Posted by bneufeld on January 29, 2014 at 18:57 pm
On 5th Anniversary of Ledbetter Act, NY Equal Pay Coalition Calls on President Obama, Albany and Washington for ‘Day of Action’ to End Wage Discrimination
January 29, 2014 – With much fanfare, on Jan. 29, 2009 the newly elected President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, noting its significance at his first bill signing ceremony and vowing to do more to close the wage gap. The Act reversed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5--4 decision in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and restored the original interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving workers a reasonable amount of time to file wage discrimination cases.
It’s a classic American story: Lilly, a working woman from Possum Trot, Alabama, courageously stood up to Goodyear Tire and the U.S. Supreme Court and eventually won. But Lilly herself has stated publicly that while our civil rights were restored with the passage of the Ledbetter Act – we were right back where we started – no closer to wage equity.
Little has changed, despite the enormous public support for stronger laws to combat wage discrimination evidenced last night at the State of the Union. Almost five years to the day, outlining a “Year of Action”, President Obama highlighted equal pay for equal work as unfinished business, to sustained, enthusiastic applause.
“One major step toward wage equality requires only ‘a day of action,’ stated Beverly Neufeld, spokesperson for the Equal Pay Coalition NYC. “Powerful legislation to protect workers seeking equal pay for equal work from retaliation awaits a vote in both Congress and the NYS legislature. And, President Obama can inspire legislative courage by including this provision in the federal contractor’s Executive Order he announced at the State of the Union.” Read More
Posted by bneufeld on January 29, 2014 at 18:54 pm
On January 29th, the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, our allies, and champions in Congress invite you to join an unprecedented national conversation moderated by Cynthia Nixon o(Sex in the City) about the changes that will advance income equality and economic security for women and families in America.
WHAT: Let’s Talk About It: Advancing women and families in 2014
A National Tele-Townhall Event on fair pay, paid leave, and access to child care
WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: From the comfort of your own phone. You will be called to connect to the event.
RSVP FOR THE CALL NOW: http://bit.ly/LYGKkf Read More
Posted by bneufeld on January 29, 2014 at 18:51 pm
January 27, 2014 – The New York Women’s Equality coalition is pleased that our legislature has taken the first step in making the Women’s Equality Agenda a reality in New York this year, and we applaud the Assembly Democrats, Speaker Silver, and all those members who voted yes today, for putting women’s equality at the top of their 2014 agenda. Today, the New York State Assembly built on its longstanding commitment to New York’s women and girls by passing the full Women’s Equality Agenda, first introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. By moving swiftly to prioritize the package of legislation, which was proposed last year and did not become law, the Assembly has made it crystal clear that women’s lives are a priority. Read More
Posted by bneufeld on January 10, 2014 at 16:55 pm
On January 8, Governor Andrew Cuomo reaffirmed his commitment to push the Women’s Equality Agenda in his State of the State address to a cheering crowd. This groundbreaking legislative package, first introduced last January, stalled in 2013. The Governor’s announcement will jump start its progress in the coming session. Watch speech
“Governor Cuomo’s continued leadership on the Women’s Equality Agenda is a critical step to end persistent wage discrimination. Ensuring equal pay is an economic imperative for New York’s 10 million women and their families and will fuel our state’s economic engine. It’s a win for all,” said Beverly Neufeld, spokesperson for the Equal Pay Coalition NYC.
The Equal Pay Coalition NYC is proud to be a Steering Committee member of the Women’s Equality Coalition, 860 women’s groups, businesses, religious organizations, medical groups, and advocacy organizations from across the state, united in its efforts to mobilize New Yorkers and push legislators to get the job done this time around. The measures of the Women’s Equality Agenda reflect the complexity of women’s lives — securing equal pay, access to reproductive health, and freedom from discrimination and violence are all essential to women’s equality. New York State needs to update and strengthen its laws to reflect the reality of women’s lives today.
Posted by bneufeld on December 11, 2013 at 15:24 pm
A Pantene commercial from the Philippines that takes on gender stereotypes in the workplace has caught the attention of a woman who knows a thing or two about the subject.
On Saturday, Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” endorsed the viral beauty ad on social media.
When a man gives a speech, it may be described as ‘persuasive,’ but people may judge a woman who speaks that way as ‘pushy,’ Pantene points out in a viral ad.
“This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen illustrating how when women and men do the same things, they are seen in completely different ways,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Really worth watching.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/sheryl-sandberg-praises-powerful-pantene-ad-article-1.1543894#ixzz2nCBUGScL
Posted by bneufeld on December 11, 2013 at 15:03 pm
Boston Globe reports: Boston has the best-educated women of any major US city, and now Mayor Thomas M. Menino is trying to make it a better place for them to earn a living. The goal: to make Boston the first city to eliminate the wage gap between men and women.
Menino plans to announce this ambitious initiative on Thursday, when he rolls out a compact signed by 38 employers that have committed to ending pay disparities. Nationally, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men make. In Boston, it’s 83 cents to the dollar — a difference of almost $10,000 a year, or about $400,000 over a career, according to a report by the city’s newly formed Women’s Workforce Council. Read More
Posted by bneufeld on November 15, 2013 at 00:41 am
Last day of TWEET WEEK for Pay Equity and WEC’s awesome Video! This week’s Twitter Power Lunchs have helped get the word out & boost the views of the Women’s Equality Coalition’s humorous video to 8,000! Being on WNYC and in NYMagazine/The Cut is giving us amazing exposure.
