Category Archives: economic security

We Filed a Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States Fighting for Women’s Economic Security

Attorneys at the Women’s Law Project have filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in a case that will have significant impact on American women’s economic security. At issue in … Continue reading

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How to Fix the Safety Net in PA After “Welfare Reform”

Twenty years ago, “welfare reform” overhauled the nation’s cash assistance program for needy families with children. In ending the entitlement to benefits and creating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, Congress created very strong incentives for states to … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality

“All Americans are entitled to protection under the law regardless of who they are or who they love.” – President Obama, June 26, 2015   This morning’s Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional marks a victory for love. … Continue reading

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Report: Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in PA

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff As the Pennsylvania Legislature considers bills to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10, a new report breaks down the big-picture and local benefits of hiking the minimum wage. Currently, minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25, … Continue reading

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Catch Up on News You Might Have Missed in January

It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new… legislative session in Pennsylvania. There’s no time to waste: we’re working toward bills to close the loophole in equal pay law, protect equal access to reproductive healthcare services, and to end … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Introduces Paid Family Leave Bill

Having a child is the single most expensive health event faced by young families. In fact, thirteen percent of families with a new infant become poor within a month, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. Yet, the … Continue reading

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A Road Map for Our New Governor to Improve Women’s Health and Economic Security

By Kate Michelman and Carol E. Tracy Democratic challenger Tom Wolf defied a national tide and 60 years of Pennsylvania history in defeating incumbent Republican governor Tom Corbett on November 4. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. October polls showed 61 … Continue reading

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October Roundup

B y Tara Murtha, WLP Staff With a new Governor coming to Harrisburg, we have a lot of work to do to get ready for the next legislative session. In the meantime, let’s get up to speed on what went … Continue reading

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Pregnant Workers Have More Rights in New Jersey Than in Pennsylvania

By Amal Bass, WLP Staff Attorney On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that expands the anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protections of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The NJLAD will now require … Continue reading

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Slow & Uneven Progress: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35

By Amal Bass, WLP Staff Attorney Thirty-five years ago today, President Carter signed into law the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law superseded the U.S. Supreme Court’s misguided … Continue reading

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