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Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

On Saturday, millions of women and men took to the streets across the country in support of women and in opposition to a growing tide of anti-women policies coming out of Washington, D.C., and state capitals. Working families, led by working women, played a major role in the marches and rallies. Here are some of the best Tweets from events around the country

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Join Carmen Berkley Tuesday for Women's History Month Twitter Chat

Join Carmen Berkley Tuesday for Women's History Month Twitter Chat

On Tuesday, March 31, please join Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO's director of civil, human and women's rights, for a Twitter chat in honor of women's history month. Carmen will lead a conversation that will focus on issues women face in the workplace, including paid family leave, fair scheduling and gender equality. You can participate in the chat on Twitter by following @CarmenSpinDiego, @AFLCIO and the hashtag #1uHerStory.

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'Lean In' All You Want—But If You Want a Better Job, Unionize! (What the CEOs of Facebook and Yahoo Won't Tell You)

OK, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg didn’t say “join a union.” But that’s the message the vast majority of working women should be considering this Women’s History Month. The best way for most women to improve their working lives is through a union.   

The new PBS documentary, "Makers: Women Who Make America," shows how the women's movement changed the workplace for women, men and families. Two of the young "Makers" highlighted in the film, Sandberg at Facebook and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, now dominate the news. Here's what neither of them tell you: Union women earn more than nonunion women and have better benefits and working conditions.

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MAKERS: A Reminder of Where We Came from and What We Still Need to Do

MAKERS: A Reminder of Where We Came from and What We Still Need to Do

I’ll tell you the truth, I watched the PBS documentary, MAKERS: The Women Who Make America, because one of our top staffers at the AFL-CIO and Working America—Karen Nussbaum—was in it.  I’m so glad I did.  I had forgotten what a steep climb it has been for women in this country.  It wasn’t that long ago women had little or no place in sports, culture, public life, or the workplace.

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Lean In—Think This Doesn't Matter to You? Think Again

Photo courtesy of MomsRising's Facebook page www.momsrising.org

Child care costs more than college. Mothers with equal résumés are hired less than 80 percent of the time than non-mothers and are offered lower starting salaries. It costs more than $200,000 to raise one child from birth to age 18 (not including college).

All of this is happening every day in the backdrop of a national "Lean In" conversation.

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Women's History Month: Domestic Workers Demand Workplace Rights

Photo courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Flickr photostream.

As Women’s History Month continues, it’s important to highlight the often unsung heroes doing great work that continues to push the union movement forward, like domestic workers and groups advocating on their behalf. For many of us, domestic workers are the backbone of our household, providing general family care, housekeeping and home health care. They are responsible for some of the most vital and intimate work in our nation, and yet the law does not guarantee them the same protections they guarantee our families.

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House Votes to Renew Violence Against Women Act

The renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is now on its way to President Obama, who has said he will sign it into law. On the eve of Women's History Month, working families were able to celebrate that the House finally passed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. The Senate already passed the act. 

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