Women’s Equality Day 2016

Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

Equal Pay - Women Breadwinners

The Paycheck Fairness Act is proposed legislation that would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address male–female income disparity in the United States. A Census Bureau report published in 2008 stated that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of men’s earnings, newer studies suggest, when the data is controlled for certain variables, the residual gap is around 7%, the same study concludes that the residual is due to the fact that “hours of work in many occupations are worth more when given at particular moments and when the hours are more continuous. That is, in many occupations earnings have a nonlinear relationship with respect to hours.”

The House of Represen­tatives approved the bill in January 2009. The United States Senate failed to move the bill forward in November 2010. President Barack Obama said in March 2011 that he will continue to fight for the goals in the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was reintroduced in both houses of Congress in April 2011.

The 2010 bill had no Republican Party co-sponsors, though a group of four Republican senators had supported an earlier bill to address gender-based wage discrimination, including Susan CollinsKay Bailey HutchisonLisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe. On June 5th, 2012 the bill fell short of the 60 votes necessary to override a filibuster and did not make it to the Senate floor for debate. The vote went along party lines, excluding a vote against by Democrat Harry Reid. (A vote which left Democrats the option to introduce the bill again at a later time.) On April 9, 2014, in another straight-party-line vote, the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199; 113th Congress) was again blocked by a Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Once again, Senator Reid changed his vote from support to oppose, as a tactical maneuver to keep the bill alive.

The 2010 Senate version of the bill had the support of the Obama administration and that of Democrats in the Senate. The American Civil Liberties Union supported S.182, citing the 2008 data from the United States Census Bureau that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of the male median, African-American women’s median annual earnings were 64% of the white male median, and Hispanic women’s median annual earnings were 54% of the white male median. The American Association of University Women also supported the bill, citing the organization’s 2007 research report, Behind the Pay Gap, which showed that women earn less than their male colleagues just one year out of college. The pay gap has widened 10 years after graduation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act


Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This substantial gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

President Obama supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive and commonsense bill that updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.



GOP Blocks Equal Pay

Senate Republicans again kill Paycheck Fairness Act

4/09/14 01:06 PM – Steven Benen – maddowblog

The third time was not the charm. Democratic efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to overcome Republican opposition in the 111th Congress and the 112th Congress, and as of this morning, it failed once again at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments.

The roll call from the vote is online here. Note that the final tally was 54 to 43 – six votes shy of the supermajority needed to end Republican obstructionism – but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote for procedural reasons, leaving it at 53 to 44.

The legislation received exactly zero Republican votes, as was the case with previous efforts to pass the bill.I

In case anyone needs a refresher, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a perfectly credidble piece of legislation that would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.”

As we’ve discussed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

Republicans have responded that they endorse the idea of equal pay for equal work, but in recent years, much of the party remains opposed to policymakers’ efforts to do something about it. (This morning, some GOP senators also raised procedural objections about amendments.)

As for the electoral considerations, aren’t GOP lawmakers worried about rejecting measures like these in an election year?

Apparently not.

Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation – pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters. […]

Republicans argue that the Democrats’ bill – along with their so-called “Fair Shot” agenda for the year – is a political ploy that will not fool voters.

I’m not sure who’s trying to fool whom in this model. Dems put together a bill; the bill is popular; and they’ve pushed it repeatedly for six years. That sounds less like a p.r. stunt and more like an effort to address a problem.

As for the midterms, Republicans have struggled of late with the gender gap. At a minimum, today’s vote won’t help.


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U.S. National Park Service – 100th Anniversary

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, they are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But their work doesn’t stop there.

They are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities is a job they love, and they need – and welcome – they help and support.

On August 25, 1916 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating the National Park Service. That marks 100 years of preserving, restoring, and sharing some of America’s most special places — from gorgeous, iconic landscapes like Yellowstone and Yosemite to the sites across the country that tell the stories of people and events that have shaped our history. Our parks are an essential part of our heritage and a source of great pride. And, most importantly, our parks belong to all of us.

That’s a lot to celebrate, so we’re starting now. Last month, President Obama kicked things off when he launched Every Kid in a Park — an initiative that will give every fourth-grade student and their families a free pass to National Parks and all other federal lands and waters for a full year.

