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Realistic & Fair Wages

About That Vote...It Was Horrible!

November 18, 2010
We're mad, we're sad! The Paycheck Fairness Act came to the Senate floor yesterday and was defeated in a procedural vote . This is pathetic. Not only does this hurt working women today, it also sends a dangerous message to employers that it's safe to pay women less for equal work. Outrageous! "My...
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All I want for my Birthday is Fair Pay before I’m 50!

November 15, 2010
It’s getting down to the wire, so today we made a last minute mad dash into the city to tell Senator Brown why the Paycheck Fairness Act is so important to moms in Massachusetts. Members met at Sen. Brown’s office with clam cookies in hand to give voice to the experiences of moms who are missing...

Live from the House, it’s Nancy Pelosi!

October 31, 2010
Recently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi participated in a Tweetchat organized by MomsRising. The questions poured in from a diverse group of participants. Dozens of individuals, bloggers, organizations, media and even a fellow legislator (Rep. Rosa Delauro) joined in to chat about everything from the latest...
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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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