FRIDAY’S FOCUS: NON-TRADITIONAL JOBS & LEADERSHIP
1. Join our TWITTER POWER LUNCH – 12 to 1 pm (sample tweets below)
2. Share WEC’s FACEBOOK posts (go to www.facebook.com/NYWomensEquality for shares)
3. GOAL: Share the new VIDEO[ http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy] and PETITION chn.ge/1gMx5u6 with your networks
How? Visit WEC social media pages & from your organization’s account, retweet & share posts. @NY4Women for retweets .
GENERAL WEA and VIDEO TWEETS:
#WEAreStrong & our laws should be just as strong. It’s time to #UpgradeNY w/ Women’s Equality Agenda! @NY4Women http://youtu.be/zqXnqtIjKjQ
Vintage: Great 4 t-shirts, bad 4 New York law. http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy Let’s pass #WEA #UpgradeNY today! http://bit.ly/HICp2g
EQUAL PAY TWEETS: Leadership and Opportunity
.@NY4Women Video http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy maybe funny but it’s no joke! Talking abt ur salary can get u fired! #UpgradeNY laws!
How do you know u r getting equal pay when 61% of employees fear losing jobs for discussing salary? WATCH: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Companies w/ the most women board directors outperformed those with least by 26% ROI. NY needs women at the top! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women
Fed employees have smallest #WageGap of 9% b/c salaries r public.#UpgradeNY laws for #EqualPay! WATCH: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Why is #WageGap for lawyers 20%? One reason: pay secrecy. Join @NY4Women #UpgradeNY laws 4 #EqualPay! DYK: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Women r:4.2% of F500 CEOs, 20% of Senate, 15% of military, but 51% of pop.! #UPgradeNY laws to UP the #s! @NY4Women Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6
DYK Higher education increases wage gap for women! Stop pay discrimination! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
NON-TRAD JOBS TWEETS:
Construction Contractors still ask women what r u doing on this site! Stop wage bias #UpgradeNY @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
1978 goal for women in construction contracts: 6.9%. 2013 Reality: only 2.6%! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Women r 15% of military but less than 3% of trade workers. #WEArestrong & want high paying work!@NY4Women #UpgradeNY laws for equal jobs!
Women r 12% of police officers. but 3% of working skilled trade workers. Sign @NY4Women Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6 to #UpgradeNY laws
Women r 43% of bus drivers,35% of athletes/coaches/umps but less than 3% in skilled trades. #UpgradeNY 4 @EqualPayNY http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Posted by bneufeld on November 13, 2013 at 17:14 pm
Thanks, AAUWNY for leading Twitter Power Lunch on Thursday 11/14 at Noon and supplying us with the following:
The needs and challenges facing New York’s young women are many. They have paid a high cost for their education, they are coming to maturity in the mist of an economic downturn, the work world is still filled with discriminatory practices which limit their options, and they suffer the same pay inequity their mothers and grandmothers faced, in too many cases.
The Women’s Equality Agenda is a package of legislation addresses employment discrimination by ending sexual harassment on the job, enforcing equal pay laws, and provide expanded access to legal justice. WEA will ensure young women get a good start on their work careers and get the economic security, justice, and freedom from violence that are essential to women’s equality for all of NY’s 10 million women. We need laws as strong as NY’s women.
NOV 14 – PLAN OF ACTION
FACT & RESOURCES
TAKE ACTION: WEA Power-Lunch: Tweet for Equality for Young Women 12 PM – 1 PM – Thursday Nov 14
@NY4Women Young women 1 yr out of college are paid 6.6% less than their male counterparts. That’s $2,800! We need to #UpgradeNY laws Watch Fun Video:http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
$2,800 pay gap 4 yng woman buys year of groceries or 750 gallons of gas! #UpgradeNY @AAUWNY @EqualPayNY http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
Use Hashtags: #UpgradeNY #WEA @EqualPayNY Change.org Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6 WEA VIDEO:http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazyLEARN
Posted by bneufeld on November 7, 2013 at 17:28 pm
TX to AAUW for this post!
What better way to celebrate our military women than on Veteran’s Day. TAKE ACTION TODAY to show your support for women veterans and their rights to economic security, particularly here in New York State.
The needs and challenges facing New York’s women veterans are many. Given their years of service and sacrifice for their country, it is time for New York State to give back to our women veterans by codifying the important employment protections in the Women’s Equality Agenda (WEA). This package of legislation would eliminate housing and employment discrimination, end sexual harassment on the job, enforce equal pay laws, and provide expanded access to legal justice. WEA will also help ensure our women veterans get the economic security, justice, and freedom from violence that are essential to women’s equality for them and for all of NY’s 10 million women. We need laws as strong as NY’s military women.
Here are five easy steps you can take – TODAY – to spread the word about WEA and its impact on women veterans: Read More
Posted by bneufeld on November 7, 2013 at 17:13 pm
Today the Women’s Equality Coalition launched a new campaign to energize a grassroots demand to pass the Women’s Equality Agenda (WEA). The centerpiece is a hilarious video. Watch it! Pass it on! Sign our Change.org petition!
NY Women\'s Equality Coalition: Gameshow – Is it Illegal or Just Sleazy?
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