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President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget: Promoting Workplace Opportunities and Fairness

March 23, 2015

This fact sheet explains the proposals in President Obama's FY 2016 budget that would invest in workforce preparations that are particularly important to low-income women, improve wages and workplace policies for women and families, and protect workers rights.

President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget: Revenues

March 23, 2015

President Obama’s FY 2016 budget would promote tax fairness and raise revenue needed to support vital programs, finance new investments to help families get ahead, and reduce the deficit by closing tax loopholes and curbing tax breaks for wealthy investors, corporations, and large financial institutions.

President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget: Tax Assistance for Individuals & Families

March 19, 2015

This fact sheet shows how President Obama's FY 2016 budget would help women and their families through expanded and improved access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

House Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal: Drastic Cuts to Health Programs and the Impact on Women

March 18, 2015

House Republican’s fiscal year 2016 budget resolution includes devastating cuts to the health care programs women and families rely on. The proposal would repeal the Affordable Care Act, make drastic cuts to Medicaid, and convert Medicare into a capped subsidy for health insurance premiums. These changes would leave millions of women and their families without the financial security of high-quality health insurance, un­able to access the health care services they need, and facing dramatic increases in their healthcare costs. 

Women in the Federal Judiciary: Still A Long Way to Go

March 18, 2015

Over the past three decades, an increasing number of women have joined the legal profession.  Since 1992, women’s representation in law school classes has approached 50%. Despite record numbers of female judicial nominees, the percentage of female federal judges, however, is far lower. It is of critical importance to increase the representation of women on the federal bench.

How the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Would Strengthen Maryland's Equal Pay Law

March 10, 2015

Pay discrimination remains a persistent problem in the workforce. In Maryland, on average, women earn about 85.5 cents for every dollar earned by men. African American women in Maryland earn only 69.7 cents for every dollar earned by men, and the gap is even larger for Maryland’s Hispanic women, who earn only 46.6 cents for every dollar earned by men. SB 424, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; SB 425, the Wage Disclosure and Discussion Protection Act; and House Bill 1051, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, would strengthen Maryland’s equal pay law, and provide workers with the tools they need to combat pay discrimination and close the wage gap.

NWLC Testifies Before the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters in Support of House Bills 969 and 1027

March 10, 2015

National Women’s Law Center gave testimony before the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters in support of House Bill 969, The Fair Scheduling Act and House Bill 1027, the Right to Rest Act.The Fair Scheduling Act and Right to Rest Act provide crucial protections from difficult scheduling practices that undermine workers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families.

How the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and the Wage Disclosure and Discussion Protection Act Would Strengthen Maryland’s Equal Pay Law

March 04, 2015

Pay discrimination remains a persistent problem in the workforce.  In Maryland, on average, women earn about 85.5 cents for every dollar earned by men.1 African American women in Maryland earn only 69.7 cents for every dollar earned by men, and the gap is even larger for Maryland’s Hispanic women, who earn only 46.6 cents for every dollar earned by men.2 SB 424, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, and SB 425, the Wage Discrimination and Discussion Protection Act, would strengthen Maryland’s equal pay law and provide workers with the tools they need to combat pay discrimination and close the wage gap.

Obergefell v. Hodges, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear, and Tanco v. Haslam: The Supreme Court Should Presume Laws Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual Orientation are Unconstitutional

March 04, 2015

This term, the Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases on the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases are from four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—and raise two historic constitutional questions: whether states have the power to ban marriages between same-sex couples and whether states can refuse to recognize such marriages performed lawfully in another state.

Restrictions on Assignments of Military Women: A Brief History

February 27, 2015

The general trend since the end of the Second World War has been expanding roles for women in the armed forces. This paper provides background information on the history and status of policy governing assignment of military women.