The Daddy Wars
This is why when the Census Bureau puts together its annual report on childcare, men’s caretaking is counted as “babysitting”—only mom’s care work is considered parenting.
When these conversations only focus on women—when men are mentioned as an aside, rather than a central part of creating change—we not only do a disservice to the American men who want more work/life balance but let those who benefit from unpaid female labor entirely off the hook from doing their fair share.
This isn’t about wanting “it all,” it’s about wanting fairness and justice—something that’s only possible if we radically change the gendered expectations of parenting. Anything less will keep us talking in circles…Read More
Joan Dunlop, Advocate for Women’s Health Rights, Dies at 78
Her leadership in women’s issues grew from her involvement in organizations dedicated to controlling population. She believed that if women have better living standards and more independence, they will be empowered to decide how many children they will bear…Read More
Legislative map of Reproductive Rights Laws
If this map doesn’t convince you to join in our effort to fight for women’s rights, I don’t know what will. Many of you are aware of what is taking place in your state but did you know that all of the state legislation is a concerted effort to pass these laws in as many states as possible?
While you are fighting a state issue, you are merely a piece of the overall puzzle. We must fight this together in a unified voice across the country.
This map does not yet include all of the legislation so check back often for updates and share everywhere! You can find links to explain the legislation depicted on the map here:
Why The Obamacare Decision Is Very Good News For Women
“Women in particular should pop the champagne and celebrate. Of those millions of uninsured, 19 million are women. Up to 10.3 million of the low-income among them will now be covered by Medicaid by 2014 when the law goes into full effect. Although the uninsured tend to use less medical care, and therefore spend less than the insured, altogether they spend about $2.64 billion out of pocket each year. (Not to mention that being uninsured leads to a greater risk of death.) They can rest assured that the Supreme Court won’t get in the way of their insurance coverage, which should mean more accessible and affordable care.
Women are big financial winners in this decision in other ways. The first is the elimination of gender rating, or charging women more because they’re women, pure and simple. The National Women’s Law Center recently found that in states that haven’t banned the practice, over 90% of the best selling plans charge women more than men, even though only 3% of them cover maternity services. In fact, even when maternity care is excluded, almost a third of plans charge women at least 30% more than men for the same coverage. One plan even charges 25-year-old women 85% more than men. All told, the practice costs women about $1 billion a year.” Read More
Mississippi Abortion Clinic Law Set To Take Effect
Mississippi could soon become the only state without an abortion clinic because of a new law taking effect this weekend. Critics say the law would force women to drive hours across the state line to obtain a constitutionally protected procedure, or could even force some to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.
Top officials, including the governor, say limiting the number of abortions is exactly what they have in mind.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant frequently says he wants Mississippi to be “abortion-free.” Read More
Health Reform Quiz
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