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How Core Economic Security Policies Won While Candidates Lost

November 5, 2014
Despite what's making the headlines, the outcome of Congressional races are not the whole story coming out of election night. There was more to this election than meets the eye, or than is being covered in traditional media.
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How Voter ID Laws Affect Women of Color

November 3, 2014
This post, authored by Tracy Sturdivant , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . Voter-id laws systematically undermine constitutional rights of women of color. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Headlines are telling a bleak story this election season, particularly for women of color. Fast food and home care workers—the vast majority of them minority women who are living in poverty—have been striking for a living wage...
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Ladies: Vote Tomorrow, Invite Many, Run Often

November 3, 2014
By Rhonda Briggins-Ridleyand This election cycle presents a unique political situation in Georgia; we have five African American women running for statewide positions. This historic political time has also brought nationwide attention to our state’s elections, highlighting a potential shift not only in gender politics, but in the racial make-up of Georgia’s highest offices. On the national level, only one African American woman has ever served in the Senate, and only sixteen in the House...ever. I’ve worked in southern politics for more than 25 years and now as co-founder of VoteRunLead ,...
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Don't Forget to Vote Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Start Thinking About Running

November 2, 2014
With the General Election coming up in two days (Tuesday, mark your calendars!), articles, blog posts, emails, and tweets have been focusing on the importance of the female vote -- as both key to particular candidates securing elections, and also as a way for women and parents to ensure that issues related to support of the family, gender equity, and the day-to-day living economy get the attention they deserve. There's no question that the female vote determines elections. Since 1964 , the number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential race. And since...
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The Real Monsters

October 31, 2014
Each year at Halloween, our neighborhoods are bustling as children go door to door dressed as zombies, vampires, skeletons or something else fantastic and scary. For many children Halloween is the rare occasion to indulge in a fun time of ghost stories and goblins and trick or treats. But at the end of the night they put away their costumes and make-believe in their closets and return to their normal lives. Sadly, too many children do not have normal or safe or protected lives and their monsters are real. They do not have closets in many homeless shelters or on the streets or church steps...
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SNAP into Action: Celebrate 50 Years of Food Stamps Using #snap4SNAP

October 30, 2014
This post, authored by Kate Scully, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boosts the food security of millions of Americans. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Fifty years ago President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. The legislation made the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), permanent. SNAP has...
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Nov. 4: It's All About Women

October 30, 2014
The other day I read a statistic that made me laugh a little. It said women’s issues are shaping up as the second-biggest issue among voters this year, behind only the economy. Really? I don’t think so. We are the economy. Women’s issues, family issues, are economic issues. And, as we know every single day, economic issues are women’s issues. That’s why this election is so important to us. And why we’re so important in this election. In a few days, we’ll have the opportunity to determine what kind of economy we will have—what kind of future—by electing leaders who will work for all of us. In...
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The Rise of the (Fictional) Female Politician: It’s Time for Reality to Match Our Hollywood Stars

October 30, 2014
Over the past decade, we’ve seen a rise in strong female political leaders on television. President Laura Roslin in the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica comes to mind. Not to mention Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, as well as a slew of others who are bringing the political savvy and talent of women politicians into the public eye. With every renewed season, we debunk the myth that women will watch men lead, but men won’t watch women in the leading role. Thanks to writers like Shonda Rhimes making waves, institutions like the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and watchdogs like...
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Closer to the Finish Line

October 24, 2014
With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Current Policy Choices Aid Abusers

October 23, 2014
This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . We cannot separate support for domestic violence survivors from support for a robust safety net. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago, opinions among the public and politicians have shifted remarkably from viewing domestic violence as a private family matter to expressing overwhelming support for survivors...
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