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 […]

California Now Has the Strongest Equal Pay Law in the Nation

On Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law the strongest equal pay legislation in the nation. The Fair Pay Act, introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), was passed by the State Assembly and Senate this summer. It ensures that women receive equal pay for work that is the same or substantially similar to that done by men. […]

We’re Facing a Maternity Leave Crisis

The United States is facing an epidemic with devastating consequences for mothers and infants. According to a new report, nearly one in four mothers, most of them low-wage, may be returning to work within two weeks of giving birth. Many others who take more time to heal and bond with their babies are facing financial […]

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

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

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

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 […]