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To end the gender wage gap, we must look at race, too

In the last week, Black women in the U.S. finally caught up to what the typical White man made in 2014. That is, a Black woman in the middle of the income spectrum has to work full-time for nearly 19

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Success in New Jersey! Paid Family Leave: Six Years Later

What happens to businesses after a state implements paid family leave? Do small businesses suffer? Are jobs harmed? Six years after New Jersey became the second state in the United States to approve paid family leave, Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, a

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Extend California’s paid family leave to the nation

By House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi By helping 1.6 million Californians balance family and work, our state has demonstrated the success of paid family leave – and now it is time for the rest of America to join us. Paid leave

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The Motherhood Penalty

Wonders never cease: I agree with Phyllis Schlafly. Reading the arch-conservative lawyer’s controversial, much discussed April column in the Christian Post made me nearly drop my coffee when this jumped out from the page: “Women with children earn less…” Finally

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President Obama Calls for Paid Leave Policies

In his most expansive statement yet in support of paid leave policies, President Barack Obama declared that women deserve “workplace policies that protect her right to have a baby without losing her job, [and] to take a day off to

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Why Women Need Higher Social Security Benefits

Why Women Need Higher Social Security Benefits

January 17, 2014

Social Security is the largest source of income for senior women 29.3% of US households (27.3% in Washington) receive Social Security income 14% of single mothers receive Social Security  income Women tend to out-live men. Life expectancy for a 65

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Empowering Women, Building Our Economy – Keynote Address by Marilyn Watkins

2nd Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration Sponsored by Eastside Democratic Women, August 25, 2013 It’s great to be here today to celebrate the real progress we have made towards women’s equality. But I suspect many of us are also here

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days
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