GOP Hurts Economy in Restricting Women, Wages

Nel's New Day

My email contained the following from my Oregon senator Jeff Merkley. He’s one of the reasons that I’m proud to live in Oregon:

“Lilly Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tires for almost 20 years. Just before her retirement, an anonymous coworker left her a tip that she was being paid less than all her male coworkers in the same position. Even though Lilly proved in court that she had been paid less because of her gender, the Supreme Court ruled that her employer didn’t have to make her whole because she hadn’t brought her case when the pay discrimination began – decades before she ever knew about it.

“Fortunately, Lilly didn’t give up. She fought to change the law, and she won.

“This week is the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act being signed into law. I was proud that I got to vote for Lilly’s bill as…

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Award-Winning Women’s Leadership Program, NEW Leadership Oregon, is Open for Applications

Award-Winning Women’s Leadership Program, NEW Leadership Oregon, is Open for Applications

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Cecilia Bianco

If you are a college-enrolled woman interested in developing your leadership skills, look no further! National Education for Women’s Leadership Oregon (NLO) wants you to join its ranks in 2014. NLO is an award-winning women’s leadership development program based at PSU in the Center for Women, Politics and Policy. NLO’s mission is to educate and encourage outstanding college women to develop a path towards leadership.

Modeled after the esteemed leadership program at Rutgers University, NLO strives to teach leadership through action and offers participants a variety of opportunities to ensure this takes place. NLO members:

Practice public speaking, planning, organizing, and networking to address real social problems.
Draw on the expertise of seasoned coaches and the experiences of women leaders in government, business, science, and the community.
Learn a set of skills designed specifically to prepare college women for public leadership.
This program offers a unique opportunity to interact with Oregon’s past and present women officeholders, business leaders, policy specialists, and activists. Members learn from women in leadership roles to allow them to discover how to develop their own skills and then put them into practice in hands-on skill-building workshops.

Not only will this program benefit your path towards leadership, it is also an excellent chance to jumpstart your transition into a career. NLO participants attend Bridge Sessions to discuss issues topics of wage negotiation, board service, and career enhancement with several opportunities for networking and mentoring.

NLO is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and supporting the next generation of women leaders to prepare them to meet the complex issues and challenges ahead. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to prepare yourself for the future.

NLO is open to college women enrolled at any college in the state of Oregon. Applications are due Feb. 6, so apply soon! Any questions regarding the program or the application, contact Mariana Lindsay at 503.725.2895 or at

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NOW Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: A Step in the Right Direction, But We Can Do More

NOW Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: A Step in the Right Direction, But We Can Do More.

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to take steps to reduce income inequality. NOW could not agree more. If, as the president has said, American workers feel that the deck is stacked against them, for women, the cards are marked.

Women disproportionately work in low-wage sectors, live on minimum-wage salaries and, thanks to working a lifetime at unequal pay, are significantly more likely than men to outlive their savings.

The president’s call for a significant increase in the minimum wage is welcome. While $10.10 per hour is not a living wage in most communities, it is a step in the right direction — but we can do more.

Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers. A woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500 — nearly $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.

Women are the sole or primary breadwinners in roughly 40 percent of U.S. households nowadays. They and their families need a livable wage — a wage that would allow them to save up for a down payment on a house, their kids’ college tuition, and their own retirement security. In the richest country in the world, that’s not too much to expect.

Michelle Branam Appointed Lincoln County District Attorney

Michelle Branam Appointed Lincoln County District Attorney

Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Michelle Branam as Lincoln County District Attorney to fill the vacancy created by Rob Bovett’s resignation.

“I am pleased to appoint Michelle Branam to this position, continuing her commitment to serving the people of Lincoln County,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “The depth of her prosecutorial experience and her desire to bring together the entire criminal justice system to encourage collaboration and coordination will help keep our communities safe and reduce victimization.”

Branam received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Idaho School of Law. Her legal experience includes serving as a court clerk for the New Haven (Connecticut) Superior Court and as a deputy district attorney in the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office. For most of the past decade, Branam has been a deputy district attorney in the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, most recently serving as Chief Deputy, where she prosecuted a range of cases from wildlife offenses to homicides. She is an active member of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team and the Multi-Disciplinary Team, which collaborates on child abuse cases.

Farewell Pete Seeger, Social Justice Activist

Social Justice For All

Pete Seeger at his home in Beacon NY 9.14.2005Yesterday the world lost one of its longest-lasting voices for social justice. Pete Seeger — singer, songwriter, environmentalist, peace activist, and social justice pioneer — died at the age of 94. His long musical career was inextricably interwoven with his passion for equity and basic human rights.

Seeger was born in Manhattan in 1919. His father, Charles Seeger, founded the first collegiate musicology program in California in 1912 but was forced to resign for his outspoken pacifism during the first World War. His stepmother, Ruth Crawford Seeger was a noted composer and one of the most important resources for folk music in the early 20th Century. Pete blended what he learned in his youth into a long, beautiful career.

He learned banjo and began singing, passions that derailed his attempt to pursue a journalism degree. While he considered his future, he began working with the legendary Alan Lomax at the…

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