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Strong Girls, Strong Futures

Strong Girls Initiative

Strong economic futures start with equal opportunities at school.

Too many girls receive early messages that they shouldn’t pursue science or sports, or that they shouldn’t report sexual violence. One in five women will be victim of an assault or attempted assault while in college. Girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys. 

Our Strong Girls Initiative seeks to enforce existing laws and advocate for new policies that ensure all students can go to school safe from the threat of sexual harassment and unburdened by gender stereotypes.  

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The Taboo of the Tip

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Now Hiring: Director of Strategic Communications

Equal Rights Advocates is currently hiring a Director of Strategic Communications to join our team in San Francisco. Learn more and apply today! 
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Now Hiring: Development Director

Equal Rights Advocates is currently hiring a Development Director to join our team in San Francisco. Learn more and apply today! 
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Calling for Pay Equity on Women’s Equality Day

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Petition: Ask Gov. Brown to Sign Stronger California Bills

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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: A Conversation with Christine Tervalon-Garrett

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For all the girls who dream big, the 2016 Olympics delivered

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Legal Director Joins Pay Equity Task Force

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Tomika Anderson Joins Staff

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Democratic Party Commits to Fight for the ERA

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Building on Title IX’s Legacy

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ERA and Noreen Farrell Named “Leader in Action”

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New Case: Gender Discrimination in CA Worker’s Comp System

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New CA Budget Invests in Women and Families

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Welcome to Our Summer Law Clerks

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CA Legislature Steps Up for Women and Families in Budget

Today, the California legislature voted to approve a state budget that includes two important policy reforms for working women and families. The repeal of the Maximum Family Grant rule, which...
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Brock Turner and the Work We Still Have To Do

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ERA Receives Winn Newman Award

ERA is proud to be the 2016 recipient of the Winn Newman Award, presented by the National Council on Pay Equity. Each year the award is given to an individual or organization fighting for pay equity,...
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CA Budget Deal Includes Investments in Women and Families

An agreement on the California budget struck late Thursday between Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature includes two important developments for working women. The repeal of the maximum...
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Our 2016 Gender Justice Honorees

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CA Assembly Passes Two Key Bills for Women and Families

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California Senate Passes Job-Protected Family Leave

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California Assembly Steps Up for Child Care

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Women and Families Left Out of CA Budget Revise

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Jennifer Reisch Joins Task Force on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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A Win for the Women of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department

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Client Update: Cal Women’s Field Hockey

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Announcing Luncheon Keynote: Reshma Saujani

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The University of California’s Sexual Assault Crisis

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Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Passes CA Senate

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ERA Welcomes Four to Board of Directors

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Stronger CA Win: Paid Family Leave Expansion

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The Pay Gap Is Not Your Fault

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Paid Family Leave in SF Will Help Close Wage Gap

Today, San Francisco supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance that will expand access to fully paid parental leave for the city’s workers. This legislation is the first of its kind in the...
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Win: CA Minimum Wage Raised to $15/hr

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Women’s Rights Takes Hollywood, Again

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#EqualMeansEqual Tweetchat with Patricia Arquette

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It’s Time to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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Feminist Reads This Week

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Join Us for an Evening of Wine and Theater

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Now Hiring: Deputy Director

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Historic Class Settlement Approved in Sex Discrimination Suit against BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 Contact: Sarah Christiano, Equal Rights Advocates schristiano@equalrights.org, 415-621-0672 x 380   Historic Class Settlement Approved in Sex...
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Feminist Reads This Week

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Cal Women’s Field Hockey Team Gets a Field of Their Own

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Will The Domino Effect Close the Wage Gap?

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post.  Not to oversimplify, but there really is something about the domino effect. The chain reaction when one event sets off a chain of similar...
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Feminist Reads This Week

What young girls watch and hear can have a lasting impact. New research looks at how often women characters speak in Disney films versus male characters, and finds a concerning trend. Eater examines...
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How Does the California Fair Pay Act Affect Me?

California has the strongest equal pay law in the country. The California Fair Pay Act went into effect on January 1, and will be a powerful tool for closing the gender wage gap if properly enforced....
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Sarah Christiano Joins Staff

ERA is excited to announce the hire of Sarah Christiano as a Communications Associate. Sarah joined ERA in October 2015 to support our communications work across social media, email, and traditional...
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In the News: How Many Victims Does It Take?

