“In the days since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I have frequently thought not only about the monumental impact that her work as a litigator and Supreme Court Justice has had on the lives of all people in this country—but also about her friendship with my grandmother, Dr. Estelle Ramey.”
Author: Jessica Ramey Stender
DeVos Threatens Rights of Rape Survivors—But California is Fighting Back
Since 2016, when the Trump Administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on how schools should handle reports of sexual violence, colleges nationwide have struggled to responsibly respond in a way that’s fair and does not retraumatize the survivor. Survivors and advocates in California have decided to take matters into our own hands.
We want to protect students’ safety and access to education. California Senate Bill 493 would do exactly that.
How Salary History Bans Help Combat the Race and Gender Pay Gap
We need strong policy responses to address the wage gap now, in order to begin breaking the cyclical wealth disparities that have oppressed Black communities and other communities of color for hundreds of years.
Salary history bans are essential to combating systemic economic inequality for women and people of color, new research shows.
Men’s Cycles—They Have Them Too, You Know (1972)
In 1970, Dr. Edgar Berman dismissed the assertion that a woman could be president, by referencing women’s “raging storms of monthly hormonal imbalances.” The woman who subsequently held him to account was Dr. Estelle Ramey—my grandmother.
“Women’s chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy,” Ramey wrote in the first issue of Ms. in 1972.
How Salary History Bans Help Close the Gender Wage Gap
Because women often begin their careers earning lower salaries than men, and in light of the pervasive gender wage gap that exists, employers who rely on a candidate’s prior pay to set their new salary allow those existing gender-based pay disparities to continue.