On the Hill

Senate Republicans Block the Paycheck Fairness Act

On Tuesday, Republicans in the Senate blocked the debate of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill aimed to eliminate pay discrimination against women.  If passed, the Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to demonstrate that any pay disparities between men and women are related to the job. It would also give more power to those […]

Economy Labor Rights

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 […]

Uncategorized

Federal Judge Ordered Reinstatement of Gendered Pay Data Collection

A federal judge ordered that the Trump administration must reinstate an Obama-era rule requiring companies report pay data by race and gender. U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia, Tanya S. Chutkan, said that by rolling back the Obama-era rule the Trump administration violated the law and that the Trump administration failed to demonstrate […]

Economy

Gender Wage Gap Larger Than Previously Thought

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a new study that claims that women today earn only 49 cents to a man’s dollar, not the 80 cents previously stated. While the earnings gap between men and women has narrowed, progress in the past 15 years has decreased. However the study does not break the findings […]

Race

March for Black Women Draws Attention to Intersectional Injustices

Last weekend, two marches aiming to bring attention to racial injustices occurred in the nation’s capital–the March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women. The two marches began at different starting points and then met at Lincoln Park before marching together to the Justice Department and the National Mall.

Economy

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

On July 31st, Americans recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the date that marks how far into the year 2017 that black women have to work to earn the same amount of money that white men earned during 2016 alone. The date is a jarring reminder of the persistence of racial and gender pay inequity; black women today earn 63 cents for every dollar made by white men.