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HUD and Philadelphia-area Borough Settle Allegations of Housing Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence

October 2, 2014
"It's discriminatory to deny housing to a woman for violence committed against her. To face discrimination, on top of domestic violence, only compounds the injustice," said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
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FirstBank Mortgage Partners to Pay $35,000 to Resolve Allegations it Denied Home Loan to Applicant on Maternity Leave

October 2, 2014
In case you missed it: Check out this important press release from HUD's Office of Fair Housing; they're helping to turn the tide against maternal housing discrimination!
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Secret Life of FMLA: Shifting the Family Leave Conversation from She to We

October 2, 2014
I was out the other night with some of my colleagues and we were discussing ideas about what could help create a more supportive work culture at our university. The only two women at the table spoke about the need for more family friendly workplaces, specifically the need for paid family leave. We spoke about patched together leave that we or other women we knew had managed for the births of children. I told them that I was only able to take three weeks for the birth of my second son because I couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave and I didn’t have enough sick days to cover longer. My female...
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NC education cuts must stop.

September 30, 2014
My name is Stacy Eleczko and I am a teacher. Eight years ago, I moved to North Carolina from Florida because of the progressive direction of education in this state. I also didn’t scoff at the fairly significant raise I got by moving here. Now, teachers in Florida with the same level of experience are making roughly $5,000 a year more than me. By the way, they are also one of the worst paying states in the country so that’s not really saying much. Frankly, I have had enough. My husband begged me to stop reading articles about the current budget or legislative decisions in the evening because...
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Thank a Suffragete: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

September 23, 2014
This weekend I will have the privilege to sit with my early childhood education advocate peers in the same room at Cranalieth as Susan B Anthony, Rachel Avery and many other suffragetes when they worked through fighting for a woman's right to vote.
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Alicia Keys launches #WeAreHere movement with MomsRising, 11 other organizations

September 22, 2014
TERRIFIC BREAKING NEWS! Giant thank you to Alicia Keys for partnering with MomsRising.org & others in a big way for her ‪#‎WeAreHere‬ movement!
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The Peer is the Political: Why The Cosmo Generation Needs To Lead

September 15, 2014
We’ve come a long way, ladies. Now it’s time to go farther, faster. With Cosmopolitan.com’s recent announcement that it would increase its political coverage heading into election season and that it would launch #Cosmovotes , an initiative to get more young women to vote and endorse candidates who support women’s rights, we let out a resounding hell yeah. Not only do young women want to read about politics and vote for our future leaders, they want to be our future leaders. And why shouldn’t they be? Today, women occupying positions of power aren’t seen as extraordinary one-offs, but the norm...
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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VoteRunLead Issues Challenge to Nation: Invite 50,000 Women to Run

September 15, 2014
I am excited to announce we launched VoteRunLead last week, the first online platform for women to learn to run and lead. We are challenging the nation to invite 50,000 women to run by election day on November 4th. If each of us invites three women to run we can exceed our goal. You'll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months. So excited to be part of this talented and vibrant community! September 9, 2014 VoteRunLead issues challenge to nation to invite 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and half-a-million by 2016 Partnering with Target and Omidyar Network...
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Punished for Being Poor: Black Mothers and the Sin of Poverty

September 9, 2014
Tamika Middleton is a lifelong social justice advocate committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppressions. In this post, Tamika writes about black mothers being punished for being poor. Tamika is a Writing Fellow for the Center for Community Change. Last week, Shanesha Taylor took her children home for the first time in months. In March, she went for a job interview to find stable housing for her family. Because she had no available childcare, Shanesha left her children in the car. She was arrested, and her children were taken away for five months. Just two...
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