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Underpaid, Overloaded, and Overrepresented: Findings from NWLC's New Report on Women in Low-Wage Jobs

Posted by | Posted on: July 30, 2014 at 01:15 pm

There are 20 million low-wage workers in the United States — and two-thirds of them are women. 

Unless women have a bachelor's degree, they are overrepresented in low-wage jobs. 

Even in low-wage jobs, women working full time, year round make just 87 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. 

These are some of the findings in National Women’s Law Center’s new report Underpaid & Overloaded: Women in Low-Wage Jobs, which analyzes the low-wage workforce (people working in jobs that pay $10.10 per hour or less). The report is full of new data, which you can also explore in our new interactive graphic and map. It also has solutions for how we can lighten the load for low-wage workers.

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Harmful Campus Sexual Harassment and Assault—Not a Free Speech Problem

Posted by Amelia Bell, Intern | Posted on: July 29, 2014 at 03:49 pm

Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing entitled “Enforcement of Sexual Harassment Policy at Educational Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.”

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Marriage Equality Affirmed in the Fourth Circuit

Posted by Lauren Khouri, Fellow | Posted on: July 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed down its decision in Bostic v. Rainey, becoming the second federal appeals court to strike down bans on marriage between same-sex couples post-Windsor.

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Recap: The Schedules That Work Act Briefing, July 22nd

Posted by Therese Salazar, Intern | Posted on: July 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

The Schedules that Work Act was introduced in the House & Senate this past Tuesday, followed by a standing-room-only congressional briefing about why workers need fair work schedules.

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The White House’s Champions of Change: A Call to Eliminate the Tipped Minimum Wage

Posted by Hana Bajramovic, Intern | Posted on: July 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

On Tuesday, July 22, the White House celebrated the Raise the Wage Champions of Change, a group of policymakers, workers, and business owners fighting for an increase in the minimum wage.

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The Business Case For A Higher Minimum Wage

Posted by Tiffany Ray, Intern | Posted on: July 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

Opponents of raising the minimum wage say it’s a job killer that will cause businesses to fail and reduce employment overall.

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Pam Harris Nomination Moves Forward in Senate

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Yesterday, the Senate voted to move forward on the nomination of Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A confirmation vote is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Monday.

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Too Much At Risk: Ryan Poverty Plan Puts Children Needing Early Learning at Risk

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: July 25, 2014 at 09:44 am

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his plan to combat poverty this morning. It flies in the face of the strong support that the public has expressed for increasing investments in early learning.

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