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Daughter of WA Representative steals show during debate over wage transparency bill

Washington State Representative Tana Senn’s 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, stole the show at a recent hearing when she urged the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee to pass her mother’s pay transparency bill: “This bill doesn’t say bosses must share everyone’s pay

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5 Lessons about Women and Money in Washington State

[Cross-posted from Equalisea] “I’ve been taking copious notes!” smiled Washington State Senator Karen Kaiser. On July 8, I was at a “salon,” a panel with a small audience, about economic security for women in Washington State, and it appeared the

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Just released: The Status of Women in the States

What are the best, and worst, states to live in if you’re a woman? How long do women have to wait before we close the gender wage gap? And how do these numbers vary across age, race, immigration status and occupation in the

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Equal Pay Opportunity Act passes Washington House!

What’s that sound? It’s the sound of cheers and applause coming from women and their allies across Washington State. Why are we cheering? Because the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646) just passed the Washington State House, with bipartisan support

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When it comes to the pay gap, women don’t have a choice

This week the Census Bureau confirmed what many working women already experience: the gender wage gap isn’t closing – it’s stuck. Stagnant. While the gap between men’s and women’s earnings did narrow slightly in 2013, with women earning 78 cents

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Breaking Through the Maternal Wall: The Time is Now

It’s time.  It’s time to talk about motherhood, and our changing nation, front and center.  It’s time to talk about the fact that 81% of women in America have children by the time they’re forty-four years old, yet too often

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When it comes to wages, we’re all losing – but some worse than others

A recent flurry of publications has documented a rise in wealth among U.S. women. In general, women are earning more than they did two decades ago – which has contributed to a narrowing of the pay gap. But men’s earnings

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“Having it All” debate misses the point for most women

As it has done at least once a decade for the past 40 years, the media seems intent on pitting women against each other in a “Having it All” debate about work inside and outside the home. Author and organizer

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Changing workforce highlights need for family-friendly workplaces

Significant changes in workforce demographics have led to increased need for family-friendly workplace policies that enable workers to better balance the responsibilities of family, health and career. But absent new public standards and programs, private employers have responded slowly. Paid

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What Women Want: A Community Forum

Please join EOI, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and other community partners for a forum titled What Women Want: Jobs, Education, & Healthcare. This free community forum on Tuesday May 8th from 6 to 8pm, will highlight the impacts of

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