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Family Economic Security

American Moms: Unsung Heroes of a Bad Economy

December 15, 2011
American mothers are hard-hit by the tough economy, with 42 percent more women than men living in poverty and single moms especially vulnerable. Yet women work valiantly to sustain families, and remain thankful that they can manage at all. In a new study on American families released today, the...
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#HERVotes Blog Carnival: Extend Unemployment Insurance!

December 8, 2011
Welcome to the #HERVotes Blog Carnival, this time focused on the need to extend unemployment insurance. Why? One reason is that far too many children in our nation ( nearly 1 in 4 ) live in families who are struggling to put food on the table because of poverty. And for them, this holiday season...
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Holiday Fear

December 8, 2011
Usually we think of cheer, not fear, as synonymous with the holiday season. All you have to do is look around in store windows or at TV commercials and you see pretty, shiny objects holding court with cheerful jingles playing in the background. Then there’s that car commercial where the jingle is...
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Who Gets a Turkey This Thanksgiving?

November 23, 2011
I asked my daughter, "What's your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?" She answered in one exuberant word, "Eating!" While many celebrate by eating together on Thanksgiving, far too many children in our nation (nearly 1 in 4) live in families who are struggling to put food on the table because of...
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#WomenOccupyWorld: We Are Country

November 22, 2011
I am Country As earth lays bare her fertile body I stand boldly naked Whole and entwined We are one In defiance of your objection Objectification You may not dissect me You may not own me You may not occupy me I am Country Every part that you cut, rape, and mine You cannot destroy me My blood runs...
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With Child Poverty on the Rise, Can the Super Committee be Champions for our Kids?

October 18, 2011
The recent release of the new census data should serve as a stark reminder to the 12 members of the Congressional “ Super Committee ” that our nation’s children are in crisis. Overall, the data revealed that the number of children living in poverty has risen to a record 16 million . That’s greater...
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Child Care Keeps California Working

September 23, 2011
Amparo Moreno cares for 8 children in her home, almost half of them with special needs and five of them eligible for subsidized care. Moreno's families are lucky. She used to work at a school for special needs adults and is passionate about helping children with behavioral issues master the social...

Kick it to the curb?!

September 20, 2011
Sometimes when I open the newspaper, I feel like throwing it right back out to the curb. (No disrespect intended to the curb.) Last week, for example, there was the terrible new census data report that nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty, and one in four babies born in America right...
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#HERvotes Jobs Blog Carnival: Women and Jobs are Central to US Economic Recovery

September 15, 2011
I was shocked and saddened when I saw the new poverty data from the U.S. Census that was released earlier this week. The Census data analysis revealed serious declines in women's economic status, including the highest poverty rates in 17 years for women, as well as the highest extreme poverty rates...
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Living on a prayer? Latinas need jobs and the ability to live with dignity

September 15, 2011
Economic security has been a major concern for everyone, but perhaps especially so for Latinas. Studies indicate that Latinas had an 11.4% unemployment rate in August 2011, compared to about 9% overall. And when they work, Latinas earn, on average, less than sixty cents for every dollar earned by a...