Tag: Pay Equity

From the Locker Room to the Courts of Wimbledon: The Path to Gender Equality

Filed in DOL, Women by on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
From the Locker Room to the Courts of Wimbledon: The Path to Gender Equality

We know about her four Olympic gold medals. We know about her five Wimbledon championships. And we know about her similarly notable sister Serena. But what many people don’t know about Venus Williams is that she changed professional tennis forever. Starting in 2005, the tennis player began challenging the age-old practice of paying women tennis […]

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What Women Want: Equal Pay

What Women Want: Equal Pay

Fifty years ago today, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. At that time, the U.S. workforce included nearly 25 million women – a third of all U.S. workers. Yet women earned an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues. “Our economy today depends upon women in the […]

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No Wrong Door at the Department of Labor

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 8, 2012 2 Comments
No Wrong Door at the Department of Labor

We’ve all had customer service experiences that were less than stellar. Whether it’s banking with your credit card company, dining at a restaurant or dealing with an insurance provider, sometimes getting courteous and effective service can be a challenge. But it shouldn’t be a challenge to access your own government. At the Office of Federal […]

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Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 28, 2012 0 Comments

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Council for Research on Women’s 30th Anniversary Annual Conference to about 250 women researchers, policy specialists and advocates.  One of this year’s conference themes was strengthening women’s economic security – a perfect opportunity to discuss both women’s job gains during the recovery and the […]

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Working for Working Women

Filed in Women by on June 21, 2012 5 Comments
Working for Working Women

Millions of working women struggle to make ends meet every day.  Although women now make up close to half of the national workforce, they substantially outnumber men in holding low-wage jobs. In addition, women of color are disproportionately affected, resulting in an increased risk of living in poverty. Low-wage, women workers face uniquely tough times. […]

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Myth Busting the Pay Gap

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 7, 2012 41 Comments

Surely it can’t be true. President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. The very next year Congress passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned sex discrimination at work. Yet nearly fifty years later, women still make less than men. We live today in a world where women run […]

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Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

Filed in Women by on April 30, 2012 1 Comment
Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

After more than two years at the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, it has come time for me to say goodbye. It is only in this country that a humble Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Harlem’s public housing can realize her aspirations of becoming an attorney, never imagining that she would later serve […]

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Join the Conversation on Twitter: #EqualPayChat

Filed in Education, Jobs, Women by on April 19, 2012 1 Comment
Join the Conversation on Twitter: #EqualPayChat

Join the Department of Labor (DOL) for an Equal Pay Twitter Chat Friday, April 20th at 12 pm EDT. You’ll have the chance to ask equal opportunity experts questions about the current pay gap and available resources to help women make informed career decisions. Officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Justice […]

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Women’s Bureau: Fighting for Equal Pay, Every Day

Filed in Education, Jobs, Web Apps, Women, Workplace Rights by on April 17, 2012 1 Comment

Today, as we commemorate Equal Pay Day it is a time to reflect on how far American women have come.  Coincidentally, it is also tax day and a fitting reminder of how long into 2012 women must work to earn the wages men earned in 2011. Since the creation of Equal Pay Day 16 years […]

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Winning Apps to Close the Pay Gap

Nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than men – that’s called the pay gap.  For the average working woman, the pay gap means $150 less in her weekly paycheck, $8,000 less at the end of the year, and $389,000 less over her lifetime. For […]

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