Fighting for Women's Equality
Economic Justice for Women and Families

Women at Work Initiative

Gender equality in the workplace depends on fairness for women and families.

Working women disproportionately encounter barriers to fair employment, from sexual harassment to the glass ceiling to wage disparities. They remain concentrated in low-wage jobs and make up 2/3 of the minimum wage workforce. The gender wage gap – women making on average 78 cents to a man’s dollar – has not budged in ten years, impacting women in nearly every industry. Our Women at Work Initiative seeks to remove systemic barriers to women’s economic security, including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and unequal pay. 

Projects

Stronger California: California’s first women’s economic agenda, led by ERA and a network of over 25 social justice organizations.

Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues: Lifting up women in male-dominated industries like the trades, through enforcement, education and community-building.

Read our reports

A Gender Wage Gap That Won't Close

A Gender Wage Gap That Won’t Close

Work and Family Still at Odds

Work and Family Still at Odds

Sexual Harassment Still Exacting a Hefty Toll

Sexual Harassment Still Exacting a Hefty Toll

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Expecting A Baby, Not A Lay-Off

 

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Latest from the Women at Work Campaign

Ban ‘no-rehire’ clauses: YES on AB 749!

Retaliation against workers who report sexual harassment is supposed to be illegal. But a current loophole in California law allows employers to include “no-rehire clauses” in settlement agreements,...
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Stand with sexual harassment victims: YES on AB 9!

Currently, sexual harassment and discrimination victims in California only have one year to file complaints — much less time than other civil claims, meaning our laws actively discriminate against...
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#MeToo Inspired Bill Wins CA Assembly Support

May 23, 2019 | by

AB 9 Corrects Statute of Limitations for Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Claims SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly today approved important legislation that would give victims of... read more

ERA, Partners Stand with Janitors Saying ‘Ya Basta!’ to Sexual Harassment & Violence at Work

May 23, 2019 | by

Equal Rights Advocates, SEIU-USWW, and Futures Without Violence submit comments to guide sexual harassment training for CA janitorial workers On May 20, 2019, Equal Rights Advocates and Futures... read more

Every CA deserves Paid Family Leave: Support SB 135

Here’s the ugly truth: Despite enacting the nation’s first Paid Family Leave program 15 years ago, only certain privileged Californians are able to access it.   The lack of job protection under...
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Landmark Sex Discrimination Settlement for ERA Gold Miner Client

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jess Eagle jeagle@equalrights.org, 415.575.2380 SAN FRANCISCO — Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates, issued the following statement on the U.S...
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