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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

How Many Women Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act? [Infographic]

Happy 5th birthday to the Affordable Care Act! “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) set us on a path toward better access but we still have a ways to go. We must identify persistent gaps in access to insurance coverage and

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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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A woman’s work is never done: A new economic agenda

Women’s work is central to our economy. Most households couldn’t make ends meet without women’s income. Yet, women make less than men across every occupation. Because employers find ways to pay women less, families struggle to pay their bills, and

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

Equal Pay Opportunity Act passes Washington House!

What’s that sound? It’s the sound of cheers and applause coming from women and their allies across Washington State. Why are we cheering? Because the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646) just passed the Washington State House, with bipartisan support

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

The Equal Pay Opportunity Act: A step toward fair wages for women

By Marilyn Watkins, Ph.D and Sam Hatzenbeler, MPHc 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

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

The fight for equal pay

Back in 1943, when women flocked into the workforce to help win World War II, Washington State banned paying women less than men for similar work. Now 70 years later, women’s pay still trails behind men’s. Women make up almost

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5 Reasons Why Social Security Matters for Women’s Economic Security

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jackie Odum Although women have made significant strides over the past several decades in leadership, labor-force participation, and educational advancement, they continue to face a disproportionate number of issues that impede their economic security. The

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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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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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Posted in Women in the Workforce
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