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September 23, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with four cosponsors, has introduced the Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act (S.2876), which will ensure that survivors of sexual assault get the information, counseling and access to emergency contraception they need in emergency rooms and that all women get information and counseling about emergency contraception during their doctors’ visits.

September 23, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Due to pervasive, systemic barriers in education rooted in racial and gender bias and stereotypes, African American girls are faring worse than the national average for girls on almost every measure of academic achievement, according to a comprehensive report released today by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). In sharp contrast to reports of the academic success of girls overall, African American girls are more likely than any other group of girls to get poor grades and be held back a grade.

The report, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings, and increased risk of economic insecurity for African American women. In 2013, 43 percent of African American women without a high school diploma were living in poverty, compared to nine percent of African American women with at least a bachelor's degree.

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Anniversaries. I love celebrating anniversaries. Yay to Roe v. Wade, yay to Title IX, yay to 12 years with my husband. Bring on the flowers, cake, and happy dances. But there is one anniversary where a dark cloud comes over the day. And that’s the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment.

During my second year of law school, I taught civics and civil rights in an alternative high school in D.C.—that is, a school for students who preferred or were pushed into a nontraditional setting. Almost all my students were Black, and many of them were either pregnant or already parents. The last thing they needed was grief for being a young parent. Yet that’s what many African American teen mothers encounter from their peers, teachers, and administrators, according to our new report.

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