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Jennifer Wadsworth

Jennifer is a Bay Area-based journalist who writes about politics, current events, career news and social issues. She lives in San Jose, Calif., with a blue heeler dog named Blu and an African grey parrot called Dorian.

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Most Recent Posts by Jennifer Wadsworth
  • How Many Grads Have Jobs Related to Their Major?

    A new study suggests the American workforce is remarkably over-educated and underemployed. The young adult workforce, this research claims, holds degrees, but works menial jobs that don't call for the skills they learned in college. Think the stereotypical liberal arts major serving up coffee or philosophy grad dressing storefront mannequins. But is that really the case?
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  • Legalizing Gay Marriage is Good for Business

    The Defense of Marriage Act, in addition to being a civil rights battle, has implications in the workplace, too. That's why some major companies like Disney, Amazon and Microsoft (to name a few) have submitted amicus briefs encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to reform the meaning of federal marriage to include same-sex unions. Their argument: It's good for the country, but it's also good for business.
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  • Young Americans Can Make or Break Obamacare

    A big part of the president's healthcare reform plan is to extend coverage to those who need it most – the old, the poor and the young. To make it affordable, the program relies on young, presumably healthy, adults to opt in. If they don't, they pay a fine. But what if they opt to get penalized instead of sign on up? What would that do to the Affordable Care Act?
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  • Baby Boomer Retirees are Fine, It's Gen X That's Screwed

    When the nation's economy close to tanked five years ago, 60-somethings who lost a share of wealth in the downturn panicked, worried they were out of time to recoup. But a recent study shows that Baby Boomers are actually in pretty good shape – they've recovered most of their earnings thanks to some cushion afforded from back in the dot-com era. Gen X and even younger boomers, on the other hand, have had a tough time recuperating from the Great Recession.
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  • Coming Closer to Pay Parity for Women

    The Equal Pay Act outlawed employers from gender-discriminatory pay practices in 1963, but pay still isn't entirely equal. Now, legislation seeks to expand existing law to enact more protections against male-female pay disparities. Fed up, women are "leaning in" hard on this one, which means the Paycheck Fairness Act, twice rejected by Congress, might now stand a better chance of becoming law.
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  • Federal Sequester Slashes Unemployment Checks

    Politics just got a whole lot more real for anyone relying on federal jobless benefits. The much-threatened and finally-enacted sequester, an $85 billion slash-and-burn federal budget cut, started trickling down to the everyman these past two months. It translated to, among other things, some folks getting a smaller unemployment check and others being cut off entirely.
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  • Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?

    As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.
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  • Executive Leadership a New Frontier in Feminism

    Feminism brought women into academics, the professional world and other male-dominated arenas, but has yet to transform the world of executive leadership. Of the Fortune 500 CEOs, only 21 are women.
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  • Debt the Deciding Factor in Choosing a College

    Back in the day, when life wasn't as ridiculously expensive, choosing a college meant considering the school's student life, culture, reputation and academics. With the sharply rising cost of education, that choice has come down to cold hard cash. The biggest question in the minds of students: How much debt will I graduate with?
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  • Young America's Job Crisis

    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
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