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For women under 35, the pay gap between mothers and child-free women is actually wider than the gap between men and women, according to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.For women under 35, the pay gap between mothers and child-free women is actually wider... more
Top Republican Strategist Denies Women Are Paid Less Than Men
This morning, during a heated discussion with Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos denied that women make 77 cents for a man’s dollar in the workplace and noted, “there are lots of reasons for that.” Maddow expressed shock at the assertion, but concluded that it explained why Republicans and Mitt Romney are so hesitant to embrace the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
“Now we know, at least from both of your perspectives,” Maddow said, pointing to Castellanos and Romney surrogate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), “women are not fairing worse than men in the economy that women aren’t getting paid less for equal work.” “It’s about policy and whether or not you want to fix some of the structural discrimination that women really do face that Republicans don’t believe is happening,” she added. Castellanos responded to Maddow’s policy argument by remarking on her passion, to which the MSNBC host took offense:
CASTELLANOS: It is about policy and I love how passionate you are. I wish you were as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.
MADDOW: That’s really condescending. This is a stylistic issue. My passion on this issue is actually me making a factual argument on it.
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"I like how Rachel stood her ground!!!"Top Republican Strategist Denies Women Are Paid Less Than Men This morning, during... more
By David Edwards
Sunday, April 8, 2012 11:27 EDT
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Sunday ripped the Republican Party for “turning back the clock for women.”
During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked asked the congresswoman from Florida if it was unfair to call GOP policies a “war on women.”
“The policies that have come out of the Republican Party, saying that we should have a debate again over contraception and whether we should have access to it and it should be affordable, saying that — like Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, you know, he tried to quietly repeal the Equal Pay Act,” Wasserman Schultz noted. “Women aren’t going to stand for that. Governor Walker just signed a bill that repeals the equal pay law they had in Wisconsin for years.”
She continued: “You have Republicans who have engaged themselves for the entire Congress trying to redefine rape as only being forcible rape, defunding Planned Parenthood and family planning programs. The Lilly Ledbetter Act — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act put teeth behind the notion that women deserve equal pay for equal work. That was the first bill the President Obama signed into law. The overwhelming majority of Republicans serving in Congress voted against it.”
“So, the focus of the Republican Party on turning back the clock for women really is something that is unacceptable and shows how callous and insensitive they are towards women’s priorities.”
Watch the video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast on April 8, 2012.
"Shame on Candy Crowley, 'The Democrats favorite subjects these days' maybe she is not a woman??? I think the first sentence from her mouth was very right wing biased, but that could just be me... Hmmm what do you folks think???"By David Edwards Sunday, April 8, 2012 11:27 EDT Democratic National Committee... more
The recent White House Report on Women has been a long time in the making - more than 40 years. But infoMania's "Modern Lady," Erin Gibson, discovers that Obama's boys bear tidings that are mixed at best. Women are slowly inching toward pay equality with men, for instance, but at a rate that makes "glacial" seem like a 100-meter dash. Bonus: Katie Couric mangles the lyrics to '80s dance songs.
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Remember the Benny Benassi "Satisfaction" video with the hot girls bouncing all over the place using their power tools? Well this is the amazing Granny Remake - don't worry no grannies died in the making of this video (although there was a close call towards the end...) and you won't get grossed out either. It's actually kind of hot. Oh and it's for a good cause - equal payday campaign.
Today is the International Women's day and 41 years after the Equal Pay act came into force, many women still earn a lot less than men performing the same jobs.
According to the Office for National Statistics annual survey of hours and earnings the median annual salary for all full-time employees in 2010 was £25,900, which is up 0.3% on the year before. But men earn vastly more than women: £28,091, compared to £22,490 - a difference of 19.9%.
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A sharply divided federal appeals court has exposed retail giant Wal-Mart to billions of dollars in legal damages after it ruled that a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers can go to trial.A sharply divided federal appeals court has exposed retail giant Wal-Mart to billions... more
While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125712507804421903.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_PolicyWhile President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major... more
President Obama is scheduled to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law today. (This is, technically, his second bill-signing, not the first. But you cannot possibly expect us to make a fuss about legislation fixing the salary of the secretary of the interior.)
“I’m so excited I can hardly stand it,” Ledbetter said recently after the bill passed the Senate.President Obama is scheduled to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law today.... more
The pay gap between men and women working full-time has slightly risen, official figures revealed today.
However, women who chose to work part-time in an attempt to find the right life balance face even bleaker economic prospects.
The gender pay divide for part-time workers had increased from 35.8per cent to 36.6per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Although the pay divide for full-time workers rose by only 0.1per cent to 17.1per cent, campaigners immediately expressed alarm at what they described as 'progress in the wrong direction'.The pay gap between men and women working full-time has slightly risen, official... more
Six major women's organizations announce their endorsement of Barack Obama for United States President. One major reason for the endorsement is Obama's support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which sought to embed into law equal pay for women to equal work performed. According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau, women currently earn 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. Lilly Ledbetter, a former employee of Goodyear Tire took the company to court for what courts proved were 19 years of wage discrimination against her. Though the courts ruled in her favour, the Supreme Court reversed the decision. Her case inspired the Act.
