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Trump Policies That Hurt Workers May Be New Wedge Issue

Trump Policies That Hurt Workers May Be New Wedge Issue

| May 10, 2017

Trump administration policies are reversing many protections for workers. Could these actions be undermining Trump's support among working-class voters? More »

New Fund Provides More Than Capital for Women Entrepreneurs

New Fund Provides More Than Capital for Women Entrepreneurs

| February 15, 2017

A new initiative is providing an innovative model for women to invest in and support change-making women-owned businesses. More »

To Make Political Progress, Look to the #FightFor15 Playbook

To Make Political Progress, Look to the #FightFor15 Playbook

| January 25, 2017

One of the few bright spots in the recent election was a series of victories on increasing minimum wage. The author, a leading advocate, explains how the fight for a fair economy will be won by women. More »

Women Workers Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment and Assault

Women Workers Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment and Assault

| December 20, 2016

Many discussions about the concerns of working-class people have overlooked a huge group within their ranks: women working in restaurants, hotels, and private homes who are uniquely vulnerable to sexual harassment and assault. More »

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We Deserve More: The Critical Role of Women in the Fight for $15

We Deserve More: The Critical Role of Women in the Fight for $15

| April 13, 2016

As the Fight for $15 movement for fair wages and workers' rights prepares for a major strike and protest on April 14, the author, a leading advocate, spotlights women's leadership—and the stakes for women workers. More »

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Equal Pay Day: Don’t Celebrate, Organize!

Equal Pay Day: Don’t Celebrate, Organize!

| April 11, 2016

On the day that draws attention to the gender wage gap, the author, a leading expert on workers' rights, calls for a "movement for women's economic freedom." More »

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Harriet Tubman on the $20: Token Gesture, or a Good Start?

Harriet Tubman on the $20: Token Gesture, or a Good Start?

| May 22, 2015

The campaign to put a woman’s face on the $20 bill has provoked both support and skepticism. Mary C. Curtis considers: is it a good idea? More »

Women in Foreclosure: How We Got Here

Women in Foreclosure: How We Got Here

| May 21, 2014

In the first of a two-part series, the author describes the origins of the mortgage crisis and its impact on women. This feature is based on her March article in the University of Chicago’s journal Social Service Review. More »

“Living Off Tips”: Restaurant Workers Campaign for a Living Wage

“Living Off Tips”: Restaurant Workers Campaign for a Living Wage

| October 2, 2013

As the effort to raise the federal minimum wage gathers momentum, the author, co-founder of a restaurant workers’ advocacy group, reports on a campaign to raise awareness about an often-overlooked piece of the story—the subminimum wage for tipped workers. More »

Yangon Bakehouse Empowers Women of Myanmar

Yangon Bakehouse Empowers Women of Myanmar

| April 17, 2013

As the people of Myanmar celebrate their new year beginning April 12, a handful of Myanmar women are beginning a new life thanks to an expat run social venture called The Yangon Bakehouse. More »