Recent Press Coverage and Publications

Ebony Magazine: Black Women Face Wealth Gap 50 Years After the March (with Lillian Bowie-Singh) "As Black women outpace Black men in education...Black women are three times more likely than Black men to have education debt." -August 26, 2013

Coverage of Dr. Chang's panel with Lilly Ledbetter "Panelist Mariko Chang said that 'there is a lack of cultural outrage' on the subject which has facilitated a kind of complacency. This complacency she assigns in part to commonly held misconceptions about the political and social reality of the status of women in the workplace." -March 1, 2013

Rave review of Shortchanged in American Journal of Sociology "Thanks to current events like the Great Recession and the Occupy movement, Chang's account arrives on the scene at a time of heightened concern about wealth. Given its compelling and timely subject matter, accessible style, and theoretical insights, this book is ideal for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of wealth inequality." -November, 2012

New America Foundation lists session with Dr. Chang as their favorite "she argued that until we address gender-based wealth disparities we will fail to make adequate progress in closing the racial wealth gap." -September 25, 2012

Loop21 interviews Dr. Chang about Black Women in Bankruptcy "Because of both discrimination and a gender pay gap, black women, in particular, lack a lot of the traditional wealth safety nets that other groups have access to." -August 15, 2012

Huffington Post Op-Ed with Dedrick Muhammad, Valuing Families and Our Nation's Future: The Joys and Economic Penalties of Parenting "There is much talk during the political season about family values; but the disparity between political rhetoric and policies that value families is increasingly vast." -August 14, 2012

CNN.com Op-Ed, Pass Law to Expose Unfair Pay "You are fired because your boss found out that you were discussing your pay with your co-workers. Think your employer can't lawfully do that? You're wrong." -June 5, 2012

Huffington Post Op-Ed, Government Must Make a Serious Investment in Higher Education "While our nation needs to be fiscally responsible, we should not do so on the backs of the poor and the middle class. The $6 billion to extend the student loan subsidies pales in comparison to the tax breaks we afford to wealthy households." -May 11, 2012

Huffington Post Op-Ed with Dedrick Muhammad, Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency "The wealth gap between black women and men in may be surprising since black women have surpassed black men in rates of college attendance and completion....how can the median wealth for single black women be so low?" -March 27, 2012

Huffington Post Op-Ed with Dedrick Muhammad: Wealth, The Gift That Keeps on Giving "The $95,000 wealth gap between blacks and whites in 2007 means that children of white parents are more likely to be able to afford to go to college debt-free whereas children of black parents will have to assume more debt to attend college." -December 14, 2011

The Hill Op-Ed: College Debt Threatens the Hopes and Dreams of Minority Students "...costs will be significant for an entire generation of students, they will be particularly high for Black and Hispanic graduates struggling to create a more prosperous future. Here's why..." -November 23, 2011

Dr. Chang quoted in The Grio about the Black 1 Percent "Women are not on the 'wealth escalator'...single black women have a median wealth of just $100." -November 23, 2011

YouTube video of Dr. Chang's presentation at Harvard University Watch Dr. Chang's presentation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about the women's wealth gap and why it matters. -October 27, 2011

Louisiana Weekly article on women's post-retirement assets cites Dr. Chang "...minority women ages 65 and older are less likely to have assets that give them any income (such as stocks and bonds) and when they do own these types of assets, the value of the assets is far lower than the value owned by white women and men." -October 14, 2011

Shortchanged contributes to debate over China's new property law "Sociologist Mariko Lin Chang has also documented that wealth is a much more important gauge of economic status than income..." -September 5, 2011

Washington Post Opinions: Five Myths About Why Women Earn Less than Men "Pay discrimination is not necessarily the result of sexist beliefs. In fact, discrimination is often carried out by well-meaning people who are not even aware of it." -April 12, 2011

Ms. Magazine Blog: On Equal Pay Day, Busting 4 Top Myths About the Wage Gap "We’re less likely to think the wage gap is a problem if we believe it stems from women’s individual choices—to choose one job or field of study over another.... These arguments, prevalent in the media, overlook important research to the contrary." -April 12, 2011

