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Pregnancy Accommodations in the States

August 27, 2015

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to explicitly grant pregnant employees the right to reasonable accommodations at work. Ten of these laws have been passed since 2013, all with bipartisan support, and in the majority of cases with unanimous or near-unanimous support. Although the details of the laws vary from state to state, they share a core principle: a pregnant worker with a medical need for accommodation should not be pushed out of work when she can be reasonably accommodated without imposing an undue hardship on the employer. These laws affirm that no one should be forced to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her paycheck.

The Schedules That Work Act: Section-By-Section Summary

August 27, 2015

The Schedules That Work Act will ensure that workers have a voice in their work schedules, the predictability and stability they need to meet the dual demands of work and family, and a fair shot at achieving economic security for themselves and their families.

Women, the Minimum Wage, and the Wage Gap, State by State

August 12, 2015

This table details state-by-state information about women and the minimum wage, including the share of minimum wage workers who are women, the state's minimum wage and tipped minimum cash wage, the number of women who would get a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $12/hour by 2020, and what a woman makes for every dollar a man makes among women overall as well as women of color.

Debunking the Myths About Title IX and Athletics

August 11, 2015

Avoid misinformation about Title IX and athletics. Read our fact sheet for facts that debunk the biggest myths about Title IX and mens' and womens' sports.

The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Colleges and Universities

August 11, 2015

This fact sheet describes the advances that women have made in collegiate athletics since the enactment of Title IX, while identifying the areas in which further work is needed to achieve gender equity.

The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Elementary and Secondary Schools

August 11, 2015

This fact sheet discusses the importance of sports for girls, and the unlevel playing field they still face. Compared to male athletes, female athletes receive far fewer participation opportunities and inferior coaching, equipment, practice facilities and competitive opportunities.

Title IX and Men's Sports: A False Conflict

August 11, 2015

Title IX should not be a scapegoat for some schools' decisions to cut men's sports. Women continue to receive fewer athletic opportunities and resources than men, and many schools choose to prioritize men's football and basketball. While these sports are often described as "revenue sports," the NCAA reports that the majority of them fail to pay for themselves, much less other teams. Rather than dipping into bloated football and men’s basketball budgets, some schools choose to cut sports, but Title IX neither requires or encourages such action.

Title IX Still Applies: Gender Equity in Athletics During Difficult Economic Times

August 11, 2015

In difficult economic times, educational institutions at all levels face tight budgets. When making hard choices, it is important for schools to remember that if they cut any athletic opportunities or benefits, they must do so in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX. Recent media reports suggest that some educational institutions may not understand their obligations under Title IX and are imposing a greater burden on girls when cutting athletic opportunities or benefits.

Pharmacy Refusals 101

August 04, 2015

Refusals to fill prescriptions for contraception and to provide emergency contraception (EC) over-the-counter are an increasing problem across the country. Refusals to provide contraception constitute a serious erosion of reproductive rights and impede women's access to critical health care. This fact sheet provides the context around this growing problem.

Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

August 04, 2015

The minimum wage is falling short for millions of Americans — especially for women, who represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and at least half of minimum wage workers in every state. Use this chart to see how the states compare.