Why the Movie, ‘Made in Dagenham’ Is Still Relevant Today

www.TheFeministBride.comMade in Dagenham is a British docudrama by Director Nigel Cole and is based on the true story of 187 female Ford Motor machinists in Dagenham, England, 1968. The female workers, led by Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins), unite in a strike after management reclassifies them as “unskilled workers” to justify a lower pay rate. The women take their demand for equal pay all the way to parliament. The movie’s message on women’s ability to overcome a culture that promotes sex discrimination is still as relevant today as it was then. But the movie’s comedic, cutesy tone glossed over the severity of the cause, which brings to light larger issues in non-fiction women’s films....more

Battle of the Sexes: The Double Standard Continues...Why?

It's long overdue that the double standards applied to women be dropped. How can it be that in 2010, women are still paid less, objectified far more, and expected to do more than the average man? This subject is so frustrating for many of us because we can't seem to change the culture that women are held to a higher standard but compensated less. Don't believe me? Here are two situations that might change your mind. "What are you, depressed?" I had a sinus infection one Friday as I went into work. My hair was clean and brushed but not styled and I wore no makeup....more

Paycheck Equity

I swear that I will one day get over the miserableness that was the previous ensuing decade, but for now I will continue to harp on yet another failure of the previous decade. In January 2009, President Obama started the year off right by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. The Act righted a serious offense committed by the Supreme Court, which had ruled that discriminating against women by paying them less than men for doing the same (or even better work) was perfectly fine as long as companies kept it secret for a really long time. ...more

A Reaction to the Shriver Report: Women's Voices For Change

by Diane Vacca, for Women's Voices For Change ...more

I went through to Women's Voices for Change and read your most excellent article, then ...more

See Red, Be Red for Equal Pay, today

Red happens to be my favorite color. I'm an Aries after all. A classic one according to my sister (maybe that My Red Shoes ...more

Obama and Equal Pay

President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act today. It is his first bill signed into law and ends the May 2007 Supreme Court decision that an employee had 180 days to file a pay disparity discrimination lawsuit from when the disparity discrimination began. This law will extend the time to file a claim to 180 days from the date of the discriminatory paycheck to file a claim. This gives women and men an increased window to file a lawsuit for gender paycheck discrimination. ...more

Fair Pay and Health Care for Kids are Closer to Reality

As I started to write this post, I realized I was at a bit of a loss. I love writing about fair pay for women, health care for children and better schools, but I just couldn't help wondering why there's still a need to be writing about them? I'd like to think that in 2009, those things aren't too much to expect from the most powerful nation on Earth. ...more

.... is that the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Fair Pay Act were voted approved in the House, but ...more

Lilly Ledbetter: "All I Ever Expected Was to be Treated Fairly"

Once upon a time, in a land that now seems very far away, a 19-year-old girl landed what she thought at the time was her dream job -- a position as an on-air television reporter! It wasn't in a major city or anything, but she thought she was well on her way to the ultimate dream job (pre-cable) -- network TV. So she didn't worry too much about the meager salary of $120 a week because she was so excited about being a real reporter. ...more

I applaud your actions and join you in boycotting Goodyear. Can we do it with AT&T, who cited ...more

What Will Michelle Do?

The Obama girls, Malia and Sasha, are so adorable. They make America smile every time they skip onto the stage with their father, and we're communally delighted to know their good behavior during the campaign will be duly rewarded with a puppy. ...more

Flexible Work, Equal Pay and Sarah Palin

Last Friday I had the honor of speaking to a sold crowd at the Santa Clara County Commssion on the Status of Women. Eighty-eight years after women secured the right to vote and forty-five years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act our panel explored Equal Pay, change in government and women in the White House. LaDoris Cordell, former Superior Court Judge and Vice Provost, Stanford, moderated the group and kept the discussion lively...I think she has potential on Saturday Night Live! Irma Herrera, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, shared the ...more