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Take Action: Children Deserve Better Nutrition

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: January 05, 2010 at 06:01 pm

by Helen Blank, Director, Leadership and Public Policy,
National Women's Law Center,

Thousands of you took action in support of the Senate bill that would improve young children's access to nutritious meals. Now it's time to get a bill moving in the House of Representatives!

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The Title IX Athletics Policies Survive Another Attack

Posted by Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel | Posted on: January 05, 2010 at 04:59 pm

by Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

On December 30, 2009, the federal district court in western Virginia dismissed an attack on Title IX by a group called Equity in Athletics (EIA), and joined courts across the country in holding that the Department of Education’s (DOE) “three-part test” for evaluating whether female students are being provided with equal sports participation opportunities is lawful. 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: January 04, 2010 at 09:27 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

ESPN reported that Sarah Thomas made history by becoming the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game at Saturday’s Little Caesars Bowl.

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Pop the Champagne, But We’re Not There Yet: Shaping a Final Health Care Reform Bill

Posted by Grace Lesser, Program Assistant | Posted on: December 30, 2009 at 03:49 pm

by Grace Lesser, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

Somehow, this New Year’s Eve feels different. At the end of 2009, we find ourselves on the eve of a decade that that has not yet been named. We have a new Presidential Administration with a commitment to health care reform. We are increasingly aware of the costliness of accessing health care coverage and the cost of going without it, demonstrated perhaps most catastrophically in the 137,000 Americans who died between 2000 and 2006 for lack of health insurance, including 22,000 people in 2006 alone. And most importantly, this year we stand at the brink of finally passing monumental health care reform legislation. After almost 100 years of hoping for, talking about and working towards health care reform, we are now closer than ever before to achieving that elusive goal.

Both the House and Senate health care reform legislation would make enormous improvements to our current health care system, and would offer a framework for many more changes to be implemented in the future. Nonetheless, as the House and Senate prepare to conference the two individual bills, it is clearer than ever that the final legislation must draw from the best provisions of each in order to ensure that all women have access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care—without discrimination.

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Don’t Drop the Ball: Back Up Your Birth Control

Posted by Julia Kaye, Former Health Policy Associate | Posted on: December 29, 2009 at 04:58 pm

by Julia Kaye, Health Policy Associate, 
National Women's Law Center 

Ever sent a scandalous text message to the wrong person? Ran onto the metro just inches ahead of the closing doors, only to find that the train’s headed in the opposite direction? Convinced yourself that it was a good idea to eat two Jumbo Slices at 3am? 

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Illinois Joins Other States that Allow a Short-cut to STD Treatment

Posted by Jill C. Morrison, Senior Counsel | Posted on: December 29, 2009 at 02:07 pm

by Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center 

We spend a lot of time here at Womenstake.org complaining and criticizing, but occasionally we stop and applaud states for implementing policies that actually make sense.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: December 28, 2009 at 09:39 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

On the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations’ global treaty on women’s rights, Women’s eNews discussed the fact that the U.S. still hasn’t ratified it.

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