Tuesday, May 5, marks #MomsEqualPay Day—the day in 2021 when the average mom working full-time year-round finally catches up to what the average dad earned in 2020. In other words, it takes moms four extra months on average to earn what dads earn.
While equal pay advocates have introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act many times over the past few decades, Congress has failed to pass the Act. But with new hope on the horizon due to the Biden administration’s White House Gender Policy Council’s commitment to supporting pay equity, the Paycheck Fairness Act may have a chance.
Nearly two-thirds of the employees making minimum wage are female. In states that have increased the minimum wage, the gender pay gap has begun to close.
“The economy can’t recover as long as millions of people who have been hardest hit [by COVID] are still being paid poverty level wages.”
When Lilly Ledbetter, a longtime manager at Goodyear, discovered her salary was significantly lower than her male colleagues, she took the company to court. While her case was overturned at the Supreme Court, her hard work finally paying off when President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law as his first official act.
Now, Lilly’s life and her case are going to be the subject of “Lilly,” a feature film, directed by Rachel Feldman and starring Patricia Clarkson. Ms interviewed Ledbetter and Feldman about their exciting project.
Incomplete data on Asian and Pacific Islander women has failed to capture the nuance of the economic disparities within that community. The Biden administration may change that.
In honor of Women’s History Month and to pay tribute to five decades of reporting, rebelling and truth-telling, Ms. is launching a new series: From the Vault. Tune in every #ThrowbackThursday for some of our favorite feminist classics from the last 50 years of Ms.
“The women looked at each other, and click! The shock of recognition… One little click turns on a thousand others. … In the end, we are all housewives, the natural people to turn to when there is something unpleasant, inconvenient or inconclusive to be done.”
Every week, Carrie Baker breaks down President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s promise to “build back better” on women’s rights to health care, economic security and physical safety.
This week: the Biden-Harris plan for family life and economic security.
Super Bowl cheerleaders are frequently forced to work long hours for no benefits and illegally low wages, while experiencing sexist discrimination.
It’s an all-too-familiar story for working women—low pay, long hours, zero benefits and near-impossible standards of sexiness and appearance not applied to male-dominated jobs. To top it all off, this particular tale also includes not just “the usual” discrimination, but outright wage theft.
Financial sanctions and incentives to enforce gender quotas have been gaining popularity both in politics and business over the last decade.
But in the U.S., despite decades of demanding a seat at the table, women make up less than 30 percent of all elected officials. Political parties and our government have a role to play in improving women’s political representation up and down the ballot; and, it is time they start using their money to make it happen.
The Biden-Harris administration appears poised to make a good hard policy push towards gender equality in the workplace. But experts warm their efforts could be derailed—whether because of the multiple crises the new administration will be facing on Day 1 or legislative gridlock.