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Harriet Tubman on the $20: First African-American woman on US currency

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce decisions to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and to replace former President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill on Wednesday, Politico reported.

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Tubman, who led dozens of other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, would be the first African-American and the second woman to appear on the front of American paper currency. Martha Washington, the wife of the first president, appeared on a $1 silver certificate in the 1880s and 1890s. In the 1860s, Native American Pocahontas appeared on the back of a $20 bill

“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone said in May 2015. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”

Other changes to come include representations of civil rights era leaders on the $5 bill and depictions of leaders of the movement for women's voting rights on the back of the $10 bill.

Last summer, Lew announced that he was considering replacing Hamilton's image on the $10 bill with that of a woman.

Critics voiced outrage, citing Hamilton as one of the creators of the Treasury Department and the modern American financial system. Instead, they said, Jackson should be replaced on the $20 bill. The seventh president has a controversial reputation for his role in moving Native Americans off their land in the 1800s and as a slave owner.

“There are a number of options of how we can resolve this,” Lew told Politico in July. “We’re not taking Alexander Hamilton off our currency.”

Rachel Dolezal plans to write a book

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It has almost been a year since former Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was exposed as a white woman who claimed to be black.

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But Dolezal, who sparked outrage from critics who said she committed cultural appropriation and fueled conversation about self-identification and the concept of being transracial, said she doesn't have any regrets.

"I don't have any regrets about how I identify. I'm still me and nothing about that has changed," she said during an appearance on the "Today" show on Tuesday.

Dolezal was born to white parents in Lincoln County, Montana, in 1977. She came to media attention last June when her estranged parents publicly said that she is a white woman who was passing as black.

Dolezal later resigned from her position with the NAACP and was dismissed as chair of Spokane's police ombudsman commission. She also resigned from her position as education director at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, citing discrimination.

"I feel like moving forward," she told Savannah Guthrie. "It's been some work to rebuild and get things back on track with life. Looking at some new opportunities going into 2016."

Dolezal said she has some upcoming speaking engagements and that she recently completed a TED talk.

She also said that she is "looking forward to getting back into racial and social justice work" with plans to write a book about her racial identity and her personal experiences.

"I'm really excited to write the book and to address some of the issues that I've researched for many years, and I hope to eventually get back to teaching," said Dolezal, who previously taught classes in African-American studies at Eastern Washington University.

Dolezal said many people have reached out to her to tell her how they can relate to her and that those testimonies inspired her plans to write a book.

"I've heard a lot of stories from people around the world about their lives being somehow caught between boundary lines of race or culture or ethnicity," she said. "So this larger issue of if you don't fit into one box and if you don't stay there (for) your whole life from birth... what does that look like? Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn't create racism, but racism created race."

The average American has 7.2 jobs by 28, study says

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Feel like you’re bouncing around between jobs? Have no fear, you are hardly alone. A typical young adult in the U.S. has held an average of 7.2 jobs by age 28, new research shows, which is roughly equivalent to having one new employer each year.

The study, released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, examined a nationally representative group of 9,000 young men and women born between 1980 and 1984.

As you’d expect, the job change rates slow as young adults age, but not much: “Individuals held an average of 3.9 jobs in the four-year period from ages 18 to 21. The number of jobs individuals held dropped to 2.7 in the three-year period from ages 22 to 24, and then dropped further to 2.5 in the four-year period from ages 25 to 28,” the report said.

In other words, even into their late 20s, young adults held onto their jobs, on average, for only about 18 months. A “job” in the survey is defined as a period of work with a specific employer; being promoted at the same place of employment would not constitute a new job in this research.

Surprisingly, the rapid rate of job change doesn’t vary much among gender and doesn’t change much among men despite their level of educational attainment. On the other hand, women who spent more time in school changed jobs more frequently.

“Women with a bachelor’s degree held eight jobs from ages 18 through 28, compared with 5.6 jobs for female high school dropouts,” the study found.

People with lower levels of educational attainment see their jobs end quicker. Female high school dropouts held jobs for the shortest duration, with 52 percent of jobs ending in less than six months, for example.

Job change rate didn’t vary much among race. Hispanic or Latino individuals in the group held 6.5 jobs during the 10-year span while African Americans held 6.8 and whites held 7.5. Education levels didn’t affect whites or Hispanics, but did affect African-Americans. Members of that group held only five jobs when failing to earn a high school diploma, but 7.1 when earning a college degree or higher.

Of course, the better question is: Are people job hopping more in today’s economy? Job hopping data isn’t actually that easy to come by. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have data on the number of jobs held during an average American’s lifetime, for example, despite persistent conventional wisdom that adults today will undertake multiple careers -- up to seven -- before they retire.

However, a similar study released last year offers some helpful context. Baby boomers born between 1957 and 1964 held 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. They also held 5.5 jobs from ages 18 to 24. There was no 18 to 28 calculation, so an apples-to-apples comparison isn’t possible. But data on the boomers suggests millennials aren’t job hopping that much more than their parents.

