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Black women are getting better jobs, but not better pay

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Economic Opportunity Institute | July 31, 2017

Today we observe Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. But it’s not a celebration. It’s a sobering reminder of the miles to go for racial and gender equity. July 31st symbolizes the extra seven months into 2017 a black woman would have to work to make the same amount of money a white man did in 2016 alone. That’s four

Democracy is a participatory process

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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

BREAKING: One working family bill moves on to the Senate… one still left to go

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 9, 2017

BIG news! Yesterday, Washington’s House of Representatives has passed this year’s equal pay bill on a bipartisan vote, which will help us address the pay and opportunity gaps between working men and women in Washington. (And what a perfect way to recognize International Women’s Day!) This is a HUGE victory, a

Two ways your legislator can make real investments in economic security for Washington women

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 8, 2017

Women and families in the U.S. are facing so many challenges these days, it’s hard to know how to focus our energy. Women who have worked hard, paid taxes, and raised families in this country for years, torn from their children by immigration authorities. Congress and state legislatures restricting women’s ac

WA legislators considering legal cover for employers limiting compensation discussions

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Marilyn Watkins | February 1, 2017

Giving employers legal permission to impose more limits on discussing compensation than on talking about the Seahawks or the weather, as Senate Bill 5344 proposes, takes us backwards. We know the stats – at every age, education level, in nearly every occupation – women are paid less than men, and women of col

Proposed salary history legislation would help limit gender, race inequality

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Marilyn Watkins | January 31, 2017

Washington legislators are now considering salary history legislation (HB 1533), sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan (D-Olympia), that would prohibit employers from asking applicants, during the initial interview, what their wages were in previous jobs. (Employers could get that information once they offer the job

Latina Equal Pay Day: Not a day to celebrate

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Economic Opportunity Institute | November 1, 2016

For the past six years of my life I’ve dedicated my professional life to women’s equity issues. I was an instrumental part of a team that helped develop and eventually pass a paid sick days ordinance in Seattle in 2011. Currently, it’s been all about getting a paid family and medical leave bill passed at the

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,

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