Some uncomfortable truths about working women in the U.S.

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Some of the generation's strongest female leaders gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., today to celebrate women's achievements and exhort their fellow ladies not to be satisfied with the status quo — because it isn't all that great.

In one of the first discussions of the morning at Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Ambramson and Recode Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher dropped some uncomfortable truths about the lives of professional women in America in 2015 on Twitter.


Women have long been earning less than men in the U.S. As Fusion's Felix Salmon reported after Patricia Arquette used her Oscars acceptance speech to call for pay equity, women were earning $303 per week in 2004 while men were earning $378.

That definitely hadn't improved by 2014.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a keynote speaker at the event, said she cheered Arquette's speech at the Oscars.


"She's right," Clinton said, adding that it's time for wage equity.

And Abramson, who was the first female editor of the Times before being fired less than three years into the job for her "brusque management style," is so over waiting for it.



Clinton bemoaned the fact that women receive only 18 percent of computer science degrees — a drastic cut from the 1980s.


“We’re going backwards in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward,” she said, according to Re/code.


Abby Rogers is a feminist who is completely content being a crazy cat lady. She reads everything, but only in real book form — no e-readers thank you very much.

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