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Will Progressive Groups Help Feminists Stop Stupak?

| November 13, 2009

After the shocking setback in the House for abortion rights, women’s rights groups turned their attention to the Senate, which could begin debate on health care reform next week. More »

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Their Own Trojan Horse Kicks Free

| November 12, 2009

Democratic leaders have said that the turn-around on abortion contained in the House health-reform bill will not appear in the final version. The author, a Women’s Media Center board member and former president ofPlanned Parenthood Federation of America, explains here why voters who value women’s health cannot sit back and accept such assurances. More »

Taking the Fall for Health Care Reform?

| November 9, 2009

The price for health care reform in the House is women’s right to choose—and, adding insult to injury, the deal was negotiated by the first woman to serve as House speaker. More »

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

| November 3, 2009

In the last week of October, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines and sparked anger in travels to Israel and Pakistan. Her role some weeks earlier was less controversial yet critically important, as she led UN diplomats forward in an action that could ease the suffering of countless women and girls living in conflict zones around the world. More »

From Media Blitz to Women’s Conference: Has Maria Shriver Discerned a Watershed Moment?

| October 26, 2009

A Time magazine cover story and a week of programming on NBC immediately followed the release of The Shriver Report. This week, California’s First Lady will use the findings to engage participants in her annual conference on women. If the continuing activity fails to “ignite a national conversation,” it won’t be for lack of planning and effort. More »

Chronic Illness and Health Care Reform: I’m Too Tired to Fight This By Myself

| October 23, 2009

Health care reform, crucial to all of us, is especially important to the chronically ill, who need coverage of “maintenance medicine”—everyday care that can be guaranteed in a national system. The author is doing all she can, but she needs some help. More »

Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?

Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?

| October 8, 2009

Eight years ago on October 7, the United States sent troops into Afghanistan. Having just returned from there, the author, co-founder with Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, brings an open letter to President Obama from prominent Afghan women and their supporters from Pakistan, India and the United States—asking that he send no more troops and work quickly toward a political solution. More »

Doctors Demand Climate Change Action to Avert “Global Health Catastrophe”

| September 21, 2009

As Congress continues to grapple with health care reform this week, heads of state meet at a UN summit to face the challenge of climate change in preparation for a December conference in Copenhagen. Given the dire health consequences of global warming noted by the author, success at the UN could rein in health care costs in the long run, while taking a giant step toward a healthier world. More »

Health Care: A Lesbian Mother’s Sudden Passion for Reform

| September 9, 2009

As the author found out, the rules of our broken health care system are so baroque, something entirely unexpected can trip you up, threatening family finances. She asks us to help President Obama sell the nation on reform this week. More »

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For Wage-Earning Women—A 21st Century Answer

For Wage-Earning Women—A 21st Century Answer

| September 4, 2009

Employed women have a wide variety of needs—equitable wages, reliable benefits, regular hours and flexible schedules—the very issues that unions can address through collective bargaining. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act can help. More »