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Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach

Melanie Ross Levin is currently serving as the Director of Outreach focusing on education, employment, and family economic security issues. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Ross Levin served as the Field Director for the 2006 campaign of Senator Thomas Carper, D-Del.; worked in the Delaware State Legislature; and consulted in Delaware for Vision 2015, a new education reform initiative. She also conducted grassroots organizing around judicial nominations for Planned Parenthood of Delaware. Ms. Ross Levin received her master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware and her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Women's Studies from the University of Delaware.

My Take

The Education Front of The War on Women

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: August 24, 2011 at 05:28 pm

What constitutes a “War on Women?” Is it the daily headlines about attacks on reproductive rights? Or is it more than that? Working at a women’s rights organization, especially one that works on many issues, I can tell you right now that the “War on Women” has many fronts. Some are in the headlines, and some are a bit under the radar. This post is dedicated to what is happening on the education front – the good, the bad and the ugly.


Good Day for Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Expenses Get Covered Without Co-Pay

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: August 01, 2011 at 05:46 pm

While everyone is talking about the historic win we received with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accepting the full recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), making contraceptives available without co-pays, we shouldn’t forget the other great victories for women’s health that came with today’s decision. An equally important victory came from a little paragraph that said every breastfeeding mama or future breastfeeding mama would appreciate.


Teen Dating Violence Bill Introduced in House and Senate

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: July 28, 2011 at 04:00 pm

According to reports, 1 in 4 adolescents reports emotional, physical, or sexual violence each year while 1 in 10 adolescents reports being a victim of physical dating violence. Teen victims of dating violence suffer long-term negative health consequences and show poor student achievement.

To address this critical issue, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Stop Abuse for Every Teen (SAFE Teen) Act. The National Women’s Law Center, along with a number of other organizations, has endorsed this bipartisan piece of legislation because it recognizes the severity of teen dating violence throughout the country and allows schools to use federal funding for prevention and education.


If Title IX Could Talk

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: June 23, 2011 at 09:27 am

Title IX: Happy Birthday to Me! I’m 39 and pretty darn proud of myself.

Average Josephine: So what’s the big deal. It’s not your 21st. Aren’t you a little old for a birthday party?


A la Carte America

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: October 08, 2010 at 11:00 am

It's been widely reported that fire fighters stood there and watched a house in Tennessee burn because the owner had not paid a $75 annual subscription fee. The fee would have provided him fire protection. Since the fee wasn't paid, the firefighters did nothing.