Sara and Celena (not their real names) are two Equal Rights Advocates clients; they are students at Stanford University. They share something else: they were also sexually assaulted, along with at...
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Feminist Reads This Week

Fusion explains how the newly-launched Nurx app will make obtaining a prescription for birth control pills much easier for women with access to a computer or smartphone. A look at the number of women...
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Tell the DOL Today that You Support Women’s Access to Higher Paying Jobs

In November 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations updating Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action requirements for apprenticeship programs for the first...
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Closing the Wage Gap for Women of Color

The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this week adds inspiration to an important event today to expose the harsh penalties women of color continue to experience in pay decades...
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Welcome to Our Spring Law Clerks

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Rebecca Peterson-Fisher Joins Staff

ERA is excited to announce the hire of Staff Attorney Rebecca Peterson-Fisher. Becky joined ERA in January 2016 to support litigation and policy advocacy for our Strong Girls and Access to Justice...
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Hearing: Women of Color and the Wage Gap

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Feminist Reads This Week

The Chicago Tribune highlights the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which handles most player violations with uniform and strict punishments, but leaves domestic violence and sexual assault matters to be...
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Top 2015 Women’s Equality Moments

This post was originally published on Huffington Post. Equal Rights Advocates, the national civil rights nonprofit I run, produced this list of the top moments for women in 2015. A few caveats. This...
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Advisory: Fair Pay Act Goes Into Effect

LOS ANGELES – On January 1, the nation’s strongest equal pay law for women, Senate Bill 358 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates, will take...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Tammy Snyder Priest, Millwright Apprentice, Local 1076 Indiana

Future Tradeswomen Tuesday stories will be published by the Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, which unites local, regional and national expertise and action to support tradeswomen and women who want...
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A 10 Year Battle Against Rape in the Workplace

There are some moments that are too horrifying to forget. For Maria Bojorquez, one such moment happened on October 4, 2004, when she was brutally raped by her supervisor as she worked alone on the...
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Securing Basic Rights for Pregnant Workers like Christina

Today is Giving Tuesday, an international day to celebrate community and generosity. Please join the tens of thousands of others who are giving today by sharing $5 to support our work for pregnant...
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Students Fighting Back Against Campus Sexual Harassment

The critically acclaimed and eye-opening documentary on campus sexual assault, The Hunting Ground, will premiere on CNN on Sunday, November 22. As the filmmakers seek to increase public awareness of...
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‘Where’s The Lawyer?’ Latinas in the Legal Industry

Previous installments of our month-long series on the Latina wage gap have dealt with the myriad barriers to economic security faced by low-wage earners. But work remains as well in arenas of high...
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Good Laws Are the Difference for Pregnant Workers

What makes the difference between a long and arduous lawsuit, and an informal resolution of a pregnant worker’s request for an accommodation so she can keep working? Good laws. Together with...
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Domestic Workers Are Women, Latinas, and Exploited by the Law

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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Saadia Walters, Carpenter, Local 157 New York City

October 30th is Latina Equal Pay Day.  On this day, the average Latina finally makes the same amount the average white man did the year before. Today’s Tradeswoman Tuesday is a born and raised...
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Now Hiring: Strong Girls Staff Attorney

Equal Rights Advocates is looking for an experienced and highly qualified Staff Attorney who will assume significant leadership of our state and national Strong Girls Initiative. Learn more and...
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For Latinas, Too Often the Problem Is the Too-Low Minimum Wage

We can’t talk about fair pay for Latina workers without talking about the minimum wage. Women are disproportionately likely to earn minimum wage for their work, and in some Latina-dominated...
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The Threat of the Latina Wage Gap

Today marks the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and...
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Winning for Fair Pay in California

WE DID IT!   Equal Rights Advocates has been working with partners across the state and country for decades to develop a strong equal pay bill to close gaps in existing law.   Last week, Governor...
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Wins and Losses in the Fight Against Campus Sexual Harassment

Progress in California On the heels of our release of a troubling report about gender-based harassment and violence at California schools (Ending Harassment Now: Keeping Our Kids Safe At School), a...
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Dreaming of Fair Pay

Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference really is the convergence of dreamers. One of the largest software technology conferences in the world, Dreamforce draws 150,000 attendees to San Francisco...
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Census Data Shows Slow Progress Toward Equal Pay

The gender wage gap has narrowed, but only just. The U.S. Census Bureau released new data Wednesday showing that male yearly incomes continue to outpace female yearly incomes by a substantial margin....
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Cal Field Hockey: More Delays, Broken Promises

Clients from the University of California-Berkeley women’s field hockey team were featured in the San Jose Mercury News today, calling on the UC to finally finish the team’s competition and practice...
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Women’s Equality Day Builds Toward a Stronger California

“I’m so proud to be a Californian because California leads the way.” – Rep. Doris Matsui, Aug 26, 2015 Over 100 advocates, politicians, and community members gathered on the steps of the California...
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EEOC Sides With Client Professor Lucy Marsh in Equal Pay Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Monday, August 31, 2015 that it has found evidence, after a two year investigation, that the University of Denver violated the federal Equal Pay...
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Clients and Defense Contractor Agree to Settlement of Sex Discrimination Class Action

Plaintiffs in a sex discrimination class action suit against BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair have filed a motion with the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia seeking preliminary...
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Now Hiring: Equal Pay Today! Development Consultant

The Equal Pay Today! Campaign seeks to engage a dynamic and experienced Development Consultant to fundraise to support for the Campaign, starting on or about October 1, 2015. The Consultant will...
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Deadline Extended: Equal Pay Today! Campaign Manager

The Equal Pay Today! Campaign (EPT), a project of Tides Center, is a collaboration of 17 national, regional and state-based women’s legal advocacy and grass roots organizations that have come...
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Charges Filed Against Darden Restaurants In New Case

Equal Rights Advocates filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Darden Restaurants, Inc. on behalf of two female restaurant workers who allege...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Victoria Marie Rios, Ironworker

“Tradeswomen Tuesday will be moving to an every-other-week format. We’ll continue you to bring you the inspiring stories of women and their careers in the trades, so be sure to check in every...
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Wage Justice: A Piece of the Justice Equation

“The way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells Today marks the day into the calendar year symbolizing how far into the year that black women must work before...
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Equality Act Would Advance LGBT and Women’s Rights

In the afterglow of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, advocates sounded an important warning bell: the fight for gender equality and LGBTQ...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Efrocinia Efimoff, Third Year Apprentice Ironworker

Efrocinia is a third year apprentice Ironworker in Oregon. The daughter of a single mom who as an immigrant from Russia struggled to keep her head above water, Efrocinia expected to be a product of...
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Calif♀rnia is Getting Stronger by the Day

Comprehensive Women’s Economic Security Agenda Gaining Steam in Sacramento Three months ago, ERA joined the state’s top advocates and legislators to launch a visionary two-year campaign called...
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Three Ways Lawmakers Can Fight Workplace Sexual Harassment

  The Supreme Court has recognized sexual harassment in the workplace as a form of illegal discrimination for almost 30 years. But almost any woman could tell you that, duh, just because...
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The Women’s World Cup Pay Disgrace

You heard the news. You know that the United States national team surmounted the odds to become, once again, the world champions of soccer, resoundingly defeating Japan in the most-watched soccer...
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Tears of Joy: Yes, Our Families Matter

Today, the highest court in the land has finally affirmed what we’ve known all along:  Our families matter. We celebrate today the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges...
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Title IX Report Release and Launch of Power of IX Campaign

ERA celebrates today’s anniversary of the passage of Title IX with the launch of our Power of IX Campaign, which includes the release of a hard hitting report addressing sexual harassment and...
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Rape on the Night Shift: The Story of ERA Client Maria Borjorquez on Frontline

ERA client Maria Bojorquez was like many immigrant women who are vulnerable to sexual violence because they work nights as janitors in isolated buildings. Maria’s story is featured on a PBS...
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Title IX In My Own Words

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that has opened up more doors for me than I ever could have imagined.  Title IX gave me the opportunity...
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#womenforward15 Gala Luncheon

The staff and board of Equal Rights Advocates were honored to welcome 1,200 guests to the annual gala luncheon on June 11. The event featured keynote speaker Patricia Arquette, as well as honorees...
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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Now with Bipartisan Support

