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12 February 2010

From: M. Z. Thru: Debra Germany: Introduction of the Gender Equity Act of 2010.

Next Tuesday, February 16th, Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-7) will introduce groundbreaking legislation for women and families with the Gender Equity Act of 2010 here in Pittsburgh.  Following the announcement, Joe will lead a panel discuss and take questions from the audience.

Here are the details:

EVENT: Congressman Joe Sestak on the Introduction of the Gender Equity Act of 2010 followed by Panel Discussion.

WHEN: 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM on Tuesday, February 16th

WHERE: The Hot Metal Bridge Community Center, 2700 Jane Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

WHAT:  New proposals from the highly acclaimed Shriver Report: "A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," will make their way into the halls of Congress when Congressman Joe Sestak introduces the Gender Equity Act of 2010.

To learn more about The Shriver Report, click here:

The Shriver Report was published in October 2009 by California's First Lady Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress; the report highlights that, for the first time in our history, half of all U.S. workers are women and that mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families.  Joe's new legislation will mark a major step forward in helping to update our nation's economic policies and practices to address and support the needs of America's families - men and women alike; the proposed legislation includes:

•  Making social security fair for working mothers by counting non-traditional work as accumulated social security work time.
•  Eliminate arbitrary caps on gender discrimination suits.
•  Allow individuals to use Family Medical Leave time for care of sick domestic partners, their children, and elders.
•  Require paid-time off for certain size employers.
•  Expand Fair Labor Standards Act to cover more employees.
•  Ensure that employees have the right to request a change in hours and location.
•  Expand Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for minorities and women, like Community Express.
•  Enhance SBA entrepreneurial programs for women.
•  Ensure access to reproductive health care and contraception.
•  Allow domestic violence victims to use paid and unpaid leave to overcome abuse.

About Congressman Sestak:  Joe Sestak was elected to Congress in 2006 after a distinguished 31-year career in the United States Navy, and he is honored to represent the Southeastern Pennsylvania district where he was born and raised. During his Navy career, Joe attained the rank of 3-star Admiral, served in the White House as Director for Defense Policy on President Clinton's National Security Council, served in the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and led a series of operational commands at sea, culminating in command of the USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (30 ships, 100 aircraft, and 15,000 sailors/marines/aviators/SEALs) during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In our nation's time of crisis in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Navy turned to Joe Sestak to serve as the first Director of "Deep Blue," the Navy anti-terrorism unit formed in response to the attacks. Joe is the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to either branch of Congress. He graduated second in his class from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master's in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. Joe lives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Alex, and proudly represents the 7th District, where his mother and many of his seven siblings still reside.

Posted via email from the Un-Official Southwestern PA Re-Entry Coalition Blog

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