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Cutting Help for Poor Families in DC is No Way to Balance the City's Books!

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm

by Kinara Flagg, Legal Intern,
and Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security,
National Women's Law Center 

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NWLC Honors Promising Practices in Nontraditional Career and Technical Education

Posted by Christie Turner, MARGARET Fund Fellow | Posted on: July 28, 2009 at 05:00 pm

by Christie Turner, MARGARET Fund Fellow,
National Women’s Law Center

This morning Fatima Goss Graves and I participated in a Capitol Hill briefing honoring promising practices in nontraditional career and technical education (CTE) programs. I realize that robots, computer games, and welding equipment might not be the first things that come to mind when you think of gender equity. But really, getting more girls into CTE programs is a critical part of the fight in advancing women’s rights and ensuring economic security for women.

We’ve made a lot of progress in the thirty-seven years since Title IX was passed, but the truth is that unacceptable disparities still exist in all areas of education and particularly in CTE programs. For example, female students continue to make up 98 percent of students enrolled in cosmetology programs but only 9 percent of all students enrolled in automotive repair courses. And the latest data on Advanced Placement exams—an important indicator of where students are heading college- and career-wise—show that girls make up only 31 percent of those taking the AP physics exam and just 17 percent of students taking the computer science exam. And although there are a number of factors behind these distressing enrollment patterns, available research suggests that sex discrimination and sex stereotyping can create real barriers that prevent students from being able to make informed choices about CTE careers.

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Be Part of Health Reform History

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 28, 2009 at 04:15 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 

Today is the day we start to make history.

Join tens of thousands of health care advocates telling Congress that health reform can’t wait. Ask your Representative to support the House health care bill (H.R. 3200) today!

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Just Released: Judiciary Committee Approves Sotomayor's Nomination

Posted by | Posted on: July 28, 2009 at 03:23 pm

NWLC Applauds Swift Action, Urges the Senate to Vote before August Recess

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A statement from Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), follows:

“The strong vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee today underscores Judge Sotomayor’s extraordinary qualifications. We applaud the Committee for acting swiftly to bring this outstanding nominee one step closer to making Supreme Court history. 

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President Obama Honors WNBA Team at White House Ceremony

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 08:31 pm

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

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 05:21 pm

by Catherine Kruse, Outreach Intern,
National Women’s Law Center 

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Health Care Reform Is Good for Small Businesses – Especially Women's

Posted by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 03:55 pm

by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center

My father owned a small business. So I grew up understanding the difficulties and pressures small businesses face: hiring, retention, the high cost of providing benefits, the need for investments in equipment or inventory, for example.

But I don’t understand claims that the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200), now being considered in the House, will hurt small business. Yes, small businesses have a hard time finding affordable health insurance for their employees. That’s why the bill includes insurance market reforms that will reduce costs for small businesses and a new tax credit for very small businesses to help them offer coverage. So, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (predictably) rants against the bill, local Chambers aren’t falling into line.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is taking a very different stance from the U.S. Chamber. Recognizing that women face special challenges in securing affordable health care, it urges Congress to take “swift and strong action” to reform the American health care system to provide “guaranteed, affordable, quality health care without discrimination,” including a “robust government-led public plan to take on the insurance carriers.”

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Mark your Calendars: Call Congress About Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 24, 2009 at 07:22 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women’s Law Center 

We need your help. Reform opponents are working hard to stop women and their families from getting health care reform that meets their needs. From anti-choice messages to opposing fair financing that would pay for health care reform, they are using every method possible. And their calls to Congress are getting through.

But you better believe that we are ready to fight back.

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