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Why Both Republicans and Democrats Are Wrong About the ‘War on Women’

The war on women is not only about access to reproductive health care, it’s a multifaceted and structural perpetuation of second class status for women in all aspects of American life.  Reproductive justice is intertwined with economic justice.

To listen to conservatives tell the story about the “war on women” is to pretend it doesn’t exist at all. To listen to Democrats, though, is to limit the fight for gender equity to the issue of abortion, which, while important, is part of a larger fight for justice on all fronts.

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Three Reasons to Uphold the Contraception Mandate That Don’t Involve Birth Control

Much of the defense of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act has focused on the public benefit to making contraception widely available and affordable. But there are a lot of reasons to uphold the mandate that have nothing to do with birth control.

Much of the defense of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act has focused on the public benefit to making contraception widely available and affordable. But there are a lot of reasons to uphold the mandate that have nothing to do with birth control.

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Made in Cambodia: Garment Workers Fight Gap, H&M and Others for a Minimum Wage

H&M is one popular western brand that supplies many of its garments from factories in Cambodia.

Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.

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New York State Assembly Passes Women’s Equality Act

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The ten-point agenda would codify a woman’s right to choose an abortion, attempt to reduce gender-based pay discrimination, and strengthen protections for survivors of abuse.

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Labor Department Takes Important Step On Pay Discrimination Claims

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The Department of Labor announced it was lifting rules put in place by the Bush administration that made investigating pay discrimination claims nearly impossible.

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Giving Thanks For Times the United States Has Fought Back Against Discrimination

For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.

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Women CAN Earn More Than Men – But Only In One Industry. Porn.

This month, one of Belgium’s women’s rights organizations, zij-kant, caused quite a stir with their annual “Equal Pay Day” message. Instead of merely high-lighting that women in Belgium, on average, earn 22 percent less than men, the organization launched a video starring porn actress Sasha Grey with the message “Porn is about the only way women can earn more than men—find a better alternative.”

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Paycheck Fairness: Coming to a Workplace Near You?

The Paycheck Fairness Act is set to be voted on in November. If it passes, the journey towards fair pay for women in the United States will get oh-so-much shorter.

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Equal Pay Day Underscores Just How Unequal Women’s Wages Are

April 20th, “Equal Pay Day,” is the day when the average female worker’s wages will finally catch up to her male counterpart’s salary from the prior year.

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Ledbetter Law Leads to Equal Pay Victory In the Courts

The Lilly Ledbetter Act leads to a triumphant victory for equal pay, as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of Mary Lou Mikula, holding that her Title VII pay discrimination claim had been erroneously dismissed on the basis that her charge was not timely.

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