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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 »

Health Care Reform: Post-recess Politics

| September 2, 2009

House and Senate members return to D.C. next week having heard an earful from constituents on health care reform. It falls to President Obama to cut through the confusion. More »

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

| August 28, 2009

In Honduras, the first military coup of the 21st Century is having a devastating effect on human rights, according to the author, a producer at FIRE (Feminist International Radio Endeavour), which was represented in an international delegation visiting the country this month. More »

Media Blind to GOP Hypocrisy in Health Care Debate

| August 26, 2009

On this Women’s Equality Day, the author suggests that the Republicans should not have a free ride as they deny women reproductive care while sanctifying the doctor-patient relationship and decrying government involvement in the health care system. More »

Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

| August 24, 2009

A recent media take on the secretary reveals a truncated view of appropriate diplomatic style. A sense of mission derived from her own experiences drives Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and the broad scope of her background grounds her work. More »

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Health Care Reform—What’s At Stake for Women?

| August 20, 2009

The firestorm about the public option may miss the point for women. Women’s groups have worked with the White House and legislators to put critical expansion of care in all the major health care reform bills making their way through Congress. More »

Sotomayor’s Confirmation—What Her Victory May Cost the Republicans

Sotomayor’s Confirmation—What Her Victory May Cost the Republicans

| August 7, 2009

Conservatives tried to convince the Senate, and the nation, that an impressive judge with an impeccable record was simply a product of affirmative action. It didn’t work. More »

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Saving Afghan Women from the "Liberators"

| August 4, 2009

The Obama Administration acts as though George Bush abandoned Afghanistan for Iraq and, therefore, an infusion of troops and money will solve the country’s massive problems. But, argues the author, the international community is already engaged and intent on supporting Afghan women. Lasting change must come at the hands of Afghan women themselves—and Afghan men. More »

Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

| July 23, 2009

Having emerged from a long and violent civil war, President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia try to inch their way toward a just peace, while former president Taylor is on trial for war crimes against the citizens of a neighboring country. More »