Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.
The Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act, introduced by Sens. Patty Murray, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeanne Shaheen, and Barbara Boxer, would increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit by nearly three times the current maximum benefit, and would close a loophole that leaves many low-income families ineligible.
A recent Washington Post article put fault for abuse squarely on the shoulders of “women in unhealthy, unsafe relationships [who] often lack the power to demand marriage,” as if the only thing standing between a belt and a bruised baby is a woman who didn’t ask for a ring hard enough.
The only all-female panel at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference took the stage Saturday, in the final hours of the final day of the convention, to rail against Republicans for not giving women enough support and against Democrats for “infantilizing” women.
Senator Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, believes gay people and women who are not married have no place teaching our children in schools. He also believes he’s the one being persecuted.
It’s the season of sperm-donor comedies, yet no matter how the families begin, in these films they always end the same way.
As the National Women’s Law Center reports, single mothers and women of color in general are facing rising unemployment rates – some of the highest rates in a quarter of a century. But where’s the media coverage?
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on a bit of a roll lately. Last week he said that gay couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt and now says women need to be protected from having abortions.