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Unconstitutional Ohio Bill Would Place Politics Above Women’s Health by Banning Abortions as Early as Six Weeks

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: March 25, 2015 at 03:15 pm

Once again, state politicians are seeking to insert themselves into women’s medical decisions and violate their constitutionally protected right to abortion. Ohio’s House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.B. 69, a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. This could be as early as six weeks, before many, if not most, women even know they are pregnant. Abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected would only be allowed in the most narrow and dire of circumstances. This is blatantly unconstitutional. Even supporters of the bill acknowledge that it violates the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade holding that abortions cannot be prohibited before viability. Similar abortion bans failed in the past two legislative sessions, in part, because anti-abortion legislators recognized that the bills were unconstitutional and would subject the state to years of litigation.  

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Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act Means Closing the Wage Gap for Working Women

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: March 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The wage gap for working women in the United States has been stagnant over the last decade – women working fulltime, year round are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men.   Not incidentally, congressional action on the Paycheck Fairness Act has also been stagnant over the last decade.  Congress has blocked action on the Paycheck Fairness Act four times, including twice in the Senate as recently as last September.  But now, Congress has another chance to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and achieve economic security and equality for women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, reintroduced today by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro, achieves several important goals for working women by strengthening the tools that workers have to fight back against pay discrimination.  Specifically, the Act:

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Teeing Up a Massive Tax Break for Multimillionaires

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: March 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

It’s shameful and shameless.

Today, the House is expected to vote on a disastrous budget that would cut $5.5 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years, targeting programs that help millions of women put food on the table, afford child care and higher education, and access health care for themselves and their families. More than two-thirds of the cuts in the House budget are to programs for low- and moderate-income people, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Method to the Madness: Our March Madness Final Four Contenders

Posted by Katie Hegarty, Online Outreach Associate | Posted on: March 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

In honor of March Madness, NWLC has been locked in a battle of televisual proportions, looking for your favorite female TV character of the last 50 years. Hundreds of voters have narrowed the field from the original Sweet Sixteen bracket to the current Final Four. And now, with the added wild card of the write-in category, deciding how to vote is tougher than ever.

Our staff have got their heads squarely in the game, and have made serious cases for their sheroes. Below are their arguments in favor of each of their favorite characters. Can Brandie convince you to champion Olivia Benson? Is Erin’s write-in campaign for Dana Scully supernatural enough?

Check out their posts here, then vote your heart out!  

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Murphy Brown: Stepping Out of Our TV Sets and Into Reality

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: March 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

While all four of the finalists in the Women’s History Month March Madness Bracket are deserving of the win, Murphy Brown did something that none of the others have ever done… for several months in 1992 she stepped out of our TV sets and into reality. And for that reason, she may be the most important woman fictional character ever on TV.

For those of you who don’t remember, when Murphy Brown debuted in 1988, the eponymous main character of the show (played by Candice Bergen) was someone we’d never seen before on our TV sets. A successful television news anchor, in some ways she was just the next evolution in the line of characters started by Diahann Carroll and Mary Tyler Moore — women who weren’t defined by their relationships with a man but by their careers. But where Julia was a maternal nurse working for a kind male doctor, and Mary was a spunky TV producer working for a gruff male news chief, Murphy was neither maternal nor spunky and she didn’t work for anyone. She was the boss — in reality if not in name.

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Why You Should Pick Agent Scully for Best Female Character on TV This March Madness

Posted by Erin Longbottom, Online Outreach Associate | Posted on: March 24, 2015 at 10:24 am

Was it an oversight or government conspiracy that federal agent Dana Scully of The X-Files was left off of NWLC’s March Madness bracket? The truth is out there folks — Agent Scully deserves a fair shot at this title. Let me break it down for you:

From the beginning of the show, Scully is presented to us as a remarkable woman. The FBI (at least in the X-Files universe) is heavily male-dominated, but Scully takes it in stride. She’s never afraid to advocate for herself or her partner when it comes to defending their all-important work of revealing the government’s cover-up of UFOs.

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C.J. For President

Posted by Mia Jacobs, Program Assistant | Posted on: March 23, 2015 at 05:51 pm

In May 2006, The West Wing series finale aired to an audience of 8.1 million viewers. In the seven years of the show, characters tackled and engaged the viewers in challenges spanning the scope of American domestic and foreign policy: terrorism, gay rights, oil dependency, the war on drugs and countless global conflicts. But The West Wing also brought its audience into conversation on more personal issues, pushing us to question the definition of family, professionalism and responsibility. One of the most enduring and relevant (though often overlooked) issues The West Wing brings up is the place of women in the workplace.

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YOLO: You Obviously Love Olivia

Posted by Brandie Temple, Well Woman's Benefit Hotline Coordinator | Posted on: March 23, 2015 at 05:30 pm

The crime procedural Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (known simply as “SVU” to many) premiered in September of 1999 as a spin-off of regular Law and Order. The opening monologue has since been etched into our collective conscience, thanks in part to seemingly endless reruns and frequent marathons on cable networks (not that I’m complaining). SVU is the longest running TV drama in the U.S. and one of the few mainstream shows that deal strictly and poignantly with crimes like sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, which disproportionately affect women and girls.

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