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The Paycheck Fairness Act Defeated Again

The Paycheck Fairness Act has the potential to help even the playing field and make significant inroads in women’s daily lives. Why are Republicans blocking it?

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Money, Power, and Respect

Monday April 14, 2014

The annual Equal Pay Day was just this past week and so it perhaps no surprise that lawmakers, politicians, and pundits were talking about money, power, and respect in connection to women.

This week "The Paycheck Fairness Act Defeated Again" looks at the political infighting and games that continue to plague women at work and considers what needs to happen next for women to get their fair share on the job.

Although it's clear that women have yet to break the ubiquitous glass ceiling, especially in regards to pay, there are some women who are challenging the "old boys network" in the world of finance. Take for instance the new chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.  Woman on the Rise: Janet Yellen is a profile of this highly regarded leader in finance who is quietly changing the face of women's leadership in Washington.

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Speaking Truth to Power

Monday April 7, 2014


This past week at Women's Issues has been about truth telling and truth seeking, particularly regarding women and the Supreme Court.

With Hobby Lobby back in the news, "Hobby Lobby's (In)convenient Truth" takes a close look at the company's duplicitous stance on birth control. Be sure to read up on this developing story and check back with Women's Issues as I will continue to cover what this particular Supreme Court fight could mean for women.

Anita Hill first burst onto the national stage after her accusations of sexual harassment from then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas more than twenty years ago. Just last month, a film on her life called "Anita" was released. "Anita Hill: Truth Teller and Trailblazer" talks about the film and Hill's decisive role in women's issues today.


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All About the Affordable Care Act and Women

Monday March 31, 2014

Today, March 31st, is the deadline for open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare. Here at Women's Issues at About.com we are looking at the current impact of the ACA for women.  First, "Key Facts on Women's Health in America" breaks down the current statistics on some of the most vital aspects of women's health in America.

"Women and Obamacare: What Now?" discusses the significance of the ACA, especially in light of the current state of its implementation.

"Kathleen Sebelius and the Affordable Care Act" profiles the embattled Health and Human Services Secretary and her connection to health care reform.

"Hobby Lobby and the Affordable Care Act" takes a look at whether or not the retail chain can challenge the ACA, while "Reproductive Justice and Obamacare" illuminates the Right's attack on women's reproductive choice.

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For Many Women, Orange is indeed the New Black

Sunday March 30, 2014

Although men outnumber the percentage of women in prison, the population of incarcerated woman has grown steadily in the last several decades. As more mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and partners enter prison the reality of their experience is an increasingly significant women's issue. In "Is Orange the New Black? Facts About Women and Incarceration," I break down some of the stark and startling statistics about women in prison.

"Freedom after Three Decades in Prison" covers the tragic and triumphant story of Mary Virginia Jones, a 74 year old California grandmother recently released from prison after serving 32 years for a murder she did not commit.

Finally, in "Is Jailing Mothers the Answer?" I explore the trend in legislation that seeks to criminalize mothers, other those who use drugs, for pregnancy outcomes.

These are heavy but important topics that are increasingly demanding women's attention.

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