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Realistic & Fair Wages

A Woman’s Work on Economic Equality is Never Done

August 25, 2011
A divorced janitor, a 27-year employee and the mother of a seventeen-year old son with the mental capacity of an 18-month old, fails to report for mandatory overtime one Saturday when her son’s caregiver could not work because of a sick child. She calls twice and leaves a message for her manager...
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Chore Wars and the Value of Work

August 2, 2011
This week's Time Magazine cover story, " Chore Wars ," is a wake-up call for those who think men and women are approaching parity, at home and in the workplace. After the huge steps made towards equality in the latter half of the 20th century, progress is stalling out. Of course, that's not how the...
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Review: Profit At the Bottom Of The Ladder

June 25, 2011
Since coming back from Netroots Nation , I have been thinking a lot about workers' rights. When did we get to the point in our country that workers like teachers and union members are the greedy and grubby ones? No one seems to care that much about the investors who don't have to work, for example...
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It's Time For Congress To Act On The Paycheck Fairness Act

June 23, 2011
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked up to 1.6 million women from suing Walmart for sex discrimination in a class action lawsuit. The court's 5-4 conservative majority sided with business over women, claiming that Walmart's well-documented wage and hiring disparities are coincidences and not a...
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What the Wal-Mart Decision Means for Fair Pay

June 20, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that female Wal-Mart workers could not carry out a class action lawsuit against the retail giant. But the court was split 5-4 on whether the women had grounds for a discrimination claim. From the Washington Post : The court split 5 to 4 on ideological lines...
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The Equal Pay Act: You've Come a Long Way, Baby (But Not All the Way)

June 10, 2011
By Deborah J. Vagins, Senior Legislative Counsel, & Georgeanne Usova, Lobbyist Assistant, ACLU Washington Legislative Office In 1963, we could have only dreamed of a woman with a realistic shot at the White House, or a female Speaker of the House or Secretary of State. There were no women...
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Wal-mart and the Supreme Court: Can the SCOTUS Women Help Achieve Fair Pay?

May 18, 2011
A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That's the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case who have alleged they've been victims of...
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Empowering America's Women

May 8, 2011
As we celebrate Mother's Day today, we pay tribute to our extraordinary mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and sisters who are a beacon of strength in our families, our communities, and our nation, particularly in these difficult economic times. And that means we must pledge, now more than ever, to...
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Research Roundup from the Institute for Women's Policy Research: Mother's Day Edition

May 6, 2011
In time for Mother's Day, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues, released a compilation of recent IWPR research findings that illustrate the current status of women, especially mothers, in the U.S. When IWPR posted...
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PFAW urges you to contact Congress for Equal Pay

April 13, 2011
Equal pay in America needed to be put back on track after the devastating Ledbetter ruling, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act answered that call – but it wasn’t the last word. The Paycheck Fairness Act would move us even further forward by providing the tools necessary to enforce equity in the...

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