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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Are Key to Addressing Global Poverty

Faustine JanjiraEradicating extreme poverty globally, as outlined in the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, is achievable only if inequality and discrimination against women and girls is eradicated first.

by Rebecca Lefton | Monday, March 11, 2013

Infographic: Where Are U.S. Women in 2013?

Despite making up a majority of the population, women are still missing where it can matter most: positions of power and leadership in elected office and the private sector.

by Jane Farrell | Friday, March 8, 2013

Rethinking How to Address the Growing Female Prison Population

InmatesClimbing U.S. incarceration rates for women continue to devastate families and communities with few societal benefits.

by Julie Ajinkya | Friday, March 8, 2013

The Faces of Indian Women

play_alt icon Video This video highlights the struggles and the resilience of Indian women in a male-dominated society. Until women feel safe, until they are free to leave their homes without having to seek permission from members of their household, and until they are given respect in and out of the workplace, women cannot realize their economic potential.

by Sabina Dewan and Anand Bhaskar Morla | Friday, March 8, 2013

Continuing Former Secretary of State Clinton’s Efforts to Elevate the Global Status of Women and Girls Is a Must

Hillary Clinton and John KerryTaking the baton from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, John Kerry must ensure that women’s issues remain center stage in world affairs.

by Peter Juul and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Friday, March 8, 2013

We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Benefits of Breastfeeding

BreastfeedingWe must institute policies in America that support and assist new mothers who want to breastfeed their babies but can’t afford to take time off or who need counseling through the process.

by Jane Farrell | Friday, March 8, 2013

Cutting Title X Family Planning in the Sequester Hurts Women’s Reproductive Health

Community health careUnder the sequester, Title X could be cut by $15 million, which would significantly impact critical family-planning and reproductive-health services for women nationwide.

by Lindsay Rosenthal | Thursday, February 28, 2013

Low-Income Victims of Domestic Violence Facing a Political Super Storm

Reauthorization of Violence Against Women ActDeep domestic spending cuts under sequestration coupled with the stalled reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will make a bad situation worse for poor victims of domestic violence and their families.

by Erik Stegman and Katie Wright | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Interactive Map: Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Could Leave 4 Million Women Without Coverage

cursor icon Interactive Nearly 4 million women would be eligible to gain coverage through Medicaid in states that have not yet committed to expanding their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act or that have explicitly rejected the program.

by Lindsay Rosenthal | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

House Leadership Proposes an Expansive Loophole for Abusive Non-Native American Men on Tribal Land

Violence Against Women Reauthorization ActThe most recent Violence Against Women Act reauthorization proposal from House Republican leadership abandons those Native American women who are abused by non-Native American men on tribal land.

by Erik Stegman | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

5 Ways Sequestration Harms Women

Low-income health careLow-income women and women of color would be hit hardest if sequestration takes effect on Friday.

by Lindsay Rosenthal | Monday, February 25, 2013

Interview with Julian Bond

Heidi Williamson talks with Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and icon and current professor at American University, in the second interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

by Heidi Williamson | Friday, February 22, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act Advances Reproductive Justice

Workplace leaveOn the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, we look at how the law has helped the reproductive justice movement advance its cause.

by Liz Chen | Monday, February 4, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act Is Synonymous with Family Values

Family and Medical Leave ActFaith groups that were crucial to securing the Family and Medical Leave Act 20 years ago are key to expanding its protections now and in the future.

by Sally Steenland and Eleni Towns | Friday, February 1, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Why the Fight for Reproductive Justice Isn’t Over

Bettina Hager, Jeff FosterThis week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, but there’s still work to be done to ensure reproductive justice for all women.

by Sophia Kerby and Morriah Kaplan | Friday, January 25, 2013