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Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant

Amy Tannenbaum is the Program Assistant for Education and Employment. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in their EEO Project. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in 2010 with a degree in comparative literature; her thesis explored how women have used writing and performance to address sexual assault.  Outside of her work with the Center, she volunteers with several women-focused projects in the D.C. area and runs half-marathons.

My Take

How The Hunger Games Reminds Us that We Need to Center Black Girls

Posted by Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant | Posted on: September 26, 2014 at 10:48 am

I am an avid fan of dystopia, especially of the young adult variety — from the Divergent trilogy to The Maze Runner to more obscure picks like Orleans and The Summer Prince, I devour it faster than it can come out.


Senator Warren Calls for Innovation to Address Unfair Scheduling Practices

At Tuesday’s HELP Committee hearing on women’s economic security Senator Warren called attention to the extreme challenges  workers in low-wage jobs with unstable and unpredictable schedules often face – including the challenge of getting their schedules at the last minute, having hours that vary dramatically from week to week or month to month, having little ability to alter the timing of their work hours without facing a penalty, and working too few hours to make ends meet.

Senator Warren said: “[the lack of predictable work schedules and hours] makes juggling a family, a home and work for many people almost impossible” (you can watch her here starting at 1:46). Amanda Legros, a worker from New York, put the problem in stark relief when she described her own struggle [PDF] to try to get enough hours at work to make ends meet while parenting a young child.


4 Reminders from the James Taranto Column on Alcohol and Sexual Assault

Posted by Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant | Posted on: February 11, 2014 at 05:17 pm

Whenever I read a column like James Taranto’s “Drunkenness and Double Standards” in the Wall Street Journal, I am reminded of all of the lessons I was taught growing up about how to avoid being assaulted at a party: make sure you have a party buddy, ruthlessly guard your drink, or maybe just avoid leaving the house altogether – just to be sure. These rules are victim-blaming at their finest. Instead of teaching young people how not to get assaulted, we should be teaching them not to assault. My favorite on this list? “Use the Buddy System! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.”

Here are some other important “reminders” from Taranto’s column:


Good News for Black Girls and Women in NYC: Mayor de Blasio Takes First Steps to End Stop-and-Frisk

Posted by Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant | Posted on: February 04, 2014 at 10:12 am

Last Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City announced that the City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, in its current incarnation, will soon be a thing of the past. This is excellent news: the policy, which allowed police officers to detain, question, and frisk pedestrians on the street, was declared unconstitutional by federal district court last year in light of its disproportionate impact on people of color.

In his announcement, Mayor de Blasio noted that the policy “has unfairly targeted young African-American and Latino men.” It has also unfairly targeted women in the same demographic. Given the potentially invasive nature of a police search and pat-down, many women who were stopped likened the experience to sexual harassment. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for not only taking the steps necessary to end Stop-and-Frisk, but also for acknowledging the program’s problematic racial elements. Still, it is important that women and girls of color are not erased when we talk about police misconduct and discipline.


Fairness for Pregnant Workers: A Review of 2013

Posted by Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant | Posted on: January 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

2013 was quite a year in the fight for fair treatment for pregnant workers! The issue of providing workplace accommodations for pregnant workers has gotten national attention in the media, and has helped to build momentum for progress on legislation at the federal, state and city level. In a national poll, over 90% of likely voters polled supported workplace protections for pregnant women.

In 2013, the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act gained 113 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and 20 cosponsors in the Senate. The bills, which are led by Rep. Nadler in the House of Representatives and Sens. Casey and Shaheen in the Senate, would make unmistakably clear that employers have a duty to accommodate pregnant workers who need minor job accommodations to continue safely working and providing for their families while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Bills providing protections for pregnant workers were passed in Maryland and New York City.