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 […]

Paid Family Leave in California: All is Not Well

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Passed in 2002 and implemented in 2004, California’s Paid Family Leave Act, PFLA, provides unemployment disability compensation to employees who take time off from work to “care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner or bond with a newborn baby, adopted or foster.” But although awareness has increased over the years, research in 2011 […]

50 Years Later, Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Pay

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My mom graduated from a prestigious, small women’s college in the 1950s with dreams of graduate school—a true accomplishment for a Jewish girl from a modest economic background. She wanted to go to a scholarly graduate school, which would have given her more options, but her college advisor would only write her a recommendation for […]

April 9 Is Equal Pay Day!

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Despite women being a formidable voting bloc in the 2012 presidential election, pay equity policies have yet to reflect the influence women have gained. Today, women earn just under 80 cents on the dollar when compared to men, a gap that eventually causes a loss of about $380,000 over a woman’s career. This year’s upcoming […]