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Securing Equal Pay? There (Should Be) an App for That!

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

Right now, if you're a woman in the workforce, it can be surprisingly difficult to answer basic questions about equal pay: what's the typical salary for someone in your position? Should you be asking for more at the negotiating table? What are your fundamental legal rights?

Three Years Ago Today, Fairness Prevailed

Lilly Ledbetter | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Lilly Ledbetter

I had to wait more than 10 years before I knew I was being discriminated against. Within a week and a half after Obama was inaugurated, he signed his name to the law that bears mine -- the very first one he enacted.

Presidential Report Card: How Much Has Obama Really Done For Women?

Allison Gaudet Yarrow | Posted 10.28.2011 | Women
Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Friday, in a White House press release celebrating the 91st anniversary of women's suffrage in the U.S., President Obama declared: "The 19th Amendme...

Four Years Ago Today, Hardworking Families Finally Got a Little Help

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Exactly four years ago, hardworking folks across the country finally got a pay raise ten years in the making. One of the first laws I helped pass, just a couple of months after joining the Senate, was the Fair Minimum Wage Act. And it became law four years ago today.

A Crisis Averted?

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Today, April 12, 2011, is Equal Pay Day -- the day into 2011 that a woman has to work, on average, to make the same as a man did in just 2010 alone.

Why Young Americans Should Care About Equal Pay Day

Melody Barnes | Posted 06.12.2011 | College
Melody Barnes

More needs to be done to ensure that our policies address persistent discriminatory employment practices, including unequal pay, so that college graduates entering today's workforce have the pay they deserve.

Forget the Carter Comparisons, Obama Is Following in the Footsteps of Harry Truman -- and That's a Very Good Thing

Ari Emanuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Emanuel

Like Truman, Obama will not be fully appreciated until he is out of office. But, like Truman, he will win re-election. And also like Truman, Obama will one day be considered one of America's great presidents.

A Sad Day for Equal Pay, but Not the End

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

The Senate had the opportunity make a real difference in the lives of millions of American women by voting to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, but instead the bill became a victim of partisan gridlock.

How the GOP Blew it on the Paycheck Fairness Act -- and Who the Biggest Cowards Were

Amy Siskind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Siskind

Well, it didn't take long. The Republican Party was handed a historic opportunity with women. And yet, this week, the Senate voted 58-41 against allowing debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not a single Republican voted "yea."

Amanda Terkel

Republicans Block Bill Preventing Wage Discrimination In The Workplace

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two v...

Paycheck Fairness Act: More Than Pocket Change Is at Stake

Fatima Goss Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fatima Goss Graves

There is no doubt that we need to strengthen equal pay laws, which have been weakened over time in the courts, and to require the federal government to be more proactive in preventing and battling wage discrimination.

Carework: When Equality Is Not Enough

Eileen Boris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen Boris

Does the dominant equality discourse -- that too often equates equality with a white male standard -- interfere with the hard task of revaluing carework, labor too often associated with unpaid maternal love and familial duty?

Kudlow and Me

Amy Siskind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Siskind

Here's what I told Larry Kudlow on the Paycheck Fairness Act: "It is morally imperative that a man and woman doing the same job should get the same pay."

Equal Pay Day - The Impact Over a Lifetime

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

During past equal pay days I participated in bake sales where we sold cookies and brownies to men for $1.00 and to women for .75¢. To the irate men I would respond, "Yes, it is maddening -- if you feel this way about a cookie, think about how we feel over a lifetime."

Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

On April 20th, Americans observe Equal Pay Day -- the date that marks the 110 extra days that women must work into 2010 in order to equal what men earned in 2009.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Barbara R. Arnwine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbara R. Arnwine

Economic justice is not just a women's issue or a moral issue; it's clearly a legal one. As lawyers, we must promote opportunities and equity in the new economy; we must embrace change and not the historical precedence of gender inequities.

Why Would Anyone Protest Against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia?

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

On April 8th the Federal Court in New York City will hear the oral argument in a Federal suits against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia University.

You've Come a Long Way, Baby?

Marcia Dyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marcia Dyson

If a nation is judged by how it treats its women, we must switch from paternalism to parity, from chivalry to equity. Unequal pay can be hazardous to our nation's economic health.

The Mark Kirk We Know

Steve Sheffey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Sheffey

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has been my Congressman since he was elected in 2000. Tonight, he won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The other Presiden...

Devaluing and Revaluing Women's Work

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

A recent study of 50 years of Census data argues that women earn less money than men not just due to pay discrimination, but also because "women's work" is socially and politically devalued.

Not Just a "Women's Issue"

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Closing the gender-based wage gap will require broad action, including moving more women into non-traditional jobs, creating opportunities for occupational mobility, and addressing wage discrimination.

A Milestone With Miles To Go

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. This c...

For Women, What a Difference a Year Almost Made

Lilly Ledbetter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lilly Ledbetter

One year after President Obama signed his first piece of legislation -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- the job of ending illegal wage discrimination is incomplete.

Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up

Wall Street Journal | JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller...

The Political Stakes in the Battle for Health Care

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

A victory on health care would reinvigorate the progressive movement that elected Obama, and secure the president's place as one of America's great presidents.