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Senate Set to Vote on Judge Sotomayor Today

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 06, 2009 at 02:55 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel,  
National Women's Law Center 

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

Over the past two days, Senators have been debating the nomination of Judge Sotomayor. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination later today, taking this historic vote right before Senators leave for the August recess.

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A Big Step for LGBT Employment Rights – ENDA Introduced in Senate

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: August 06, 2009 at 02:19 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Depressing as it is, in 29 states, it’s still legal for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to be fired because of their sexual orientation. And in 38 states, it’s legal to fire an employee for being transgender. (Here’s a map, courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign.)

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Senator Bond To Vote For Judge Sotomayor

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 05, 2009 at 03:15 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

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This Woman's Place is on the Supreme Court: Help Confirm Judge Sotomayor

Posted by | Posted on: August 05, 2009 at 02:30 pm

by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center  

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

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Rally Wednesday in D.C. to Confirm Judge Sotomayor!

Posted by Candace Webb, Outreach Manager | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 09:47 pm

by Candace Webb, Outreach Manager,
National Women's Law Center

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5 at 12:00 p.m. EST, the National Women’s Law Center, our partners in the civil rights community, and hundreds of supporters of Judge Sonia Sotomayor will gather at Upper Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to call for the confirmation of Judge Sotomayor to the U. S. Supreme Court.

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History in the Making

Posted by | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 06:57 pm

by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center 

Cross-posted from Huffington Post.

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Women Small Business Owners Really Need Healthcare Reform

Posted by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 04:54 pm

by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, 
National Women’s Law Center

Cross-posted from Reuters.

Insurance companies and others who profit from our broken health care system are mobilizing to defeat comprehensive reform by using misinformation and scare tactics. A prime example is the allegation that healthcare legislation – specifically the plan being considered by the House of Representatives – will hurt small businesses.

The fact is that small business owners, especially women, are already hurting under our current healthcare system. Leah Daniels, 29, is the owner of Hill’s Kitchen – a gourmet kitchenware store that opened last May not far from the U.S. Capitol. Daniels can’t afford to offer health insurance to her three employees. She purchased her own bare-bones plan on the individual market for protection “in case I get hit by a car,” but not much else. It costs her just under $200 a month and doesn’t cover such services as routine doctor’s visits or maternity care. Daniels, who often works 7 days a week, says that she is constantly worried about getting sick.

Daniels’ problems are, unfortunately, all too typical. A new report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) found that small businesses pay up to 18 percent more than large firms for the same health insurance policy. These higher costs mean that small businesses are considerably less likely than larger businesses to provide health insurance to their employees, and those that do tend to have less comprehensive plans. And Census data show that women-owned businesses are generally smaller than male-owned businesses.

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Fear Factor: the Health Reform Edition

Posted by Jill C. Morrison, Senior Counsel | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 01:04 pm

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

So it seems that there’s a pretty nasty rumor going around about end-of-life care in health reform.  The gist of it is “health care reform will force old, sick people to agree to refuse any health care, and just die.” 

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