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Women's Rights

As a nation, we’ve made great strides in the fight for equality. But there’s still a ways to go.
Kimberly Eckert is a high school English teacher in Louisiana
Published: 12/02/2021

Title IX, enacted in 1972, protects Americans from sex-based discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal financial aid. But there’s a world of difference between official policy and today’s realities. 

On average, women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, with women of color receiving even less. Women are discouraged from seeking some jobs and forced out of the workplace when they become pregnant or struggle to achieve work-life balance after having a baby.

NEA advocates for legislation to ensure gender equity in education and the workplace, and to address violence against women.

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Women of #RedForEd Closing the Pay Gap

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How Unions are Closing the Gender Pay Gap Among Faculty

At UMass Amherst, a study of faculty pay found something surprising: among full professors, women actually get paid more than men, on average. The reason? Their union.
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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.