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What's $1.00 minus .78 cents?

May 12, 2009
What's $1.00 minus .78 cents? It's the difference between your salary and the salary of your male counterparts. If you're a woman of color, you can subtract at least an additional 10 cents, and for single mothers you can take away even more . That's right: Just sixty cents to a man's dollar. Seem...


March 19, 2009
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White House Council on Women and Girls

March 16, 2009
Yesterday the President announced the formation of the White House Council on Women and Girls. This is a very high level group comprised of Cabinet Secretaries and the directors of numerous federal agencies.
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"Shovel-Ready" Isn't Enough

February 9, 2009
I spent most of the weekend watching the debate in the Senate on the stimulus bill, or listening to people talk about the debate on the stimulus bill. I know I am suffering from stimulus bill overload, but before I go stick my head in an ice bucket, I want to make the following points.
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To Market, To Market . . .

February 2, 2009
I am still thinking about the stimulus plan, and the role "market forces" played in making this mess.
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Pregnant in the WNBA

February 2, 2009
I was at the same time cheered and chagrined to read an article in the New York Times Sports Section last weekend (January 24) about WNBA star Candace Parker’s effort to balance career and family. I was pleased to read yet another example of a high achieving woman making choices about finding the...

Me and Caroline Kennedy

January 28, 2009
When Caroline Kennedy wanted to be considered for Hillary Clinton's seat in the US Senate, a number of articles appeared presenting her as the icon of mid-life womanhood, returning to the workplace after years spent in the home raising children. To which I thoughtfully responded, "Huh?"
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The Stimulus Plan: Why You Should Care, What You Should Know

January 27, 2009
Excerpt from Your (Wo)man in Washington
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Paid Sick Days in North Carolina

November 13, 2008
Did you know? • Nearly half of North Carolina workers, 1.6 million people, lack a single paid sick day . • 64% of all North Carolina married families with children send both spouses to work. • Research by the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows that providing workers with paid sick days...
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Paid Sick Days in Washington DC

September 20, 2008
Our work to bring paid sick days to Washington DC is just getting started! So far, our 4,880 members in the Washington, DC area sent in over 3400 letters to the DC City Council. We've teamed up with the DC Paid Sick and Safe Days Coalition, led by the DC Employment Justice Center, to get the word...
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