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Defending Women’s Health Care at the Supreme Court

Conestoga Wood and Hobby Lobby are trying to claim that businesses have religious rights and that those rights let companies control the private lives of their employees. That’s a dangerous argument and would let employers have a voice in the health decisions of their employees. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   April 04, 2014
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Budget 101: You Are What You Fund

It’s that time again. Budget season! Washington is moving into budget mode and beginning discussions on the federal budget for fiscal year 2015. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   March 19, 2014
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Gap in Coaches’ Salaries Guides NCAA Tournament Picks

The 100-plus schools in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments all pay coaches for men’s sports teams more — often much more — on average than coaches for women’s sports teams. How’s that for March madness? Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   5 Comments   |   March 18, 2014
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On McCarthy’s Blacklist: Celebrating AAUW and Women’s History

In his notorious five-hour speech in 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy accused Esther Brunauer of being “instrumental in committing this organization to the support of various [communist] front enterprises.” Brunauer and her husband, like many of their peers at the time, were named as security risks and dismissed from their positions. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   March 17, 2014
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The Fight against Campus Sexual Assault Gets Boost from Its Recent Spotlight and Advocacy Efforts

In the last year colleges and universities have worked to better prevent and respond to campus sexual assault, and the momentum continues to build amid White House attention, implementation of a new law, and ongoing high-profile rape and sexual assault cases. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   1 Comments   |   March 11, 2014
Marcia Grant founded a university for women in Saudia Arabia. Photo courtesy of Ashesi University.

5 Women Who Inspire Us on International Women’s Day

As Ban Ki-moon said in his address on the topic of International Women’s Day 2014, “The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.” We couldn’t agree more. […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   March 07, 2014
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My Baby Hated Me: On the Other Side of Postpartum Depression

In the darkest days after my son, Oscar, was born, I understood a lot of things that are more violent and disturbing and shameful than I’m willing to ever say out loud. But with the Affordable Care Act’s mental health coverage, I got the help I needed to get to the other side of postpartum depression. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   February 27, 2014
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Budget 101: Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits

This post is part of AAUW’s Budget 101 blog series, where we explore sequestration and the federal budget and how they affect Americans’ lives and AAUW priorities. Today we’re going […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   February 26, 2014
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3 Reasons President Obama Needs to Act Now on the Gender Pay Gap

An anti-retaliation executive order would protect federal employees who choose to talk about their salaries or ask about pay practices. It’s time for the president to act. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   February 11, 2014
Lilly Ledbetter is flanked by eight U.S. senators. The gavel represents a hammer, referencing Ledbetter’s saying that “Giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act is like giving them a nail without the hammer.”

Lilly Ledbetter Hasn’t Given Up on Fair Pay — and Neither Should We

Lilly Ledbetter refuses to accept “that’s just the way it is” as a reaction to the gender pay gap. “I don’t back down anywhere,” she said recently. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   2 Comments   |   January 31, 2014