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Women's Issues in the News

Thursday May 29, 2014

This past week was chock full of issues important to women's lives, ranging from new films exploring women's lives to unfortunate acts of violence against women.

Two tragedies struck this week. One was preventable. College student Elliot Rodger went on killing rampage that was fueled by his racism and misogyny. Read on to see how the confluence of racism and sexism influenced Rodger's rage. The other tragedy was the passing of the legendary poet, artist, and activist, Maya Angelou. Check out our profile of her amazing life and career.

"What's being done to #BringBackOurGirls?" reports on the latest information on the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria and the international rescue mission to bring them back.

On a lighter note, Women's Issues takes a look at women on the rise in Hollywood. Laverne Cox makes headlines for becoming the first openly trans woman to make the cover of Time magazine and is profiled here. We also take a look at the new historical biopic, Belle, which explores the life of the eponymous mixed-race heroine living and loving in 18th century England.

Happy reading!


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Women, Power, Sex, and Shame

Monday May 19, 2014

We are covering a lot of ground this week in Women's Issues at About.com. First, we are taking a look at the ongoing struggle to #BringBackOurGirls that is happening in Nigeria. Although some girls have escaped, hundreds remain captive. What can the Nigerian government and the international community  do about this tragedy? And how can terrorist group Boko Haram be stopped?

Women in the media have also been a big part of recent news. We cover the return of Monica Lewinsky, Barbara Walter's career and retirement, and the abrupt firing of the first woman executive editor of the The New York Times, Jill Abramson.

Lastly, Women's Issues takes a look at the recent careers of adult film actresses Belle Knox and Asa Akira and ponder whether or not porn and sex work more generally can be empowering.

Happy reading!


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Women's Education Under Attack

Thursday May 1, 2014

This has been a tough week in women's issues, especially in the world of women's education. First, the US Supreme Court upholds damaging legislation regarding affirmative action. "Women and Affirmative Action" discusses how the controversial social program is an integral part of women's advancement in the workplace and in schools.

Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their school in northern Nigeria by a terrorist organization that targets schools and is adamantly opposed to educating girls and women. Read this piece to learn more about the kidnapping, the national response, and the international outcry against this violence.


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Women, Time Magazine, and Pulitzer Prizes!

Monday April 28, 2014

This past week Time magazine published their annual list of influential people and this year 41 women, from Beyonce to Hillary Clinton, topped this list. Women's Issues takes a close look at these female power brokers who have been honored.

Women Writing/Writing Women profiles some of the influential women writers who have won the coveted Pulitzer Prize, while also covering issues central to women's lives. Get into these women writers!

Happy reading!


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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?

Happy reading,


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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.

Happy reading!


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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.


Happy reading!



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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.

Happy reading!



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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.

Influential Women in the News

Thursday March 27, 2014

For the past several decades, many women have credited feminist leader Gloria Steinem with bringing women's issues and concerns to the mainstream.  This week Steinem turns 80 and there's a a lot to celebrate about!

Plus, unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. Find out more about this fascinating artist with a political sensibility in this week's article.

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