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New Hampshire Workers Build Bridges to Push Equal Pay

New Hampshire's elected and community leaders marked Equal Pay Day with the traditional press conference—and a critical step toward ensuring that women receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. Shortly before a paycheck fairness bill, S.B. 207, was heard in the New Hampshire House Labor Committee, representatives from women’s groups and labor joined elected leaders at the Statehouse to commemorate the strides being made in New Hampshire to address pay inequity.

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All Senate Republicans Say ‘No’ to Paycheck Fairness

Photo via Florida AFL-CIO

Most Republican lawmakers say they believe in fair and equal pay for women. But a day after Equal Pay Day, when Republican senators had a chance to vote for a bill that would have gone a long way to achieving that goal, not a single one cast a vote to just allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, let alone pass it.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Equal Pay Day: Bridging the Pay Gap Takes 3 Extra Months of Work

Photo via Women Employed/Twitter.

Women have to work more than three extra months to earn what men earn in a year because, on average, they make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men’s earnings. Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the day women workers close the 2013 pay gap.  

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Obama to Sign Order Strengthening Equal Pay Rules

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Lilly Ledbetter

In a move to boost wage equality and help close the wage gap between men and women (about 23 cents on the dollar), President Barack Obama will issue an executive order tomorrow that will apply some provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act to federal contractors. The order, according to news reports, will be signed at a White House ceremony marking Equal Pay Day, which signifies how far a woman must work into 2014 to earn the same as a man did in 2013 alone.

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Pomp, Glitz and Equality

Pomp, Glitz and Equality

The State of the Union: I loved that the first words of President Obama’s State of the Union address last week were about “a teacher spending extra time with a student who needed it.” And how about his one-liner about coming out of the “Mad Men” era and finally fixing unequal pay and the lack of paid sick leave (I like “Mad Men” on TV, but not in the workplace!)?

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Throw Your Hands Up at Me: Beyoncé Drops Some Real Talk on Gender Equality

Photo via Hollywood Branded/Flickr

Gender equality is not a reality yet, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter writes for the Shriver Report. Knowles-Carter points out that even though women make up half of the workforce, the average female worker only makes 77% of what a working man makes. 

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Despite Gains, Millennial Women See Career Roadblocks Ahead

Despite Gains, Millennial Women See Career Roadblocks Ahead

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that millennial women, those between 18 and 32 years old, recognize that while women have made gains in the workforce in recent decades, many of the roadblocks that have limited the careers of previous generations of women will cause them problems, too. Women who have entered the workforce in the past decade start off more equal to men in terms of pay than any previous generation and they are more educated than both earlier generations of women and men of the same age group. But they believe that, like earlier generations, they will fall further behind men in terms of pay equity once they have children.

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Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act: Our Children and Grandchildren Should Not Wait Another 50 Years for Economic Fairness

Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO

The Equal Pay Act was landmark legislation. As Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi remarked in a press conference last Thursday:

He [President John F. Kennedy ] knew it was a first step to end the 'unconscionable practice'—in his words—of paying women less than men for the same amount of work. But in the course of 50 years, loopholes in the Equal Pay Act were carved out and exploited. Disparities affecting minority women widened. And the “unconscionable practice” persists.

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50 Years Later, Equal Pay Isn’t: Time for Paycheck Fairness Act

50 Years Later, Equal Pay Isn’t: Time for Paycheck Fairness Act

With the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act coming up June 10, equal pay advocates will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow to tell lawmakers it’s time to strengthen equal pay laws and fulfill the promise of the landmark 1963 Equal Pay Act by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84/H.R. 377).   

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