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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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We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.

In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.

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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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“Walmart should heed the part of its slogan that says ‘live better’ by not making life worse for pregnant employees.” http://t.co/m2gRIUyTQh
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Why Women Should Care About the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015: http://t.co/9DcQ97nsks
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Pres. Obama kicked the year off by mentioning #RaiseTheWage in his SOTU, and things only gained steam from there: http://t.co/jHIAA6sICm
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