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Have You Heard?

October 11, 2010
Have you heard? I'm hearing people talk about women's paychecks in grocery lines, at parent gatherings, on coffee breaks, in the news, and... in the U.S. Senate. Finally! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a cloture petition on the Paycheck Fairness Act — which is Washington-DC-speak for...
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Lessons from Ledbetter: Continuing the Fight for Pay Equity

September 28, 2010
Shortly after the President took office, he welcomed Lilly Ledbetter to the White House and signed a new law bearing her name. This historic legislation sent a clear message that wage discrimination is not only bad for business, it’s illegal. This week, I had the opportunity to welcome Lilly to the...
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If You Play Fair, They Should Pay Fair: Why the Women's Wage Gap Persists

September 24, 2010
Originally posted on RH Reality Check There’s a lot of talk this week about the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) and its chances for passage as Congress is set to adjourn, and head home for campaign season. The act is a necessary next-step piece of legislation when it comes to protection against gender-...

Help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act in 60 seconds!

September 15, 2010
For me, last week’s Labor Day holiday was a mixed bag. On the one hand, it was fun to have time to celebrate Labor Day while enjoying a backyard barbecue. On the other hand, there was sad news at my barbecue gathering: A friend shared that her husband had just lost his job and she is now the sole...
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Time's Running Out to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act — Contact Your Senator Today!

September 15, 2010
By Deborah J. Vagins, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office As the clock ticks down in the 111th Congress, there is little time left to finish critical pieces of legislation. In this economic downturn, however, there is nothing more urgently needed than helping families bring home...
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Paycheck discrimination is making headlines! Let’s use this momentum to help get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed!

August 24, 2010
ABC's show Good Morning America just ran a segment on wage and hiring discrimination against mothers this weekend! [1] And, I was honored to be invited on the show to share what moms in America face every day. But it's not just Good Morning America that's covered fair pay issues recently. The New...
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I don't want to live in a Mad Men world!

August 6, 2010
I confess – I’m kind of addicted to the show Mad Men. Every Sunday night I happily go back in time several decades and revel in that 1960’s Madison Avenue atmosphere – The dialogue! The fashion! One of the things I enjoy most is seeing how far we’ve come – but sadly, there's one 1960’s throwback...
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In Speech to Professional Women, Arianna Huffington Equates Empathy With Success

June 18, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO – Over Memorial Day weekend, I participated in a blog carnival here at MomsRising on Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law and the fallout of immigration policies that break up families. In one of the stories’ threads, I engaged in a conversation with a woman named "Carla," who...
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Wear The Pants (Day)!

June 11, 2010
Personally, I fancy a skirt on warm June days (though we're far from that these days, in Seattle). But where would moms be without that one pair of perfect jeans? You know what I'm talking about. The jeans you wear at least three days a week? The "from playground to casual dinner" jeans? Wearing...

Equal at Birth But Not At Work

April 20, 2010
Ten years ago I gave birth to two babies: one girl, one boy. Their birthday is today, Equal Pay Day. Right now they are neck-in-neck with their weekly allowance, but if they were fifteen years older, my daughter's college degree, MBA, technological training, organizing and management experience,...
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