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Let's Raise Our (Spending) Caps for Women and Families

Posted by Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel and Director of Income Support Policy | Posted on: September 10, 2015 at 02:17 pm

It’s the week after Labor Day, and to be honest, it’s one of my least favorite times of year in D.C. Summer vacation is over but it’s still 90 degrees outside, traffic is a nightmare, and Congress is back in town—and everyone on and around Capitol Hill seems to be placing bets on whether we’re just a few weeks away from a government shutdown.  

A shutdown, of course, is what we’ll get if Congress doesn’t pass legislation to keep the government funded when the new fiscal year begins October 1st. And unless that legislation stops the deep budget cuts known as the “sequester” (cuts that were mitigated in FY 2014 and 2015 by the “Ryan-Murray deal”), the sequester will be back and worse than ever in FY 2016.

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Federal Judge Confirmed — This Shouldn't Be Big News, But It Is

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 09, 2015 at 03:01 pm

Yesterday, upon its return from August recess, the Senate confirmed Roseann Ketchmark to a seat on the Western District of Missouri by a vote of 98-0.  Here are the reasons this unanimous confirmation vote was (unfortunately) newsworthy:

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Women’s Unemployment Low Overall, But Not for All Groups

Posted by Alana Eichner, Program Assistant | Posted on: September 04, 2015 at 04:27 pm

If you’ve taken a look at social media today, you have probably seen that it is #BeyDay, the affectionate hashtag celebrating the fact that September 4th is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s birthday. What you might not have seen today is the release of August’s jobs data, and the news that women’s unemployment, 4.7 percent in August, is at the lowest rate it’s been in more than 7 years — before Beyoncé celebrated her 27th!

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The March for Life Decision: A Real Head-Scratcher

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: September 03, 2015 at 02:39 pm

On Monday, a federal district court judge issued a decision in March for Life, a case brought by a non-profit organization challenging the ACA’s birth control benefit. In that decision, the judge said that if some employees insist they don’t want a health insurance plan that includes birth control coverage, then the employer doesn’t have to cover birth control for any employee. Despite the fact that other employees have a right under federal law to birth control coverage and may need it to protect against unplanned pregnancy or for other health reasons, apparently, that right can be ignored. This outrageous decision could open up a can of worms.

What the Court Got Wrong

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The EACH Woman Act, Explained by Empire's Cookie Lyons

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: September 02, 2015 at 04:02 pm

This summer, champions of women’s health in Congress introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act, which will lift the bans that deny women insurance coverage of abortion. This includes the Hyde Amendment, a harmful prohibition on abortion coverage for low-income women qualified for Medicaid. 

Another thing introduced in 2015 that is amazing and groundbreaking is Empire and its lead character Cookie Lyons (portrayed by Emmy-nominated Taraji P. Henson.) This strong, complicated, take-no-prisoners woman embodies all of our responses to over-turning this ban on low-income women’s access to abortion and the introduction of this important bill.

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Around the Water Cooler: Feminist Tchotchkes

Posted by | Posted on: August 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

To wrap up our blog series, we thought we’d take a tour through our office to see what cool feminist tchotchkes our coworkers were using to decorate their workspaces. We found everything from cool political buttons to vintage posters to funny mugs and dishware! Take a look for yourself:

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The Culture of College Parties

Posted by Haley Eazor, Intern | Posted on: August 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

It’s Saturday night, and one of my friends comes running up to me at a college party. She tells me she is going home with someone. I ask the same question I always do:  

“Are you sure?”

Sometimes I probe further: “Who is he?” “Do you know in which dorm building he lives in?” “Promise to text me later?” On occasion, I’ve interrogated the boy directly. But even on nights when I only ask my friend, “are you sure?” I’m still overcome with worry. Is she safe?

I’ve watched my boyfriend speak to his male friends before they head out with a girl. The language is completely different. There are no hints of apprehension or fear in his conversation, no worry of safety.

Because there doesn’t have to be.

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