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New Issue Brief Highlights Wage Gap for Marylanders

Posted by Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women | Posted on: April 14, 2015 at 03:40 pm

Today I met Lily. No, not Lilly Ledbetter — four-month old Lily whose mom, Sara Wilkinson, President of Maryland NOW, spoke at an (un)Equal Pay Day event in Baltimore.

At the current rate of progress, the Institute for Women's Policy Research projects that Lily and other baby girls born in Maryland this year will face a wage gap until they are 27. And, in case you wondered, Lily’s mom says that is absolutely not ok.

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Hostile to Women, Hostile to Abortion: the Wage Gap and Abortion Restrictions

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: April 14, 2015 at 03:23 pm

Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date when the wages of women who work full time all year finally catch up to men’s wages. It’s a day to reflect on polices both good and bad that affect economic justice. At the National Women’s Law Center, we work on a range of issues that affect the economic stability of women and their families, including both equal pay and access to reproductive health care. So we thought it was appropriate to look at the overlap between equal pay and access to abortion. Here’s what we found:

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What's Missing From the Senate's Bipartisan ESEA Proposal?

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: April 14, 2015 at 03:14 pm

Last week, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray released the Every Child Achieves Act—their proposal to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the major federal K-12 education bill, which was designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. Markup of the bill in the Senate HELP committee starts today and is likely to continue at least through Friday. And while the proposed bipartisan bill is better than the discussion draft Senator Alexander released earlier this year, it doesn’t do enough to ensure the most disadvantaged students get the resources they need to learn. Here are three of the reasons why:

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We Can't Wait Until Beyonce is Almost 80 for the Wage Gap to Close

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: April 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

Originally posted on Higher Heights for America's website.

It’s Equal Pay Day, April 14th. Equal Pay Day is the symbolic date that marks the time in the year when the wages of women who work full time, year round finally catch up to the wages of men. The date is pegged to the overall wage gap for women—when the wages for all men and women are compared, women make just 78 cents on the dollar.

That overall statistic masks even larger disparities for women of color. African American women are paid a whopping 64 percent of the salaries paid to their white, male counterparts. This pay gap, which amounts to a loss of $18,650 a year, means that African American women have to work nearly 19 more months—almost until the end of July—just to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in the previous year alone. 

Here are five more facts about the wage gap that are equally stunning:

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Five Pictures For Equal Pay Day

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: April 14, 2015 at 09:42 am

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how much is that in dollars? Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the fact that it takes women more than 15 months to earn what men make in just one year.  To “celebrate” we thought we’d share with you 5 pictures that highlight the importance of achieving equal pay for women.

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Multimillionaires Win, Moms Lose: House Leaders’ Plan for Tax Day

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: April 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Millions of Americans will be filing their taxes this week. House Republican leaders are planning to mark the occasion by scheduling a vote to give a lavish tax break to the wealthiest 0.2 percent by repealing the federal estate tax.

Estates worth up to $5.4 million for an individual ($10.9 million for a couple) are already completely exempt from the estate tax, so repealing the estate tax would only benefit the very largest estates—about 5,400 nationwide this year. They’ll get an average tax break of over $3 million. And the uber-rich—those with estates worth over $50 million—do even better, with tax breaks averaging than $20 million each.

Cost of this giveaway to the heirs of the richest 0.2 percent? $269 billion [PDF] over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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Tennessee Defeats Bill that Would Have Expanded Prosecutions of Pregnant Women

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: April 10, 2015 at 04:05 pm

Tennessee lawmakers took a small step in the right direction earlier this week when they stopped a bill that would have expanded a controversial law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy. Despite overwhelming consensus that addiction should be treated as a mental health problem, not a criminal issue, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to criminalize drug use during pregnancy when it passed a law last year that allows women to be charged with a misdemeanor and punished with up to 15 years in prison if their newborn tests positive for narcotic drugs.

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Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban, Imposing Substantial Costs on Women

Posted by Rachel Parker, Intern | Posted on: April 10, 2015 at 09:55 am

As if living in a remote area miles from a large city wasn’t enough of a barrier, legislators in the state of Montana are seeking to make abortion even less accessible. In March, the Montana House of Representatives voted in favor of a ban on telemedicine abortions. The bill is currently in the Montana Senate and a vote is expected soon. “We all know what this bill is about,” Representative Elli Hill commented, explaining that although proposed under the guise of health and safety, the ban actually seeks to make abortion less accessible to women in remote areas of the state.

Medication abortions administered through telemedicine are as safe and effective as in-person abortions. With telemedicine, a doctor provides a medication abortion to a patient at a local clinic via a live video conference. Telemedicine increases access to abortion, permitting some women to have an abortion earlier in their pregnancy. This actually increases safety and reduces costs. Although abortion is an extremely safe procedure, the risk of complications and the costs of the procedure do increase with each week of pregnancy.

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