This hour we're focusing on a subject that always generates lots of debate: namely, the so-called gender gap. It certainly generated a fascinating discussion at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado when a panel of women representing business, sports, public policy, and media took up the question, "Are the Girls Now Beating the Boys?".
During the past decade women have not only closed the achievement gap with men when it comes to education, women now out-number men attending and graduating from college. And many women are now the breadwinners in their families as male-dominated industries like construction have been hard hit by the recession. But women still only make 70 cents on the dollar compared to men, they are under-represented in the boardroom, many women have a harder time getting access to specialized health care, and violence against women is still a major problem.
Taking up the question, "Are the Girls Now Beating the Boys?", at Aspen were Hanna Rosin, who edits Slate magazine's women section and the Reverend Marcia Dyson, a social activist who is affiliated with the Center for Social Justice and Policy at Georgetown University. Later in the program Benita Fitzgerald Mosely, an Olympic Gold Medalist and current Chief of Sport at USA Track and Field, joined the conversation.
The panel was moderated by the Aspen Institute's Ross Wiener.