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"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...

Boost Social Security benefits to close women's pay and caregiving gap

August 25, 2011
By Tatsuko Go Hollo, EOI Intern It’s no secret that women are paid less than men across many industries. It’s also been well-documented that women are much more likely than men to work part-time . Unfortunately, employees who work part-time are often ineligible for essential benefits , such as...

Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women

August 25, 2011
It’s October 20, 2009. My lab results have just confirmed the news that my husband and I have been eagerly waiting to hear. I am pregnant. I am excited. I am overjoyed. I am nervous. I am anxious. My mind and body are gearing up to experience a plethora of emotions and sensations that will last for...
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This time, vote like you mean it!

August 25, 2011
By Cindy Pearson, co-founder, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need That’s what I think every time I tell myself not to get discouraged about the attacks on health care reform. It wasn’t quite so hard back in the spring of 2010, when the attacks were just on health care reform. After...

Breastfeeding Backlash?

August 25, 2011
Ironically, at a time when the significant short and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding are becoming widely recognized, women around the country are facing both rhetorical and direct attacks on their decision to breastfeed. While every major medical authority is working tirelessly to...
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Military Women Deserve Equal Medical Care

August 25, 2011
When Congress returns from their summer recess next month, you can expect it to tackle many of the urgent issues we’ve heard so much about in the news. Issues like the budget, patent reform and FAA legislation are sure to take center stage. Throughout the debates, and amendments and political...
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Kelley Williams-Bolar: One mother's struggle to keep her family secure

August 25, 2011
Any day now, Ohio's parole board is expected to make a recommendation in the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar. You may remember Williams-Bolar from the flurry of media attention she received early this year when she was convicted on felony charges and sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of...
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