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Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017

Washington’s Legislature is more than halfway through its 2017 session and a lot of good bills have gone to the chopping block. The issues that have made it this far in the process are still alive because individuals and organizations spoke up, identified real life problems, and urged legislators to make the

Democracy is a participatory process

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| Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017 | South Seattle Emerald

Citizen University TV: Re-rigging the rules on economic opportunity and income inequality

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 10, 2017

The rules of power are often rigged in favor of monopolies and winner-take-all systems. On Citizen University TV, host Eric Liu explores ways citizens can overcome a system stacked against them. He calls this strategy “re-rigging the rules.” But what if you’re an ex-con? Does this strategy still work? For the

How can we “recession-proof” Washington’s cities?

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 12, 2017

Washington’s cities are the engines of the state’s economy. But given an uncertain political and economic forecast ahead, what can cities do to stay out of economic peril? Some of our local economies are still struggling to rebound from the downturn — others (like Seattle) can’t seem to build quickly enough

2017’s Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities

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| January 11, 2017 | WalletHub

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

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| September 27, 2016 | Public News Service

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 22, 2016

If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the report finds full-time working women are slowly closing the disparity,

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 8, 2016

August 26 commemorated Women’s Equality Day, the date in 1920 when women won the Constitutional right to vote in the United States. This year the date had a little more emotional kick with a woman running for the first time as a serious contender for the Presidency. But it’s taken nearly a full century to gai

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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| Marilyn Watkins | September 8, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

The Summer Institute on Union Women: Breaking Down Barriers and Borders

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EOI Intern | August 29, 2016

I recently joined the EOI team as one of the summer Policy Interns following my graduation from University of Washington with a Master’s in Public Health! In addition to my regular duties, I recently had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute on Union Women hosted by the UCLA Labor Center from August

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