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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Reasons to Celebrate – and to be Vigilant – this National Work and Family Month

As the month draws to a close, there are clear signs of progress and frustrating reminders that vigilance remains essential.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the Failed Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Matters

It has been quite the week for fair pay for women. On Monday, we witnessed a shameful act when opponents blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Another Unacceptable Equal Pay Day

July 20, 2014 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The gender-based wage gap is a serious problem for women and families across the country, and it’s appreciably worse for African American women. Today, we’re reminded of just how much worse.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Fair Pay

It’s no surprise these days that women’s wages are essential to their families and our economy. That’s why, as our #WhatMothersNeed week of action continues, we’re talking about the urgent need for fair pay.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Let's Leave Mad Men-Era Pay Policies in the Past

There is a reason many of us bristle at the thought of what the nation's workplaces were like for women during the Mad Men era: the almost universal recognition that it was a time when sexism was rampant, when women were routinely devalued, disrespected and blatantly discriminated against.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Largely Unchanged Since 2002

September 18, 2013 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the gap between the wages paid to women and men in this country has not improved in the last 11 years. 

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The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: The Times They’ve Been a-Changin’

1963 was a year of great change for our country. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the words “I Have A Dream,” President John F. Kennedy and civil rights activist Medgar Evers were assassinated, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique first hit bookstore shelves and the Equal Pay Act was signed into law.

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A Day of Action on Fair Pay

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law aimed at closing the gap between the wages of men and women. But, despite this landmark law, a significant gender-based wage gap persists.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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