Brace yourself. Equal Pay Day is coming.
Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day, the day that symbolically marks how much longer women typically have to work to be paid what white, non-Hispanic men were paid in the previous year. Broken down by race, there are several additional Equal Pay Days to come throughout the rest of the year, marking how much longer different groups of women of color must work to earn the typical white, non-Hispanic man’s 2016 salary. It’s a gloomy but important observance, in order to keep up the fight for paycheck fairness. Speaking of which…
A sneak attack on nondiscrimination provisions of the ACA?
The Trump Administration just tried to stealthily delete language from the Department of Health and Human Services website that relates to enforcing Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act. NWLC worked hard to win that provision to help end pervasive sex discrimination in health care, and we won’t tolerate any erosion of these important protections. We just submitted a FOIA request to assess the full extent of the Administration’s activities around this, because, as our Senior Vice President for Program and President-Elect Fatima Goss Graves said, “If this administration thinks they can silently and inconspicuously remove key language that protects women and LGBTQ individuals in health care, they are wrong. President Trump has acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land since an attempt at repeal failed, and we are holding him to his word. We will fiercely safeguard the ACA and its crucial anti-discrimination provision that millions of women depend on for their health and economic security.”
Today, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was voted out of committee. We remain deeply troubled by Judge Gorsuch’s record on women’s legal rights; a justice who won’t defend our hard-won freedoms or protect us from discrimination doesn’t deserve a lifetime appointment. The Senate is gearing up for a huge showdown over his confirmation vote, but as far as we’re concerned, if a nominee is so problematic that they can’t get 60 votes to confirm, that means the GOP should change their nominee, not the Senate rules for confirming appointees.
We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us—sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.