TIME Money

If Women Had Their Own Currency, Here’s What It Would Be Worth

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Don't spend your $0.77 all at once

After a little girl asked President Obama why there aren’t any women on U.S. Currency, he said Wednesday that adding some female faces to our cash sounded like a “pretty good idea.” Almost immediately, all of our fantasies came alive on the web. What would, let’s say, Ruth Bader Ginsberg look like on a $20 bill? Where would we spend our Beyonce $10 dollar bill first? Will our grandmas give us a Susan B. Anthony $5 bill on our birthdays and tell us not to spend it all at once?

But then we remembered: because of the wage gap, a dollar for a woman is not the same as a dollar for a man. Although the true extent of the gender pay gap is widely disputed even among feminists, President Obama said in the 2014 State of the Union that women make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

So here’s what U.S. Currency would really look like, with women’s faces and women’s wages:

A Harriet Tubman $20 would only be worth $15.40.

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A Sandra Day O’Connor $10 would only be worth $7.70.

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A Rosa Parks $5 would only be worth $3.85.

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A Gloria Steinem $1 would only be worth $0.77.

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That just shrunk your 401K.

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: July 31

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

In the News: House OKs Boehner lawsuit; Israeli Prime Minister vows to keep pummeling tunnels; how third party candidates could impact 2014 elections; and this week's TIME

  • House grants Boehner the authority to sue Obama [TIME]
  • Meanwhile in Kansas City … : “We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” Obama said. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let’s get some work done together.” [Politico]
  • “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnel” [Reuters]
  • Argentina default imminent as talks collapse [WSJ]
  • Third Party candidates could disrupt 2014 Midterms [TIME]
  • U.S. Attorney warms Cuomo on ethics case [NYT]
  • General to question Bergdahl about disappearance [USA Today]
  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives [AP]
  • ICYMI: “Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official at the center of a scandal involving that agency’s targeting of conservative groups, called Republicans “crazies” and “assholes,” according to emails released Wednesday.” [TIME]
  • GAO report details flaws behind $840 million Obamacare website rollout [The Hill]
  • Can the GOP take the Senate? [The New Yorker]
  • The parallel failures of Obama’s and Bush’s foreign policy doctrines [National Journal]

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TIME Crime

Former Detroit Tiger Charged with Sexual Assault of Michigan Woman

Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed throws against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit on May 6, 2014.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed throws against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit on May 6, 2014. Paul Sancya—AP

Evan Reed is accused of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman in late March, while knowing the victim was "physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent"

A former Detroit Tigers pitcher was charged with sexual assault on Wednesday for allegedly attacking a woman he met at a bar in March. Evan Reed, 28, a minor league pitcher for the Toledo Mud Hens, is accused of committing the alleged rape while the victim was “physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent,” according to a release from the Wayne County Prosecutors office.

The victim, a 45-year-old woman from Oakland County, says she “began to feel odd” after finishing a drink at a bar in Royal Oak, Mich. The alleged assault took place in late March.

The Wayne County Prosecutors office has charged Reed with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, which could result in a maximum of 15 years behind bars. Reed is expected in a Detroit court on Thursday.

Reed’s lawyer called the charges “ridiculous” in a statement Wednesday, saying the 28-year-old has been cooperative and the evidence should prove he is not guilty.

“Evan fully cooperated with the police, gave witness statements, and provided other documentation supporting his innocence. Evan will be demanding a speedy trial and is looking forward to his day in court where he will be vindicated of any alleged wrongdoing,” lawyers Ben M. Gonek and David Gorcyca said in a joint statement. “When 12 jurors hear the facts of this case, there is no doubt in our minds they will find Evan not guilty of the charged offenses.”

The Detroit Tigers organization is also reportedly “closely monitoring” the situation. “As an organization, we take matters like this very seriously, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” the Tigers said in a statement. “Evan Reed’s representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course before there is any further comment from the ballclub.”

TIME Cancer

Johnson & Johnson Urging Doctors to Steer Clear of Hysterectomy Device

The Johnson & Johnson logo is arranged for a photograph in New York on April 15, 2013.
The Johnson & Johnson logo is arranged for a photograph in New York on April 15, 2013 Bloomberg/Getty Images

The device, studies show, can spread some forms of uterine cancer and lower chances of survival

Johnson & Johnson is urging surgeons not to use a surgical tool that has been found to spread certain forms of uterine cancer in women, the company said Wednesday.

