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Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Replace Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius is out at the Health and Human Services, but who exactly is her replacement, Sylvia Mathews Burwell? And what does Burwell mean for women?

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More Health Care Reform in the News

Monday April 21, 2014

It probably comes as no surprise that Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has resigned. Despite the fact that over 7 million Americans have ultimately signed up on Healthcare.gov so far, Sebelius' tenure has been marred by the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the lackluster website. Read on to learn more about the politics surrounding Sebelius' departure and the entrance of her successor.

We are also profiling the incoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Who is Burwell and what does her nomination mean for women?

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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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