If you just switched jobs, have a fluctuating income as a small business owner, or work as a contractor—you may need to report income changes if you purchased a health plan on the health insurance marketplace this last enrollment period. Tedious I know, but reporting your income now could save you money in the long [...]
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Living wages for mothers and equal pay for equal work.
Women are now half of the paid labor force in our nation for the first time ever. The labor of working women is increasingly essential to their family’s economic security, and is now also critical to the overall economic health of the United States. However, the public and private policies that affect parenting and the workplace have remained largely unchanged during this massive societal shift. As a result, families are reeling and parents of all socioeconomic backgrounds are struggling to earn enough and keep their families healthy.
The wage gap between mothers and non-mothers is greater than between women and men — and it’s actually getting bigger. Non-mothers earn 10 percent less than their male counterparts; mothers earn 27 percent less; and single mothers earn between 34 percent and 44 percent less. The wage gap is a direct reflection of bias against working mothers. This bias, in part, is because we don’t have family friendly policies to support the needs of working mothers and families like flexible work options, paid family leave, and accessible childcare.
No longer should mothers be making 77 cents to a man’s dollar. No longer should equally qualified women be paid less for the same job as a man. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that we, as a nation, make family economic security issues like pay equity a priority!
Paycheck Fairness Act
The Paycheck Fairness Act is a much needed update of the 46-year-old Equal Pay Act. It’s a comprehensive bill that would create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law, empower women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthen federal outreach, education, and enforcement efforts. The bill would also deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations and by prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages.
It's absolutely essential that we, as a nation, address family economic security issues like pay equity front and center. Women are now half of the paid labor force in our nation for the first time ever. The labor of working women is increasingly essential to their family's economic security, and is now also critical to the overall economic health of the United States. However, the public and private policies that affect parenting and the workplace have remained largely unchanged during this massive societal shift. As a result, families are reeling and parents of all socioeconomic backgrounds are struggling to earn enough and keep their families healthy.
More Fair Pay Resources
Check out this Blunt Video for Equal Pay Day, which features an appearance by MomsRising staffer Ariana Kelly and her daughter Maeve. Find out what women are saying about the Paycheck Fairness Act, and why it's so important for the Senate to pass it right away!
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On MomsRising Radio This Week: #BuildUpKids, #ChildrenShouldGrowNotGlow, #WorkingMother, #JusticeForMikeBrownPosted September 22, 2014 by Kristin
Radio!First up, we talk about moving GIANT ABC building blocks on the front lawn of the US Capitol, along with Democratic and Republican members of Congress. You don't see that kind of working together very often these days. Find out why! #BuildUpKids Our next segment covers how some local moms in Missouri are fighting a [...]
TERRIFIC BREAKING NEWS! Giant thank you to Alicia Keys for partnering with MomsRising.org & others in a big way for her #WeAreHere movement! Want more details about this exciting partnership & project? Check out this great article by Nick Kristof in The New York Times about the partnership here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-alicia-keys-asks-why-are-we-here.html #WEmatter #WeVote #WeArePOWERFUL #WeAreHere
Ever wondered what the world looks like from a preschooler's point of view? Well then check out this new (and totally adorable) short video about why preschool matters, as told by the little tots themselves. Honestly, I could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but wouldn't you rather have some cute [...]