No matter your demographic, it’s a good idea to check your credit before your start a job search, since some employers pull a version of your credit report as part of the job application process. You can see where your credit currently stands by pulling your credit reports for free each year at AnnualCreditReport.com or viewing your free credit report summary, updated each month on Credit.com.

Is Justin Bieber’s new hairstyle racist?

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Justin Bieber is now sporting dreadlocks, a look some critics have blasted as culturally insensitive. But is it racist or is it just a form of self-expression? 

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“It’s troubling as yet another instance of a white celebrity appropriating a traditionally black hairstyle,” wrote Fashionista, which wondered if “celebrities and designers need to start hiring cultural appropriation consultants to advise against things like dreads and cornrows.”

“Justin Bieber is one of the lieutenants of the cultural appropriation army. He outdid himself this week by rocking dirty, white guy dreads,” Bossip wrote. “Not only do they look dirty, but he’s just doing it because they look ‘cool’ without any understanding of what he’s doing.”

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 3, 2016 at 3:56pm PDT

Radio and television personality Charlamagne Tha God posted this message on Twitter: 

The issue has been in the news recently. A viral video of a black woman confronting a white man about his dreadlocks has sparked an investigation at San Francisco State University. In the video, the pair argue near a set of stairs in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

“You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture?” the man asks in the video.

“Yeah,” the woman responds, “because it’s my culture.”

The pair argue over the origin of dreadlocks and she blocks his way as he tries to get past her and up some stairs.

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Last year, Bravo host Andy Cohen was criticized after inserting himself into the feud between “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg and reality show personality Kylie Jenner over Kylie’s cornrows. Stenberg blasted them as culturally insensitive and later posted this video to further express her views:

“I want to apologize to Amandla,” Cohen later posted. “I didn’t understand the larger context of this cultural discussion and TRULY meant no disrespect to her or anyone else.”

Bieber’s known for trying out new looks and receiving responses via his social platforms, so maybe this one will pass soon. 

Swirv A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 4, 2016 at 6:46pm PDT

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 4, 2016 at 11:31am PDT

Critics claim Ellen DeGeneres' Gap Kids ad has racist undertones

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GapKids X ED, Ellen DeGeneres' Gap Kids clothing line, is under fire after releasing an advertisement that critics say have racist undertones. 

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Photos posted on GapKids' Twitter account on Saturday show children in active poses; one stands in an acrobatic pose while another break dances. Others pursue hobbies like DJing and an interest in astronomy.

But while the ad features children of different races, the one black child in the campaign isn't receiving the same kind of attention that the other children are getting.

One photo spotlights four girls from Le Petit Cirque, an "all humanitarian kid's circus" and dance troupe. The girls range from ages 8 to 12.

Twitter users commented on the photo saying the young black girl is portrayed as subservient and is being used as an "arm rest" for an older white girl in the campaign.

"Why is the little black girl being used as an arm rest?" one social media user challenged Gap Kids. "I'm sure there were better photos taken. You should fix it."

Other critics agreed and even called the girl the "token" child of color:

But some people pointed out a Gap Kids ad from 2015 that didn't spark the same controversy in which a black child rested her arm on a white child's head. 

A video posted on Gap Kids Twitter page shows many other photos that were taken of the children. 

Neither Gap Kids nor Ellen DeGeneres have commented on the negative responses about the ad. 

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Cypriot president laughs off EgyptAir hijacking, 'Always a woman involved'

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The hijacker of an EgyptAir plane Tuesday morning was identified by Cypriot and Egyptian officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59.

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Mustafa, an Egyptian living in Cyprus, told the pilot that he was wearing a suicide belt and threatened to detonate it. The suicide vest he said he was wearing was later confirmed as fake, Reuters reported.

Conflicting reports identify different motives.

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Cypriot officials said the hijacker initially demanded that the plane fly to Turkey but later agreed to let it land in Cyprus after pilots told him they didn't have enough fuel for a longer flight, the New York Times reported

A state broadcaster in Cyprus reported that Mustafa demanded the release of female prisoners in Egyptian jails and called for a meeting with his former wife, who lives in Cyprus. Witnesses said that when the plane landed, the hijacker threw a four-page letter, written in Arabic, onto the tarmac, and asked that it be delivered to his ex-wife, MetroUK reported. The ex-wife ultimately visited the airport and helped persuade Mustafa to surrender, the Cypriot broadcaster reported.

Mustafa eventually allowed everyone on board the plane to exit over the course of six hours, and no one was injured. 

Mustafa, who lived in Cyprus until 1995, is a former Egyptian army officer who married a Cypriot woman with whom he had five children, including a daughter who died in a car crash, according to Cypriot news reports that could not be immediately confirmed. He and his ex-wife divorced in 1994, the Associated Press reported.

