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. […]

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 […]

The Fearless Fight for $15


On Wednesday, dozens of social justice advocates, fast-food workers, clergy members, labor leaders and members of the local community descended upon Los Angeles City Hall to stage a rally in support of the 15 women who have been fasting for more than two weeks for “Fight for 15,” a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 […]

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner: Making Mothers Visible and Powerful


This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Krisin Rowe-Finkbeiner wants mothers to be seen and heard. Rowe Finkbeiner is co-founder, executive director, and CEO […]

Jennifer Lawrence: Legal Tipping Point for Women in Hollywood?


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


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, […]