The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
On April 12, people all across the United States will observe Equal Pay Day, which is the day each year that symbolizes when women’s earnings “catch up” to what their male counterparts earned in the previous year.
The gender wage gap has been a problem for decades, and has persisted even since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Last fall, new data was released by the U.S. Census Bureau announcing women are on average paid 79 cents to every dollar paid to men. At the current rate of change, women will not reach full pay equity until the year 2059. There are so many reasons to...Read More
Recently, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Merrick Garland to fill the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Both the vacancy and Obama’s nomination have sparked controversy over whether the Senate should act to schedule a timely hearing and vote on Judge Garland.
While the Reform Movement takes no position on Merrick Garland specifically, we believe that ensuring that the United States has a fully functioning judiciary, starting with the Supreme Court, is core to the pursuit of justice and equality in our society. With...Read More
Earlier this year, the United States took meaningful action to further prohibit products made by slave labor to enter our country. For 85 years, there was a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930, that allowed companies to import goods that were derived from forced, child or prison labor as long as the United States could not produce enough of the product to meet domestic demand. With the passage of an amendment, this “consumptive demand” exemption was eliminated from law, and companies will no longer be able to import these goods.
Oftentimes, this exemption was being used by companies...Read More
On Wednesday, Assistant Legislative Director Sarah Greenberg and I arrived at the Supreme Court well before sunrise and waited hours in line to attend oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell, the case about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraception accommodation for religious non-profit organizations in person.
The accommodation was challenged under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with petitioners claiming that the current rule imposes a substantial burden on their religious beliefs. The government, in defending the accommodation, argues that the accommodation does not...Read More
Purim is a joyous holiday celebrating the story of the book of Esther and how she and her cousin Mordechai saved the Jewish community in Persia from persecution. I have fond memories of attending megillah readings at my synagogue and eating hamantaschen with my family. This year, when I listen to the megillah, one important message of social justice that I will be thinking about is that of women’s rights.
In the Book of Esther, two women find themselves in vulnerable positions because of their gender. Vashti pays a high price for her dignity when she is banished from the palace for...Read More