California’s Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state’s welfare program. An effort is underway to repeal the rule and to deconstruct the narrative that poor women have babies for money.
Recent events coming out of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion have brought aggression, discrimination, and racism against Native Americans into the limelight again. Nationwide attention was focused most recently on the Fallin family when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s daughter, Christina Fallin, publicized a questionable photo.
While working women are an essential part of the U.S. economy, policymakers need to address the many significant barriers to financial security that women face, witnesses and members of Congress said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would impose regulations on abortion providers, severely limiting access to abortion services in the state by closing at least three of the state’s five abortion clinics.
Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.
State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana, employing rhetoric and tactics that are seen by some community leaders as exploiting racial fears in Black communities.
Though the FDA decision to permit generic EC pill manufacturers to sell their products over the counter represents a gain for those with the most access to resources, ultimately the decision reflects pharmaceutical manufacturing companies’ interests, rather than the lives of those most adversely affected by lack of access to EC.
A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a bill that will ban abortion 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, or after 18 weeks’ gestation, which is two weeks earlier than most so-called 20-week abortion bans.
The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words
“FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER.” But it’s plain fallacy to believe that an individual woman can outsmart a racist, sexist job market by freezing her eggs.