IS THE PRESIDENT A SEXIST? POTENTIAL SUMMERS APPOINTMENT REACTIVATES ”OLD BOY” CHARGE – In response to reports that the President was considering appointing Larry Summers to the Fed instead of Janet Yellin, President of the National Organization for Women Terry O’Neill tells PP: “Janet Yellen is clearly the best qualified person for the job… For the President to pass her up is a deep betrayal of women. He’s slamming a glass ceiling on the head of the best-qualified person.”
The charges are nothing new for a White House which has been beleaguered by “old boy” charges since the beginning. A 2009 New York Times story asked, “does the WH feel like a frat house?” and earlier this year the President had to publicly apologize to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for comments about her looks.
Summers, who infamously doubted women’s math and science skills, has long been a subject of criticism. In addition to his dubious opinions about gender inequality, there is deep dissatisfaction among economic experts about Summers’ role in the financial crisis. Daily Kos delivered a 130,000 signature petition to Sen. Sherrod Brown and an unnamed White House Official recently told The Huffington Post: “It really does need to be stopped.”
RAISE THE WAGE PART II — Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would substantially improve the lives of low-wage workers, who have an average age of 35, according to new data released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). EPI has also released a briefing evaluating the last decade of wage stagnation for the lower and middle classes. READ: “A Decade of Flat Wages: The Key Barrier to Shared Prosperity and a Rising Middle Class,” co-authored by EPI Top Wonks Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz.
These findings come as minimum wage fast food employees escalate their protests in cities throughout the country. Demos released a brief detailing ten reasons why fast food workers deserve a higher wage, focusing on the positive impact it would have on the economy. READ: “Ten Reasons Why Fast Food Workers Deserve A Raise.”
On Twitter, use #LowPayIsNotOk, #829strike, and #RaiseTheWage and tweet @RaiseTheWage.
UNFAIR AND PARTIAL — In the wake of the Voting Rights Act Supreme Court decision, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) has released a new report evaluating the increasingly blatant presence of judicial activism in the U.S. Supreme Court. AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently called the current Supreme Court ‘… one of the most activist courts in history.’ We agree. Conservatives preach judicial restraint, but, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court majority routinely overreaches in pursuit of an ideological agenda.” READ: “The Roberts Court and Judicial Overreach.”
DEMOS FELLOW BOOK LAUNCH — Demos and Open Society Foundations will host a reception next Thursday, September 12th in New York to discuss Demos Senior Fellow Sarah Abramsky’s new book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives. Find out event information and watch a trailer here HERE.
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