Press Releases for 2018

Justice Was Finally Served

Justice was served today. Thanks to the brave women who came forward to tell their stories, Bill Cosby, a violent assaulter has been convicted. This is a notice to sexual predators everywhere. No matter your position in life, our society will not tolerate such violent behavior anymore. Enough is Enough.

New Jersey Makes State Pay Equity History

Tuesday, April 24,2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will sign the strongest state pay equity bill in the country. This bill was first introduced by women legislative leaders in 2013, but was vetoed by then-Governor Chris Christie. According to Deb Huber, President of the National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW-NJ), “At a time… Read more »

Why We Observe Emancipation Day

The District of Columbia celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day.  On that day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in Washington, D.C., freed about 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and… Read more »

The Illinois Senate Votes To Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment

By voting to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the Illinois Senate has recognized what women everywhere know to be true. We still need the ERA. In fact, we need it more than ever. It’s unconscionable that the U.S. Constitution fails to guarantee equal rights for everyone, regardless of gender. Fixing these flaws is not only… Read more »

How Low Can They Go? The NRA Slanders Teachers

NRA TV has a new video out attacking the American Federation of Teachers and its president, Randi Weingarten. Their slanderous, offensive language doesn’t bear repeating, but it reminds us how important it is to stand up to the NRA and, as some brave young people have recently reminded us, to “call B.S.” on their lies…. Read more »

Today Is Equal Pay Day—No One’s Favorite Holiday

April 10 is Equal Pay Day—marking the number of extra days into 2018 the average woman has to work to earn as much as her male counterpart did in 2017. No one who cares about economic justice and the rights of women is celebrating this occasion. Although Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act in 1963,… Read more »

Combat Sexual Harassment? Mitch McConnell Says “Never Mind”

When the House voted on the recent omnibus spending bill, lawmakers included language to support survivors of sexual harassment and discrimination. But when it got to the House, Mitch McConnell said, “never mind,” and removed provisions that would have finally brought accountability and transparency to Congress’ sexual harassment reporting process.

The Humane Society Must Clean Up Its Mess

The Washington Post is reporting that the Humane Society of the United States is resisting making broader changes in the wake of the resignation of CEO Wayne Pacelle, who’s been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. After a law firm was hired to investigate the claims, the board of directors shut down the inquiry… Read more »