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Realistic & Fair Wages

Fair Pay for Home Care Workers Is Victory for All

Theresa King, a home care worker in Los Angeles, spends her work days ensuring that her client – an energetic woman in her late 80s who has Alzheimer’s – can live in her own home, where she is most comfortable. Theresa helps her client bathe, dress, prepare meals, and manage a wide range of other personal care and daily activities that most of us take for granted.

She’s not alone. Theresa is one of about 2 million home care aides who everyday assist elders and people living with disabilities with basic activities of daily living. Without this critical workforce, millions of Americans would be unable to live independently and instead would have to move into more expensive nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Wow, You Did All THAT in 2015? MomsRising WINS!

Celebrate Wins!

Sometimes it’s hard to see the many ways that small actions like signing a petition, sharing your personal experience, making a call, attending a local meeting, or playing a MomsVote debate game on social media add up over time and make a big difference.

They do. Because we are MomsRising together.

Your everyday actions (over a million in 2015!) added up to inspiring victories for moms and families this year:

A Special Match for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

You gave thanks. You ate delicious food. You got deals. Now, it’s time to give back!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of celebrating and supporting the causes that matter most to us – like making the world a better, safer, more just place for women, moms and families.

To mark this day, another generous donor has offered to give $25 for every contribution today – in any amount! Make a gift, unlock this special match for Giving Tuesday!

Our goal today is to recruit 100 new and returning MomsRising donors today for Giving Tuesday. I hope you will become one of them!

Your support today will help MomsRising dial up the fight for pay equity, push harder for gun safety, and turn up the pressure for paid family / maternity / paternity medical leave.

Support Moms on Small Business Saturday

Once the turkey has been carved and we are all recovering from pumpkin pie comas, hectic travel, and quality time with the family, the so-called season of giving begins. If you are anything like me though, you are trying to avoid the non-stop holiday shopping commercials on tv and instead are trying to get your gift buying done in a way that is both supportive of your local businesses and economy AND has a personal touch.

That’s why I love Small Business Saturday! Created as a response to the craziness that is Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support local, small businesses and still get our holiday shopping done (or just grab a cupcake and new pair of shoes for yourself…you’ve worked hard all year! You deserve it!).

When childcare providers can’t afford childcare

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Today my two-and-half-year-old came home from his day care with a thankful turkey. Thankful turkey, you know, the classic construction paper turkey lists what children are thankful for. We had this conversation. 

“Mama, look at my turkey!”

“Wow! And what’s this?”

“Things I xiexie for.”

“And what do you xiexie for?”

“Udon noodle soup.”

“…Anything else?”

“Mommy and Daddy.”

​So my little one is especially thankful for udon noodle soup. As for myself, I am especially thankful for my child’s day care teachers. (I’m thankful for udon noodle soup, too! It’s what served on our dinner table on those days I run late at work and don’t have time to cook.)  Last year around this time, our previous day care center went bankruptcy. I received the notice while on business trip. It was really a disaster. I rushed back home, and we experienced a chaos before finding this new center and my child actually falls in love with it.   

The Motherhood Penalty

Earlier this year, the Women's Funding Alliance released an interesting little report called The Status of Women in Washington. Now before you bounce off because a) you've already used up your quota of "you go girl" fist bumps today, or b) you believe the gender gap is a bunch of hooey, hang with me for a moment. 

Did you know that ...

  • In 2013, women in Washington earned $.77 on the dollar compared to their male counterparts?
  • Women who work full-time, year-round earn less than men at every education level, even when their degree is more advanced?
  • If women received equal pay, the earnings increase added up across all women in the state would amount to almost 3% of Washington's gross domestic product in 2013?

Holy cow, right? The gender gap has been quantified and guess what? It's an $11.2 BILLION dollar gap. That's not hooey. That's crazy.

But wait. Perhaps the craziest statistic of all is this one:

Equal Pay For Latinas

Take Action!

Put something soft on your desk right now, because what I’m about to tell you will have you so mad you’re going to have a "head-desk" moment (you know, a moment when you drop your head to your desk in frustration?) and I don’t want you to get hurt.

Ready? According to the latest U.S. Census, Latinas who work full-time, year-round, earn only .55 to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men. [1] To put it another way, Latinas have to work for all of 2014 and all the way until October 30th (!!!) of 2015 to earn what white men earned in 2014 alone. Over time that gap really adds up. In fact, according to the National Women’s Law Center, “Over a 40-year career, women would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars to the wage gap—Latinas would lose over $1 million—and that doesn’t even account for inflation.” [2]

Victoria Chao: Valuing Voices and Catching Up

by Victoria Chao
 
We’re at a point in history where it’s actually pretty good to be a young woman in the professional world. 
 
It’s remarkable to think that we live in a world where:
 

This Professor’s Secret Could Save Your Life

Professors lead cushy lives. They get to stroll the grounds of stately, ivy-covered campuses, tailed by flocks of eager students who revere them as intellectual giants. Or so I’d always thought.

Then I met Susan. Susan is a smart, highly educated professor. She lives in the Tacoma area where she works hard preparing lessons, grading papers and quizzes, and faithfully responding to every student inquiry.  Students praise her teaching skills.

But none of these things matter to her employer.  Despite high performance reviews, Susan never knows if she will see another paycheck.  Unlike the tenured academics who enjoy secure jobs, steady pay, sick leave and good health benefits at many traditional universities, Susan is a so-called “adjunct professor” with a for profit corporation that runs an online university. She is paid a low hourly wage and her income fluctuates quite a bit from month to month.  She receives no benefits, or sick days. Her name has been changed to protect her innocence.

My Speech on Women and Work

Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some excerpts in advance:

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