An Ugly Rant Is Met With Silence

It’s election season, and that means it’s time for candidates to pander to the Religious Right.

It’s an Unhappy Birthday: 39 Years of Hyde is Enough

More than 40 years ago, the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, confirmed that women have the right to make their own decisions about whether to terminate a pregnancy. Just three years later, unable to ban abortion for every woman, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment on this day in 1976, restricting access to abortion for… [Continue Reading]

Working Americans Need – and Deserve – Paid Leave

For too many families in the U.S., a new child or illness means economic insecurity at just the time when they are most vulnerable.

One Billion Rising: Today, I Rise to #LiftTheBan

I am rising to urge everyone to join me in taking action to reduce the suffering immediately by demanding that President Obama stand up for these girls and women and provide them with access to comprehensive medical care, including the option of abortion, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

HERvotes Blog Carnival: It’s Time to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act – which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week. Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness… [Continue Reading]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: National Women’s Health Week

By Cindy Pearson, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need For the 13th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating National Women’s Health Week. The federal government launched National Women’s Health Week ten years ago in an effort to improve women’s health by building awareness about thing It’s nice to have our government… [Continue Reading]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: What Health-Care Reform Means to Women

By Cindy Pearson, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating the second anniversary of the new health-reform law, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Why are women so excited about the ACA? Well, for a start, the law has already started removing barriers to health care… [Continue Reading]

Two Years Later, Reflections on the Landmark Health Care Law

by Miri Cypers, JWI Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist Two years ago this week, Congress voted in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform bill, and sent the legislation to President Obama’s desk to sign. This came after months of heated debate in Washington DC and throughout the… [Continue Reading]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

by Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found alarming rates of sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence. One in 4 U.S. women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, and nearly 1 in 5… [Continue Reading]

Women, Black Workers Hard Hit by Attacks on Public Employees

by Tula Connell, AFL-CIO improved jobs figures out last Friday obscured the ongoing decline in public-sector jobs. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted when releasing the March unemployment data: Employment in local government continued to trend down over the month. Local government has lost 416,000 jobs since an employment peak in September 2008…. [Continue Reading]