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The Voices Politicians Will Ignore When They Vote for Later Abortion Bans

Posted by Abigail Omojola, Fellow | Posted on: February 10, 2015 at 06:16 pm

In January, the House of Representatives hastily scrapped a vote on H.R. 36, which would impose a nationwide ban on abortions at 20 weeks. But some Members still want a vote on the ban in the future, so the fight is not over. And, states continue to move forward with their own unconstitutional 20 week bans. Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.

Setting aside for the moment that these bills are unconstitutional, I want to reflect on the people who would be most hurt by these bans. Mother Jones recently compiled the stories of six women who obtained abortions after 20 weeks. The common theme in each of their stories is that a 20 week abortion ban would have meant that politicians—not these women and their doctors—would have made the women’s deeply personal, medical decisions.

So what happens when politicians do interfere with this decision?

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January Jobs Report: The Engines are Revving – Let’s Step on the Gas

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: February 06, 2015 at 03:29 pm

Today’s BLS data release shows the economy is moving in the right direction. The engines are revving but we need to step on the gas. Women gained 39 percent of the jobs added in January, but half of women’s gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality that don’t pay enough to support a family. 

Half of women’s job gains in January were in low-wage sectors
We told you last month how job growth was still disproportionately low-wage, and this month one-third (32 percent) of all jobs added in January were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality.  Women added 25,000 jobs apiece in retail and leisure & hospitality– growth in these two sectors accounted for half (49 percent) of the 101,000 jobs that women added in January.  One-fifth (21 percent) of men’s jobs added were in these sectors.

Overall, women accounted for 39 percent of the 257,000 jobs added in January, also seeing strong gains in private education & health services (+40,000) and losses in the public sector (-16,000) and professional & business services (-1,000).

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Title IX Enforcement Funding Gets a Boost in the President's Budget

Posted by Laura Checovich, Intern | Posted on: February 04, 2015 at 01:48 pm

In 1973, legendary female tennis player Billie Jean King faced taunts and disbelief when she played Bobby Riggs in the famously televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. 

This week, Serena Williams won her 19th grand slam title.

Today we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. We are reminded this week how far girls and women have come in sports since 1972 when Title IX was passed: women’s participation in collegiate athletics climbed from less than 16 percent in 1972 to 44 percent in the 2010-11 academic year.  Though women’s sports participation is far from equal, last year girls’ participation in high school sports hit a record-high: girls make up almost 42 percent of high school athletes.

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The President’s FY2016 Budget Will Invest in Making College More Affordable for Women and Families

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: February 03, 2015 at 02:23 pm

The President wants to devote $1.365 billion in FY2016 to America’s College Promise, a new program that would make up to two years of tuition free for students enrolled at least half-time in a community college. According to the recently released U.S. Department of Education’s FY2016 budget, the cost of the program would increase as more students took advantage of it, to $60.3 billion over ten years. But that’s a modest investment that would make college more affordable for low- and middle-income families—particularly for women, who make up 56% of community college students and 66% of the low-wage workplace.

A college degree can provide a pathway out of low-paying jobs and into fields with higher pay and more opportunities for professional growth. That’s a no-brainer. Yet, the rising cost of tuition has meant that many students must either forgo college or rely on student loans, which can mean devoting high percentages of post-college earnings to loan repayment. This imposes a particular burden on women, who are paid less than men, even with a college degree. On average, women who borrow to attend community college take out $2,000 more in student loans than men at community colleges do.

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Expanding Preventive Services in FY2016

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: February 03, 2015 at 01:12 pm

Yesterday, the President released his budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The budget maintains the President’s commitment to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and takes other steps to protect women’s access to health care. The budget proposes requiring states to cover preventive services without cost-sharing in traditional Medicaid – a major step towards increasing access to the preventive services that women need to live longer lives and stay healthy.

The proposal to expand preventive services coverage to Medicaid includes eight women’s preventive services. These services were developed by the Institute of Medicine and endorsed by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). They include: (1) Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; (2) Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence; (3) Screening for gestational diabetes; (4) DNA testing for high-risk strains of HPV; (5) Counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; (6) Screening for HIV; (7) Contraceptive methods and counseling; and (8) Well woman visits. Thanks to the ACA, most women already have access to these services without cost-sharing, including women in private plans and women enrolled in expanded Medicaid coverage.

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Support Young Hearts and Minds: Invest In Child Care

Posted by Amanda Hooper, Outreach Manager | Posted on: January 30, 2015 at 02:22 pm

Valentine’s Day may still be a few weeks away, but child care advocates across the country are already busy with a project to bring attention to the importance of child care and early learning. The project? Making valentines to the U.S. Senate that highlight the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care.  This project is part of an effort by NWLC, national partners, and child care advocates across the country to ensure that Congress understands the need for new funding to successfully implement the new Child Care and Development Block Grant reauthorization law.

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Happy 40th Birthday EITC! 10 Things We Love about the Earned Income Tax Credit

Posted by Susanna Birdsong, Fellow | Posted on: January 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

This year, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) turns 40. Happy Birthday EITC! To celebrate, here are 10 important things to remember about this vital support for working families.

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