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Join #TaxChat on Thursday, March 20

March 18, 2014
Americans for Tax Fairness , National Women’s Law Center , the National Priorities Project , and MomsRising invite you to a #TaxChat tweet chat Thursday, March 20th at 2pm EST. In the lead up to Tax Day we'll discuss ways families can prepare to file their taxes, tax breaks that benefit working families, and negative tax policies that are harming families in the name of big business. Join us with resources, ideas and tweets by adding the hashtag #TaxChat to all your tweets at 2pm EST on March 20th. Tweetchats are a great way to raise awareness about important issues, share resources, and...
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The Maryland minimum wage raise is in danger!

March 17, 2014
The bill to raise the minimum wage in Maryland is quickly moving along but we’ve reached a major crisis moment: The House version of the minimum wage bill leaves tipped workers behind, cutting their wages by freezing them at $3.63 per hour. This means that those workers who earn a tipped wage (waitresses, bartenders, valets etc.) would be left out completely of the raise. And who are these tipped workers? Two in three tipped workers are women. One in three are parents. Moms need to stand up for tipped workers now! Right now, the Senate is considering their version of the minimum wage bill...
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Women's Economic Agenda Explored in Los Angeles

March 16, 2014
“When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” This was the chant heard in the room during a special program by Congresswoman Judy Chu’s staff on Monday, March 10 at California State University, Los Angeles. Speakers highlighted an economic agenda for women and families, and encouraged audience members to continue working on these issues in their own communities. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Judy Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and California State Senator Holly Mitchell were just a few of the individuals who made remarks during the event. They also tackled...
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What Would Gloria Do? #WWGD

March 12, 2014
The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem's life's work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, "connected the dots between all women and created a sisterhood." At the end, the screen displayed a simple hashtag, #WWGD, which stands for "What would Gloria do?" What would Gloria do to resolve the unfinished business of the women's movement she helped...
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Let's blog about women and retirement security

March 5, 2014
Women and Retirement Security Blog Roundup Despite decades of social and economic gains, older American women are still twice as likely as elderly men to be living near or below the federal poverty line. Two-thirds of American women older than 65 have no retirement income other than Social Security and the average monthly Social Security benefit for women is around $1,000. Many factors contribute to this disparity, but unequal pay, retirement plan access, family obligations, and financial literacy are the main causes. Addressing America's looming retirement security crisis is a social and...
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76% of Food Service Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days

March 4, 2014
Hispanic Workers are the Least Likely to Have Access New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that access to paid sick days is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity, occupation, earnings, and employment status. Analyzing the National Health Interview Survey, IWPR found that 61 percent of private sector employees had access to paid sick days in 2012, up from 57 percent in 2009; yet, 41 million workers still lack access. Lack of paid sick days is especially common in certain jobs requiring frequent contact...
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Thanks to NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Woman is Back at Work

February 27, 2014
Floralba, a pregnant retail worker in the Bronx, was sent home on unpaid leave because she needed to temporarily avoid heavy lifting in order to prevent having another miscarriage. Last week, A Better Balance used the new law we championed, the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act , to get Floralba back at work, with backpay, and to convince her employer to update it's policies in compliance with the law! This week, she has been pricing and hanging clothes instead of hauling heavy piles of clothes as she was required to do in the past. Thanks to this powerful new law, Floralba did not have to...
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Your voice is still needed on the Minimum Wage!

February 27, 2014
As you have probably seen in newspapers, on the nightly news, and social media, this issue is starting to heat up. This is good news for moms and dads around the country! Recently the President signed an Executive Order that raises the minimum wage to $10.10 for all new federal contract workers. And private companies like The Gap have announced that they would increase their minimum hourly salary to $10 in the next year. Petitions are important, but they are even more powerful when they are backed by personal stories. We need to keep up the pressure in Congress and elected officials need to...
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Obamacare and Taxes: Two Important Tips for Avoiding a Headache (and a Wallet Ache!) Next Year

February 26, 2014
Did you recently sign up for health insurance through your state’s health care marketplace ? If so, hurray! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why having affordable health insurance is a great thing . (If you or a loved one doesn’t currently have health insurance, and you haven’t signed up through the Marketplace yet, it’s time to start shopping —the open enrollment period ends in a little over a month, on March 31 .) But wait, you ask—what do taxes have to do with signing up for health insurance? Quite a bit, it turns out. The IRS just released some health care tax tips —from those, here are...
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Fact: The Child CARE Act Would Help Working Families Pay for Child Care

February 25, 2014
Fact: There are more households with working parents than ever before. Fewer than 1 in 3 children today have a full-time, stay-at-home parent . Fact: Child care is incredibly expensive—disproportionately so for low-income families. The average cost of full-time care ranges from $3,900 to $15,000 a year, depending on where the family lives, the type of care, and the age of the child. Low-income families who use paid child care spend over 32 percent of their income on child care every month [PDF] (five times the percentage that families living above 200% of the federal poverty level spend)...
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