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Just Released: Important Steps for Women in the First 100 Days

Posted by | Posted on: April 29, 2009 at 03:39 pm

The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) today commended the Obama Administration and Congress for taking important steps for women in the first 100 days. Many of these actions have already made a real difference in the lives of women and their families across the country.

In this brief span of time, Congress and the new Administration prioritized the needs of women and girls throughout the federal government, supported women in the workplace, and provided much-needed assistance to low-income families. The new Administration worked to improve women’s health and education, invest in child care and early education, and guarantee equal rights for all.

NWLC issued a document outlining these advances, as well as critical next steps. The full document is available here.

“The past 100 days have been a breath of fresh air compared to the preceding eight years of setbacks for women,” stated Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President of NWLC. “Women in this country have been raring for change. This Administration deserves a great deal of credit for listening, and for taking swift action on a range of issues.”

Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of NWLC, added: “What a difference 100 days make! The President and Congress have taken great strides for women on many fronts, including fair pay, health care, education, and assistance for low-income families. It all adds up to long-awaited gains and much-needed support for the millions of women who need opportunities and assistance now.”

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), President Obama and Congress enacted critical measures to help women and families through these tough times by increasing assistance for those in need.  The ARRA provided new investments in child care and early education, nutrition, energy, and housing assistance to low-income individuals and families – the majority of whom are women and female-headed households. For example, thirty-two million people who rely on food stamps are receiving increased aid:  $80 per month for a 4-person household.

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NWLC Commentary for Equal Pay Day 2009

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

It's been a busy day on NWLC's blog, so we wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to see our commentary from throughout the day on pay equity issues that affect women and families:

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Blog for Fair Pay Day 2009 - The Posts

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager,
National Women's Law Center 

Today's Equal Pay Day! And across the web, bloggers, tweeters and Facebook users are calling out for fair pay for women.

Check out what's being said on Twitter:

Below (after the jump) is a list of the blog posts we've compiled so far. We'll keep adding to this list, so if your post isn't up here, fill out this form and we'll add you soon. And check out the fair pay posts by NWLC's staff.

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Women and Pay Equity: The Facts

Posted by | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm
by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 
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Fair Pay = Access to Contraception

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 09:50 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights,  
National Women’s Law Center 

Cross-posted from RH Reality Check.

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Study Shows that Men Outearn Women in Nearly Every Occupation

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 09:24 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Assistant, 
National Women’s Law Center 

A fact sheet released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that women are paid less than men in nearly every occupation.

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White House Issues Proclamation for Equal Pay Day

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 09:23 pm
by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center
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