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New Texas Law Aims to Improve Treatment of Pregnant Women in Jail

September 30, 2015
A new law took effect this month in Texas to open a window onto jail conditions for pregnant women. This new Texas law is unusual because it requires the government to compile and make available detailed information about jail policies and practices. Too often, when people try to get this...

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The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

September 25, 2015
“ Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.” –Pope Francis " Poverty...

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Young Black Males: Pushed Out and Pushed Away

September 18, 2015
Damien Durr is a brilliant young man who grew up in Ohio in a family of teachers where education was always stressed. No one—including Damien—ever thought he wouldn’t finish high school. When his father, grandfather and aunt all died within a short time of each other as he was starting high school...

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Unshared Recovery: 46 Million Poor; Poverty Rate Unchanged

September 18, 2015
New data released by the Census Bureau show that poverty remains too high and the economic recovery is unshared.

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The Power of "Prophetic" Grief

September 11, 2015
“Prophetic grief is more than crying and sighing and weeping and mourning . . . Prophetic grief is planting gardens of healing in the midst of raindrops of blood. Prophetic grief is declaring to the world that love is stronger than hate, that God’s grace is greater than our grief, that God’s power...

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8 Things Moms Don't Need on #LaborDay, or Any Other Day

September 6, 2015
Several companies recently announced new or expanded perks to help the mothers in their ranks: extending maternity leaves, paying to fly a baby and nanny when mom takes a work trip or to ship breast milk back home, offering a mother local work for the first year of her baby’s life, or allowing her...

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When Celebrating Women Traps Them In A Silo

September 1, 2015
By Gina Glantz, Founder of W hen is “celebrating” women not all that good for women? Let’s face it. Something tagged exclusively for or about women is all too often a revenue generating strategy alongside a way to deflect criticism about the lack of attention to women and an...

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Women Deserve a Voice on the Job and At the Ballot Box

August 26, 2015
* Co-authored by Page Gardner, Founder and President of the Voter Participation Center Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a day that commemorates the 19th amendment being ratified granting millions of women the right to vote. In the 95 years since, women have used their votes to better their...

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Can You Get Accidentally Stoned From 2nd Hand Smoke? And Other Questions On Marijuana As Legality Expands

August 14, 2015
Your top questions on marijuana--answered! 1. Tell me about the marijuana landscape The legalization of marijuana is growing. It is legal in some form (medical or recreation use) in 23 states and that number is expected to grow. With it come pot shops, ads for cannabis products in the newspaper,...

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Why the New Overtime Proposal is a Win for Working Women

August 13, 2015
For months we’ve heard that the economy is finally moving in the right direction, except for one hitch: working people’s wages, particularly those of women, are not going up. One big reason: for years, millions of workers have clocked in more and more hours without ever seeing an extra cent in...

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