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Michelle Obama’s Garden Is Political

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed in the White House vegetable garden.

People who think food is apolitical don’t know much about food, just like people who think taking care of kids isn’t important don’t know much about kids. Devaluing either isn’t just ignorant, it’s dismissive of the women who take on these essential roles to life and society.

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During Shutdown, Pennsylvania Can Fund WIC ‘For a Few Weeks’

The federal poverty threshold, which dictates eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for cost of living.

One of the many services and programs to be shuttered during the shutdown is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which helps low-income pregnant women and parents with young children facing nutritional risk by providing vouchers for healthy foods and infant formula.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Oklahoma Over WIC Funding Cut

photo courtesy of USDAgov via Flickr

In a new lawsuit Planned Parenthood claims the state unconstitutionally cut funding to three Tulsa clinics.

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Bodies in Motion: Physical Females Face Different Risks

While just about everyone agrees that female participation in athletic endeavors is great news, the down side is that sports injuries are on the rise since women—like men—often get hurt when they exert themselves.

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Sanity Prevails in Oklahoma, For Now

After facing strong opposition to a targeted attack on Planned Parenthood’s WIC program, Oklahoma’s legislators have allowed a bill threatening the health of needy infants and children to die in committee.

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Dear Congress: Women and Children (and Men) are Starving

I worked at the food bank last night. In an hour, we fed 15 percent of the population of the small, rural town in which I live.

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South Carolina Lt. Governor Compares School Children on Assisted Lunch Program to “Stray Animals”

South Carolina’s Lt. Governor compares children and families reliant on reduced price and free school lunch programs to “stray animals.”

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Motherhood in America: Some Apples for Your Pie

If motherhood is “the only life sentence without chance at parole you can get without committing a crime,” low-income motherhood is infinitely harder still. Still, we judge these mothers and make their lives harder, as we force them into it.

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