Re:Gender Blog

Election 2010

Posted on November 01, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Martha F. Davis* By itself, CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is just words. But these words can have an important function in setting an agenda for women's rights in the U.S. and providing international comparators of our progress.The U.S. is one of the very few countries worldwide that has failed to ratify CEDAW. As a result, the U.S. does not participate in the international monitoring process that requires periodic reporting to the CEDAW Committee of international experts on our nation's progress and steady efforts toward achieving women's equality.
CEDAW, Davis, election
Posted on October 29, 2010 by Vivienne Heston-Demirel
By Linda Basch and Shyama VenkateswarNovember 2nd. Election Day 2010.  It’s days away and many are calling this the most unpredictable election they can remember.  Will this election be a game changer?  Will there be a new majority in Congress?  And will those teapartiers have an impact on voting behavior?  
Posted on October 28, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Saru Jayaraman and Fekkak Mamdouh*With 10 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing employers – and one of the largest employers of women of color - even during the current economic crisis. Founded initially after 9/11 to support restaurant workers displaced from the World Trade Center, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national restaurant workers’ organization with 6000 members in seven states. ROC supports restaurant workers through organizing, policy and research work, and partnerships with responsible employers to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability.
Posted on October 27, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Mary Ignatius*The lives of low-income working mothers and children are hanging in the balance with California Governor’s economically irresponsible and morally reprehensible line-item veto to eliminate the Stage 3 child care program.  Despite having a bi-partisan “hand shake deal” that would have protected child care subsidies, the Governor shocked the legislature by claiming the cuts were necessary to bolster up a “rainy day fund.”
Posted on October 27, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Natalia Cardona*Our government representatives are shying away from a new stimulus under the guise of avoiding a larger deficit. However, another stimulus package is a short-term deficit that will have long-term benefits. An additional stimulus makes economic sense, because the job market lags behind in terms of recovery after a recession. Furthermore, this package is an ethical imperative that would promote the United States’ human rights obligations to the right to work under international law. It will also uphold a non-discriminatory human rights policy that will correct the systemic blind spot the administration experienced in putting women and women of color on the road to recovery.
Posted on October 27, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Jeannette Pai-Espinosa*Beyond the rhetoric and bluster of the campaign season there exists a frightening silent truth: girls and young women experience violence, abuse and neglect at epidemic proportions in America. More than 60 percent of all females raped are under the age of 18; one in three girls is sexually abused; and the average age at which a girl is trafficked for sex in this country is 12–all in the land of the American dream.
Posted on October 27, 2010 by Kyla Bender-Baird
By Kate Kahan*Women’s economic security is critically important to the economic growth of our country. Women play a vital role in America’s changing workforce and improving their lives will benefit everyone.