Monday, May 9, 2011

The Lipstick LobbyList 5.9.2011

Chelsea Clinton is rocking it out for marriage equality in New York.

What does changing your name say about you - and what can it cost you (!) ?
"Researchers also asked 50 students to screen e-mails containing hypothetical job applications from women. The candidates who had kept their maiden names were more likely to be hired and were offered salaries averaging 40% higher than their name-changing peers."

The race is on for Boston City Council at large candidates, with failed mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty throwing his hat in the ring against four incumbents.  Go Ayanna!
“Our plan has always been to run hard and compete for votes in every neighborhood of the city, no matter what the field looked like,’’ said Jessica Taubner, campaign manager for Ayanna Pressley, who finished fourth in 2009 and captured the last at-large spot. “Pressley earned her seat and she’s been a powerful and effective advocate for the residents of Boston during her 16 months in office.’’
 Sen. Gillibrand with a Mother's Day HuffPost column promoting the The Paycheck Fairness Act. "When women earn more, families are stronger and children have better access to quality health care and education."

A little late, but definitely wanted to give a shout out to the new DNC chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the second woman to hold the post.  From the fantastic feature in the NYT a few weeks ago about the choice of the Democratic party choosing a young, ambitious woman from Florida to head the party: 
“It’s a big deal, a very big deal,” said Ms. Wasserman Schultz, whose toughness was admired by her colleagues even before she grappled with breast cancer in 2007. “My generation is significantly unrepresented in terms of public policy and decision making. As a woman today, it’s very different living through raising children and balancing work and family. It’s an opportunity to reach out to so many families. And women who work outside the family can say Democrats get it.” 

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