Tag: Wage Gap

Closing the Pay Gap for Asian-American Women

Filed in Equal Pay, Workplace Rights by on June 3, 2014 0 Comments
Closing the Pay Gap for Asian-American Women

Throughout Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Labor Department shared the latest data available on the employment status of AAPI workers. Secretary Perez discussed the overall employment situation for AAPI workers, Deputy Secretary Chris Lu wrote about the importance of education and Assistant Secretary Portia Wu described the challenges of long-term unemployment. There’s another […]

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Every Day an Equal Pay Day

Every Day an Equal Pay Day

Today, President Obama asked me to join him in solving a problem that should have been solved long ago. The pay gap costs the typical working woman hundreds of thousands of dollars over her career, and for women of color, the gap is even larger. Women working hard every day to support their families aren’t […]

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Recognizing Innovative Women

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on March 24, 2014 6 Comments
Recognizing Innovative Women

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Dialogue on Diversity in honor of Women’s History Month. One of my co-panelists was Dr. Erin Cadwalader, a neurobiologist and fellow at the Association for Women in Science. As we celebrate women’s remarkable achievements in society, including major advances in educational attainment and in the […]

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Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on January 29, 2014 2 Comments
Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

President Obama demonstrated his commitment to equal pay with the first bill he signed as president: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009. In his State of the Union address five years later, President Obama again made a forceful argument for equal pay. “Today, women make up about half our workforce,” he […]

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3 Out of 4 Americans Agree: It’s Time to Raise the Wage

3 Out of 4 Americans Agree: It’s Time to Raise the Wage

Ed. Note: This was cross-posted on the White House blog.  See the post here. Today I went up to Capitol Hill, on behalf of the president, to join Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. George Miller in supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Even though we won’t recognize the holiday […]

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50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

Filed in Centennial, Equal Pay, Women, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2013 0 Comments
50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

“[W]e have by no means done enough to strengthen family life and at the same time encourage women to make their full contribution as citizens. If our nation is to be successful in the critical period ahead, we must rely upon the skills and devotion of all our people. … It is appropriate at this […]

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An Invitation to Action: Commemorating a Historic Report on the Status of Women

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on December 7, 2013 1 Comment
An Invitation to Action: Commemorating a Historic Report on the Status of Women

This week in the Women’s Bureau, we’re commemorating the 50th anniversary of “American Women: The Report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.” The commission was a major federal initiative launched during the Kennedy administration that focused on women’s status in society − with labor issues front and center. Esther Peterson, the head […]

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Holiday Belt-Tightening for Minimum Wage Workers

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on November 26, 2013 5 Comments

“I’m living out of a spare room at my children’s house.” “I’m working 70 hours a week…my day starts at 6am…I want to go to college, [but] I don’t have time [and] I can’t afford it.” “I shouldn’t have to decide: am I going to pay the electric bill or do I pay the heat? […]

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Miss Utah’s Question is Worth Answering

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 20, 2013 0 Comments
Miss Utah’s Question is Worth Answering

Marissa Powell’s comments on the pay gap at the June 16 Miss USA competition have gotten a lot of attention in the news – but for all the wrong reasons. Gossip sites and even respectable media sources have homed in on her grammatically shaky response, but let’s not duck the question; it is well worth […]

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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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