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Governors: Get Your State Off This List

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: September 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

This week’s annual release of Census Bureau insurance data tells us that, once again, all states are not equal. Over 90 percent of women aged 18 to 64 in states like Massachusetts and Minnesota are insured. But, again this year, Texas leads the nation in the proportion of women without health insurance, with nearly one-third of women going without health coverage.

Here is the sad list of the worst states for women’s health insurance coverage:

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Louisiana Has the Largest Wage Gap, D.C. Has the Smallest in 2013

Posted by | Posted on: September 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

Today the Census released new state-level data on income in 2013. We’ve been crunching numbers on the wage gap—here the key facts you need to know:

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Early Learning Builds Our Future

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: September 17, 2014 at 03:51 pm

With the September sun brightly shining, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and members of Congress joining preschool children in hard hats on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, you couldn’t have asked for a better morning to celebrate early learning. These leaders from Congress and the Administration—and the children who are our future leaders—came together with NWLC and MomsRising to emphasize the importance of supporting expanded early learning opportunities.

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Want Retirement Security? Need Equal Pay

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 17, 2014 at 03:01 pm

Yesterday’s Census data release showed that women’s 2013 poverty rates did not improve, and women working full-time, year-round, were paid just 78 cents to every dollar paid to men, statistically unchanged from 2012. That news is grim enough.

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Reflecting on Poverty Day, Take a Moment to Support Reproductive Justice

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: September 17, 2014 at 02:51 pm

The Supreme Court once recognized that, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” Most Americans get this connection. As we think about Poverty Day, it is particularly important that we remember this critical connection.

So what happens when the government blocks women’s access to reproductive care, particularly abortion? Just taking a wild guess here that it’s not equal participation in the economic and social life of the nation.  

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7 Signs the Wage Gap is Played Out

The wage gap barely budged in over a decade and the latest data show that women working full time, year round only make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.To give you an idea of how long ago that is, here are some things that were popular back in the early 2000’s.


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Without the Safety Net, Millions More Would Have Lived in Poverty in 2013

Posted by Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 03:37 pm

I have good news and bad news. I’m the type who always wants to hear the bad news first, so here it is: newly released Census Bureau data show that more than 45 million Americans lived in poverty last year.

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Whose Poverty Rate Increased Last Year? Older Women's

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 03:30 pm

As we reported, today’s poverty numbers show no improvement in the poverty rate for women overall. Hispanic women saw their poverty rate decline; African

 American women did not.  We haven’t finished crunching all the numbers.  But we know that at least one group of women saw an increase in poverty: women 65 and older.

The poverty rate for women 65 and older increased to 11.6 percent in 2013 from 11.0 in 2012, a statistically significant change. The poverty rate for men 65 and older in 2013 was 6.8 percent, statistically unchanged from 2012.  More than two-thirds (68.1 percent) of the elderly poor are women.

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