April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Award winning filmmaker Tanya Selvaratnam shared multiple organizations to support and or utilize in her book Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.Read More »
Record Number of Women to Serve in the 117th U.S. Congress
At least 131 (100D, 31R) women will serve in the U.S. Congress in 2021, surpassing the previous record of 127, first set in 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. A record 106 (83D, 23R) women have already been elected to the U.S. House, including 85 (75D, 10R) incumbents and 21 (8D, 13R) non-incumbents. The previous record for women in the U.S. House was 102 and was set in 2019.
This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss a drop in women in the workforce due to COVID-19, and a historic debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris. Was there a winner?
On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Debra Carnahan, Ann Stone & Linda Chavez
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The Supreme Court ruled this week workers cannot sue employers under the Civil Rights Act for pay discrimination more than 180 days after the discrimination first occurs. This decision provoked the court's sole female member, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to read a dissent from the bench, a rare practice she first used in April after the court's decision to uphold the ban on certain late term abortions. Justice Ginsberg called the majority, quote: "indifferent to discrimination women face in the work place."
In the Ledbetter decision, the only female supervisor at a Goodyear plant in Alabama sued in 1998 after working there for nearly two decades. Women can still sue for discrimination under the Equal Pay Act, but it offers successful plaintiffs much lower awards. The woman's lawyer says workers claiming race discrimination may have no such alternative.Read More »
Written By: Emma Thorp
Over the past few weeks the United States has attempted to combat the relentless spread of the Coronavirus and the process is undoubtedly unsettling. Many schools, including my own, have moved their classes online, and are encouraging their students to practice social distancing by staying at home. Bars and restaurants have shut down temporarily, many Americans have been laid off, and Disney World has closed down marking that we truly have descended into a time of anarchy. Many of us are washing our hands on the hour while working our way through the entire Netflix library attempting to postpone our inevitable downfall to insanity. We are living in a time when one would assume we could all put aside our differences and try to work towards our common goal of slowing the spread of a deadly pandemic, but unfortunately it’s still 2020 America and we remain incapable of having nice things.Read More »
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To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé
Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...More »