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What Ellen Pao Overlooked...and Gawker Writers Get Right

April 30, 2015
Earlier this month, the CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao, announced the company would no longer allow employees to negotiate their salaries. Pao explained the move was an attempt to close the pay gap between women and men since, based on her experience, women are worse negotiators than men and as she put...
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Invest in Women to Reduce Poverty

March 31, 2015
This post, authored by Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat discusses the results of a study published by the Women's Foundation and the policy solutions that can lift all women out of poverty. She urges lawmakers to expand their investment in...
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National Paid Family Leave: 2016 Needs a Champion

March 30, 2015
LOS ANGELES (WOMENSENEWS)--In 2016, the United States deserves a presidential candidate who will make paid family leave a priority on the campaign platform. That candidate can take over from President Barack Obama who advocated for paid family leave in this year's State of the Union speech. "Today...
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King County Council considering 12 weeks of PAID family leave for all county workers!

March 16, 2015
“When I had my first child I had to return to work within 3 weeks. I was teaching high school science…I only had 2 weeks of paid vacation so I used all of it. I only had a third week off because my daughter’s birth came at spring break.” – Holly, a MomsRising member
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Another International Women's Day - It's Time

March 8, 2015
Another year, another International Women's Day. But this year feels different. Suddenly gender equality in the United States is a front burner issue. In fact, women's economic empowerment is recognized as central to how we address both income inequality and economic sustainability. Gender issues...
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Victory! New Labor Rule Allows Employees Across the U.S. To Take FMLA Leave To Care for a Same-Sex Spouse

February 25, 2015
On Monday morning, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a new rule allowing employees to take unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for their same-sex spouse, regardless of where the couple lives. Previously, employees were only eligible to take FMLA leave to...
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Great news! Seattle expands access to paid parental leave

February 24, 2015
GREAT news from Seattle! Sending a round of applause & thank you to the Seattle City Council, especially Councilwoman Jean Godden for leading the charge that just expanded access to paid parental leave to all City of Seattle employees.
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The Healthy Families Act: Paid Leave Americans Need and Deserve

February 20, 2015
Before getting into teaching, Shalonda Ravenell never considered the issue of paid time off or maternity leave. “As a teacher, the job that you do, you don’t get paid what you’re worth, so you would think that there’s sick leave somewhere for you when you have babies,” said Shalonda, a married...
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Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: An Overview of Employee Protections for Women in the Workplace

February 6, 2015
Fortunately, there exist myriad protections for women who believe they are being discriminated against by their employer. What is unfortunate, however, is the extent to which many are unfamiliar with these protections. The purpose of this article is not to provide a comprehensive review of all of the employment discrimination statutes relevant to women in the workplace; rather, we seek only to offer a brief overview of the statutes that specifically protect women from discrimination and provide some pointers on how women can exercise their rights under each.
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Happy Anniversary, FMLA!

February 5, 2015
Join us in wishing the Family and Medical Leave Act a happy 22nd anniversary! In this brief video , Carmen Berkley, director of the AFL-CIO Office of Civil, Human and Women's Rights, tells us why the FMLA is important and stresses the need for an additional paid sick leave law. Next week, the...
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