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, […]

Wage Gap Narrows, But We’re Not Cheering Yet

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

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

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

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 […]