Morality and Justice are Important, Ever Wonder How Kids Learn Them?


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Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? How Can This Problem Be Fixed?


If you’re wondering if you read the chart above correctly, you did.  Although there is a gender pay gap, when comparing the salaries of men and women who have never married and who have never had children, the women earn significantly more.  This indicates pretty clearly there must be an association between family life and women’s salaries.

Women have been caregivers since the beginning of time, haven’t they?  Always taking care of someone, and this trend continues today, especially with the aging baby boomers becoming the sandwich generation, stuck squarely between raising their young children and caring for aging parents.  The problem is that this greatly interferes with women’s careers, and by extension, the pay that they earn.  This is because often women opt out of their high-paying career paths and pursue a more flexible, and usually lower paying, job in order to better balance all of their family responsibilities.  In other instances, women leave the workforce all together to just focus on their caregiving duties.  This is largely due to the fact that  the world of work has not kept up with the changing workforce and the workers of today are drastically different from the traditional ideal worker of fifty years ago: a man who is able to dedicate himself completely to his job because he has a wife at home taking care of the children and the household (Cabrera).

Wondering how this can change?  My white paper is directed to the CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies and it instructs them on how to change their organizations for the better to retain female talent.  It will only serve to make their companies more productive and give them a competitive advantage, because they are losing as well when talented, trained women are leaving their jobs for their caregiving responsibilities.

So be sure to read “Closing the Gender Pay Gap: How Women Can Have It All” to learn more!

Weed Wars


 

In June 2011, the Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy declared, “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world” (Global Commission on Drugs). After 40 years and one trillion dollars spent to reduce illicit drug use, studies have found that Americans are using drugs just as frequently as they were when this “war” began. This dependency has created a demand for illicit drugs that fuels the powerful drug cartels of Mexico.

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The United State’s failed war on drugs has created problems in both the Unites States and in Mexico. The United States “War on Drug” focuses on law enforcement and punishment to curtail drug use (O’Rourke and Byrd, 92). This method has cost taxpayers enormously without any proof that it is actually succeeding. The United States is also suffering from the growing danger of their next-door neighbor Mexican cartels. The mark-up of drugs sold in the United States is creating huge opportunity for Mexican drug cartels.

Currently, the United States is helping Mexico through the Mérida Initiative; however, it has seen little to no success.  As long as there is a demand for drugs, there will always be a cartel to supply it. If the United States hopes to help Mexico we must legalize marijuana. In no means is this paper assuming that legalizing marijuana will destroy the drug cartels, but it would cripple them. Only after the United States stops contributing to the problem can we help Mexico fix it. 

Read more here!

Cutting through the food labeling confusion


With the global average income on the rise, the contemporary era has been considered the era of branded goods consumption. With that being said, consumer interest has become the era’s central feature that no organization can disregard. Believe it or not, the mantra that “Customer is the King” is nowhere near exaggeration. The growing importance of consumer importance can be proved with the enactments of many consumer protection laws in various countries, especially the United States – the biggest consumer market in the world.

Currently, lawsuits regarding consumer protection in different areas, from technology to food industry, have been quite rampant. Being an avid food lover, I want to further explore the extent to which the government has acted on food labeling policies as to ensure consumer interest. How should the government improve food product labeling to prevent false, misleading health and nutrient claims? How much of these efforts will be of help to consumer protection? This paper will look into the state of food labeling laws in the United States, identifying pending issues with the current food product labels, as well as offering some recommended course of actions for both the government and consumers in ensuring consumer interests.

Want to read more? Click here for more details

Investing in Education


As many on you know, university is damn expensive. If you aren’t blessed to be born in a middle or upper class family or receive numerous scholarships you could be out of luck at going to a high quality university. The current federal student loan system is a joke and barely provides enough support for people to pay for school. After the federal loans, you are stuck with the banks that want to suck you dry of money. With high interest rates and interest payments the second you receive your diploma, we are stuck with a faulty system. That is why if you read my paper you will learn about Income Based Repayment Loans. These loans are newly offered by the government could be the system that makes university available to all citizens. If the Board of Education can allocate enough money and educate high school students on these loans, the student’s college dreams could be insight.

Click here to read my paper

Sex Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery


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If you have ever seen the movie Taken, congratulations – you already know more about human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, than most people do. While many people would like to think that slavery is no longer an issue, that simply isn’t the case. Human trafficking has become to be known as modern day slavery, in that they both violate basic human rights. Many people choose to believe that sex trafficking only exists in still-developing countries when the fact of the matter is, there are more trafficking victims in industrialized countries than in still-developing ones. As a result, very little is actually being done to try to put a stop to human trafficking. Instead, we have allowed sex trafficking to become the third-largest and fastest-growing industries in the crime realm, behind only drugs and arms trafficking.

