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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.

I worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for close to two decades. I was paid less than my male co-workers the entire time—even though I was doing the same work they were and doing it well. Near the end of my time there, I received an anonymous note alerting me to the discrimination, and I decided to fight for justice, with the help of the National Women's Law Center and its allies.

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Last week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (DOJ) released a joint guidance letter reminding juvenile justice residential facilities of their obligations under Title IX [PDF] and other civil rights laws to provide equal access to quality educational opportunities for confined youth.

How did women and families fare in 2014? These blog posts take a look at the landscape over the past year.

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Guidance from @usedgov & @TheJusticeDept will enforce education rights of girls in the juvenile justice system: http://t.co/6AOJw6QD8m
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Low-income uninsured women in the U.S. got a regular check-up 40% less often than low-income women with insurance: http://t.co/KJVb2KkEZw
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The national poverty rate declined in 2013, but the news wasn't as good for elderly women, whose poverty rate rose: http://t.co/tBHlJ6v9xz
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