Patricia Arquette Defended Her Controversial Comments From The Oscars Press Room On Twitter
The actress earned praise for her feminist speech during the awards show, but her follow-up remarks left people upset. On Monday morning, Arquette stood by what she said in the press room, despite backlash. (UPDATED)
Paycheck Fairness Act Fails In Senate
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have made it easier for women to file pay discrimination lawsuits, was voted down 52-47 today. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a supporter of the bill, said, "It is a very sad day here in the United States Senate but it's a sadder day everyday when paycheck day comes and women continue to make less than men."
Ledbetter Act May Not Actually Boost Women's Pay
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which increases the time people have to file gender-based pay discrimination lawsuits, hasn't actually upped the number of such lawsuits filed. And the wage gap has widened during the recession — women's salaries were 77.4 percent of men's in 2010, compared with 77.8 percent in 2007. One possible reason the gap isn't closing: it's not always easy to find out how much your colleagues make, so women who are making less than men may not even know it.