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Proposed Regulation Tells Federal Contractors: Play by the Rules

Yesterday the Obama administration released a proposed rule to implement the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which was signed by President Obama in 2014. The proposed rule is the first step toward making good on the executive order’s message to private contractors: if you have the honor of doing business with the federal government, you must follow the law.

This proposed rule outlines steps the Administration will take to ensure that federal contractors that violate our nation’s labor and employment laws start playing by the rules again. In an effort to protect the millions of workers employed by private companies who have been awarded government contracts, the executive order required federal contractors to report their labor and employment law violations. Read more »

Who Supports Equal Pay? The Pope

You know what polls really well with just about everyone? Equal Pay. So it’s not a surprise that the Pope is the latest public figure to weigh in.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis voiced his support for equal pay in his weekly remarks at the Vatican. Pope Francis asked Catholics to consider “the Christian seed of radical equality between men and women.” He said Christians should “become more demanding” for that “radical equality” by “supporting the right of equal pay for equal work.” Read more »

A Lot Has Changed Since 1970, But Not As Much As You’d Think—Particularly for Federal Contractors

A lot has changed since 1970. For example, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” was a billboard topper, and Jackson 5’s “ABC” was hitting fresh ears, not yet to be played and replayed at every bar- and bat-mitzvah party across the country. The “Ed Sullivan Show” was prime time television, and PBS first turned on its lights.

Of course, the workplace was a very different place in 1970 as well. Women in 1970 made up only about 38 percent of the workforce—representing about 30 million workers. Today, those numbers are dramatically higher; with nearly 73 million working women, women today make up nearly half—47 percent—of the workforce.  And whereas less than 50 percent of first-time mothers worked while pregnant in 1970, nearly two-thirds of first-time mothers work while pregnant today. Although women in 1970 were just beginning to get their foothold in 1970—and were earning just 59 cents to every dollar earned by a man—today, women’s income is critical to their families. Working women are primary breadwinners in more than 41 percent of families and they are co-breadwinners—bringing in between 25 to 50 percent of family earnings—in another 23 percent of these families. Read more »

New Issue Brief Highlights Wage Gap for Marylanders

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. Read more »

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

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: Read more »

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

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: Read more »

Five Pictures For Equal Pay Day

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. Read more »

Asian American Women Deserve Fair Pay

This week we mark Asian American women’s equal pay day, the day that represents how many extra days an Asian American woman typically has to work to earn what a white, non-Hispanic man typically earns in one year. American women who work full time, year round are typically paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. The wage gap is a penny better for Asian American women--among full-time, year-round workers, Asian American women typically make 79 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. However, focusing on the aggregate obscures the full story. The wage gap varies among subgroups of Asian American women with some groups of Asian American women making substantially less. Read more »

Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act Means Closing the Wage Gap for Working Women

The wage gap for working women in the United States has been stagnant over the last decade – women working fulltime, year round are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men.   Not incidentally, congressional action on the Paycheck Fairness Act has also been stagnant over the last decade.  Congress has blocked action on the Paycheck Fairness Act four times, including twice in the Senate as recently as last September.  But now, Congress has another chance to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and achieve economic security and equality for women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, reintroduced today by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro, achieves several important goals for working women by strengthening the tools that workers have to fight back against pay discrimination.  Specifically, the Act: Read more »

Big Night at the Oscars for Equal Pay for (Some) Women

The Academy Awards are, in one word, big. Big awards, big celebrities, big blockbusters, big hair…and in recent years, a big social media presence. Last year, a selfie tweeted by host Ellen DeGeneres “broke Twitter.” This year, that honor went to a surprising but overdue recipient: the call for equal pay.

The awards night thank you speech is a moment that, let’s be honest, sends a lot of us channel-surfing. But Patricia Arquette used that moment to tell millions of people about the critical need for fair pay. “It’s our time,” she said, “to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Read more »