Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano was disappointing, but it’s what we have come to expect from the conservative majority on the Roberts Court. Had retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor still been on the court, instead of her successor Justice Samuel Alito, this 5-4 decision might well have gone the other way.
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“The jury is in, the studies are done, and the conclusions are consistent: the gender pay gap is alive and well,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “The disparity between what women and men are paid stubbornly persists, even after controlling for years of education, work experience and type of occupation.”
Felicidades a nuestra distinguida Secretaria Solis.
“Today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor is a victory for all working women and families,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “As a champion of worker’s rights and equality for women, Hilda Solis will return confidence to this cabinet agency that has for too long ignored our nation’s labor force.”
NOW President Kim Gandy writes of today’s inauguration of President Barack Obama, “All those times we were marching to make demands of a government that would not hear us, but this time my daughter and I marched to the foot of the U.S. Capitol to join a buoyant throng and witness a triumphant changing of the guard.”
NOW President Kim Gandy states in this press release, “As a candidate, President-elect Barack Obama made clear his commitment to equal opportunity, and today’s cabinet announcements begin to fulfill those values.”
NOW president Kim Gandy says that the “historic win by Barack Obama and Joe Biden is truly a victory for women and girls in the United States and around the world. After eight years of the Bush administration slashing away at women’s and civil rights, shredding social services, and favoring ideology over science, women voters cleaned house today. We believe Obama-Biden will be the most feminist, progressive administration ever to lead this country, and we are ready to work hard to help bring about policies that will increase equality and opportunity for all.”
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court split 5-4 in two cases regarding the use of racial classifications to prevent segregation of public schools in Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle, Washington. The majority ruling struck down the voluntary plans designed to increase racial balance in those school districts.
The National Organization for Women has been a leading advocate in the United States for the rights of women for over forty years. NOW’s mission is to fight against discrimination and seek to bring full equality to girls and women regardless of their age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and intellectual abilities, marital or socio-economic status.
La Organización Nacional para las Mujeres, en cumplimiento de su misión de luchar contra la discriminación hasta alcanzar la total igualdad para las niñas y mujeres independientemente de su edad, raza, religión, identidad étnica, orientación sexual, capacidad física e intelectual, estado civil o condición socioeconómica, ha liderado la defensa y promoción de los derechos de las mujeres en Estados Unidos durante más de 40 años.
NOW is committed to ending racism, promoting diversity, and advancing issues important to women of color – from lobbying for voting rights, affirmative action, fair housing and living wage laws, to campaigning against apartheid and punitive welfare “reform.”