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Celebrate Women's Equality Day - Support Equal Pay Today!

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 4:25 PM

On this Women's Equality Day - the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote - I'm struck by all the ways in which women have yet to attain equality. Also, because this August 26 comes two days before the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on...

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A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Yesterday, in an important First Amendment decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not require federal grant recipients to endorse the government's policy positions. The decision in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, which was written by Chief Justice Roberts, also has important implications...

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Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:17 PM

June 10th is the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. On June 10, 1963, Congress enacted the first law to require employers to pay women the same salaries that they pay men. When the law was enacted, I was not quite one month old.

My mother fought...

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Mother's Day Is Over -- But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn't.

(59) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Women make up almost half the workforce today, and, if they become pregnant, most will work throughout their pregnancy. Given this reality, you probably think the stories below are works of a bygone era. Well, you'd be wrong.

  • A woman was 16 weeks pregnant and worked as a cashier at...
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Wal-Mart Supreme Court Ruling: Women, You're on Your Own

(164) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 3:23 PM

Today, more than 48 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, and as we urge action in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, women's ability to band together to demand fair pay has been dealt a blow. The Supreme Court ruled this morning, 5-4 that...

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Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 4:33 PM

Yesterday, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, was quite a celebration! The day was marked by events, rallies, marches over bridges, web chats, proclamations, statements, speeches, and parties all over the world. Even Google joined the festivities with a beautiful, multi-colored women-centered masthead! Throughout the day,...

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Sex-Segregated Education on Trial Today

(16) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 11:34 AM

Today, the first-ever court hearing over sex-segregated classes in coed public schools begins in a federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In August 2009, the parents of students of the Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, learned that the school would begin segregating all core curriculum classes in four...

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30 Years of Fighting Discrimination against Women - It's Time the U.S. Stepped Up

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 3:45 PM

Today, the United Nations and the world celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the international human rights treaty dedicated to gender equality, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1979.

Nearly every country in...

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International Human Rights Bodies Condemn Violations of Native, Minority, and Immigrant Women's Rights in the U.S.

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2008 | 5:20 PM

On the eve of the celebration of the 98th Annual International Women's Day, the international human rights community is sending a clear message to the United States government that it needs to step up and put an end to violence against and exploitation of immigrant women, Native American women,...

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