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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

“Lead on Leave” national road show begins in Seattle April 1st!

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are kicking off a national tour to promote paid leave policies around the country. The Lead on Leave road show starts in Seattle this coming Wednesday April 1st, part of

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Having a child is good for your career – if you’re a man

Great news! If you’re a man — especially a highly educated White or Latino man in a professional job — having a baby is great for your earnings. Congrats, dads! We’re happy for you. No, really, we are. But what about

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Posted in Women in the Workforce

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Bellingham

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Bellingham on October 16th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that support working

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When women win, our economy wins: Vancouver hosts Women’s Economic Security Forum

The Economic Opportunity Institute and Washington Work and Family Coalition are on tour across Washington state to build women’s economic security. Last night, Vancouver joined the list of towns and cities across WA who have hosted a forum on issues

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What a dad wants, what a dad needs…has changed

When my brother was born, my dad took the day off work. He was overjoyed about the birth of his first child and couldn’t wait to spend as much time as he could with him. The next morning though, being

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Posted in Paid Family and Medical Leave

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Vancouver

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Vancouver on September 10th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that

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Our economy is hurting our kids – here’s what we should do about it

The Great Recession didn’t only damage our economy – it also hurt the growth and development of many American kids. During the past quarter century, national and state policies have resulted in numerous positive gains in child health, safety and

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Happy 21st Birthday, FMLA!

Congress improved working conditions for millions of women and families across the nation when they passed the landmark Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) twenty-one years ago. However, today millions of workers are still without access to paid leave and many are

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The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave: Shelby’s Story

One woman’s story about losing her wages and nearly losing her home when she had to take a short leave to care for her daughter and her dad. Shelby Ramirez – a mother of two, caregiver, full-time worker and student

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