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EACH Woman Act Introduced to Strike Down Hyde

Posted by Carolyn Kossow, Intern | Posted on: July 10, 2015 at 09:15 am

The first time I ever really thought about abortion was in high school. In my 10th grade American history class, I learned about the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision Roe v. Wade. My teacher explained how the ruling granted women the right to privacy and agency over their own bodies. Included in these rights was abortion. For a moment, I believed that the fight was won. I believed that since the Roe decision, all women have been free to make their own reproductive health care decisions.

However, that moment was brief. Soon I realized there was much more work to be done. I learned that just three years after Roe, Henry Hyde introduced the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment unjustly prohibits federal coverage of abortion care, unless in the case of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. The amendment was created to stop women from getting abortions. Yes, you read that right. Henry Hyde himself clearly declared that this was the goal of the Hyde Amendment: “I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion: a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the…Medicaid bill.”

After nearly 40 years of the Hyde restrictions on abortion, as part of the All Above All coalition we are saying, “Enough is enough.” It is time to take action, and time to repeal Hyde.

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House Effort to Rewrite No Child Left Behind Gets an F

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: July 09, 2015 at 03:01 pm

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 5, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Since its enactment 50 years ago, the goal of the ESEA has been to make sure all children—including disadvantaged children—have access to a quality education.  ESEA was last amended as No Child Left Behind in 2001. And although the law is long overdue for a rewrite, it has been crucial in uncovering gaps in achievement between certain groups of students. The National Women’s Law Center, with a coalition of more than 40 civil right organizations, has laid out principles that must be included in a reauthorized ESEA, including transparent and meaningful reporting of data.

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Voters Recognize Reproductive Health is Economic Health

Posted by Erika Hanson, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 09, 2015 at 09:22 am

As many women and families know, their economic stability largely depends on being able to make decisions about when and whether to take on the significant costs of raising a child. Access to reproductive health care allows a woman and her family to decide to delay having a child until they are best able. As studies have confirmed [PDF], delaying starting a family or having another child can also allow a woman to continue her education or career, increase her earning power, and attain better economic stability before having a child.

Voters Understand

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Data Silos Threaten the Purpose of ESEA

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 12:24 pm

When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law 50 years ago, it acknowledged one of our nation’s most fundamental civil right principles—that all children deserve access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, income, sex, or other circumstances. To its credit, when Congress reauthorized ESEA as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, it recommitted to that principle by requiring states to account for the performance of the most disadvantaged students.  

For the first time, districts and states had to report student performance and graduation rates by race/ethnicity, sex, disability status, English proficiency, economic status, and migrant status.  It was one of the most important and positive changes that NCLB brought about.  After all, how can ESEA live up to its promise without data on which groups of students are excelling and which are falling behind?  

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Hyde Must Go the Way of Disco

Posted by Margot Benedict, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:52 am

When I, someone born in 1990, think of the worst things about the 1970s, I think of disco music, platform shoes, and bellbottom jeans (which somehow made a comeback during my childhood). However, while I question the fashion choices made during that decade (sorry Mom and Dad), the worst thing about the 1970s is the Hyde Amendment, which is still going strong. Fortunately, today, some members of Congress took the much-needed step towards getting rid of the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment

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Senate Confirms First Circuit Court Judge of 2015

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Now-Judge Stoll, whose qualifications are unassailable, was confirmed unanimously by a vote of 95-0.

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ESEA: Rally Time for Equity in Sports

Posted by Kandace Watkins, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:30 am

UPDATE: On Wednesday, July 8th, the Senate passed the High School Data Transparency Act (S.Amdt.2124) by a voice vote as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)). The data act, which would help ensure that girls have equal access to athletic opportunities, is now part of the ESEA reauthorization bill pending before the Senate. Senator Murray’s amendment had four other co-sponsors: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). 


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Gender Wage Gap Runs Rampant in Sports

Posted by Daphne Assimakopoulos, Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 10:09 am

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team beat Japan 5-2 in one of the most riveting, dramatic, and intense soccer matches I have ever seen. Carli Lloyd was unstoppable, scoring an unheard of three goals in just the first 16 minutes.

Iconic team leaders Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone both took the field in the second half of the match for what was likely their final World Cup appearance. Rampone has been a staple on the team since the last time they won the World Cup in 1999. Wambach has also made a lasting impact on the squad, both for skill and leadership. She will likely end her playing career with the record for most international goals scored of any U.S. soccer player, man or woman. But even these prolific athletes cannot escape the harsh reality of being a woman in America.

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