By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

I’ve been thinking a lot about the definition of family. With Moms’ Equal Pay Day yesterday, Mother’s Day this weekend, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act making waves in Congress, there are so many ways we can advocate for parents and caretakers right now — not just cis mothers, but also trans and nonbinary parents, domestic workers, chosen family caretakers, and child care workers.

President Biden’s American Families Plan was presented to Congress last week, setting forth an unprecedented agenda that would radically transform life for most families with a national paid…


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

As vaccines become widely accessible, air travel is picking back up. But like 76% of low-income people who have been deemed essential workers — 60% of whom are women — airport security employees never had the luxury of working from home. That’s why it was especially important to us to fight for healthy and safe working conditions for our airport security worker clients.

I’m thrilled to share this news with you: After a 3-year legal battle, we successfully settled our case against Covenant Aviation Security last week, winning $450,000 on behalf of…


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

I am not going to sugar coat it. If we do not act now, COVID-19 may well decimate our chance to close the gender and race pay gap harming most working women. Any interruption in a worker’s career trajectory can have devastating effects on their earnings. Soak that in as we realize that Black, Brown, and Asian women account for all job losses in December 2020. They were forced to leave the workforce in droves, through layoffs or because they lacked the paid family leave and family care infrastructure they needed to keep their jobs. …


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

In just one day, the Biden-Harris Administration already made progress on many of the crises currently devastating our nation, with executive actions restoring protections for LGLBTQI+ workers, requiring pandemic safety, protecting Dreamers, lifting the Muslim travel ban, reinstating federal DEI trainings, and more. Equally as incredible, our nation now has its first woman, Black American, and Asian American to ever hold executive office: Vice President Kamala Harris. It feels like a new day.

While we may no longer struggle just to keep up with new federal attacks on civil rights on a…


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

Equal Rights Advocates joins the nation celebrating incredible Election 2020 progress for our shared values, including equal opportunity for those underrepresented among our electeds. Congratulations especially to Vice President-Elect Senator Kamala Harris, who makes history by becoming the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American person to be elected as Vice President. (And yes, the first from the San Francisco Bay Area, ERA’s home base!)

Our honor of Senator Harris at our upcoming Virtual Gala on November 13 with ERA’s Legislator Champion Award is all the more poignant because…


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

On days like this, political winds feel determinative. They affect the pace of our progress toward justice and equality. They can fan flames of hate and oppression and threaten immediate relief for millions in crisis across the nation. In an excruciatingly close election like the unfolding Presidential race, these political winds reveal critical work ahead needed to unify the nation on issues ranging from public health to gender and racial justice to economic recovery.

But as we grapple with and strategize about the various scenarios presented by Election 2020, remember this: political…


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

October 29 is Latina Equal Pay Day this year. It isn’t a day to celebrate. It’s a day to recognize the contributions of Latina women to the American economy, and to come together in the fight for fair wages for Latina workers. According to an Institute of Women’s Policy Research report released last week, the average Latina mom would have to work until she was over 100 years old to earn what the average white man will earn by age 60. …


By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

This week in 2016, the public heard for the first time the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape. In it, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump boasted about sexually assaulting unnamed women, with no consequences.

Many thought the horrifying recording would disqualify Donald Trump from the presidency in the court of public opinion. Surely, a person who bragged about sexual assault, who had 26 assault allegations lodged against him, who thought it was all so funny, surely this person would not be elected to office.

Women voters must acknowledge and act on these facts. …


“Candidates who choose not to talk about the #MeToo movement do so at their own peril.”

The stage was set: October 15 marked the second anniversary of Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement going viral on social media, providing Democratic Presidential candidates the perfect opportunity at the October 16 debate to talk about how that movement is redefining our country.

Their silence was deafening. Candidates who choose not to talk about the #MeToo movement do so at their own peril.

That viral moment in 2017 has become an ongoing movement featuring demonstrations of power like never before in America. It started with collective story sharing (55,000 tweets a day), the toppling of highly visible bad actors (Harvey Weinstein)…


By Noreen Farrell and Mónica Ramírez

This piece was originally published by Luz Collective, and cross-posted here with permission.

Nearly one year ago exactly, we experienced a watershed moment in the anti-sexual violence movement that many movement leaders had not expected to see in our lifetimes. By chance, the timing of this moment coincided with the national observation of Latina Equal Pay Day, bringing together two issues that gravely impact many Latina workers.

To some, the two issues may seem unrelated. But to the female farmworker who is promised higher pay for complying with sexual demands by her boss, to…

Noreen Farrell

Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates; Chair, Equal Pay Today! Campaign; Chair, Stronger California; Founding Partner, Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative

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