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Make Me a Woman

February 27, 2015
One of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: “If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not...
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

Must Job Seekers Give Employers a Reason to Reject Them?

February 24, 2015
Imagine you’re a warehouse manager. You need a new worker and are choosing between three finalists. All are equally qualified, and all say they can meet the job requirements. But two of them, it turns out, are pregnant. · Danielle is barely five months along, and showing only a little. · At seven...
R. Scott Oswald's picture

How Healthier Kids Can Mean More Money for Schools

February 18, 2015
If you’re a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child, you’re probably familiar with the question, “But do I have to go to school today ?” All kids, no matter how much they like school, sometimes want to spend the day doing other things. (I suppose we don’t really outgrow that urge…) But though...
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Working for a World Where Love Always Wins

February 13, 2015
I want my kids to grow up in a world that embraces all people. It sounds so simple, but, as events of the last few years have shown, making that a reality requires hard work, painful setbacks, and for each of us to step outside of our comfort zones and speak up for what is right. That’s what the...
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Girls In Justice

February 13, 2015
I’m grateful for a powerful new book, Girls In Justice by artist Richard Ross, a follow up to his moving earlier Juvenile In Justice, which combines Ross’s photographs of girls in the juvenile justice system with interviews he gathered from over 250 detention facilities across the United States. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the deeply disturbing photographs speak volumes.
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

Looking Behind Prison Walls, Report Exposes Woefully Substandard Health Care for Women in New York

February 12, 2015
Today the Correctional Association of New York released a major report calling on the state to overhaul its substandard health care for the women it imprisons. Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons draws on five years of research,...
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Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

February 6, 2015
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To...
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The Question for Lawmakers Who Might Backtrack on Expanded Health Coverage: Seriously?

February 3, 2015
This post, authored by LeeAnn Hall , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . LeeAnn Hall discusses why Medicaid expansion is necessary for women's health and urges states who have not done so to take this important action . TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to...
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What Happens When a Tea Partier and Gay Rights Activist Come Together?

January 26, 2015
True story: I once set up a coffee between two friends that testified against each other in the heated marriage equality debate in New Hampshire. Also true: while they ended up friends, initially, I encountered a barrier increasingly common in American politics. The public is so divided...
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Is it a simple ear infection or a disaster waiting to happen?

January 20, 2015
Like many sandwich generation moms, I've been around the block when it comes to maladies of the ear. Both of my elderly parents are hard of hearing; and before my daughter reached 2nd grade, she had endured four ear surgeries. So I thought I'd seen it all. But the other day, I met a woman who...
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