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December 18, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Peace Corps Volunteers will finally have abortion coverage in the most dire circumstances, remedying a long-standing inequity. Until now, Peace Corps Volunteers were treated differently than others who rely on the federal government for health care because they were denied coverage for abortion in all instances, including in the cases of rape, incest or life of the woman.

December 05, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Women accounted for one-third of new jobs in November, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Today’s strong job growth is good news for women and men. But this pace must be sustained to create opportunities for the many workers still on the sidelines or able to find only part-time jobs,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security.  “A quarter of the jobs created last month were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality—and these jobs simply don’t pay enough to survive.  Women are a large majority of workers in low-wage jobs.  Raising the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage would help them and their families make ends meet.”

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A coach in Birmingham, Alabama, Roderick Jackson was not afraid to speak his mind. When he witnessed the inferior practice and game conditions provided for his girls’ high school basketball team, compared to those provided for the boys, he complained to school administrators, calling it as he saw it: unfair sex discrimination.

As a law student at American University, Grace Pazdan learned that students were being denied prescription contraceptive coverage under the University’s mandatory student health plan, when virtually all other prescription drugs were covered. Grace and her fellow students contacted the NWLC and began organizing a grass roots campaign to raise awareness of this discrimination.

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Congress recently recessed for the rest of the year. One of the bills it passed was the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. The bill included many provisions important to women in the military.

Efforts to raise the minimum wage continued to gain steam in 2014, as 14 states and the District of Columbia approved increases (legislatively or through ballot initiatives). Here are a few more highlights of an important year.

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