Senators from both sides of the aisle reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) today.  The bill would enable pregnant workers to continue supporting their families and stay on the job...
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California Senate Passes ERA-Sponsored Fair Pay Act

The California State Senate yesterday unanimously approved the California Fair Pay Act, SB 358 (Jackson), which is poised to become the strongest equal pay law in the nation. “Women’s economic...
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Women in Jazz Call for Inclusion at Lincoln Center

Every so often you experience a day that you know will be historic for women and girls in ten years. Like the day the San Francisco Fire Department allowed women to apply to become firefighters. Or...
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Another Win for California’s Fair Pay Act

The California Fair Pay Act, authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and a lead bill in the Stronger California Agenda, passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Jamie McMillan, Ironworker/Welder

In honor of the upcoming Women Building the Nation Conference, May 1st -3rd 2015, the star of this week’s Tradeswomen Tuesday is one of the many international tradeswomen who will help make this...
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Revitalizing the California Equal Pay Act

How Leveling the Playing Field in California Will Make a Difference in the Lives of Millions of Women Today is Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men...
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What’s Equal Pay Day, Anyway?

Today is Equal Pay Day! Wondering why today? That’s because April 14th marks how much further into the new year an average woman has to work to equal a man’s salary for the year. That’s 74 work...
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New ERA Report Highlights Continued Unequal Pay

SAN FRANCISCO – On Equal Pay Day, Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women...
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What Happens When Women Lead Companies

As first seen on Huffington Post. Recently, Reddit Interim CEO Ellen Pao proposed that the company remove salary negotiations from its hiring process as a way to address pay disparities between men...
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Raley’s Workers File Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO — Today, Equal Rights Advocates, The Liu Law Firm, P.C., and Outten & Golden LLP filed a pregnancy discrimination class action lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court against the Raley’s...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Beth “Glo” Beattie, Ironworker

Learn more about the fifth national Women Building the Nation conference, happening in Los Angeles May 1-3.  “I would absolutely recommend the trades to women looking for a job option. It is...
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Action Alert: Support the Paycheck Fairness Act

Calling all those who care about fair pay! If you’ve already taken the #FairPayPledge, what can do you next?  Take action now to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act,...
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ERA and Partners Launch Stronger Calif♀rnia Policy Agenda

Women’s Economic Empowerment Means a Stronger Calif♀rniaCommunity Advocates and Elected Leaders Call for a Women’s Economic Agenda that Empowers Women and Brings Equality to the State’s...
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ERA Featured in Cosmopolitan Special Report on Sexual Harassment at Work

In the its March issue, Cosmopolitan printed an 8-page special report on the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace. In addition to real women’s stories, the report features insight from...
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ERA Co-Sponsors CA Fair Pay Act

Equal Rights Advocates’-sponsored Senate Bill 358 was introduced by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus today in Sacramento. The California Fair Pay Act, or Senate Bill 358, will strengthen...
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Ellen Pao, and the “Not a Team Player” Defense

Executive Director Noreen Farrell appeared on ABC 7 to discuss the $16 million gender discrimination suit brought against venerable investment firm Kleiner Perkins by current-Reddit CEO Ellen Pao....
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Leah Rivera, a Sheet Metal Worker

 When did you join the trade? I joined the sheet metal workers in 1982. I figured out that I could not work in an office all day after working as a day care worker and a receptionist through high...
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Growing Interest in Title IX at the California State Legislature

On Tuesday, January 20, Equal Rights Advocates Staff Attorney Keasara (“Kiki”) Williams testified before the California State Senate Judiciary Committee and Women’s Legislative Caucus on the...
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New Case: Courtnee, a Pregnant Worker Illegally Fired from Olive Garden

Worker justice advocates, including Equal Rights Advocates, filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today against Darden Restaurants, Inc. on...
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EEOC Discrimination Charge Filed on Behalf of Hanna, a Gold Miner

Equal Rights Advocates, representing gold miner Hanna Hurst, has filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Sumitomo Metal Mining discriminated against her because...
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Moving Pregnant Workers Forward: A Report

Read our new report on challenges to fair employment and economic security faced by working families.  Pregnant workers call our free advice & counseling hotline time and time again with stories of...
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A Holiday Win for Retail Workers in San Francisco

