Jennifer Lawrence: Legal Tipping Point for Women in Hollywood?

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The recent “Guardians of Peace” Sony hacks are rocking Hollywood this holiday season with revelations of studio-wide sexism. News that Jennifer Lawrence, arguably the biggest movie star of the moment, received lower pay than her less-famous male co-stars on 2013’s American Hustle could spell catastrophe for Sony—and new hope for women if the revelations lead to action. […]

In Pennsylvania, You Can’t Turn Progressives Against Each Other

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Divide and conquer. That’s what the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) tried to do this year in order to stop local governments in Pennsylvania from ensuring workers could earn paid sick days—or even unpaid leave. But it failed big-time, thanks to the strong stand of progressive legislators and the smart organizing of a broad coalition, […]

Wage Gap Narrows, But We’re Not Cheering Yet

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Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the gender-wage gap has barely budged in the past year. Now, a woman earns 78 cents for every dollar a man earns (versus last year’s 77 cents)—a shift the Census Bureau calls “not statistically significant.” When women are further categorized by race, the wage gap widens […]

New Rosies Strike For Low-Wage Workers

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President Obama, business and labor leaders, legislators, advocates and others are meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday as part of the White House Summit on Working Families. Yet just down the road, low-wage, federally contracted women workers are striking to tell the President that the government is not doing enough to support them and their […]

While Holiday Shopping, Think of the Retail Workers

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of giving, a time of celebration, a time to spend with your family, and a time of pounding the pavement and fighting the crowds looking for the perfect gift. But while you’re doing your shopping this year, have you thought much about the person behind the […]

Gender Wage Gap: Near Equity for Young Millennials, But Then It Gets Worse

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A new Pew Research Center survey shows that young U.S. women today are near wage parity with men. But don’t clap yet—the gender wage gap widens with age. Among 25-to-34-year-olds, women workers earn 93 cents to every dollar earned hourly by a man, but by the time women reach their mid-30s their relative earnings start to […]

Fast-Food Protests on Thursday: It’s About More Than Money

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The walkouts started a year ago. Fast-food workers, long frustrated with low wages, organized protests that began in New York City and spread to a nationwide  grassroots movement, culminating in a one-day strike in 60 cities this past August. We at Ms. were so impressed and supportive that we featured a cover story on these […]

How’s the Gender Wage Gap in YOUR State?

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For more than a decade, U.S. women have earned, on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. Today the same disparity remains, but varies greatly by state and race, according to a study released last week by the National Women’s Law Project (NWLP). Wyoming’s pay gap is the widest: Women working full time […]

Why Is It Still Legal to Profile Working Moms?

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In 1994, Kiki Peppard, a single mother of two, moved to eastern Pennsylvania desperate for employment to support her family. And her strategy worked: the savvy job hunter managed to score 19 interviews. But each time a prospective employer learned that Ms. Peppard had children, the interview abruptly ended and she was not offered the […]

Due Respect: Minimum Wage Now Covers Home Caregivers

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The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday it will extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections provided by the Fair Labor Standards Act to direct-care health workers, who are among the lowest paid employees in the country. The inclusion, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, will benefit nearly 2 million people, 90 percent […]