YouTube video created by the Clayman Institute at Stanford University Hear Dr. Chang discussing key points about the women's wealth gap and why it matters. -February 4, 2011

Ideas from Shortchanged featured in CNN article "8 Ways Women Can Get Ahead in the Workplace" "Remember wealth is more than a paycheck- A job brings fringe benefits such as 401(k) plans and other employer contributions, and women should be taking advantage of them....women are less likely to invest in these benefits than men. " -January 10, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Dr. Chang about biases facing minority faculty "'Everybody has some kind of unconscious bias,' Ms. Chang said. 'They affect the way we rate and evaluate people's work, they way we make decisions on hiring and promotion.... Once you acknowledge that these biases exist, then you can find ways for..." -January 8, 2011

Dr. Chang speaks about the women's wealth gap on CSPAN's Washington Journal "There are many interesting things when you look at the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans. One of the first things that jumped out at me was that there were so few women on it. Even though we hear stories about women outearning their male..." -December 29, 2010

Op-Ed: Go Ahead. Raise the retirement age. Who can afford to retire anyway? "Any day now the Senate will decide whether to raise the retirement age to 69. Proponents argue that raising the retirement age is necessary to save Social Security. Opponents argue that raising the retirement age will disproportionately hurt low-income and minority..." -December 16, 2010

Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary recommends Shortchanged to her readers: "As I looked back on a year in which so many people have lost so much - their jobs or homes or financial peace - I wanted to put together a list of financial books you might give as presents this holiday season. My recommendations: Shortchanged: Why... -December 1, 2010

Dr. Chang quoted by Alliance for Women in Media about the "Mancession" "The fact that women of color are likely to have greater debt or are less likely to own assets make the current unemployment crisis all the more devastating, according to Dr. Mariko Chang, the study's author. "As the current economic crisis has shown us, when ..." -November 23, 2010

Op-Ed: Paycheck Fairness Act Fails in Senate "Was the bill perfect? Probably not (few, if any bills could be considered perfect). But the Republican senators threw the baby out with the bath water. I think most members of the Senate believe that women should be paid the same amount as men for doing the same job. Yet many did not support..." -November 22, 2010

Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It. "Women now receive more college degrees than men and enter the workforce with better job opportunities than ever before.... So why does the typical woman have only 36 cents for every dollar of wealth owned by the typical man? Shortchanged is a compelling and accessible examination of why women struggle to accumulate assets, who has what, and why it matters."

Fact Sheet on Women & Wealth published by Sociologists for Women in Society "The purpose of this fact sheet is to document the magnitude of the women's wealth gap, demonstrate the importance of wealth for understanding women's economic status, and discuss the likely causes of the women's wealth gap...." -Summer 2010

At Rope's End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S., coauthored with C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner. "Over the last few decades, the wealth gap in the United States has become an unbridgeable chasm with the wealthiest American possessing 190 times..." -October 2010

Dr. Chang interviewed about the wealth gap for women of color on NPR's Tell Me More"...tax deductions, things like fringe benefits that you get through your employer, the structure of government benefits like Social Security. Structurally, women of color are least likely to benefit from all of those types of wealth-building effects because..." -August 11, 2010

Dr. Chang interviewed on King Politics This episode of King Politics Podcast features an interview with Dr. Mariko Chang of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Professor Chang discusses some of the findings in her forthcoming book, Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about it. -April 7, 2010

Dr. Chang interviewed on the Brian Lehr Show "For every dollar of wealth held by their male counterparts, women of color have one small penny. Mariko Chang...discusses her research on the racial and gender wealth gap."-March 24, 2010

Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America's Future "While the pay gap is among the most widely-documented economic gaps for women of color, another gap exists that is even more damaging to future generations. This briefing paper examines this generally overlooked—but critical aspect of the economic status of women of color..." -Spring 2010

Op-Ed: Closing the Wealth Gap Between Women and Men "I cheered when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law one year ago. But on its first anniversary, I find the pessimist in me prevails. My skepticism isn't about this new law, but rather our almost myopic focus on equal pay as the panacea for..." -January 28, 2010

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