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Equal Pay for Equal Work: Much More than a Nuisance

April 17 is Equal Pay Day. That date marks the amount of time women must work each year before their pay catches up with men’s compensation for the same job. The signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act in 2009 helped, as that legislation provided victims of discrimination a broader timeframe in which to seek legal remedies. However, it did not ... Read More »

Women and the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

The minimum wage is typically regarded as gender neutral, but there’s another aspect to this issue: workers whose tips are part of their overall compensation.  From that point of view, women are doing considerably worse than men. The federal minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers is $2.13, the same as in 1992.  Granted, restaurants are supposed to fill in the ... Read More »

Poverty and Politics

Yesterday, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney explained his reasons for seeking the Presidency and said that he is running for the middle class and that he is, “not concerned about the very poor.” His excuse was that, “we have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it.” He even went further when pressed that his statement ... Read More »

Women and the Unemployment Crisis

The recent drop in unemployment to 8.6 percent was widely greeted with enthusiasm. However, it is important to note which populations actually comprise that figure. Women who maintain families face unemployment rates over 12 percent, and more than five million women over the age of 20 are unemployed. Duration of unemployment is another key factor, with women under 20 needing ... Read More »

Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act

When President Obama spoke recently about the American Jobs Act, he specifically outlined a program designed to increase hiring of veterans.  Although this proposal might not strike the reader as being specific to women, it’s important to remember how many women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of traumatic stress.  Also, in terms of health, some women ... Read More »

How Do Social Workers Cope with Sadness?

This month, NASW Executive Director, Betsy Clark, focused her NASW News column on “The Challenge of Sadness in Social Work.” Dr. Clark discusses the turmoil, tragedy, and unrest in the world including wars, earthquakes, and tsunamis. She notes that every significant world event is accompanied by indelible images, some of which are horrific and forever etched in our memories such ... Read More »

Survey Finds Behavioral Health Professionals Earn Less than Fast Food Workers

NASW Data Show Behavioral Health Social Workers Earn $50,000 According to the 2011 Behavioral Health Salary Survey just released by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council), a licensed social worker with a master’s degree earns less than a manager of a fast food restaurant.   Naturally, this finding is alarming to social workers, and should be equally alarming ... Read More »

NASW Joins Amicus Brief on Dukes V. Walmart

On Tuesday, March 29, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart. This case, originally filed in 2001, asks the Court to consider a nationwide class-action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of female Wal-Mart employees, accusing the company of discriminating against them on pay and promotion. Employment discrimination cases are usually focused on specific individuals, rather ... Read More »

ACSW Members are Recognized in a Congressional Record

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Representative Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) submitted acknowledgment of the Academy into the Congressional Record on February 26, 2010. Honoring the work and impact ACSW holders have had in society over the past fifty years, below we have provided a link for you to download the Congressional ... Read More »

Social Work Month 2010: Social Workers Inspire Community Action

Celebrate Social Work Month – March 2010 The 2010 Social Work Month theme is “Social Workers Inspire Community Action” Since its inception, the social work profession has worked to improve life for millions every day. Social workers operate from values that recognize each person as relevant to society and believe that, when needed, society should help each person achieve his ... Read More »