Prompted by a homeless adjunct professor’s one-woman protest outside the New York State Department of Education in Albany, adjunct professors across the nation took to Twitter over the weekend to call attention to the low-wages and exploitation of adjuncts working in higher education.
Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations
The changes could significantly improve the economy and boost income for 10 million Americans, especially lower-income people.
President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief
The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
Massachusetts Senate Votes to Raise State Minimum Wage to $11
The raise will help over 600,000 workers, particularly women, who make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationwide.
US Child Care Costs Outpace Family Income
A new report released by Child Care Aware of America reveals that in the last year, the cost of child care increased at up to eight times the rate of increases in US family income.
SNAP Cuts Taking Effect Today Leave More Americans Vulnerable
Despite the importance of SNAP for keeping 47 million Americans out of poverty – especially children, the disabled, and the elderly – Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing for more cuts.
Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place
When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
In Jackson, A “Solidarity Economy” Might Make Room for the Rest of Us
Lumumba has championed what’s known as a “Solidarity Economy,” in which wider economic participation and increased skepticism about “big money” in the economy are key parts of a community’s economic philosophy.
Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy
More women as the primary breadwinners? More men staying at home and taking care of the kids? This may sound like a prime step to gender equality and the eradication of gender roles, but unfortunately the reality is not as cheerful. Women may be replacing men as primary breadwinners in many families, but women still […]
Boost Social Security Benefits to Close Pay and Caregiving Gap
By Tatsuko Go Hollo It’s no secret that women are paid less than men across many industries. It’s also been well-documented that women are much more likely than men to work part-time. Unfortunately, employees who work part-time are often ineligible for essential benefits, such as health insurance, paid leave or a retirement plan. That’s where […]
Economic Policy: It’s Personal
By Nancy Wilberg The economic meltdown battered many Americans, but women and communities of color have long sustained the impact of an imbalanced financial market. Hard working women are deeply familiar with the enormous racial and gender wealth gap in America. Single Black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth […]
New Kansas Regulations May Wipe Abortion Providers Off the Map
Will Kansas become the first state in the nation without an abortion provider? The once-unthinkable could happen by Friday when a host of new state regulations takes effect. These detailed rules govern everything from the minimum size of the janitors’ closets to which drugs sit on the stockroom shelves. Clearly, these are the kinds of […]
Equal Pay Day: Promoting the Rights of ALL Workers
Congratulations women, as of today you have earned as much money as your male counterparts did in the year 2010: it only took you 16 months! Equal Pay Day takes place on April 12th each year as a way to symbolize the amount of time women must work into the following year to earn the […]
Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women
Republicans propose massive cuts in programs that benefit women as they propose increases in Defense spending of $8.1 billion. The House begins consideration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011 without which the government will shut down on March 4. Republicans would eliminate Title X domestic family planning programs with a massive cut […]