underpaid. In honor of Equal Pay Day, President Obama is signing a bill today that would ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries together. [NPR] 

• Meanwhile, the Senate is considering a bill that would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that make it easier to discriminate against women—a new study shows that a third of households headed by women are below the poverty line. [Guardian] 

• I am kind of sick of hearing scientific studies about why women don't negotiate well, but this Planet Money story on the topic was actually really interesting: Women do negotiate well, it says, just not always on their own behalf. [Planet Money] 

• UCONN won the college men's basketball championship last night, but its star player says he sometimes goes to bed hungry. Maybe now is the time for college athletes to unionize. [Colorlines] 

• Hey! Despite all the screw-ups with the rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the number of uninsured Americans is actually declining. [Ebony] 

• Tech-focused blog Valleywag compared a new dating startup to Japanese "comfort women"—here's a great essay on why that is a terrible comparison and the problems with sloppy satire. [Model View Culture, h/t @GhastlyGrotto

• A new ad campaign from Veet argues that having body hair will literally turn a woman into a man. [Feministing] 

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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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The harsh reality of raising children in poverty

Callie Crossley of WGBH in Boston wrote today about a single mother of two very young children who got arrested for leaving her kids locked in the car while she went on a job interview. With no job and no home, she didn't have anyone to watch her baby and toddler. The publicity from her case inspired people to reach out with help, but she still faces felony charges of child abuse: http://wgbhnews.org/post/single-moms-unemployment-and-day-care

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