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It’s Nearly Unanimous: Pregnant Workers Deserve Fair Treatment

Posted by Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel | Posted on: March 07, 2014 at 07:01 pm

What do West Virginia and New York City have in common? As someone who spent many years living in each place, I can assure you that the answer is not that much.

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Poor Elderly Women Get Some Respect in the Senate

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: March 07, 2014 at 03:10 pm

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about ways to reduce poverty among the elderly. Both Chair Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME) recognized that although elderly poverty has been reduced dramatically over the past 50 years, it remains a serious problem. This is especially true for women, who are two-thirds of the elderly poor.

Although Social Security does an amazing job of lifting older women out of poverty—without it, nearly half of older women would be poor—millions of older women—especially women of color and single elderly women—still live in poverty.  

There is another program intended specifically to provide a safety net for poor elders and people with disabilities: Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Two-thirds of aged SSI recipients are women, and SSI does make a difference for many; in 2012, it lifted nearly 317,000 seniors out of poverty and 450,000 out of deep poverty (deep poverty means an income below 50 percent of the federal poverty line, or $5,500 a year for an individual). But between 2011 and 2012, the number of seniors living in deep poverty increased by 235,000, while the number of seniors receiving SSI increased by fewer than 23,000. When the growth in the number of elders in deep poverty is more than ten times the growth in the number receiving SSI, we know our safety net for poor elders is failing.

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Women's Employment Update: Women gain jobs in February but long-term unemployment rises

Posted by Lauren Frohlich, Fellow | Posted on: March 07, 2014 at 02:56 pm

February’s jobs numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics were an improvement over last month’s numbers: women gained more than half of the 175,000 jobs added to the economy in February after losing jobs in January. Otherwise the story is very familiar—the unemployment rate for women was unchanged at 5.9 percent and the long-term unemployment rate increased. Here’s a deeper dive into the numbers:

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The Tenth Circuit Should Join the Unanimous Trend Towards Marriage Equality

Posted by | Posted on: March 06, 2014 at 11:59 am

Last year, the decision in United States v. Windsor represented a huge victory for marriage equality, as the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional. While the Supreme Court ducked the question posed by a companion case of whether a state ban on marriage between same-sex couples violated the Fourteenth Amendment, since Windsor the trend in lower courts has been unanimous: so far, 18 decisions have found these bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is now poised to address the question in Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Smith, two cases which arise out of bans on marriage between same-sex couples in Utah and Oklahoma, which lower courts struck down.

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The Senate Can Still Do the Right Thing and Confirm Debo Adegbile

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: March 05, 2014 at 07:47 pm

Today the Senate had the opportunity to move forward to confirm Debo Adegbile as the next head of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. We’ve blogged about the many ways in which Mr. Adegbile was an ideal candidate to lead the Division at this time. 

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Women Deserve Health Care, Not Lies

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: March 05, 2014 at 01:52 pm

Women of color are being left behind when it to comes to reproductive health care. African-American women are three to four times more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth. Women of color are less likely than white women to have regular pap smears, even though they have the highest rates of cervical cancer. African American women have a higher mortality rate from breast cancer than white women.

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President's FY15 Budget Proposal Highlights Early Learning

Posted by Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: March 05, 2014 at 01:28 pm

There is good news for young children in President Obama’s budget proposal. The President demonstrates his continued commitment to ensuring children have a strong start by proposing significant new investments in early learning. These investments would support more high-quality options for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. The investments would be funded through base discretionary and mandatory funding as well as through a new Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative. This initiative would be supported by savings from changes to mandatory programs and the reduction of a tax break for wealthy individuals, with the additional funding split between defense and domestic programs, including early learning programs. The President’s budget would also fund a major expansion of high-quality preschool programs for four-year-olds through a tobacco tax increase, as proposed in last year’s budget.

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