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August 21, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld Department of Labor regulations extending the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to nearly two million home care workers, in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil, reversing a lower court decision. Nearly 90 percent of home care workers are women, and of these women, 57 percent are women of color and nearly one-quarter live in poverty. The National Women’s Law Center joined an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the regulations are consistent with amendments to the FLSA that expanded coverage for domestic service employees in part to provide fair treatment for the low-income women and minorities who comprise the majority of these workers. 

August 18, 2015

(Washington, DC) National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She is the first openly transgender official in history to serve in the White House.

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A coach in Birmingham, Alabama, Roderick Jackson was not afraid to speak his mind. When he witnessed the inferior practice and game conditions provided for his girls’ high school basketball team, compared to those provided for the boys, he complained to school administrators, calling it as he saw it: unfair sex discrimination.

Gina Crosley-Corcoran

When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 it only took a quick calculation to realize the baby was due right smack in the middle of my Spring semester of my junior year of college. Everything was fine until the fourth week of class. I was 40 weeks pregnant, feeling like labor was imminent, and I had a midterm exam that night. After I finished the exam, I went home so that I wouldn’t go into labor in the middle of class. Later, I realized I had received only 5 out of 25 points for “Attendance & Participation” for that day. I emailed the professor asking if she planned to dock me the full 25 points for each class I missed for the birth, and she said ‘yes.’ I had two options: either risk failing the course while giving birth, or withdraw. I withdrew.

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To wrap up our blog series, we thought we’d take a tour through our office to see what cool feminist tchotchkes our coworkers were using to decorate their workspaces. We found everything from cool political buttons to vintage posters to funny mugs and dishware! Take a look for yourself!

Women have been going to college since the mid-1800s and still, in 2015, I worry about my friend’s safety on a Saturday night. And statistically, I should: 1 in 5 women experience some level of sexual harassment on a college campus.

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RT @FordFoundation: Women are highly underrepresented in the federal judiciary, comprising only 35% of federal appeals judges: http://t.co/…
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Women are twice as likely to work part time as men—and part-time workers are more likely than FT workers to be poor: http://t.co/EvqTJx96ws
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Don't miss your last chance! Tell @USDOL that it's time to #FixOvertime protections & ensure women are paid fairly: http://t.co/YdTYlhlIAl
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