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Equal Pay for Moms Now

August 25, 2011
She’d called me into her office, this lady boss of mine, newly charged with running what was then the 6th-largest newspaper in the country. Honestly, I thought I was in trouble—somebody always had a problem with the black girl who insisted on writing about rappers from Brooklyn and black actors in...

Brooklyn Grandmother Takes a Stand

August 25, 2011
You know Mary Ward She is in all of our families. She is in every community. She’s that neighborhood matriarch who knows everyone and everything about the community from way back when. Mary Ward has a lot in common with so many mothers and grandmothers living in working class communities of color...
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Economic Policy: It’s Personal

August 25, 2011
The economic meltdown battered many Americans, but women and communities of color have long sustained the impact of an imbalanced financial market. Hard working women are deeply familiar with the enormous racial and gender wealth gap in America. Single Black and Hispanic women have one penny of...

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,...

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