In the last decade, we have witnessed the population of incarcerated women increase to 400 percent. Building on this development, Rebecca Haimowitz reflects on the interlinkage between incarceration and issues such as race, class, education, national identity, and gender conformity.
There has been a lot of debate and discussion about whether federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor, who President Obama has nominated for the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter, should allow her ethnic background to influence her rulings. In other words, does race matter? Sotomayor, if approved by the Senate, would become the first Hispanic on the U.S. top court. Along those same lines, does sex matter?
Publication: WREI has just released the new sixth edition (2008) of Women in the Military: Where They Stand," which includes information on active duty, reserve and Guard forces and on women veterans as well as updated statistics and a chronology of important policy and legislative milestones. WREI has worked in various coalitions to promote and protect Title IX. The center director has spoken at various women's studies departments in universities across the country and to women's groups during the summer Olympics on the 35th anniversary of Title IX.
The fight for progressive health care reform is currently at a crossroads of major consequence at both the state and national levels, and addressing the barriers to women's health care access is more important than ever before. In order to ensure that women are active and vocal advocates in this fight, the National Women's Law Center has launched Reform Matters: Making Real Progress for Women and Health Care.
NWLC's efforts include: a Reform Matters Toolkit, a Reform Matters Conference Call Series, technical and informational assistance, the National Women and Health Care Coalition, and Health Care for America Now. http://nwlc.org/reformmatters/about.html September, 2009