Back to the Future: Black Women’s Equal Pay is 100 Years Too Late
Mark 2130 on your calendars, it’s set to be a momentous year. Far from being the year we invent time travel, it’s the year Black women are finally projected to close the wage gap and catch up to White men’s earnings. And that milestone is set to arrive 110 years too late.
We mourn and condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have lost their lives to police violence and racial hatred. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and the communities that have been impacted by the loss of their loved ones, and commit to working alongside them until there is justice.
The ongoing spread of the COVID pandemic, now more than ever, makes it evident that we need a national guarantee of permanent paid sick days laws to support the health and economic security of workers and their families.
The coronavirus has laid bare what was painfully clear to many families already: The caregiving system in the United States is broken, and it is women who are paying the price. - Melinda Gates In yesterday's Washington Post op-ed, Melinda Gates offered a clear call to action: provide federal funding to rebuild child care infrastructure and expand work supports including paid leave and Medicare to promote economic security for women and working families. These critical policies would have facilitated [...]
The CARES Act, passed in March 2020, proved to be a lifeline for many women and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits introduced by the CARES Act, including the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, lifted more than 18 million individuals out of poverty in April, a majority of whom were women. Women outnumber men among state unemployment insurance claimants both nationally and in the large majority of the states. By September, after the weekly federal benefit ended, the [...]
This year, women—and Asian women in particular—have continued to shatter glass ceilings and establish their leadership in historically male spaces. As Senator Kamala Harris prepares to become the Vice President of the United States, and the first woman and Black or Asian person to govern in that position, Kim Ng is also breaking ground by becoming the first woman and the first East Asian general manager of a major league baseball team, serving as general manager for the Miami Marlins. Ng is [...]