In this video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answers questions on how the Affordable Care Act will increase access to preventive services, especially for women and families. Sebelius is joined by actress and author Fran Drescher and Donna Norton, National Campaign Director of MomsRising ,who shares questions from MomsRising members:
(Thanks, MomsRising, for bringing this video to our attention!)
Last week in a post on Well, the health blog for the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds explained a phenomenon that may not seem particularly troubling at first glance. Being a woman myself, I was excited to read the post, called “What Exercise Science Doesn’t Know About Women,” but as I read along, I began to feel increasingly grumpy.
Last week, I waited eagerly on the steps of City Hall to get the latest facts on the status of black women and girls. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. released their 2010 Bi-Annual report to a crowd of fellow non-profits, media, and interested citizens. According to Executive Director and Founder Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, the report gives the public a picture of an “African-American female as a whole person—a snapshot of her life.” This particular study is the only ongoing national report on the current state of black females in the United States.
The research not only covers the challenges faced by black women today, but also their achievements thus far. For example,
Over the past year, there has been so much back and forth on what health care reform should be and how it would impact women, that by the time reform was signed into law, what it actually meant was less than clear. Fortunately, Planned Parenthood has produced a video, with the help of actress Julianne Moore, explaining what health care reform means for women:
Sunny Daly, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager at the Ms. Foundation for Women and author of Changing Images of the Birth Control Pill: 1960-1973 has a great post up on the 50th Anniversary of the birth control pill. Says Daly,
"we would do well to remember that a pill alone can never be "the great liberator" of women's lives. Though its development was a revolutionary step in the right direction, research shows that education -- about sex, sexuality, and the choices we all make in relation to the two -- remains the key to securing the reproductive health of women and girls in this nation and around the world -- not least of all, on the national front, in the aftermath of Bush's federally mandated abstinence-only curricula."
On May 4, 2010 I sat in a packed room of women (and a few men) coming together to raise awareness of women and girls efforts in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. While Haiti has subsided from the headlines of most mainstream media, this assembly of women, which included women from all parts of the African Diaspora, proves Haiti is still on our minds and in our hearts. But the major recurring question of the evening was, now what? What does this room, packed to capacity, full of progressively minded individuals do when we leave here? The forum, with its panel and audience sought to answer that.
After months of debates and delays, Congress finally put health care reform to a vote. The result has left progressive women’s voices split. Some feel that women have yet again been thrown under the bus as access to reproductive health care was weakened in exchange for moving the rest of the bill forward. Others feel that this is a historic moment where health care reform was not just talked about but actually acted on. Overall, the reactions have been bittersweet. There have been both gains and losses. Gone are provisions that deny health insurance based on pre-existing conditions such as being a survivor of domestic violence or having had a C-section. Nearly 30 million more Americans will have access to health insurance.