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Women's Rights

Women have fought - in the courts and the legislatures, as well as in the streets and the forums of public opinion - for the right to vote, to hold property, to be elected to public office, to gain an education, to hold certain kinds of jobs, and to receive pay equal to men. In addition, women face unique kinds of discrimination based on gender, such as sexual harassment and job discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.

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EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

July 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Monday released guidance on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers – the first guidance of its kind in more than 30 years.

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Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay, Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

April 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama on Tuesday will sign two executive orders on equal pay, one that bans retaliation against employees of federal contractors for discussing their wages, and one that instructs the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation.

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April 28, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

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Obama Administration Seeks to Advance Women’s Role in Securing Global Peace

December 22, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

President Obama this week released a groundbreaking new plan and issued an executive order to increase U.S. support for strengthening the participation of women around the world in ending conflict and securing peace.

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Senate Hearing on Women and the Arab Spring Movement Highlights Need for U.S. to Ratify Women’s Rights Treaty

November 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing this week on the role of women in the Arab Spring movement drew attention to the need for the United States to join with 187 other countries that have committed to advance and protect the rights of women by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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Supreme Court’s Decision in Wal-Mart Case Severely Limits the Ability to Challenge Systemic Discrimination

June 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al. will limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases, according to many civil and human rights groups.

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Congress to Introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act

April 12, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Senate and the House of Representatives will introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) today in honor of Equal Pay Day, a day when people around the country call attention to disparities in salary between men and women.

The PFA updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially the same work.

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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Schools and Colleges on Handling Sexual Violence

April 7, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new guidance letter to schools and colleges to clarify Title IX requirements pertaining to sexual violence and harassment allegations.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Wal-Mart Class Action Case

March 28, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an employment discrimination class action lawsuit. Civil rights groups are watching the case closely because the Court’s decision could limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases.

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WH Report: Gender Pay Disparities Persist Despite Increase in Women with Higher Education

March 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Despite an increase in the number of women pursuing higher education, disparities between women and men still exist in the employment sector, according to a report compiled by the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Economics and Statistics Administration. 

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