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Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment

Jocelyn Samuels was Vice President for Education and Employment. She focused on barriers to the advancement of women and girls at school and in the workplace. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Samuels was Labor Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and she also worked for a decade as a senior policy attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she specialized in issues of sex and race discrimination. Ms. Samuels is confident that with the help of Title IX and a little athletic talent, she could have been a star in a wholly different realm of courts.

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Equal Pay Day! Women Catch Up With Men on 2008 Wages

Posted by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: April 28, 2009 at 06:30 pm

by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Cross-posted from AlterNet.

This time last year, women in the United States were earning 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and we were urging Congress to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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A Beautiful Day in (Almost) Spring

Posted by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: March 12, 2009 at 09:36 pm
by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women's Law Center
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Take Action - Vote This Week on Fair Pay

Posted by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: January 06, 2009 at 05:28 pm

by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women's Law Center

This is the moment we've been waiting for. The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to act as soon as this week on fair pay for women — and we need your help.

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Rally Thursday in D.C. for the Fair Pay Act

Posted by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: July 15, 2008 at 02:30 pm

by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women's Law Center

I have exciting news!

This Thursday, Lilly Ledbetter -- the Alabama woman who was paid less than her male co-workers for nearly two decades -- will be standing alongside Congressional leaders, and supporters like you, to rally in support of the bill that bears her name, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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Congress Should Give Women a Real Gift This Anniversary

Posted by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: June 10, 2008 at 03:54 pm

by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

Forty-five years ago today, the Equal Pay Act made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform equal work. 

You might think that 45 years would be enough time for a law to have lived up to its potential. But the wage gap persists — women still make, on average, only 77 cents on every dollar earned by men, and women of color fare even worse.

So what’s the problem? Some, like USA Today, would have you believe that the wage gap has little to do with continuing discrimination against women and much to do with the choices that women make, the education they have received, the fact that they don’t become entrepreneurs. That conclusion disregards the studies that have found that significant portions of the wage gap cannot, in fact, be explained by any factor other than discrimination

And how can we explain the persistence of discrimination? One significant reason is that the anti-discrimination laws have been weakened in ways that prevent them from serving the purposes Congress intended. Under Title VII, for example, the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. decision makes it virtually impossible for women — or any employees, for that matter — to get into court to challenge pay discrimination against them. And courts have steadily undermined the Equal Pay Act to create gaping holes in the fabric of protections it was intended to provide. 

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