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To end the gender wage gap, we must look at race, too

In the last week, Black women in the U.S. finally caught up to what the typical White man made in 2014. That is, a Black woman in the middle of the income spectrum has to work full-time for nearly 19

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Posted in Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Women in the Workforce, Work & Family

The Racial Equity Team: Addressing racial disparities in legislative policy

The Racial Equity Team is a people of color-led network of community leaders, activists and lobbyists that work to empower communities of color to access their political voice through legislative advocacy. Their purpose is to promote equity of opportunity and

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In Washington, more of us are rich and more of us are poor

Poverty is growing, median income has barely budged, and more households have 6-figure incomes. High poverty rates have hardly budged since the height of the Great Recession, according to newly released Census data. Nationally, 14.5% of the population — more than 45 million

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Washington’s immigrants more likely to live in poverty

Earlier this year the U.S. Census Bureau released a report about the more than 10 million non-citizen immigrants under age 35 residing in the United States. The data show more than half of these individuals came to the U.S. as

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Lopsided: A History of Income Inequality in Washington State

Thanks to an extended period of lopsided income growth, the share of all income held by the top 1% in Washington state has approached or surpassed historical highs.

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WA’s women are falling through the gaps

Nationally, women working full-time earn about 81% of men. Here in Washington, that number drops to 75%. One factor is the presence of information, science and technology jobs in Washington. Important industries for our state economy, they are high-paying sectors

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

When it comes to wages, we’re all losing – but some worse than others

A recent flurry of publications has documented a rise in wealth among U.S. women. In general, women are earning more than they did two decades ago – which has contributed to a narrowing of the pay gap. But men’s earnings

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

IMF: Income inequality is bad for economic growth

From the Washington Post’s Wonkblog: As the Occupy Wall Street protests swell in size and people pay closer attention to the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, one question is why this divide even matters. One way to

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Forging a more perfect, just union

From the Everett Herald: One hundred fifty years ago this week South Carolina troops fired on Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War. The seeds of war were planted in 1619, when the first Africans were forcefully kidnapped and brought to

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Posted in Column, EOI

Equal Pay Day highlights earnings gap for women, need for paid sick days

Today is Equal Pay Day, which each year highlights the continuing disparity between men’s and women’s earnings. This disparity, commonly known as the ‘wage gap‘, shows just how far we still have to go to achieve gender equity. Despite making

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, State Economy, Women in the Workforce, Work & Family
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