During a press conference, Cypriot President Nico Anastasiades said the incident "(had) nothing to do with terrorism." 

A Cypriot government official simply said the man "seems (to be) in love."

Twitter users later joked about the potential motive.

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An investigation into Mustafa's motives is still underway.

After Anastasiades released a statement during the news conference, he was criticized for comments regarding Mustafa's motive.

When a reporter asked if a woman was involved in the incident, Anastasiades chuckled and said, "Always there is a woman involved."

Social media users criticized Anastasiades on Twitter: 

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Study finds gender pay gap 'is real,' these professions suffer most

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The latest study on gender pay gap confirms that one is still alive and well, and details which professions experience the strongest discrepancies.

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Glassdoor ran the study, which analyzed the salaries of over 500,000 full-time workers in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France. It found that, on average, women in America make 76 cents to every dollar a man makes.

"A very common misperception is that there is no gap once you compare apples and apples," Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain told CBS News. "We are able to compare people on really detailed characteristics -- the same age, the same education, the same years of experience, working in same state and their titles and employers. And even when we control for that, you see a 5.4 percent gap between men and women."

CBS News added that the top five jobs with the biggest gender pay gaps are computer programming, chef, dentist, anyone in a company’s executive office and psychologist. Chamberlain told CBS News that computer programming is “heavily dominated by men.” “As a general rule, fields where professions are mostly men, we see bigger gaps,” he added.

Women chefs “earn about 28.1 percent less than men” with a salary of $46,000, Glassdoor added. The study also found that women 55 to 65 years old face the largest pay gap at 10.5 percent while women 18 to 24 earn only 2.2 percent less than their male counterparts.

The biggest cause of the pay gap is often not discrimination or workplace fairness issues, but occupation and industry sorting of men and women into different jobs with unequal pay, Glassdoor concluded.

It added that policies that embrace salary transparency often help balance out pay gaps in the workplace. 

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Restaurant dresses male staff in high heels and miniskirts

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We've heard the expression, walk a mile in their shoes.

Some male servers at an Ottawa restaurant did just that to bring attention to how the restaurant industry often treats female servers much differently than their male counterparts. 

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Servers decked out in high heels and skimpy dresses isn't an unusual sight in many restaurants.  That is... if it's women wearing them.

 To highlight the way many female servers are forced to show off their bodies, the restaurant dressed its male staff like this to make a statement.

The men discovered the attire also hurt their ability to do their job.

The men say they forgot orders, took twice as long to serve tables and even stopped bringing refills.

But what surprised these men the most - was how people felt entitled to touch them and make comments.

After a few hours they all kicked off their heels for something more comfortable and gained a newfound understanding of what many women have to deal with on the job.

Movement aims to change the way people see handicapped signs

Video includes clips from Tri City Medical Center, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, Cigna, Able Vision and images from The Accessible Icon Project, Sage Ross / CC BY SA 1.0, Dannel Malloy / CC BY 2.0 and Instagram / accessibleiconproject.

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Graffiti artist and college philosophy professor Brian Glenney is among activists who aren't proponents of the stagnant wheelchair user displayed in the international symbol of accessibility.

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They're proposing one showing a wheelchair user in motion, something they say is more representative than the emblem that's been used for the past 50 years. 

"The only way for our symbol to actually have any traction in the urban environment is for it to take on a similar look as the old symbol of international access," Glenney said. "That's why we have to use a chair." 

One group, the Accessible Icon Project, started implementing this idea first through transparent stickers to "correct" current signs, which Glenney helped design. 

Its website says, "We want to see the icon stand for funding, rights provisions and guarantees, policies, and overall better conditions for people with disabilities."

It's slowly gaining traction, and a recently proposed bill in Connecticut's House could be a positive push. The state's new signs would include the Accessible Icon Project's symbol and instead of "handicapped parking" would read "reserved parking."

If it passes, the Connecticut bill would phase the signs in slowly, which wouldn't add extra costs to taxpayers. 

But some skeptics and disability organizations are against displaying a wheelchair user who isn't representative of users who can't move their arms.

"We fully support any effort to use other symbols that designate kind of universal access," Glenney said. 

In 2014, New York passed legislation to update signs, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had the icon on display. Various cities around the globe have also adopted the symbol. 

The Accessible Icon Project's website says, "Our symbol speaks to the general primacy of personhood, and to the notion that the person first decides how and why s/he will navigate the world."

It's not about replacing the symbol. It's about having a #public conversation: Who gets to say who is #able and who is #disabled? What do inclusive streets, #architecture, #schools, workplaces, and economic structures look like? See our website linked in our bio for more on our #designactivism #adaptive #access #streetart #conversation A photo posted by Wheelgrrl (@accessibleiconproject) on Aug 10, 2015 at 8:53pm PDT

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San Francisco raises legal smoking age to 21

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