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#RaiseTheWage? Facts about women and the minimum wage [Video]

When it comes to the minimum wage, far too many working women in this country deserve a raise. Women account for less than half of the U.S. working population, yet nearly 6 in 10 workers earning the minimum wage are

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Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT Women in America

New research illustrates why women in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are at higher risk of for poverty and economic insecurity: discrimination and stigma, compounded by the struggles faced by all women in their jobs, provision of health care, and

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

Just released: The Status of Women in the States

What are the best, and worst, states to live in if you’re a woman? How long do women have to wait before we close the gender wage gap? And how do these numbers vary across age, race, immigration status and occupation in the

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Raising Washington’s minimum wage: A tool to combat growing income inequality

It’s simple math: More money for workers means a stronger economy – period. What happens when we support the lowest-paid workers and families among us? Let us count the ways. With increased pay, families are more able to put food on

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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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Seeking some balance in disparity city

On my way to a conference in Philadelphia last week, I took the subway from the train station. It was in disrepair, with no signage and blocked exits and entrances. And the people I saw on the subway reflected the

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Losing Ground: America’s testing culture hurts teachers, too

Part two of a three-part series on America’s testing culture and its impacts on education. In our last post about the negative percussions associated with American education’s testing culture, we outlined how examination after examination hurts the development of our

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Four reasons to care about Social Security, from one young person to another

On the list of things that cross the minds of most young people, Social Security usually ranks near the bottom – somewhere below flossing your teeth but above Justin Bieber’s latest single. It’s understandable. Social Security is usually viewed as

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Raise your hand if you want to lose your job to care for someone you love

Paid leave isn’t only crucial for ensuring parents can care for their children – it’s also important for adult children, an increasing number of whom are caring for an elderly relative. But while having time to care for a loved

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Seattle Business Magazine: Keep the Minimum Wage High

From the Seattle Business Magazine | By John Levesque Now is not the time for Washington state to scale back on providing a decent living wage. You probably heard this one before: Having a job is the new raise. True

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