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Democracy is a participatory process

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

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 system more fair for people like them.

2017’s Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities

News Coverage | January 11, 2017 | WalletHub

Local economies still struggling to rebound from the downturn risk losing their skilled workforce or filing for bankruptcy. But, with some strategizing, they may be able to avoid such lasting consequences and extreme remedies. We turned to a panel of leading experts for advice on what policymakers, businesses and citizens can focus on in order to achieve recovery. Featuring comments by Marilyn Watkins, EOI's Policy Director.

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

News Coverage | September 27, 2016 | Public News Service

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, making about 80 percent nationally of what their male counterparts make. Marilyn Watkins, policy director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, said the issue isn't just that women are paid less for the same job title. Often, as in the technology field, they are shuffled into lower-paying positions.

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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

The 2016 elections could go down in history as one of the watershed moments in American history. We could keep up the public agitation and elect a President, Congress, and state legislators who will pass equal pay and paid family leave, fund quality childcare and preschool, end mass incarceration, reform our immigration system, and rebuild our national infrastructure. Or we could let fear and division prevail. It’s really up to us.

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

Commentary | August 25, 2016 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

This is the tale of at least two cities: one humming with Amazonian energy and money, another with many people completely left out.

Washington state should commemorate Women’s History Month by focusing on their economic future

Commentary | March 18, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins | South Seattle Emerald

While women in other states can celebrate recent strides toward equality, here in Washington our state Legislature marked Women’s History Month by closing down its 2016 regular session on March 10 with bills that attacked gender inequity...dead in their tracks.

Gender Pay Gap Contributes to Economic Insecurity for Older Women

Commentary | March 3, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins | AgeWise King County

Making policy changes that increase economic security for younger working families now, with particular attention to gender and racial disparities, will improve outcomes for all generations.

Tech leaders support move to let workers openly discuss their pay, in push for gender equity

News Coverage | February 28, 2016 | Geekwire

Changes in a bill to ensure equitable pay actually happens are contested, as Legal Voice and the Economic Opportunity Institute, both advocacy organizations with interests in pay-inequity matters, say the revised version does too much to negate it.

Report: Job Growth Slow, Steady, but Not Stable Enough

News Coverage | December 16, 2015 | Public News Service

Jobs for college-educated workers are growing at a faster pace than for those without higher education, a trend also evident in the Seattle area. But nationally, nearly one-third of all workers now are in temporary, part-time or freelance jobs. Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, said that's a real concern.

Another shot to tie jobs to Boeing tax cut

Commentary | December 2, 2015 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

I recently purchased a T-shirt from the Boeing store for my daughter, who is fan of the 737. It says, “If it's not Boeing, I'm not going!” That may be true for her — but Boeing jobs are certainly on their way out of Washington. Our legislators can fix what's gone wrong here.

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