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 […]

Is Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” The Next Great Feminist Manifesto?

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead, has come out accompanied by a blizzard of discussion, even among those who haven’t read it. I did read it, and found it to be a thoughtful, heavily researched and detailed book that will no doubt inspire countless young women […]

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”) […]