Recapping Obama’s 2014 State of the Union

President Obama gave us a surprisingly hopeful State of the Union address tonight. I say surprising because he has faced intractable opposition from a GOP determined to undermine his every move. Indeed, both houses of Congress have demonstrated a keen desire to toil less on “prosperity [that] is widely shared,” as the president proffered tonight,…

The Progressive Agenda: A Legislative Wish List

Today marks the start of 77th (regular) session of the Nevada Legislature! Can you feel the excitement? For the next 120 days of the (regular) session, people across the state will be watching (and hopefully participating in great events like Grass Roots Lobby Days) as our representatives tackle the business of the Silver State. And…

Feminist Files: If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention

Make it rain: Today is the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. But we still don’t have a Paycheck Fairness Act, which would give Ledbetter the teeth to go after wage discrimination. And just a reminder, women are still working more than 100 days into the following year to equal what a…

Waiting for Norma Rae

As anxious shoppers trekked from the warmth of their homes for Black Friday deals, at Walmarts across the country workers seized the day to strike for fair wages and fair treatment. Many of the workers who picketed instead of working, faced retaliation from a company known to intimidate those who threaten to organize. Strike and…

The good, the bad, and the inequity

Slate has crunched the numbers and come out with a map (Lower 48 only, I might add) that shows how much the wage gap varies from state to state: In every state, women make a fraction of what men make. In some counties, they make half as much—or less. Women in Utah have it the…

Mythbusters: Blame it on the wages

June is a lot of things… Gay Pride month; a time for Juneteenth celebrations; and it is the peak of the wedding season. But what I didn’t know was that, apparently, June is also throw-feminism-under-the-bus month. At least, that’s my take after a slew of stories have captured national headlines proclaiming that feminism (in all…