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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

Study: ‘B-minus’ for WA workplace laws concerning expectant and new parents

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 31, 2016

SEATTLE — The Evergreen State has room for improvement when it comes to protecting working families, according to a new report. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Washington a “B-minus” grade in a recent study assessing states’ workplace policies to protect expectant and new parents – includ

Study Grades WA Workplace Accommodations for Expectant Parents

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| August 31, 2016 | Public News Service

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

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Report | Marilyn Watkins | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

Report from the White House Summit on the United State of Women

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Marilyn Watkins | June 17, 2016

It was a privilege to be invited to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women, held July 14-15 in Washington, DC. Just being in a room with 5,000 people – mostly women – who are working to promote the economic and political empowerment of women and girls across the country was inspiring. The

Paid family and medical leave: A cornerstone of equity and opportunity for workers and families

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Economic Opportunity Institute | May 6, 2016

Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly c

Paid Family and Medical Leave

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Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | May 6, 2016

Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly c

Paid Family Leave and Workforce Equity Update to Seattle City Council Committee

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Marilyn Watkins | April 28, 2016

Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute, provides members of the Seattle City Council Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee with a Paid Family Leave and Workforce Equity Update:

Three issues where your vote will make a big difference this fall

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Marilyn Watkins | March 7, 2016

The gender wage gap has multiple causes and manifestations, and no single policy change will solve it. We also are not going to overcome it by waiting for “cultural change” or simply encouraging employers to adopt more women- and family-friendly policies. Just as women didn’t get the right to vote or particip

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