Sales of the company’s laparoscopic power morcellators, used during hysterectomies and fibroid-removal surgery, were halted in April because of a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA told members of the medical community that the device could spread a form of uterine cancer called sarcoma in patients, lowering chances of survival.

Two recent studies — from the FDA and researchers at Columbia University — found that around 1 in 350 women has undetected cancer when being treated for fibroids; for women having hysterectomies, the risk is around 1 in 368.

Because of this, Johnson & Johnson is now expanding its pullback of the device, urging those who have purchased the device to return it. The Wall Street Journal reports the company originally stood by the tool, but now says the risk of spreading the cancer is more significant than previously believed. Though sales of the device are only a small part of Johnson & Johnson’s business, according to the Journal, the company represents about 72% of the market for this particular device.

[WSJ]

TIME Television

HBO Slated to Run 6-Hour David Simon Miniseries

Creator and executive producer David Simon attends the "Treme" New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2011 in New York City.
Creator and executive producer David Simon attends the premier of Treme in New York City on April 21, 2011 John W. Ferguson—Getty Images

The six-hour miniseries will be based on the 1999 book Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin

HBO will reportedly air another production from the man behind Treme and The Wire.

The Hollywood Reporter says David Simon will write and produce a miniseries called Show Me a Hero, based on the 1999 book by former New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin.

Show Me A Hero will center on a late-’80s public-housing battle in Yonkers, N.Y. — clearly touching on common themes to Simon’s television work: race, government, class and community.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis and Catherine Keener of 40-Year-Old Virgin and Captain Phillips will star. The show is slated to run for six hours on the premium cable network.

[THR]

TIME West Africa

Peace Corps Pulls Volunteers Out of West Africa Amid Ebola Scare

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Gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guéckédou, on April 1, 2014 Seyllou—AFP/Getty Images

Because of the spread of the Ebola virus, the organization announced Wednesday

The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it’s pulling volunteers out of parts of West Africa amid an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are being recalled until further notice.

“The Peace Corps has enjoyed long partnerships with the government and people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and is committed to continuing volunteers’ work there,” the group’s statement reads. “A determination on when volunteers can return will be made at a later date.”

The organization currently has 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone, it says. On Wednesday, CBS News reported two Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia had been quarantined after possibly being exposed to the deadly virus, though neither currently exhibits symptoms.

As of July 23, 672 people have died from Ebola during the current outbreak, which has spread between Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and other parts of West Africa. Earlier this week, a hospital in Nigeria shuttered its doors after admitting a man who had contracted and later died from the virus.

World leaders are on high alert in light of the outbreak, which is the largest in history. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, diarrhea, vomiting and intense weakness; the fatality rate of this epidemic is about 60%.

TIME Gaza

U.N. Official Breaks Down in Tears Talking About Gaza School Shelling

On Wednesday, a UN-run school was struck by tank shells killing 15 and wounding 90

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A United Nations official broke down in tears during an interview Wednesday while talking about a deadly shelling on a school in Gaza.

A UN-run school sheltering hundreds of Palestinians was hit by Israeli shells on Tuesday, according to Palestinian officials and a UN agency. The incident left 15 people dead and approximately 90 wounded, according to Palestinian health officials. The shelling was the sixth time a UN-run school has been hit by munitions from either side of the conflict in recent weeks.

In an interview on Al Jazeera, also reported by the Washington Post, United Nations Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness couldn’t hold back tears over the school strikes.

Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross Pierre Krähenbühl condemned the shelling, saying in part that “We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. We are in the realm of accountability. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.”

According to the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs, 1,118 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing conflict as of July 29, including 827 civilians, of whom 243 were children and 131 were women. About 56 Israelis have been killed, including 53 soldiers, two civilians and one foreign national.

[Washington Post]

TIME White House

Obama Just Bought a Round For Everyone At This Coffee Shop

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President Barack Obama tries a sample of roasted coffee from Ethiopia at Parkville Coffee during a surprise stop along Main Street in Parkville, Mo., on July 30, 2014. Jacquelyn Martin—AP

Chai tea and coffee for everyone!

