Why Labor Union Rights Are a Feminist Issue

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Amid fervent protests and desperate pleading, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that will drastically weaken public unions in a state once known for the strength of its organized labor force. Hours after passing the House, two “right to work” bills, which ban a requirement that nonunion employees pay union fees, were signed […]

The End of Men? Not in Alabama

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Hanna Rosin, in her recent book The End of Men, says that sociologists have described the collapse of the manufacturing-based white working class but have missed how that event has had different effects on men and women: In fact, the most distinctive change is probably the emergence of an American matriarchy, where the younger men especially […]

Equal Pay, the Election, and Why What Happened to Me Could Happen to You

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), formed in 1965, is the last bastion of defense for countless women who face pay discrimination. Unfortunately, this avenue of protection could be disappearing, and along with it actual consequences for employers who violate the law. Tomorrow, when women cast their votes, we must think of how the government […]

With Jerry Brown’s Veto, California Domestic Workers Still Lack Basic Rights

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A lot rode on the shoulders of California Gov. Jerry Brown this past weekend, as a multitude of bills required his signature or veto prior to Sunday’s midnight deadline. While Gov. Brown (left) deserves credit for passing positive legislation, such as the ban on LGBT “conversion therapy” and a law allowing certain undocumented immigrants the […]

Closing the Wage Gap: Can Women Do Well Without Men Doing Badly?

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Ever wondered how women in your area fare against the everlasting gender wage gap?  Now, thanks to a recent release from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), you can see how women are doing right in your congressional district. This analysis of wage gap data, broken down by congressional district for the first […]

We Like You a Lot, Ms. Scientist, But We’d Rather Hire the Guy

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A recently released study, “Science Faculty’s Subtle Gender Biases Favor Male Students,” shows compelling evidence for unconscious gender bias among faculty, specifically in some natural and biological science fields. The researchers asked a national sample of 127 biology, physics and chemistry professors to evaluate the application materials of an undergrad science student who applied for […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: It’s Time to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

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By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act–which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week. Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA)? […]

Equal Pay: Will We Ever Get There? An Interview With Lilly Ledbetter

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April is the month every year when the paychecks of women working full-time, year-round catch up with what men earned by the previous December 31. This year Equal Pay Day falls on April 17. There are a number of causes for the pay gap, including job segregation (so-called “men’s jobs” pay more than “women’s jobs”) […]

Four New Laws Wisconsin Women Can’t Afford

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It might seem a bad time to repeal equal pay laws when women who graduate college earn $1.2 million less during their lifetimes than their male peers. It might also seem ill-conceived to replace effective sex education with abstinence-only programs while making abortion restrictions tighter. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has never been a master […]

Wall Street Wage Gaps Give Women Yet Another Reason To Occupy

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“Women who want to earn more on Wall Street than their male colleagues have one reliable option. They can set up a shoe-shine stand in Lower Manhattan.” So concluded Bloomberg reporter Frank Bass after crunching Census data on the gender wage gap in various professions. His findings: Out of 265 major occupations, service work such […]