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when the United States spends around $3 billion online and in stores, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a local ordinance that will give...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Zory, A Plumber

This is the third in our special series on the women of UA Local 290. This post is written by and about Zory Hill Local 290 a 26 year Journeyman Plumber. What attracted you to this trade? It never...
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Justice for Pregnant Workers in Young v. UPS

Read our new report on challenges to fair employment and economic security faced by working families. Imagine this. Imagine a worker discovers that she is expecting a baby. Because her job requires...
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In the Press: ERA Op-ed in Support of SF Equal Pay Legislation

This piece originally appears in the San Francisco Chronicle. Imagine working at a job for years before learning by chance that you have been paid less than a co-worker for the same work. Women, and...
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Now Hiring: Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney

Join our growing team of change-makers in San Francisco! For more information on how to apply, click the links. Senior Staff Attorney Deputy Director
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New Report from ERA Examines 50 Years of Workplace Sexual Harassment

MOVING WOMEN FORWARD. It’s what we do. It’s what we believe in. We’ve dedicated our entire 40th year to talking about and pushing this concept – what must we do to advance the economic and...
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New Case: Cal Women’s Field Hockey Fights to Take Back Field

Equal Rights Advocates is proud to represent three women of the UC Berkeley field hockey team in their bid to take back their field, a fight that has made headlines throughout the Bay Area this past...
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3 for 3 In the California State Legislature This Year

Equal Rights Advocates is proud to announce that three bills it co-sponsored in the California State Legislature this year have all been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The latest signature...
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Client Story: Athena, Fighting Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

Equal Rights Advocates is proud to announce the resolution of Athena’s pregnancy discrimination case against her employer, an airport security provider. In November 2013, when she found out she was...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Iris, a Steamfitter

Equal Rights Advocates is a proud member of the Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, which unites local, regional and national expertise and action to support tradeswomen and women who want access to...
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Apply Now: Deputy Director Position Available

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Equal Rights Advocates is seeking excellent candidates to fill the post of Deputy Director, who will play a key role in ERA’s management team. Position: Deputy Director Reports to: Executive... read more

Share Your Story: Women and Diversity in Tech

Transparency is a powerful catalyst for change. This summer a number of technology companies (Apple, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, among others) released data reflecting...
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Tradeswomen Tuesday: Ashley, an Electrician

Equal Rights Advocates is a proud member of the Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, which unites local, regional and national expertise and action to support tradeswomen and women who want access to...
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Michelle Caiola Joins ERA as Interim Legal Director

A veteran litigator who was lead attorney in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Morgan Stanley, a class case alleging sex discrimination in pay and promotion that eventually settled for $54...
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Paid Sick Days Victory in California

The California Work & Family Coalition, of which Equal Rights Advocates is a proud member, helped to successfully secure the passage of a new paid sick leave law in the state. California is the...
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Gov. Brown Signs ERA-Sponsored Education Equity Bill

A resounding win for young women athletes and those that support them. Late last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Equal Rights Advocates-sponsored Senate Bill 1349 into law. This new...
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Women’s Equality Day: Where Would We Be Without the Vote? #WEmatter

Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today commemorates the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally granted American women the right to vote. Designated by Congress in...
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This Week’s Feminist Reads: Mo’ne Davis, Maryam Mirzakhani, and Michael Brown

Welcome to another roundup of feminist reads from the past few weeks, compiled by ERA’s communications intern Shelby. The shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of...
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Take Action! Urge Gov. Brown to Sign SB 1349 and Support Young Women Athletes

Nearly 40 years ago, Equal Rights Advocates stood with Amy Love, a young soccer star barred from competing in her California youth league because she was a girl. Though stories of improved...
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Take Action! Living Wage Jobs for Women Who Deserve a Second Chance

SB 1384 will open a pipeline to healthcare jobs for rehabilitated people who want to work. Women are the fastest growing population in our jails and prisons; between 1980 and 2010 the number of...
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Photo Slideshow: 40th Anniversary Luncheon

Standing Strong, Moving Women Forward On June 17, 2014, we gathered with 1500 supporters in San Francisco to celebrate 40 years of ERA’s work and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Keynote...
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We’re Hiring!

