The Forgotten Heroine of Social Security


Today marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act, and no doubt President Franklin D. Roosevelt will be celebrated as a visionary leader who helped spare millions of working Americans from poverty in their old age. We should also pay tribute to Frances Perkins, a largely forgotten heroine of the FDR era, who […]

New Overtime Pay Law Would Help Millions of Women

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Brenda, a working mother from Houston, Texas, is all too familiar with working hard without fair pay. It’s not unusual for her to work up to 11 hours a day, seven days a week as an assistant manager. As the sole provider for her family, she takes care of her sick husband and two special […]

The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem

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Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women. Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Black women were paid 64 percent of what non-Hispanic […]

Lilly Ledbetter’s Fight for Equal Pay Gets the Big Screen Treatment

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Across industries, women continue to be paid less than men for the same work—and that’s especially true in Hollywood. Indeed, it appears as if the eradication of workplace sex discrimination may be too fantastical a concept for even the world’s largest creative industry to imagine. But feminist filmmaker Rachel Feldman hopes to change that with a little help from her […]

Women Carpenters’ Silent Struggle

The port-a-potty was disgusting. Kina McAfee shivered out of her layers of winter coats and construction coveralls, the clothes nearly dropping to the port-a-potty floor—which was covered in God knows what. McAfee would have preferred not to wear the outhouse’s sewer-like smells back to work, but the convoluted physics of being a woman in a port-a-potty […]

Women Bring Home the Bacon


The traditional portrait of mothers needs a 21st century update: Yes, many mothers still bake cookies. But they also bring home the bacon. More than any time in the past, mothers are making an essential contribution to the economic security of their families. In fact, fewer than one in five families fit the 1950s stereotype in […]

5 “Disruptive” Women Scientists Who Broke the Mold


Reprinted with permission from AAUW. Renowned biochemist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt’s recent remarks about women scientists made us think we had traveled back in time. Hunt claimed that women in laboratories are “disruptive to the science.” “Three things happen when they are in the lab,” Hunt said of women. “You fall in love with them, they […]

The World’s Best Restaurants Are Missing a Crucial Ingredient


On June 1, all eyes in the foodie community looked to London, where chefs and restauranteurs gathered for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Given annually (and sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna,) the awards are supposed to represent the “greatest places to eat in the world” and are decided by a panel of […]

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress


The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was reintroduced in Congress this week, this time with bipartisan support. The bill was first introduced more than two years ago but never passed. Four U.S. Senators, Bob Casey (D-PA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Dean Heller (R-NV), and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) brought the bill back to life. The legislators […]

Mission Possible—And Necessary and Long Overdue


If we listened to corporate lobbyists and conservative politicians, we’d spend our time dodging imaginary chunks of falling sky. Make sure all workers can earn paid sick days? Higher wages and equal pay? Protections for pregnant workers and an insurance fund so they and their partners have income when they give birth? Affordable, quality care […]