And today, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation are continuing the celebration with the launch of #FindYourPark, a new campaign to encourage Americans to connect to our astounding network of parks and public lands — whether it’s for the first time or the hundredth.

First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush are spearheading this effort. As honorary co-chairs of the Centennial celebration, they’re challenging every American to get out and #FindYourPark.

You can find out more about the campaign at FindYourPark.com – a new website that features ways to find your park, share your park experiences and memories, and check out the stories others have shared. Already, celebrities like Bill Nye, Bella Thorne, Roselyn Sánchez, Terrence J, and Mary Lambert have posted their stories. And there’s more to come.

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Pres Obama to visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana

August 19, 2016

Statement from Press Secretary Josh Earnest on the President’s Call with Secretary Johnson and Plans to Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This morning, President Obama received an update from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on the ongoing response and recovery efforts to the severe flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the Secretary’s trip to the region on Thursday. During his visit, Secretary Johnson met with state and local officials, viewed the ongoing response and recovery efforts, and visited local shelters where those impacted by the flooding are receiving food and disaster-caused needs.

While in Martha’s Vineyard, the President has received updates on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who took separate trips there. The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23rd.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/19/statement-press-secretary-josh-earnest-presidents-call-secretary-johnson

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
President Obama meets with officials, first responders and residents affected by the floods
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


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World Humanitarian Day 2016

World Humanitarian Day 2015

World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations, and set as 19 August. It marks the day on which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.


The designation of 19 August as World Humanitarian Day is the outcome of the relentless efforts of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation and his family working closely with the Ambassadors of France, Switzerland, Japan and Brazil in both Geneva and New York to table and steer the draft Resolution through the General Assembly. The Foundation conveyed its deep gratitude to the United Nations General Assembly and all Member States for the worthy gesture of recognition that has ensured that the tragic loss of Vieira de Mello and his 21 colleagues and all humanitarian personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifices in relieving the suffering of victims of humanitarian crises have not been in vain.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Humanitarian_Day


World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world.

This year, WHD follows on one of the most pivotal moments in the history of humanitarian action: the World Humanitarian Summit, held from 23 to 24 May in Istanbul. During the Summit, world leaders came together to declare their collective support for the new Agenda for Humanity and commit to bold action to reduce suffering and deliver better for the millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

For more: http://www.unocha.org/whd2016





19th Amendment – 96th Anniversary Women’s Right to Vote

The  Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits each state and the federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications of voters, subject to limitations imposed by later amendments. Until the 1910s, most states disenfranchised women. The amendment was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote.

The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress approved the amendment and submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by the requisite number of states a year later, with Tennessee‘s ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett(1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.

” The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution



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Social Security Act of 1935 – 81st Anniversary


In the United States, Social Security is primarily the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) federal program. The original Social Security Act (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended, encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. Social Security is funded through payroll taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA) and/or Self Employed Contributions Act Tax (SECA). Tax deposits are collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are formally entrusted to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund which make up the Social Security Trust Funds. With a few exceptions, all salaried income, up to a specifically determined amount by law (see tax rate table below) has an FICA and/or SECA tax collected on it.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_(United_States)


The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Seniors & Social Security

“To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. We must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.”


Social Security Timeline: http://www.ssa.gov/history/1930.html

Learn more about Social Security: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/


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2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit

Bullying - Various Forms

2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit
Washington, DC

Friday, August 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introductions and Greetings

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session I: How Recent Research Barnard Auditorium Recommendations and School Surveillance
Impacts Your Bullying Prevention Efforts

1. Present the National Academies Report Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice.

a. Discuss how to use the recommendations from the report focusing on the recommendation to evaluate the role of stigma and bias in bullying behavior, and develop evidence-based programs to address stigma and bias-based bullying behavior.

  1. Present the latest National Center of Education Statistics bullying estimates.
    a. Discuss the findings and plans for the 2017 School Crime Supplement.
  2. Present the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System.

a. Discuss tracking bullying-related suicides using the School-associated Violent

Death Surveillance System and other surveillance methods to identify antecedents of suicidal behavior.



Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Rachel Hansen, Ph.D.,* Educational Statistician, Cross-Sectional Surveys Branch, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session II: Federal Legal Barnard Auditorium Responses to Harassment and Bullying

1. Explore the work of each office including guidance documents.
2. Provide an overview of each of the offices’ jurisdiction over harassment.
3. Examine the legal standards for enforcement.
4. Walk through the process for filing complaints, investigations, and resolution of cases. 5. Highlight case examples related to different types of harassment.


Torey Cummings, J.D., M.S.W., Senior Trial Attorney and USAO Coordinator, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Alice Yao, J.D., Attorney, Program Legal Group, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Michelle Tucker, J.D., Attorney, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session III: Expand Your Barnard Auditorium Bullying Prevention Efforts Through the Use of Emergency Operations Planning


  1. Gain an understanding of the connection between bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
  2. Explore the six preparedness missions of emergency operations planning.
  3. Examine the resources available to measure school climate – a key component of both bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
  4. Operationalize folding bullying prevention efforts into emergency operations planning. Discuss the challenges and best practices of this approach.

Moderator: Sarah Sisaye, M.P.H., CHES; Management and Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education


Madeline Sullivan, M.A., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Rita Foy Moss, M.Ed., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Gina Kahn, Ed.D., CAGS, Safe and Healthy Students Programs Director for the Hampden- Wilbraham Regional School District

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session IV: Strategies to Create Barnard Auditorium Safe, Understanding, and Inclusive Academic Environments

1. Gain an understanding of identity- based bullying and tools to prevent and mitigate it.
2. Learn strategies and approaches to create a culture of inclusion and understanding within schools and classrooms to prevent and reduce bullying.
3. Gain basic cultural competency of Islam and Sikhism.
4. Learn the mental health effects of bullying on Muslim youth and how to prevent and reduce bullying and discrimination.
5. Learn best practices and specific strategies on how to improve the school climate and reduce bullying of Sikh youths
Moderator: Steffie Rapp, M.S.W., Juvenile Justice Specialist, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Jinnie Spiegler, M.Ed., Director of Curriculum in the National Education Division of the Anti- Defamation League
Farha Abbasi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Staff Psychiatrist, Olin Health Center; Faculty, Muslim Studies Program; Director, Muslim Mental Health Conference; Managing Editor, Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Michigan State University
Sapreet Kaur, M.B.A., Executive Director, Sikh Coalition

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Various Meeting Rooms) Breakout I: StopBullying.Gov Demonstration

Purpose: To provide an overview of the many features of the StopBullying.gov website, including prevention center training materials, the media guidelines, and our social media efforts to reach a variety of audiences from parents to teens.

Goal: To inform attendees about the data and resources available on StopBullying.gov for a variety of audiences and solicit feedback on the site through Q & A during the session.


Silje Lier, M.P.H., Digital Communications Specialist, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Siobhan Mueller, Partner, Widmeyer Communications

Breakout II: Physician’s Project

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: TBD

Breakout III: Discussion about Bullying Based on Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation


  1. To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on LGBT students.
  2. To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are LGBT based on research conducted by advocates.
  3. To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of LGBT students among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.

Moderator: Elliot Kennedy, Special Expert for LGBT Affairs, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Harsh Voruganti, Principal and Founder, the Voruganti Law Firm; Hindu American Foundation
Nathan Smith, M.A., Director of Public Policy, GLSEN
Diana Bruce, Director of Health and Wellness for District of Columbia Public Schools James van Kuilenburg, Student

Breakout IV: Addressing Harassment and Bullying of Students Who Are Muslim or Are Perceived to be Muslim


  1. To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim.
  2. To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim based on surveys conducted by advocates.
  3. To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.

Moderator: Jasjit Singh, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice


Hana Mangat, Student Shaheer Mirza, Student

Breakout V: Supports, Interventions and Best Practices to Prevent Bullying of Students with Disabilities


  1. Discuss the characteristics and prevalence of bullying of students with disabilities, including how bullying affects student’s ability to access educational resources.
  2. Discuss how students with disabilities experience bullying.
  3. Sharing best practices and resources for addressing and preventing bullying of students with disabilities.

Moderator: Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Curt Decker, Executive Director for the National Disability Rights Network
Julie Hertzog, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Director, PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break/Make Way to Auditorium for Closing
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks Barnard Auditorium

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