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Landmark Equal Pay Bill Receives Hearing in Massachusetts

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: July 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

This is a monumental week for Massachusetts women and families. Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Equal Pay Bill held a hearing before the state’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

This Is No Ordinary Equal Pay Bill

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Rosa on the $10

Posted by Katherine Protil, Intern | Posted on: July 23, 2015 at 09:39 am

Putting a woman on currency isn’t a new idea. Countries around the world have had women on their bank notes and coins for decades. And now that the United States is finally getting on board, one inspiring woman will be stamped on the $10 for all the country to see. Because of her bravery and dedication to the fight for equality, that woman should be Rosa Parks.

Like many children across America, I learned about Rosa Parks and her act of civil disobedience in elementary school. The story I learned is a familiar one: Rosa Parks, tired from a long day at work, refused to give her seat on an Alabama bus up to a white passenger. She was arrested for her refusal, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was born. Consumer pressure quickly led the bus service to reconsider its racist policies, and segregation as a whole crumbled shortly afterwards.

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Marriage is Just the Beginning for Equality

Posted by Anna Morrison, Intern | Posted on: July 22, 2015 at 04:19 pm

Standing in front of the Supreme Court on the morning of June 26th, 2015 is a moment I will never forget. Rainbow flag in one hand, the news open on my cell phone in the other, I stood ready for a decision on marriage equality. The moment the Court announced that every state in the country must allow same-sex couples to marry, a cheer went up from the crowd. Couples kissed, flags were waved, and newscasters announced that it was the “culmination” of decades of activism.

Although that day was truly a day of celebration, do not take our joy as a signal that LGBTQ people are now equal. Equal marriage does not mark the end of the fight for equality for LGBTQ people. President Obama was right when he said the decision that day “made our union a little more perfect.” However, it is only a little more perfect. We still have a very long way to go before LGBTQ people are equals under the law.

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Our One Social Security System is Still Going Strong

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: July 22, 2015 at 04:16 pm

The Social Security Trustees released its annual report on Social Security’s finances today.  Because Social Security is especially important to women, this news is of particular interest.  So here are five facts you should know:

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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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