Sex trafficking is an industry that affects us all because anyone can be taken at any time, anywhere. 12.3 million men, women, and children are trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor around the world today. Who’s to say that you can’t be next?

If you’d like to read more shocking statistics regarding human trafficking, read on, my friends.

Human Trafficking: A Modern Form of Slavery


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“Once I came to Mumbai, the dalal sold me to a malik (brothel boss) in Kamathupura. The malik told me I owed hum thirty-five thousand rupees ($780), and I must have sex with any man who chooses me until this debt is repaid. I refused, and his men raped me and did not feed me. When I agreed to do sex, they gave me medicines because I had a urine infection. I was in that bungalow two years and made sex to twenty men each day. There were hundreds of girls in this bungalow, many from Nepal. One time I tried to escape. I complained to the police, but they did nothing. A few days later the malik’s men found me on the streets and took me back to the brothel. The malik put chili paste on a broomstick and pushed it inside me. Then he broke my ribs with his fist. The gharwali (house manager, madam) tended my wounds for a short time, and after this time I went with clients again, even though my ribs pained very badly. The gharwali gave me opium to make the pain less. After two years, the malik sold me to another malik on Falkland Road. During this time I lived in a pinjara (cage) with one other woman. It was very small and it was on the street, so it was very noisy at night. I was pregnant two times, and the gharwali gave me pills to kill the baby. The second time I became very ill. When I was strong I ran away. I went to a shelter near Falkland Road. They told me I have HIV. They helped me to contact my father, but he told me not to come home. He said I can never be married and because I have HIV, I can only bring shame.”

The above is an excerpt from my paper describing the life of Maya, a former sex slave. My paper describes the global issues surrounding human trafficking, specifically the typical lifestyle of a sex slave, the sex trafficking industry and potential solutions that can bring a stop to human trafficking. For full access to my paper, click here.

 

Pirates on the Digital Sea: How a Lack of Innovation to Stop Piracy Could End the Tech Age of Business


What happens when one party’s inability to innovate harms another party’s opportunity to do the same? Should current anti-piracy legislation pass through Congress, we will see. Piracy has been a rampant problem for intellectual property holders since the dot-com bubble around the turn of the century. While bills have passed in Congress that aim to combat piracy, there has been little damage done to the overall battle against piracy. While the new bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), have enough firepower to make a significant impact against piracy, the peripheral effects may do more harm than good. Should these bills pass, an era of censorship on the Internet could take hold that will stall one of the US’s most vibrant industries: the tech industry. That is why I am asking music and film companies to push the MPAA and RIAA, the organizations in charge of regulating distribution rights and two of these bills largest supporters, to stop lobbying and start innovating. These are business problems, so there must be business solutions. By putting the millions of dollars spent per year on lobbying towards research, or asking the government for research funding rather than legislation, the tech industry may be able to find ways to stop piracy, rather than simply slow it as previous legislation has done.

Click here for a link to my paper.

Racial Discrimination in the Workforce


There is no racial equality in the United States. Due to racial discrimination of all forms, certain races have been oppressed in many different aspects of society. In this paper, a comparison of unemployment rates and income between white and black Americans show that current policies are not effective in creating equal opportunity for people of all races. The problem stems from education. In the United States, local municipalities fund a large portion of the public education system. This results in an embedded system of racial discrimination. For example, a “white” area will typically have a better education system than a “black” area because white Americans make more income and have more wealth. To fix this, we need to reconfigure the proportions of funding from federal, state, and local governments. By fixing our education system, our country will provide more equality in opportunity.

Ethics of Buying a Paper- Last WWYD?


As you know, we have been doing short vignettes-“What Would You Do?”-all semester.  A survey sent to BU faulty about “dishonesty among students” got me thinking about the ability to buy papers on the Internet.  I surfed to samedayessay.com .  The following transcript is verbatim.  I only changed the name of the customer service rep a I worried she would potentially face some retribution.

Interesting points:

  • The company claims they sell papers to be guides only.  I did not see the disclaimer anywhere.
  • The cost to do my white paper assignment seemed around $425.
  • Maria thought it was sad how many “lazy” students would use the service, but she seemed to suggest it was more acceptable for students also working or with other extenuating circumstances.
  • I posed as a student for awhile.
  • I left spelling errors in for accuracy.

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