President Barack Obama visited a local coffee shop on his way out of Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday and gave patrons of Parkville Coffee a hump day treat — a round of beverages, on POTUS.

“It’s not that often the President buys you a cup of coffee,” President Obama said, according to a pool report.

President Obama filled the patrons’ orders of chai tea and coffee, though he personally opted for an iced tea. When an employee offered him a tea flavored with lavender, the President said, “I’m not confident enough to order that,” per the pool.

The President spent the day in Kansas City, which is about a 16-minute drive from Parkville, to talk about the economy, before later departing back to Washington, D.C.

TIME Television

Contract Negotiations Stall Big Bang Theory Production

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Sheldon faces a personal crisis after deciding he's wasting his time with string theory, on The Big Bang Theory. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Production for the hit series, now in its eighth season, was slated to begin Wednesday

Production for the upcoming season of The Big Bang Theory has been postponed due to contract negotiations, Warner Bros. Television said Wednesday.

The nerdsploitation comedy series has consistently garnered high ratings for CBS, and has received Emmy love for star Jim Parsons and series regular Mayim Bialik. According to The Wrap, the actors who were still negotiating their contracts were Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco. Warner Bros. would not comment past their statement announcing the production’s postponement.

The Wrap reports that network executives were confident contract negotiations would pan out during the Television Critics Association press tour earlier in July. No word yet about how this will affect the show’s scheduled return Sept. 22.

Perhaps Wil Wheaton is to blame.

TIME

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Reform Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Demonstrators protest sexual assault on college campuses at the #YesAllWomen rally in solidarity with those affected by violence in Seattle on May 30, 2014.
Demonstrators protest sexual assault on college campuses at the #YesAllWomen rally in solidarity with those affected by violence in Seattle on May 30, 2014. Alex Garland—Demotix/Corbis

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would require an annual survey of students' experiences with assault at college to be published online

Eight Senators on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at curbing on-campus rape that will include an annual survey of students about their experience with sex assault.

“We should never accept the fact that women are at a greater risk of sexual assault as soon as they step onto a college campus. But today they are. And it has to end,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in a statement about the Campus Safety and Accountability Act. “ We will not allow these crimes to be swept under the rug any longer. Students deserve real safety and accountability instead of empty promises.”

Gillibrand, who has been at the forefront of efforts to combat sexual assault, was a part of a bipartisan group of Senators supporting the bill including Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), Dean Heller (R-NV), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

The proposed legislation came just weeks after a Senate subcommittee survey revealed that 41% of 236 American colleges had conducted no investigations of alleged assaults in the last five years. Under the new rules, colleges would be required to assign on-campus “Confidential Advisors” with the task of being a trusted resource for victims of assault. The goal of the advisors would be to encourage victims to come forward while reducing the likelihood that cases would be swept under the rug due to poorly executed, or non existent investigations.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating 55 colleges and universities that may have violated federal law in their flawed handling of accusations of assault. (An estimated one in five women are sexually assaulted in some way while in college, though the bulk of victims fail to report to authorities.)

The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would require not only a uniform process for disciplinary proceedings; it would also colleges to coordinate with law enforcement throughout investigations. If schools fail to comply they could also face penalties affecting 1% of their total operating budgets and a $150,000 fine per violation.

Scott Berkowitz, the president and founder of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) said in a statement Wednesday that the proposed legislation “will help improve the way that colleges deal with sexual violence, and will give more victims an opportunity for justice.”

The bill also takes a historic approach to campus transparency by administering an annual survey of students to gage their experiences with assault. The results would be published online as a benefit to parents and current and prospective students.

“This bill represents a rare thing in Washington—a truly collaborative, bipartisan effort—and that bodes well for our shared fight to turn the tide against sexual violence on our campuses,” said Sen. McCaskill, who recently released a survey on college’s approach to sexual assault. “To curb these crimes, students need to be protected and empowered, and institutions must provide the highest level of responsiveness in helping hold perpetrators fully accountable. That’s what our legislation aims to accomplish.”

Read more about the campus rape crisis in TIME’s cover story here.

 

This post was updated to include a statement from Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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