Friday, March 28, 2014

Action Alert for raising the minimum wage, Janet Yellen thanks NOW and more

From the Godmother of the VAWA, Pat Reuss:


1. This week Gloria Steinem turned 80.  You’ll love these quotes

2. Important commentary about the Shriver report on Women with special emphasis on CEDAW

3. Terry O’Neill’s Huff Post piece about the new push to allow corporate religious exemptions (the right to discriminate?)

4. Notes about party for Janet Yellen and her shout out to NOW
From: Jan Erickson. Nancy Pelosi held a reception in the Capitol for Janet Yellen, the new chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Also present was Christine LaGarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund – both the most powerful positions that women have ever heldYellen’s husband, George Akerlof, a Nobel prize winning economist,  was there and said that meeting and marrying Janet was the best thing that ever happened in his life (everybody clapped). Yellen remembered and acknowledged to Terry and Bonnie that it was NOW that became very outspoken on her behalf.  NOW took the lead when it looked Obama wasn’t seriously considering her for the new Fed chair – even though as vice chair she was the most qualified. NOW spurred other actions for Yellen’s appointment, such as the letter signed by 500 economists, that Dr. Heidi Hartmann, of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, organized. Another notable first present was Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), first African American woman who is  ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. Here’s a Wall Street Journal article and a Washington Post blog about the event, plus a commentary by Eleanor Clift, a pioneering reporter who was at the reception and told Bonnie that if it hadn’t been for the women’s movement, she wouldn’t have gotten to where she is in her profession.  Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, blog

5. April 1 conference call “Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a civil rights issue”
Take Action: RSVP here to participate in "Calling for Justice: Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is a Civil and Human Rights Issue," featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.  Join The Leadership Conference’s national conference call, Calling for Justice, featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to discuss the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for millions of low-wage workers and their families.  Tuesday, April 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
RSVP here to receive dial in information

6. Former national NOW officer named as new Director of the Women’s Bureau
President Obama appointed Latifa Lyles as the 17th director of the Women's Bureau, and she was officially sworn in on March 11. As director of the Women's Bureau, Lyles works to advance and improve policies and programs for women in the labor force. "The Women's Bureau has been working to level the playing field for more than 90 years," Lyles said. "It has been on the cutting edge of promoting policies that continue to help millions of working women, and I am excited to lead the agency during such a critical time."  Read about the Director
7. Important court victory in gun violence/domestic violence connection.  Women on the Supreme Court “get it,” including citing brief from our coalition.  
8. Military Sexual Assault – Jan Erickson’s great “issue brief”.  Gillibrand vows to continue her advocacy for her bill so stay tuned. 
WB Director


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