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DC Meeting on Jobs Growth
She Says: Occupy Chicago
What Kind of Country?
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Six out of ten single mothers report that their absences from work are tracked, and they risk losing their jobs for missing work, regardless of the reason.

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Minimum-wage workers in eight states will see significant pay raises next year, due to planned increases in those states' minimum wages. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington, and Oregon have already announced minimum wage increases from between 28 cents and 37 cents an hour.

 

Arizona, Florida, and Vermont also have laws on the books calling for increases in the minimum wage next year, and are expected to announce those increases in the upcoming weeks.


 

 

 

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Anne LadkyLast week, along with a dozen women's advocates and business leaders, I met with the members of the U.S. Senate's Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee to discuss jobs and women's economic security. With the 15 Democratic Senators who attended, including Majority Leader Harry Reid and many of the women Senators, we had a candid discussion about job growth, infrastructure spending, job quality, and the need to preserve the safety net. 

At the conclusion of the session, Senator Barbara Boxer reminded the group that we have to keep the pressure on the Senate to pass meaningful jobs legislation -- not just temporary tax cuts, but real job-creating programs to get the economy moving again. America's women and their families need meaningful jobs programs in order to survive this deep downturn. Both of our Senators need to hear from you. Write or call Senators Durbin (202-224-2152) and Kirk (202-224-2854) and urge them to act now. Thanks!    
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Emily ThorntonAdvocacy Council member Emily Thornton has been using her grassroots advocacy skills at some of the recent Occupy Chicago protests.

What excites you about the Occupy Chicago movement?
For so long there's been so much apathy, but now the economic situation has gotten really bad, and people are inspired by what's happening in other cities around the world. They're realizing the power of collaborating with other citizens. Alliances you make with your neighbors, your coworkers, or whoever can create change.

How does this connect to your work with WE?
Both Occupy Chicago and Women Employed are addressing the fact that people are struggling. There are a lot of inequities in access to education and wages. So many of us take our privileges for granted, but the majority of workers don't even have the basics to take for granted. 

How can people make a difference?
Get involved in something hands-on. Volunteer! Don't underestimate the power it can have to really affect people. And get out and advocate for yourself. We have the freedom to speak up when we see injustice, and we should.



  
Jan Schakowsky Fires Up Investors
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (r) asks what kind of country we want to be.
A group of Women Employed's Investors for Change recently got a chance to talk with Representative Jan Schakowsky about the state of the economy and what we can do about it. Rep. Schakowsky shared some startling statistics: In the first 7 months of 2010, 76 percent of all jobs created were in low- or mid-wage industries, with an average wage of $9.40 an hour; and 55.2 percent of those living in poverty in the U.S. are women and girls.

But she quoted Mother Jones when she said, "Don't mourn. Organize!"  She encouraged everyone in the room to call, write, and email legislators, and to talk to their friends. "The debate that's underway in the country right now is a values debate," she said. "What kind of a country do we want to be?"

Women Employed wants a country that ensures workplace fairness and opportunity for all. You can help. Take action on the issues and make a donation to support our work.

 


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