More people are calling for legislation to create a safer environment for women in the workplace. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James explains how she is pushing for change in legislation at the local level.
James has called for investigations into workplace discrimination. She says individuals need to feel empowered when signing employment contracts, and to not depend upon representation of corporation. James authored groundbreaking legislation to ban employers from asking job applicants for previous salary information, a practice that she says perpetuates a cycle of wage discrimination.
Women who work full-time are earning about 79% of men's median average annual earnings. "Better than 1964, but still not okay," says Laura Brounstein, Director of Editorial and Business Development at Cosmopolitan.