Early this month the racial justice organization Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation launched the $3 million Survival Fund, which will provide microgrants to Black individuals and communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The Associated Press reports that organization plans to give out 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to “anyone who identifies […]
Pay Gap Expected to Worsen Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Activists’ work to close the gender pay gap may be undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to experts, as women take time off or are laid off in order to care for others, any advances could be reversed. The International Labor Organization (ILO) reports that women earn approximately one-fifth less than their male counterparts across […]
Hawaii Legislators Pass Minimum Wage Increase
Hawaii’s legislature voted yesterday to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty
The Working Poor Families Project’s policy brief “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Future” [PDF] found that out of 7.1 million families headed by women, 4.1 million lived in poverty, encompassing 8.5 million children.
Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women’s Economic Security Act
Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package — dubbed the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014″ — to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare.
Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage
“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage.”
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.
NYC Speaker Quinn: Working Women Need Paid Sick Days!
Christine Quinn is the first female and openly gay New York City Council Speaker. By speaking out and standing up for the rights of women and queer folks throughout the city, she has received a lot of support from the feminist community as Speaker and as potential NYC mayor. But on a new issue facing […]