March 27, 2020

Universal Child Care: We’ve Done It Before, And We Can Do It Again

As one of our nation’s most iconic symbols of women’s empowerment, Rosie the Riveter has captivated hearts and minds for decades. But, as we teach and learn more about Rosie’s legacy this Women’s History Month, there is one fundamental part of her narrative that we

March 25, 2020

Peak Patriarchy: The Federal Government Plans to Give More Money to Boeing Than the Entire Child Care Industry

“Unfortunately, because of this lost revenue, we will be forced to lay off our teachers and staff after the end of our current pay period (March 28th). This is not a decision we make lightly…”  This

March 24, 2020

House COVID-19 Stimulus Package Points the Way Forward on Direct Payments

The Senate continues to negotiate a third COVID-19 relief package, with the hope of finalizing language today. Yesterday, House Democrats introduced their proposal, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act. This legislation makes significant improvements to emergency paid sick time and family and medical leave protections, boosts Unemployment Insurance benefits, and

March 20, 2020

Protecting Front-Line Workers During COVID-19: OSHA and More

Who are some of the COVID-19 first responders most in danger of infection and in need of increased workplace protection right now? Largely women working as health care workers, like nurses, as well as home health aides who tend to elderly or sick patients. According to the Bureau of

March 20, 2020

Leaving Out the People Struggling the Most Is A Bad Approach to Economic Stimulus

We’re watching the potentially disastrous economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis begin. People are being laid off, with restaurant and retail workers taking a particularly hard hit, along with child care providers. Workers who were already

March 20, 2020

A Sick Plot in the Midst of a Plague: McConnell Tucks DeVos Power Grab Into COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Thanks to COVID-19, many parents at home with their children are finding new respect for public schools and the educators that make them run. All week, I’ve heard from frazzled friends and co-workers who are anxiously awaiting next week when DCPS

March 20, 2020

Update: Responses to Coronavirus–Women and Families Need More

I want to start by thanking all the health care workers, homeless shelter workers, child care providers, workers and volunteers feeding the country, and everyone risking their health working to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. I hope you know how

March 18, 2020

Why Our Lawsuit to Protect Workers’ Civil Rights Means Defending a Trump Agency

Today, National Women’s Law Center filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that tech giant Oracle brought against the US Department of Labor (DOL) and its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP enforces the civil

March 17, 2020

Keeping Trans Athletes Off the Start Line Will Not Fix Girls’ Sports

Update: On March 30th, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed these bills into law. Yesterday, the Idaho Senate passed a bill that would ban trans athletes from competing in high school and college sports. Supporters of this illegal and discriminatory bill claim that

March 17, 2020

What Women and Working Families Need to Face Coronavirus

Click here to learn more about ways you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus.   The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep gaps in our economic and social infrastructure that have resulted from decades of

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Shows Us That Our Tax Policies Need to Change

H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, is a critical first step towards meeting some immediate needs of people whose health, well-being, and livelihoods are threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation will provide paid

March 16, 2020

We Deserve A Podcast: Pilot Pete’s Descent Into Trash

This is the start of a new semi-regular series called “We Deserve a Podcast” about the intersections of reality television and gender justice.  We once again find ourselves at the end of another season of The