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    Every Job a Path to Opportunity

    Report | August 3, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    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

    Equal Pay and Opportunity

    Issue Brief | April 12, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler

    From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more than women. Social scientists and economists have found clear evidence that gender-based discrimination persists – and is so deeply ingrained in culture and practice that it often goes unrecognized. Ensuring th

    Senate’s proposed Equal Pay legislation is a step backward for women, families, communities

    Testimony | February 27, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on ESHB 1646, Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 26, 2016 Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to the striking amendment on House Bill 1646. Unequal pay is hurting Washington w

    Uneven Ground

    Report | December 23, 2015 | By Kelli Smith

    Founded as a nation of immigrants, the United States has remained so throughout its expansion and development, and today, immigration continues to shape and reshape the country and its states. The U.S.’s history as an immigrant nation has created the rich racial and ethnic diversity that strengthens our socie

    “Advancing paid sick days and raising the minimum wage boosts our families and our economy”

    Testimony | February 19, 2015

    Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising.org, testifies before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave) and HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), February 17, 2015: Mr. Chair, and members of the Committee, thank you for having me here today. M

    “Unequal pay isn’t rare – it’s common and prevalent in all job sectors”

    Testimony | February 10, 2015

    Sandy Restrepo, a local attorney, testifies to the Washington State House Labor Committee in favor of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646), February 2, 2015: Hello my name is Sandy Restrepo and I’m here today to testify in support of HB 1646, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act. As a mother, Latina and now lawye

    “Women are paid less in one job, and then they can never catch up.” [VIDEO]

    Testimony | February 6, 2015

    Janet Chung, Legal and Legislative Counsel at Legal Voice, testifies to the Washington State House Labor Committee in favor of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646), February 2, 2015: Good afternoon Mr. Chair and Members of the Committee. My name is Janet Chung and I work for Legal Voice, a nonprofit organi

    “Women are worth more than spare change.”

    Testimony | February 6, 2015

    Olivia Roskill, a high school student in Redmond, WA, testifies to the Washington State House Labor Committee in favor of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646), February 2, 2015: Chair, and members of the Committee, thank you for having me here today. My name is Olivia Roskill and I attend high school in Re

    The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

    Issue Brief | January 22, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler

    From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more than women. Social scientists and economists have found clear evidence that gender-based discrimination persists – and is so deeply ingrained in culture and practice that it often goes unrecognized. Ensuring th

    Equal Pay Opportunity Act

    Fact Sheet | November 7, 2014 | By Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler

    Unequal pay creates economy-busting jobs Women make up half of the workforce and earn more college degrees than men. But in Washington, the typical women working full-time, year-round in 2013 took home 80¢ to a man’s $1.00. Nationally, Black women made 67¢ and Latinas 56¢ for every $1.00 paid to White men. Un

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