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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 »

Pakistan—The Last Destination of the Stars

Pakistan—The Last Destination of the Stars

| March 29, 2013

The author, fresh from a family visit, reflects on how Pakistan arrived at this moment, and what the United States can do to support women and democracy there. More »

“My Brooklyn”—Prejudice, Policy and Gentrification

“My Brooklyn”—Prejudice, Policy and Gentrification

| March 22, 2013

In discussing two women who document a culturally and commercially vibrant community at risk, the author explores the racist policy and politics behind the onslaught of gentrification. More »

Marissa Mayer—Out of Touch with Women Workers?

Marissa Mayer—Out of Touch with Women Workers?

| March 20, 2013

The author, a mom and a Walmart employee, wonders if Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, who serves on the Walmart board, can advocate for her. More »

Leaning In Can Get You Laid Out

Leaning In Can Get You Laid Out

| March 14, 2013

Media discussions of Sandberg’s advice for getting ahead in the corporate world miss an important consideration, says author and social media strategist Courtney E. Martin. More »