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Report: Tipped Workers, Disproportionately Women, Experience Higher Poverty Rates

The report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the highest it's ever been.

The report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the highest it’s ever been.

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Striking ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Contractors Push Obama on Federal Jobs Policy

Before President Obama addressed the first annual White House Summit on Working Families on Monday, hundreds of low-wage federally contracted workers dressed like Rosie the Riveter went on strike down the street to advocate for a better federal jobs policy.

Before President Obama addressed the first annual White House Summit on Working Families on Monday, hundreds of low-wage federally contracted workers dressed like Rosie the Riveter went on strike down the street to advocate for a better federal jobs policy.

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Report: Obama Can Act to Reduce Inequality for Women, Minorities

A new report says that the federal government is the largest funder of low-wage jobs for working women and people of color, and that President Obama should take executive action to help lift them into the middle class.

A new report says that the federal government is the largest funder of low-wage jobs for working women and people of color, and that President Obama should take executive action to help lift them into the middle class.

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Texas Republicans’ New Anti-Gay, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Abortion Platform

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses "reparative therapy" for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for "pro-life" legislation.

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses “reparative therapy” for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for “pro-life” legislation.

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Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't changed since 2009.

A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

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Made in Cambodia: Garment Workers Fight Gap, H&M and Others for a Minimum Wage

H&M is one popular western brand that supplies many of its garments from factories in Cambodia.

Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.

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Food Stamp Allocations Should Take Into Account Where You Live

The federal poverty threshold, which dictates eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for cost of living.

The federal poverty guidelines, which dictate eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for variances in cost of living.

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The Three Best and Worst Moments for Women’s Economic Status in 2013

Despite a tough year for U.S. women's overall economic status, we have good reason to feel optimistic that the tide may turn in 2014.

Despite a tough year for U.S. women’s overall economic status, we have good reason to feel optimistic that the tide may turn in 2014.

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D.C. Council Raises Minimum Wage, Guarantees Paid Sick Days for All

The measures passed thanks in part to strong local organizing efforts, but it was a mixed outcome for tipped restaurant workers.

The measures passed thanks in part to strong local organizing efforts, but it was a mixed outcome for tipped restaurant workers.

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Abortion Restrictions Are Expensive

New anti-choice laws in Texas and other states around the country could push more women and their families deeper into poverty.

New anti-choice laws in Texas and other states around the country could push more women and their families deeper into poverty.

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