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Discrimination Against Pregnant Women and New Mothers Is Not a Work-Life Balance Issue

August 25, 2011
Last week, Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a class action suit alleging that Bloomberg L.P. discriminated against pregnant women and mothers returning from maternity leave. In her decision , Judge Preska said that the Equal Employment...
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Stop the War on Women: Elect Women

August 25, 2011
The GOP is at it again. After their wins in the 2010 midterm elections, John Boehner and the Tea Party took over the U.S. House on a pledge to repair the economy and jumpstart job growth. But instead of keeping their word, they seized every opportunity to attack the rights and freedoms of America’s...

Three Ways Not to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day 2011

August 25, 2011
As second wave feminism gathered peak velocity forty years ago, the late bombastic and behatted Congresswoman (D-NY) Bella Abzug persuaded Congress to designate Aug. 26th as Women’s Equality Day . It recognized the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that in 1920 gave all U.S. women the right to...
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Breastfeeding as a Health Policy Issue is a Win-Win

August 25, 2011
The toughest of times can shine a light on opportunities for needed change, often providing long awaited improvements. Faced with state and federal budget crises and promising health care reform, breastfeeding as a policy, not just a health, issue , stands out as a win-win for everyone...

Shop Healthy. Eat Healthy. Stay Healthy: Support Businesses Whose Workers Earn Paid Sick Days

August 25, 2011
This Women’s Equality Day, we plan to start spreading this message in Philadelphia through a new campaign to honor businesses that ensure all of their workers have an opportunity to earn paid sick days. What does women’s equality have to do with paid sick days? Well, many women end up in low-paying...
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Women Holding the Line

August 25, 2011
What is a woman’s life worth in today’s economy? The price of a pap smear? Savings from cuts to HIV/AIDS programs? Unfortunately, policymakers across the country seem to be bartering in just this way with women’s lives. Over the past year government has cut essential social services at all levels,...

"The Help" and the rights of domestic workers

August 25, 2011
This week, I went to see the movie The Help , based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. The film focuses on the exploitation, abuse, and indignities endured by African American women who worked as housecleaners, childcare providers, and cooks in the homes of white families in Jackson,...

What revolution? Why haven’t women pushed harder for caring work to be valued?

August 25, 2011
When I first got involved in blogging in the Spring of 2008 (coming up on 3 years), I started looking for other attachment parenting and feminist mothering blogs. The first feminist mothering blog that I came across and one that still holds a prominent place in my RSS reader today is blue milk ...

A Woman’s Work on Economic Equality is Never Done

August 25, 2011
A divorced janitor, a 27-year employee and the mother of a seventeen-year old son with the mental capacity of an 18-month old, fails to report for mandatory overtime one Saturday when her son’s caregiver could not work because of a sick child. She calls twice and leaves a message for her manager...
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The time to mobilize women voters is now in preparation for 2012

August 25, 2011
As a young woman who grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Little Rock Central High School (home of the Little Rock Nine), I was fully aware of the importance of civil rights activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and women’s equality advocates such as Gloria Steinem. As a student at...

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