Jennifer Ludden http://wuwm.com en Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://wuwm.com/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044230/"><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29092 at http://wuwm.com Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal It's Illegal But People Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay http://wuwm.com/post/its-illegal-people-get-fired-talking-about-their-pay Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The U.S. Senate today will debate why women still earn roughly 80 cents to a man's dollar. Equal pay is a goal of the Paycheck Fairness Act. As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, one part of the bill would ban workplace policies that keep everyone's pay secret.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Yes, experts say people do still get fired or punished for talking about their pay. It may not happen often. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 28148 at http://wuwm.com When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://wuwm.com/post/when-planning-future-women-have-been-hands It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 28058 at http://wuwm.com When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement http://wuwm.com/post/rural-appalachia-helps-some-women-save-retirement Anita Wallace has run a day care in her home in rural Athens County, Ohio, for eight years. The schedule is more family-friendly than when she logged 60 hours a week as a manager at Wal-Mart, and the pay is about $27,000 a year — not bad for the area.<p>Wallace adores the children, getting down on the floor to let toddlers snuggle on her shoulder. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 27338 at http://wuwm.com Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home http://wuwm.com/post/efforts-close-achievement-gap-kids-start-home When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear.<p>"We would read <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em>," she says, "and I would ask them, 'What is this fruit?' And they would call all the fruits just 'fruits,' because they didn't have the specific name."<p>Two-thirds of Providence children entering kindergarten already fall short on state literacy tests. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 27083 at http://wuwm.com Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home