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The White House Prom for Policy Nerds

The White House Prom for Policy Nerds

The White House Working Families Summit was the biggest thing to happen here in ages for the circle of women’s rights advocates in which I orbit.   So many things about it were right – a sense of jubilation, a racially and ethnically diverse group of attendees, a variety of ages, income levels, and a good [...]

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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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Paycheck Feminism

Karen Kornbluh, long a hero of mine, has written an article for the current issue of Ms. Magazine. She notes the 50% workforce participation rate for women, and hails this moment as a critical opportunity to update our infrastructure, i.e. employment benefits, child care accessibility, income tax policy, and the Social Security system. Just as [...]

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Something for Everyone: Working or Not Working, The Basic Issues Are The Same

Why does MOTHERS, an organization that promotes the societal value of caregiving and protects the economic security of caregivers, concern itself so with issues arising from women in the paid labor force? It’s a good question. While noting that more mothers of young children work outside the home than don’t, we are not exclusively pro-”working [...]

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