Archive | December, 2009

Sister, Can You Spare a Dime? Women & Unemployment Insurance

Like peeling away the layers of an onion, the recession has a way of peeling away the protective layers we put up to buffer ourselves from the bumps and jolts of hard times. When our defenses are gone, it’s easy to see who the most vulnerable people are. Right now in this country, the most [...]

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In Washington and Around the World

As Your (Wo)man in Washington, I focus on how the public policy work done in the nation’s capital (or perhaps, more often, left undone) will affect your life wherever you are. From time to time, however, it helps to expand the perspective and listen to women around the world. The more I hear their voices, [...]

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Paid Leave for the US

I’ve written here before about Jody Heymann’s work in Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone. The only reason we don’t have paid leave in this country as a basic minimum standard is because we have not yet insisted upon it. Here is Jody making the [...]

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It’s Not Sexy – It’s Social Security!

Few women get excited about Social Security, the most successful and efficient effort undertaken by the federal government. I know, I know, I’ve heard all the excuses – all those numbers, it’s something retirees worry about, and anyway, it probably won’t even be there when we get old. Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. If you [...]

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Motherhood is Political

Women around the world speak different languages, practice different religions, and live in an endless variety of circumstances, yet motherhood is a significant unifier. It is perhaps the greatest common experience in our global human endeavor, and it is women alone who share it. Motherhood can be a radicalizing event, notwithstanding the pastel colors, teddy [...]

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I’m Just Sayin’…

Is there a connection between the fact that women with children earn less, save less, and have less money in later life and the fact that -   Women occupy 3% of all CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies; Female faculty at US colleges and universities make 82% of what male faculty make, and have for [...]

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