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Harriet Tubman for the $10 Bill

Posted by Carolyn Kossow, Intern | Posted on: July 22, 2015 at 02:12 pm

Have you ever stopped and wondered why your wallet is full of only men’s faces? If you look closely, you can see that almost all of these men—including Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington—have either served in the U.S military, as President of the United States, or, in some cases, both. For centuries these men have been honored for their strength, bravery, and contributions to the U.S. We honor them by printing their faces on U.S currency and carrying their legendary achievements with us every day—literally.

However noble these men might have been, I believe it is long overdue to begin expanding who we honor for military or diplomatic courage. I believe it is time that we recognize some of the incredible accomplishments of American women. So when the U.S Department of Treasury announced this June that a woman would be featured on the $10.00 bill, I could not have been more pleased.

When considering which woman should be honored and printed on the bill, there is one face that immediately came to mind: Harriet Tubman. She embodies all the characteristics of a successful American leader: courage, bravery, and determination.

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Raise the Wage for Millions of Women of Color

This week marks six years since the federal minimum wage last went up—and the tipped minimum wage has been unchanged for more than a generation. NWLC, along with the National Council of La Raza and the National Urban League, just released two new analyses highlighting why increasing the minimum wage is especially important for Latinas and African American women.

Here are six key facts you need to know:

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Medicaid: Major Job Creator for Women

Posted by Alex Hahn, Intern | Posted on: July 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, NWLC released a report today on Medicaid’s contributions to women’s economic security. The report examines Medicaid’s economic impact on women through a variety of ways, including covering birth control, protecting women and their families from catastrophic health care costs, and covering long-term care expenses. It also analyzes how Medicaid directly promotes women’s economic security by supporting jobs.

4 Million Jobs

Medicaid is known mostly for providing important health coverage to low-income individuals and families. Yet, what is often overlooked is Medicaid’s critical impact on job creation. Medicaid creates jobs by injecting money into state economies. For example, Medicaid pays providers – like hospitals, clinics and home health agencies – to deliver health care services. Providers then use these payments to hire and compensate their workers. This is especially important for women, as many health sector jobs, such as nurses and home health aides, are predominantly filled by women.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Congress' ESEA Reauthorization

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 20, 2015 at 01:45 pm

Late last week, the Senate passed S. 1177, its reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As we have noted before, ESEA has historically been a major civil rights bill meant to ensure access to a high-quality education, regardless of a student’s race, income, sex, or other circumstances. Unfortunately, both S. 1177 and H.R. 5 (the House reauthorization that passed the week before) fall short.

Fortunately, it’s not over yet. The next stop is conference where Senators and Representatives will reconcile the differences between S. 1177 and H.R. 5 and produce a compromise bill that will be voted on in both the House and Senate. As a recap, here’s a rundown of how our priority amendments fared on the Senate floor and what we’ll be watching in conference:

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NWLC is Proud to be a Human Needs Hero

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: July 20, 2015 at 09:58 am

Here at the National Women’s Law Center, we’re deeply honored that the Coalition on Human Needs has named the Center its 12th Annual Human Needs Hero.

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NAACP-LDF and NWLC File Brief in Supreme Court Employment Discrimination Fight

Posted by Kandace Watkins, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 17, 2015 at 10:45 am

Imagine this scenario: you work in an environment riddled with pervasive hostility and abuse based on your sex, or your race, or both. In an effort to ameliorate the situation and preserve your job, you attempt to work out the issue internally. When those efforts offer no avail, you are forced to resign from your position and seek recourse in the courts.

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Sorry, Wisconsin: The ban on seven day work weeks is no more

Posted by Elizabeth Johnston, Fellow | Posted on: July 17, 2015 at 09:49 am

This week, Wisconsin said goodbye to a ban on 7-day work weeks.

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Senate Education Bill Lets Schools Ignore Disadvantaged Kids

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 14, 2015 at 04:29 pm

Imagine you’re a supervisor. You’ve set performance goals for all of your employees, and it’s evaluation season. One of the people you supervise has not been reaching her benchmarks. What do you do? Do you work with that employee to come up with strategies for achieving her performance goals? Or do you say, “Well, just keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe it’ll come out better next year”? You would probably work with your employee to improve her performance.

Shockingly, S. 1177—somewhat ironically named the Every Child Achieves Act—takes the opposite approach. The bill, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), requires states to develop accountability systems that measure whether their schools are doing a good job teaching all students. But, where a school’s accountability system reveals that certain “subgroups” of students (like African Americans or students with disabilities) are falling behind, the state and the school are under no obligation to do anything to help those students meet state benchmarks. 

Congress has an Opportunity to Fix the Problem

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