We’re seeking to add talented people to our team. Check out our posts on these open positions at ERA’s headquarters in San Francisco. Please share these links widely. We are excited to meet you!...
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What “Supervisor” (And the Fair Employment Protection Act) Means to Marginalized Women Workers

ERA client Monica Fernando* worked as a line cook at a fast food restaurant where she was sexually harassed and assaulted by her direct supervisor. While the supervisor did not have the explicit...
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On Title IX’s Birthday, Let’s Remember It Covers K-12 Too

Happy Birthday, Title IX! After 42 years, Title IX continues to play a vital role in achieving gender equity in athletics and is an essential tool for protecting students from sexual harassment and...
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Virginia Judge Greenlights ERA Suit Against Defense Contractor

A federal judge in Virginia gave the green light to a proposed class action lawsuit against BAE Systems, filed by Equal Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Joshua Friedman, which alleges that the...
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The Countdown! One Week Until #WomenForward

This time of year is always very special to me. It’s luncheon time! Every June, we gather 1,000 supporters and community members in San Francisco to celebrate our victories in the fight for gender...
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Another Great Win for ERA-Sponsored ‘Let Her Work’ Bill

Equal Rights Advocates-sponsored bills in the California Legislature this session will go far in protecting and  expanding the rights of women and girls. One such bill, which levels the playing...
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Executive Director Featured in UC Hastings Online Magazine

“Law for me is a way to be a game-changer and an innovator in the movement. Legal precedent is not a static concept, despite its bad rap. I challenge lawyers to present new contexts that can...
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Sexual Harassment and Assault Survivors Profiled by Seattle’s KIRO-TV

Client Maria Bojorquez and another survivor of a sexual assault on a Microsoft campus in Seattle were profiled May 13 by CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in a large investigative piece on employment complaints...
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Bill for Women Who Want to Work Scores Win

A big win for the women of California who want to work! Recently, the California Senate Health Committee approved SB 1384, an Equal Rights Advocates-sponsored bill, with a resounding 7-1 vote....
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International Workers’ Day: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Women Workers

Partnerships between advocates are the key.  When R.R. came to Equal Rights Advocates after being sexually harassed at the fast food restaurant where she worked, she was facing many difficulties:...
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Support California’s SB 1384 and Support Women Who Want to Work

Women are the fastest-growing population in America’s jails and prisons, with the majority serving sentences for nonviolent offenses. Once released, many of them struggle to rebuild their lives...
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Equal Pay Day: White House Moves to Close Wage Gap, But Work Remains

You can’t fight hidden pay discrimination. Today, one quarter of the American workforce got one step closer to equal pay for equal work. On this Equal Pay Day (a date which marks the number of extra...
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New State Bill, Co-Sponsored by ERA, Protects Unpaid Interns

A California Assembly bill that would provide unpaid interns with the same protections against sexual harassment as paid employees has cleared an important hurdle and passed through the Assembly’s...
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Save the Date: 40th Anniversary Annual Luncheon, Keynote Anita Hill, June 17

Mark your calendars! On June 17, at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, join Equal Rights Advocates in celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special luncheon. The luncheon will feature...
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ERA Hosts Premiere of New Film on Anita Hill

“I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.” – Anita Hill More than 22 years ago, Anita Hill testified before a Congressional hearing that her boss, who was at the...
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New Case: Shipyard Workers Breaking Through the Boys’ Club

For nearly 30 years, Equal Rights Advocates client Janet Aviles has worked in production and maintenance at a Norfolk, Virginia shipyard. One of only 100 women in a workforce of nearly 1,600, Janet...
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Missing from the Women’s Agenda: The Threat of Sexual Violence at Work

In some ways it has been a banner year for the elevation of issues impacting women workers. The introduction by Leader Pelosi, for example, of a “Women’s Economic Agenda” created a buzz...
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New Case: Conductor Fired from International Tour for Pregnancy

Equal Rights Advocates client Eímear Noone is an accomplished and well-known conductor. Most recently, she conducted the international The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour, to rave...
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In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Let Her Work

Today, we remember Martin Luther King Jr., an unparalleled individual who shined truth on the oppression and injustice of his time, who led a movement and humbly spoke for the disenfranchised and...
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Leading Low-wage Women Worker Advocates Join Forces within Restaurant Industry

