Honoring Mothers at Work: Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act!
Mothers’ Equal Pay Day this year is observed on May 16 – that’s the amount of time working into a second year for mothers’ pay to reach parity with fathers’ pay. Women with child rearing responsibilities are paid less compared to all women (79 cents); on average, they receive only 73 cents compared to the dads’ one dollar.
Even though documentary film maker and Academy Award winner Michael Moore said after he finished his last film, Capitalism, A Love Story (2009), that he was through with making movies – he apparently didn’t mean it. And it is a good thing for us. Where to Invade Next, is the tongue-in-cheek title of this funny and ironic documentary which makes the case for empowering women and bringing back to the U.S. our original ideas which have helped Europeans flourish. The film opens nationwide on February 12.
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor and Pass a Law to Prevent Domestic Abusers from Having Firearms
NOTE: Again, a crazed, lone gunman is responsible for a mass shooting. The tragedy occurred on Oct. 1 at Umpquah Community College in Roseburg, Ore. when a student, Chris Harper-Mercer, opened fire, shooting and killing nine people and injuring nine others. Harper-Mercer, who is reported to have suffered from mental health issues, owned 14 guns. This tragedy was the 294th mass shooting – where four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire – thus far in 2015. A significant proportion of those shot or injured in mass shootings are victims of a domestic violence/family violence incident. The toll for women murdered by men usually with a gun in 2013 was more than 1,600, according to new study by the Violence Policy Center.
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act, A NOW Priority
TAKE ACTION: We are celebrating Social Security’s 80th birthday anniversary this month and want to note that this earned-benefit program has kept millions of older women and families with a deceased or disabled working parent out of dire poverty since its adoption in the mid-1930’s.Very nearly since the beginning of NOW’s 50-year history, we have advocated for the strengthening of the program, especially to benefit women and their families.