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Fade to Grey at the New York Times

Fade to Grey at the New York Times

Last week, the first female Executive Editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, was fired.  It was not an elegant dismissal.  Immediately rumors began to swirl about Ms. Abramson’s supposed discovery that her compensation was lower than her predecessor’s. Then the twitterati batted about reported charges that she was “brusque”, abrasive, and lacking in [...]

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Tell Your Senator “Support the Paycheck Fairness Act”

Tell Your Senator “Support the Paycheck Fairness Act”

It’s time to storm Capitol Hill and come out in force to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Equal pay laws have been on the books for decades, but several loopholes prevent fair pay from becoming a reality.  A Congressional hearing on the bill took place yesterday, and 60 votes are needed for a procedural mechanism [...]

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Mothers of the Moment

Mothers of the Moment

We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women [...]

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A Long Time Comin’…

A Long Time Comin’…

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here. In the annual ranking of 133 countries around the globe on the issue of gender equality, the U.S. once again fails to make the top 10. Or the top 20. We may be the world’s only remaining super power, but women are worse off here, according to the World Economic [...]

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Facts is Facts

I was reminded of the very many reasons I do this work at the 25th anniversary party of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research a few weeks ago – part briefing, part swanky catered wonk-fest, it was the best of both worlds. It’s easy to see that we need data on women and every aspect [...]

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The Never-Ending Student Loan for Mothers

The Never-Ending Student Loan for Mothers

As we find ourselves in the frenzy of holiday spending and gift giving, you may be surprised to know that the amount of student loan debt across the country actually exceeds the amount of credit card debt. It used to be that borrowing to buy a house or earn a college degree was called “good [...]

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It’s Equal Pay Day!

In order to make what the average man made in 2008, the average woman has to work all of that year, and through today, April 28, in 2009. Equal Pay Day signifies that 23% gap between men’s and women’s wages, assuming both work year round and full time. Before I hear a chorus of “lifestyle [...]

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ELVIS AND PAY EQUITY

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Rosanne Weston.When I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I thought that “culture” was something people either had or didn’t. In my young thinking, those folks who listened to opera and attended the ballet had it; the rest of us who loved Elvis and considered dancing on [...]

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