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Obama Budget Supports Essential Services for Women and Children

Posted by | Posted on: February 01, 2010 at 09:28 pm

The following is a statement by NWLC Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell on the budget that President Obama released today:

“We are pleased that President Obama’s budget protects vital programs for women and children from the budget scalpel and includes much-needed increases in some areas. The budget calls for the comprehensive health care reform women need, provides states additional funding to preserve Medicaid services vital to women and children, and modestly increases funding for some women’s health programs, including family planning. The budget makes a critically important investment in education starting with the first years of life, with additional funding for child care, Head Start, K-12 education, and Pell Grants. It provides some additional funding for safety net programs, including extended unemployment insurance benefits and COBRA assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, child support enforcement, and foster care. It increases support for domestic violence and child abuse prevention programs and strengthens enforcement of civil rights and worker protection laws.

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Twenty-Somethings Not Taking Control of Our Reproductive Health

Posted by Micole Allekotte, Fellow | Posted on: February 01, 2010 at 03:38 pm

by Micole Allekotte, Health Fellow,
National Women's Law Center

This post is part of a series on a recent study on the nation's high rates of unplanned pregnancy.

Recently the increase in the teenage pregnancy rate has been the big news in the sex education debate, but often we seem to forget that teenagers grow up and become young adults, with our (slightly) less controversial sexuality and our (almost) as widespread desire not to get pregnant when we have sex. Despite the fact that 86% of unmarried people in our twenties have had sex and at least the same percentage of us believe that pregnancy should be planned, 7 in 10 pregnancies among unmarried 20-something women are unplanned. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently did a study to figure out why we have such a high rate of unintended pregnancy despite our stated intentions not to get pregnant. Here is what they found:

When it comes to contraception, we don’t know much.
By our own assessments, young adults know little or nothing about some of the most commonly used and most accessible forms of birth control.
• 63% say they know little or nothing about birth control pills.
• Almost 1/3 say they know little or nothing about condoms.
And lest you think young adults are just underestimating or being modest …
• Almost half of those who have relied on birth control pills incorrectly believed you should take a break from the pill every few years, and 14% incorrectly believed that birth control pills are effective even if a woman misses two or three days in a row.
• Almost ¼ incorrectly believe that wearing two condoms will provide extra protection, and more than 1/3 incorrectly believe that it is ok to use latex-destroying petroleum jelly as lubricant.

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Secretary Solis on the Ledbetter Act Anniversary

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 09:30 pm

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment,
National Women's Law Center

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Fair Pay One Year Later

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 08:37 pm

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment,
and Kavitha Sivashanker, Fellow,
National Women's Law Center

Cross-Posted from ACSBlog

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Justice Prevails in Guilty Verdict For Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Posted by | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 05:44 pm

Today a jury convicted Scott Roeder of first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

The statement of Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, follows:

"Justice has prevailed in the senseless murder of Dr. George Tiller.  We hope that Scott Roeder's conviction of first-degree murder will send a potent message that violence toward abortion providers will not be tolerated."

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A Year After Ledbetter - What’s Next for Fair Pay for Women?

Posted by | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 03:08 pm

by Lilly Ledbetter

Cross-Posted from AlterNet.

For almost twenty years, I got paid less than my co-workers. I was a woman doing the same work as the men on my team — and apparently, my gender was all the excuse my employers at a Goodyear tire plant needed to cut my paychecks. My salary was far lower, and I got lower raises – over and over again.

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Why Doing Your Taxes Might Actually Be Fun This Year

Posted by Jessica Heaven, Fellow | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 01:30 pm

By Jessica Heaven, Fellow,
National Women’s Law Center

As W-2s and 1099s start appearing in mailboxes once again, kicking off the agonizing annual countdown to April 15, Americans must begin gearing up to discharge that most dreaded of citizenly duties: filing their taxes. In celebration of the venerable but oft-neglected holiday, "Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day," we here at the National Women’s Law Center want to let you know that this year is different. This year, filing taxes can be…well, “fun” might be taking it too far. How about “marginally less unpleasant”?

We all know that more low- and moderate-income families than ever are struggling financially. But fortunately, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more help than ever is available to those families in the form of tax credits.

Quick tax lesson – don’t run away: in general, a tax credit simply lowers the amount a family owes in income taxes. However, for some tax credits, even if a family owes little or nothing in income taxes, it can receive the value of the credit – sometimes thousands of dollars – as a refund. This means that for the families who are in the direst of financial straits, tax credits can be essential to survival (and you thought taxes were boring).

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Tomorrow Marks One-Year Anniversary of Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: January 28, 2010 at 09:30 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate,
National Women’s Law Center

It’s time to celebrate!

Last night in his State of the Union Address, President Obama promised increased enforcement of equal pay laws so women may one day receive equal pay for equal work.

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