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Child Support Awareness Month: Time to Advocate for a New Enforcement Framework for Impoverished Fathers

A new Treasury Department rule  brings to light the tension between helping single mothers support their children while also ensuring poor debtors are not rendered economically helpless by enforcement provisions.

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Investing in Microenterprise is a Wise Economic Growth Strategy. So Why Aren’t Policymakers Doing More to Support It?

Demand for microloans is increasing among low-income American women, but federal economic policy is not adequately supporting this demand.

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Health Reform’s Quiet Victory: Pregnancy Assistance Fund Benefits Vulnerable Populations

An under-the-radar provision of the Affordable Care Act, the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, demonstrates the economic justice potential of health reform.

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Back to School: How Educational Economics is Leading to a Wider Gap Between Rich and Poor

Trends connecting income, education spending, and achievement send troubling signals about how economic class affects the educational achievement of children—and what it means for your child’s life if you simply can’t afford what the Joneses have.

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Going Nowhere Slow: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Few will ever hear of Amber Reeves, a pregnant truck driver who was fired after requesting accommodations in her work duties. She couldn’t perform her regular duties, so her employer terminated her. Unglamorous and unprotected by the law, pregnant women in labor-intensive jobs often find themselves in this kind of predicament.

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Taliban Publicly Executes Woman for “Adultery” As Clinton Declares Afghanistan “Major Ally”

Screenshot from the CNN/Reuters video.

A woman is publicly executed in Afghanistan to settle a “dispute” between two Taliban officials. This gross demonstration of the everyday violence faced by women in Afghanistan comes just days after the U.S. declared the country as a major non-NATO U.S. ally and 70 countries pledged to provide aid.

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Is “Moral Development” Behind The Unanimity Of Today’s Female Supreme Court Justices?

Given the nature of court appointments, gender alone is probably not the root of the unanimity. It could be partisanship speaking loud and clear.

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Law School Admissions Test Makes Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

Until just a few weeks ago, new mothers who were applying to law school were in a pretty unforgiving situation while taking the LSAT: they were not allowed any extra breaks during the lengthy exam so that they could pump breast milk or nurse their babies.

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Effective Use of Birth Control Leads to Big Drop in Unintended Pregnancy Rate Among 20-Somethings

The Obama administration has powerful new statistics in its corner: the National Center for Health Statistics released a report on Wednesday finding that both pregnancy and abortion rates have dropped for women in their 20s since 1990. An author of the study attributes both these trends to effective use of birth control methods.

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National Conference of Mayors’ Resolution Shows Widespread Support for Reproductive Rights

On Saturday June 16, the US Conference of Mayors, a nonpartisan organization representing about 1,300 cities, passed a resolution in support of comprehensive reproductive health for women – from contraception to abortion care.

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