Earn Less, Spend More: New Report Shows Women are Gouged by the Marketplace

On average, women in the United States earn 79 cents to every man’s dollar. That’s enough to get your blood boiling, but add to that the finding that women pay more for most products than men—and your head will be spinning. New research from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) finds that women’s […]

The Nation Inks Impressive 6-Year Contract; Includes Paid Family Leave

Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation’s employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract. While The Nation has been unionized for decades—and other news organizations such as In These Times and The Guardian followed its lead […]

Women Cardiologists Earn Nearly $110K Less Than Male Counterparts

A new report released this week reveals that even in the esteemed medical field of cardiology, the gender pay gap persists. The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that median annual salaries for male cardiologists are more than $100,000 higher than for women in the same field—$502,251 compared to $394,586, a gap […]

Fighting for a Living Wage in Cities Across America

Low-wage workers around the country—the majority of whom are women—gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour. The Fight for 15 campaign, now in its third year, began with fast-food workers demanding better wages, and now includes factory laborers, home- and child-care workers, janitors, retail employees and others earning less than $15 an hour. The […]

5 Stars Who Have Taken a Stand for Equal Pay

Last month, Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about Hollywood’s gender pay gap in an essay for Lena Dunham’s website, Lenny. She described her fears of being considered “spoiled” or “difficult” by film industry executives while negotiating her salary for American Hustle, and wrapped up by proclaiming that she was done trying to please others. She’s in good […]

Pregnant and Jobless: Pregnant Women Still Choose Between Paycheck and a Healthy Pregnancy

This article was first published by The Huffington Post Last year, Betzaida Cruz Cardona, a cashier for a large retail chain in Rochester, New York, was told to “stay home and take care of her pregnancy” after she brought in a doctor’s note with a 25-pound lifting restriction. Even though she rarely lifted anything heavier than […]

What We’re Not Hearing from Republicans: Issues that Matter to Women and Families

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! Since […]

California Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Workers from Wage Theft

In a victory for low-wage workers victimized by unscrupulous employers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill this week making it easier for employees to collect wages they’re owed. The measure, called the Fair Day’s Pay Act, gives the California Labor Commissioner the authority to penalize employers found guilty of wage theft, and to collect […]

How Would You Like to Work the Same Hours for Half the Pay? That’s the Gender Pay Gap for Latinas

This article was first published by the American Association of University Women. Today, Oct. 15, marks the length of time Latinas must work into the year to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earn in one calendar year. How would you like to have your paycheck cut in half? Or feel double the strain when paying […]

Paid Leave: From Political Talking Point to Serious Election Issue

The tweet from The Washington Post said it best: “D.C. could become best place to have a baby, be sick, or have parents.” We may not all bear or raise children, but we all have parents or partners or other loved ones who occasionally need care from us, and we are all susceptible to an illness […]