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Who Should Be on #TheNew10?

Posted by National Women's Law Center, | Posted on: July 24, 2015 at 03:55 pm

You’ve probably heard the news that the $10 bill is being redesigned, and will feature a woman’s face. We all know women’s contributions are priceless, but it is exciting to think about which strong, history-making woman’s face will look back at us when we open our wallets in the not-too-distant future.

We asked some folks around the NWLC office to tell us who they want to see on #TheNew10, and their persuasive arguments haven’t made the choice any easier! Read up on some of the pitches — and keep checking back as we update this page with more suggestions of women for #TheNew10.

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The Equality Act is the Next Step After Marriage Equality

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 24, 2015 at 03:01 pm

“. . . with liberty and justice for all.” Those words capture our national aspirations. Last month’s marriage equality decision brought us one step closer to that vision. The Equality Act, which was introduced yesterday by Senators Merkley (D-Ore.), Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Booker (D-N.J.) and Representatives Cicilliine (D-R.I.) and Lewis (D-Ga.), would bring us even closer.

Thanks to the marriage decision, states across the country must recognize and honor same-sex couples’ love and commitment to one another – just as those states routinely do with straight couples. Moreover, by allowing same-sex couples to marry – to participate equally in that fundamental, foundational institution – the Court sent a message that LGBT people, especially LGBT youth, can dream the same dreams about growing up, falling in love, having a family, and building a successful life that their straight peers dream.

The Next Step Is Full Equality

The marriage decision is historic, but it does not achieve the full promise of dignity and equality.

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Schedules That Work: A Cause Worth Fighting For

Posted by Corinna Svarlien, Intern | Posted on: July 24, 2015 at 02:50 pm

An employee at a company is not simply a worker: she is also a person trying to live a full life. We all have responsibilities. We have school and second jobs. We have parents, children, and partners who rely on us. We have physical and mental health needs. We have bills to pay. It can be difficult to juggle all of these demands on our time, but luckily many of us have the tools we need to arrange our lives so that we can provide for ourselves and loved ones. Everyone needs this kind of control over our time and priorities, so why are low-wage workers so often forced to schedule their lives as if they were only workers and not also parents, students, caretakers, and people?

The Cost of Schedules That Don’t Work

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An Important Victory in the Fight for $15

While tomorrow will mark six years since the federal minimum wage last went up, Fight for 15 activists are celebrating a big win in New York.

A panel appointed by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended yesterday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants to $15 an hour over the next few years. Their proposal calls for the minimum wage to go up to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 in the rest of the state by Dec. 31, then increase gradually each year to reach $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and in the rest of the state by July 1, 2021. It is expected that the labor commissioner, Mario Musolino, will accept and implement their recommendation.

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Anger, Activism, and Interruptions

Posted by Katherine Protil, Intern | Posted on: July 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

At 10pm on a warm April night this year, I stood on my university’s academic mall with around 40 other angry students. People passed out signs scribbled with anti-rape messages. Somebody had brought a small drum and a tambourine, and one of the other event organizers was carrying a megaphone and a list of chants. I had a map of our planned route through campus folded in my pocket.

It had been nearly two months since our community had received an all-students email detailing the drugging of two students on campus. That email had set off an explosion of protests and discussions, including a list of demands circulated by a group of students who were fed up with our campus climate. It had been a long time coming. Students weren’t just angry with the university’s sexual assault policies—we also were sick of seeing racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism on our campus go unchecked.

We wanted a change, and we were going to make sure everyone heard.

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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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