50 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Women Are Still Fighting for Equality

Sara*, a veteran of the armed forces, worked her way up from secretary to sales representative for a construction supply company. After winning more than $1 million in contracts for her employer, she was surprised that she hadn’t received a commission like her male co-workers. When she asked her supervisor about it, he told her she would get no commission. ...more

Lifting Up not Leaning In is Key to Helping Women Get Ahead

What a lot of attention the book Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has generated.The self-help book,mostly geared towards college-educated women who are or want to be on the executive track, promotes believing in oneself, taking risks and pursing ambitious goalsas tactics for personal and professional success.Whether or not you agree with Sandberg’s focus, there’s no doubt that she’s part of an ongoing national debate on the struggles of working women which highlights the challenges facing women in low-wage jobs, even if that wasn’t her intent....more
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Family Medical Leave Act 20 Year Anniversary

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That’s why it’s worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation’s history....more
My mom recently lost her job taking care of my sick grandmother. She was days away from ...more

The Fiscal Cliff, Bah Humbug: It's Time Congress Redeems Itself

The holidays are upon us - a time to make merry and spread good cheer. But there is a more contemplative side to this season as well - a time for self-reflection and for thinking of others who need our help.I hope that Congress is practicing the latter in these final days of the session. They will decide by the end of the year whether to protect working families or the richest 2 percent....more

Binders Full of Women Come Up Empty

The equation couldn't be easier. Women represent more than half of the electorate and nearly half the workforce. So you'd think that President Obama and Governor Romney, vying to win the women's vote, would focus on pay equity and its direct link to a healthy economy. But no, it took a woman to raise the question just three weeks before the presidential election....more

To Get Economy Working Again, We Need Paid Sick Days

August 26 is an important milestone in women’s U.S. history.  It marks Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment that guarantees all American women the right to vote. Generations of women suffragists struggled long and hard, and endured imprisonment, harassment and mob attacks to win equality....more

Lawmakers Turn Back the Clock on Women's Rights

On April 5, 2012, Governor Scott Walker signed a repeal of Wisconsin’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts.Wisconsinwas one of 44 states with laws providing remedies for employees who experience discrimination.  When the bill was enacted, Wisconsin ranked 36 in the nation in gender equity; since then the state improved ten places in that ranking.Yet, instead of continued progress,Walker chose to protect companies proven to violate state law and hurtWisconsin's families and economy....more

Restaurant Industry Supersizes Female Worker Injustice

The woman serving you your meal tonight may not be earning enough to feed herself.  The recently released Restaurant Opportunities Centers United report “Tipped Over,” found that seven of the ten lowest-paid occupations are in the restaurant industry which employs 10 million workers, the majority of them women.  In addition to earning low and poverty-level wages, women restaurant workers experience discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational segregation, and lack of paid sick days and career mobility....more