Katherine Spillar is the Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and Feminist Majority. Prior to her tenure with the Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Foundation, Spillar served four terms as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Spillar is also the executive editor of Ms. Magazine.
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Women will have to wait 187 years before their take-home pay overtakes men, according to new findings released today by the Chartered Management Institute and salary-survey specialists CELRE.
The average female executive is earning £32,614 a year, £13,655 less than the average male executive who earns £46,269 a year. At this rate it will not be until 2195 before women's pay outstrips men.
The survey shows the largest gap between men and women is in the IT industry and across all industry in Scotland.
The one bright spot is among junior executives in the energy sector where parity between men and women looks likely in just two years time in 2010.
Jo Causon, director, marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: "At least with a glass ceiling it is possible to see through to the next level.
"However, when it comes to equal pay, it seems that the glass is now opaque. To have to wait several generations is inexcusable and it is time that the lip service of the three decades since sex discrimination was first outlawed is transformed into action."
The findings come on the day when the Conservative party launches a new Facebook social networking group "Theresa May for Equal Pay " calling on all parties to back a campaign raising the awareness of pay differentials between men and women among the young.
May, shadow minister for women, estimates that women lose some £300,000 over their lifetime. The Conservatives are committed to compulsory pay audits for employers found guilty of discrimination.
The issue of equal pay will be raised at the Labour party conference next week when Harriet Harman, the equalities minister, will come under pressure to end pay disrcrimination in the public sector.
The country's biggest public sector union, Unison, which represents hundreds of thousands of workers in the NHS and local government, is pressing for a contemporary motion to be debated at conference.
Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, said: "It's simply wrong to pay women less than men. There is also a clear business case for equal pay - it increases staff loyalty and attracts talent.
"Our tough new equality bill will increase transparency so women can see if they are paid fairly. Government is playing its part, but businesses must also play theirs."
Women will have to wait 187 years before their take-home pay overtakes men, according... more
Chelsea Clinton answers a question about her mom's commitment to women's issues. Her articulate answer about Hillary Clinton's concrete contributions to fight for Equal Pay, Reproductive Choice and Reduction of Teen Pregnancy by 1/2, and worldwide to work against school fees that prevent girls from equal access to education to empower women, promote democracy and enhance the good will of the United States is testimony to the many reasons why Hillary Clinton would be a great president for America and the world.
Hillary and Bill Clinton raised an extraordinary human being.
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Hillary Clinton has long championed the rights of women and families.
Go to http://www.famousquotes.me.uk/speeches/Hillary-Clinton/
for Hillary Clinton's "Women's Rights are Human Rights" Speech to the UN Gathering on Women's Rights in Beijing on September 5, 1995.
"By gathering in Beijing, we are focusing world attention on issues that matter most in the lives of women and their families: access to education, health care, jobs and credit, the chance to enjoy basic legal and human rights and participate fully in the political life of their countries."
What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish.
And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish.
That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every nation on our planet has a stake in the discussion that takes place here.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked persistently on issues relating to women, children and families. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing women in my own country and around the world.
Women comprise more than half the world's population. Women are 70% percent of the world's poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write.
Women are the primary caretakers for most of the world's children and elderly. Yet much of the work we do is not valued - not by economists, not by historians, not by popular culture, not by government leaders.
Those of us who have the opportunity to be here have the responsibility to speak for those who could not.
As an American, I want to speak up for women in my own country - women who are raising children on the minimum wage, women who can't afford health care or child care, women whose lives are threatened by violence, including violence in their own homes.
We also must recognize that women will never gain full dignity until their human rights are respected and protected.
Our goals for this Conference, to strengthen families and societies by empowering women to take greater control over their own destinies, cannot be fully achieved unless all governments - here and around the world - accept their responsibility to protect and promote internationally recognized human rights.
No one should be forced to remain silent for fear of religious or political persecution, arrest, abuse or torture.
Tragically, women are most often the ones whose human rights are violated.
Now it is time to act on behalf of women everywhere. If we take bold steps to better the lives of women, we will be taking bold steps to better the lives of children and families too.
Let this Conference be our - and the world's - call to action.
And let us heed the call so that we can create a world in which every woman is treated with respect and dignity, every boy and girl is loved and cared for equally, and every family has the hope of a strong and stable future."
Chelsea Clinton answers a question about her mom's commitment to women's... more
In a year when womens' pay has actually gone down relative to men’s, John McCain voted against the Equal Pay bill, which was killed in the senate on Wednesday night. To add insult to injury, he said that what women really needed was “education and training." Tell that to the many woman with strings of letters after their names, that are still getting paid less than their equally, or lesser qualified male counterparts for similar work.
On the up side, listen to Chelsea Clinton's incredibly erudite thoughts on the subject, which she gave in an off-the-cuff response to a tough audience question during an Open Thread campaign appearance in support of her mom at Duke University. Has Hillary sold-out her feminist principles? McCain has certainly sold out his (that's if he ever had any in the first place.) Given the values Hillary’s obviously instilled in her daughter, we think her feminist heart is in the right place.
In a year when womens' pay has actually gone down relative to men’s, John... more