Labor Day

10 Ways to Honor the Real Spirit of Labor Day

Remember those who brought you 40 hour work weeks, lunch breaks, paid time off, sick days, child labor laws and more.
Leila Ettachfini
sexual harassment

Your Contract at Work Might Prevent You from Suing Over Sexual Harassment

Over 60 million Americans have signed contracts with mandatory arbitration clauses, which prevent them from suing their employers over illegal treatment—many without realizing.
Sejal Singh

Domestic Workers Are Using WhatsApp to Organize and Escape Abuse

The hugely popular messaging service provides an unlikely lifeline for migrant women working as live-in maids and nannies.
Laura Secorun
health care

The 'Husband Stitch' Leaves Women in Pain and Without Answers

The infamous post-birth procedure—in which doctors suture the vaginal entrance narrower than necessary without the patient's consent—is just one of the ways in which women are mistreated during and after childbirth.
Mary Halton
Reel Women

Never Forget When Meryl Streep Played a Union Activist with an Amazing Mullet

With beautiful, underrated performances from Meryl Streep and Cher, "Silkwood" follows the life and mysterious death of pioneering labor activist Karen Silkwood.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

Lazy and Foolish Men Still Fail to Realize How Much Unpaid Labor Women Do

According to a new report by the UN, women do nearly three times as much unpaid domestic work as men. This disparity will persist until men actually step up, experts say.
Linda Yang
sexual harassment

For Domestic Workers, Sexual Harassment Can Feel Totally Inescapable

Most domestic workers work alone as nannies, house cleaners, or in-home healthcare workers—leaving them particularly vulnerable to harassment, and with few options for recourse or protection.
Lena Solow
sexual harassment

Ending Secret Settlements Could Stop the Next Harvey Weinstein

According to reports, both Harvey Weinstein and Bill O'Reilly reached multiple settlements with women who accused them of sexual assault or harassment. A new law, to be introduced in California, would outlaw the practice.
Kimberly Lawson

Phone Sex Workers Only Make $4.20 An Hour, Lawsuit Claims

A sex worker advocate says lawsuits like this help people take labor issues involving sex work more seriously.
Kimberly Lawson
labor trafficking

Modern-Day Slaves: Filipina Labor Trafficking Survivors Tell Their Own Stories

"My Family's Slave," a controversial personal essay published in The Atlantic last week, brought the oft-ignored issue of domestic labor trafficking to national attention.
Lena Solow
workers rights

Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Are Being Forced to Sleep in Cabinets, Report Says

"This 'cupboard' is my private bedroom," a worker explained. "I belong to the kitchen."
Gabby Bess

Why Are You People Surprised That Ivanka Trump Sucks?

The "complicit" first daughter's new book, "Women Who Work," is predictably boring, dishonest, and really bad. But it also displays the uncanny valley of Trump's liberal feminism, which is not so different from what's practiced in the mainstream.
Brandy Jensen