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Realistic & Fair Wages

This is the Year to Close the Wage Gap

April 17, 2012
Tuesday, April 17 is Equal Pay Day, again. Equal Pay Day 2009 was impetus for my starting this blog. That day I dropped my son at school; at my request he was wearing red – one of the ways activists observe the day. As he was filing into class, I turned to a group of mothers and noted how proud I...
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Low-Income Women & Their Families Can’t Afford a Gender Wage Gap

April 17, 2012
When you look at the budget of a low-income, single woman with children, one of the first things you’ll notice is that pretty much every dollar is reserved for the most basic necessities. In Washington, DC, half of her income might go toward childcare, another third could be reserved for rent, and...
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Out of the kitchen and into the streets!

April 17, 2012
For hundreds of millions of working women across America, paycheck fairness is about the fact that, on average, women earn about seventy cents for every dollar a man makes. For the more than 5 million women in the restaurant industry, however, paycheck fairness is about that, and much more. In many...
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Women Are Worth More Than $2.13

April 17, 2012
By the age of 30 in 2012, I have already built a 15 year career in the restaurant industry. Hospitality runs in my family, so working with people, food and beverage has always been a passion of mine. Additionally, both of my parents are Marines; hard work, discipline, and pride for one's country...
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A Small Doc for Equal Pay; A Giant Leap for One Woman

April 17, 2012
I’m making a film about the pay gap that I hope will ignite some serious change in the way America does business. Why I’m making this film. I started on this project last year after several years of working as a copywriter. Copywriting was one of those choices I’d stumbled on and stayed with out of...
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More Than a Date: The Connection Between Tax Day and Equal Pay Day

April 17, 2012
Equal Pay Day and Tax Day both fall on April 17 this year due to a simple calendar coincidence . But the connection between the two and the financial impact for women and especially mothers is no coincidence. April 17, 2012 is the day that symbolizes how far into 2012 a woman has to work to match...
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Football Guide to Fair Pay

April 17, 2012
Somehow that great umpire in the sky keeps missing the call on equal pay for women. Men run 100 yards to score a touchdown for seven points while women run those same 100 yards but it’s only worth five points? Video replay anyone? Isn’t this America where we value fair play? A woman can be fired...
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The Unfortunate Irony in Equal Pay Day

April 17, 2012
Fifteen months and 17 days. That’s how long it takes most women to earn what the average man makes in one calendar year. Seventy-seven cents to the dollar. That’s what women, on average, earn compared with men. Women stand by their male counterparts in corporate boardrooms, in operating rooms, and...
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Women's Work: A Political Flashpoint and an Urgent Policy Imperative

April 17, 2012
Women's work. Last week, when Hilary Rosen used words she quickly admitted were poorly chosen, we were all reminded that it remains a huge flashpoint in our society. But there are some truisms that will hold even after the media frenzy and politically-motivated discourse subside. First, America's...
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I worked in a restaurant as a server earning $2.65 and could not afford to eat.

April 17, 2012
I worked in a restaurant as a server earning $2.65 and could not afford to eat. Like many women across the country, I worked as a server at a neighborhood restaurant. During the year the job was fine, I made just enough money to cover my expenses. But when the summer came, even though I was working...

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