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How a Children’s Book is Fighting the Gender Pay Gap

When Emily Kim graduated from law school in 2011, the job market was bleak. She was thrilled when she landed her first position and she took the salary offered, fearing that negotiation might cost her the job. A while later,

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Washington Adds Enforcement Teeth to Equal Pay Law

Just in time for International Women’s Day on March 8, the Washington State Legislature today passed an updated Equal Pay bill which will make it easier for women to identify cases of discrimination and hold companies more accountable for them.

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I’ve Been Paid 25 Percent More Because I’m a Man

Washington State made wage discrimination based on gender illegal in 1943. But that law has never been amended, and isn’t really enforced, so women in Washington still make 76.5 percent of men’s earnings. On January 17, a bipartisan supermajority in

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We Need to Update Equal Pay Laws

For a PDF of this factsheet, please click here. The Washington State Legislature has the chance in the winter 2018 session to pass an updated equal pay bill. In each of the past three years, the state’s House has passed

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WA legislators considering legal cover for employers limiting compensation discussions

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

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Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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

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Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

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

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

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:

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Equal Pay and Opportunity: Fair wages for women and better workplaces for all

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

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Equal Pay and Opportunity

Equal Pay and Opportunity

April 12, 2016

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

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Equal Pay
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