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It’s Equal Pay Day: Pay Equity Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

How can you afford to have children and access to decent medical care with a full range of birthing options when you are paid according to your race and gender rather than your contributions to society?

How can you afford to have children and access to decent medical care with a full range of birthing options when you are paid according to your race and gender rather than your contributions to society?

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Cuomo Says He Wants to Pass the Reproductive Health Act. But Does He Really Mean It?

Governor Cuomo gives his 2013 State of the State address.

In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?

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As Fiftieth Anniversary of Equal Pay Act Nears, Wal-Mart Continues to Defend Unequal Pay Practices

In the decade since the original Wal-Mart v. Dukes suit began, the national gender wage gap has remained steady at 77 cents to the dollar. This case is just one example that there is much, much more work to be done to improve women’s economic status in the US.

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GOP Senators Reject Paycheck Fairness Even As Their Personal Wealth Rises

Did the personal portfolios of individual Senators and the interests of companies who pay to elect them play a role in defeating the Paycheck Fairness Act? 

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Will a Lame Duck Congress Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act?

The Paycheck Fairness Act is slated to come up for a vote this Wednesday, November 17th.  Unless it passes, it could take another 50 years for women to achieve pay equity.

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Top of the News: Afternoon Edition

Starting today, we’ll post a quick set of links to those stories we missed or didn’t have time to write about each day. Scan the links and click through to read more!

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Ledbetter A Victory, But Work Is Not Done

The Lilly Ledbetter Act is a major victory for workers. But Congress must pass additional fair pay legislation, closing loopholes that currently prevent enforcement of equal pay laws.

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Ledbetter Act Is First Victory in a Looming Battle

Passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act is a victory for workers, but more significant pay discrimination protections are still in Congress.

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VIDEO: President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

It’s official: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act has been signed into law.

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Roundup: Obama To Sign Lilly Ledbetter Act Today

President to sign Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; global gag rule reinstatement fails; “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” wins BBC film award; Prevention First called “FOCA’s evil twin;” North Carolina’s abortion fund could be cut; South Carolina considers mandatory delay legislation; layoffs hit NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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