Equal Rights Advocates and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), two of the leading national organizations working on behalf of low-wage women workers, have teamed together on a...
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2013 Legislative Victories: A Good Year for Women and Families

It was a great year for women and families in the California state legislature, and Equal Rights Advocates was proud to support or sponsor five new laws that will protect the interests of women....
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It Makes a Great Difference: Protecting Pregnant Workers

We have a great deal to celebrate today on the 35th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The 1970s were a tumultuous time for civil rights, and I’m proud to say that ERA was at...
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Introducing: Skadden Fellow Joelle Emerson and ERA’s Immigrant Women Workers’ Rights Project

Low-income immigrant women experience workplace sexual harassment and assault at a dramatically higher rate than other workers. Recent studies from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Restaurant...
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Ruth Chance Law Fellowship Application Deadline Approaching

A small reminder to those interested in applying for ERA’s unique and career-changing Ruth Chance Law Fellowship: the deadline for the submission of application materials is October 28! The Ruth...
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Support the FAMILY Act and Remove the Impossible Choice

Millions of Americans require time off from work each year to take care of a family member or to recover from a serious medical condition, and since the enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act...
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Tell Governor Brown to Sign These Bills Into Law

A tall stack of important new bills are on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting his signature, and he needs to hear from you. Equal Rights Advocates is proud to co-sponsor or endorse a collection of...
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U.S. Census Bureau Reports We Must Wait Another Day for Equal Pay

When ERA and partners across the country decided to call our newly-launched fair pay initiative Equal Pay Today! we were looking forward to the moment the gender wage gap closed for good....
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We’ve Celebrated Another National Women’s Equality Day, But Pay is Far From Equal

It took Crystal getting fired for being pregnant for her to find out that she’d also been underpaid because of gender. The account executive at K2 Fabrications, who is represented by Equal Rights...
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Lucy Marsh Supporters Prompt Promise of Reply from University

A group of University of Denver alumni gathered in support of Equal Rights Advocates client Professor Lucy Marsh this morning on campus in Colorado, calling for the school to respond to Prof. Marsh’s...
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Ban the Box and Let Her Work

Each year, thousands of women in California cannot find work to support their families because of minor and non-violent criminal convictions.  These barriers to re-employment deprive women and their...
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The Fatherhood Penalty, and a Bill to Halt Caregiver Discrimination

One day, Ari Zuckerman was a talented senior financial analyst at a nonprofit in the education sector. He received rave performance reviews from his boss, along with raises and bonuses. His boss even...
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Supreme Court Shockers This Week Beg the Question: What Would Wendy Davis Do?

ERA Legal Director Jennifer Reisch contributed to this post. Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood for 11 hours Tuesday, to successfully filibuster a bill that would radically restrict abortion...
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Equal Pay Today! Update: Montana Governor Takes Action to Close Its Gender Wage Gap

On June 10, 2013, ERA joined women’s groups across the country in sending letters to fifty governors in fifty states asking them to close the gender wage gap in their states by joining the Equal...
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Noreen Farrell’s HuffPo Op-ed: We Want Equal Pay Today!

Executive Director Noreen Farrell appeared in the Huffington Post this morning, with a searing op-ed on the need for immediate change to state and federal policies on equal pay. “The gender wage gap...
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String of Settlements Secured for Working Women

For every big win secured by attorneys at Equal Rights Advocates in courthouses and statehouses, there are dozens of small but significant victories achieved for women and girls through advice and...
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Important State Bills for Families Advance in Legislature

ERA-Sponsored Bill Enhancing Anti-Discrimination Protections for Working Families Clears California Senate On May 29, the California State Senate passed SB 404, a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth...
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Close the Gap! New Sponsors, Honorees and Guests Join the Annual Luncheon

Sponsors are lining up to support Equal Rights Advocates’ 39th annual luncheon on June 13, and tickets are going fast. A well-loved tradition in San Francisco, this year’s luncheon will focus on the...
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ERA Launches Close the Gap Campaign for Equal Pay

UPDATE: ERA is now seeking video footage to complement the photos you all submitted, to be featured in a short Equal Pay video that will be screened at our annual luncheon. Shoot a 5-10 second video...
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