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Can you hear us Congress? #WEmatter!

August 21, 2014
There is an election right around the corner and that makes now the perfect time to make sure that our elected officials in Congress and beyond know that we matter and we will be holding them accountable. Women and family economic security issues are more than just political footballs and talking points. Our voices, and our votes, matter. #WEMatter.
Ruth Martin's picture

Labor Day: A Time to Recommit

August 29, 2014
This Labor Day, throughout the nation we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working women and men. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate the people who really make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling to get by. This hasn’t happened by chance. Increasing political and corporate attacks on working people have pushed wages down for decades . Good jobs have become harder to find. Unemployment remains too high. Large raises...
Liz Shuler's picture

My remarks on wage discrimination for Women's Equality Day

August 28, 2014
Hello, I’m Laura Mui and I am chinese american, a mother to an incredible young person, partner, sister, spouse, daughter, therapist, teacher, friend, colleague, and a human being. Before I say a few words about my personal experience with wage discrimination, I’d like to express my sadness and pain for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community and for our entire nation. I believe the system that allows anyone, the police included, to kill our young people, especially our young people of color without due justice, is the same system of inequality that turns their cheek to the unequal...
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My remarks from the Women's Equality event with Leader Nancy Pelosi

August 28, 2014
I knew that affordable childcare would be a vital necessity -- my husband and I both have full-time jobs at nonprofits, our budget is very limited, and we do not have family nearby. The high cost of childcare, which is more than a college education in most states, has influenced where we live and what kind of jobs we have.
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#RaisetheWage because #WEmatter-- and so does our national economy.

August 26, 2014
Too often, federal taxpayers are left to subsidize corporate profits through the important programs we have in place to ensure that families can meet their basic needs. Increasing the federal minimum wage helps low wage workers, infuses much-needed money into the economy, AND reduces the extent to which low-income workers must lean on the federal budget just to meet their basic needs. Surely it’s time to #RaiseTheWage, to show that #WEMatter!
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Ensure Fair Wages for Home Care Workers for Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2014
Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. It has been almost a century since that historic occasion, and women have made enormous progress toward political and social equality. But when it comes to economic equity, many women still find it impossible to earn a decent living. We all know the stats—women still earn 77 cents on the dollar, when compared to their male counterparts. Wage discrimination is particularly egregious among women in domestic caregiving occupations. Home care aides, for example, who...
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Quick Action→ Minimum wage workers need your voice TODAY!

August 22, 2014
Calling all moms and dads: We need your help to raise the minimum wage! Send a Letter to the Editor today calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage when they return to Capitol Hill in September.
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Wal-Mart, Don't Discount the Power of Teachers

August 14, 2014
Let’s be clear: Teachers know that Wal-Mart is not giving us or our schools anything meaningful to genuinely make a difference in the education of our kids. To the contrary, Wal-Mart’s “appreciation” for teachers has been to spend an incredible amount of money to discredit and shut out the voice of teachers, who are the ones who are the closest to students and need to be involved in the decisions about their education.
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Mothers, Democracy and Hurricane Iselle

August 13, 2014
The following post, with minor modifications, was first featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser as an op-ed last week, right before Hawaii’s state primary. The first sentence of the editorial read: " As this primary season comes to an end.. ." But the primary season did not end on Saturday as Hurricane Iselle hit parts of the state, impacting the ability of some residents to cast their ballots. So one polling location will open this Friday to serve those who were not able to vote, but it's still unclear whether they will truly be able to exercise their rights as citizens because many of them...
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Open Letter to Congress during Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August 13, 2014
Please note: this post was originally published in my blog, LadydeeLG. (Feel free to visit!) Dear Members of Congress, How are you enjoying your summer break? I thought I'd write a note to let you know, in case you missed it, that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month . Doctors recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months. The benefits of breastfeeding exclusively have been well documented … research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months may be less likely to develop childhood obesity, and less likely to develop other illnesses like...
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