As debate around healthcare reform heats up in the Senate, come read the facts about women and access to affordable healthcare. According to our research, there are more than 17 million women in the U.S. without any health coverage at all, and this number continues to grow each year. We also found that two-thirds of uninusred women (67%) report delaying or foregoing care due to costs. Download our latest fact sheet, Access to Affordable Healthcare, to learn more!
The Christian Science Monitor featured several articles this week on the veil and the Muslim Women's Movement. They're well worth the read! From "Behind the veil: Why Islam's most visible symbol is spreading:"
I am a feminist. You don’t have to be a woman and firsthand experience these inequalities in order to identify them. In fact, I find it irresponsible to identify these inequalities and then sit idly by and do nothing to change them.
Extra points to this activist for identifying as a cisgender man, being trans inclusive as well as just generally awesome.
The DC Women's Agenda, a program of Wider Opportunities for Women, recently released a gender analysis of the 2008 American Community Survey. They found that women remain in poverty even while working. Here are some of the stats they shared:
Women are eight times more likely to live in poverty than men in D.C.
Approximately 22% of women-headed households, working full or part time, live in poverty
Gender income disparities persist as men who worked full-time had an 8.5% increase in salary from 2007 to 2008 while their female counterparts had only a 2.3% increase.
Yesterday, three fabulous NCRW interns* and I journeyed down to the concrete maze that is the United Nations to participate in a commemorative event celebrating CEDAW’s 30th birthday. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, often referred to as the international bill of women’s human rights, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. The Convention defines discrimination as