September 13, 2016

Millennial Women Have the Highest “Poverty Gap”

Today’s Census data contains a lot of good news—the overall poverty rate for the country fell 1.2 percentage points to 13.5 percent in 2015 while the median household income for the nation was up 5.2% to

September 23, 2016

States Have a Role in Fighting Zika Too

For the past seven months, as Congress has been playing politics with funding to prevent and treat Zika, taking summer vacation, and ignoring the pleadings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the

September 21, 2016

How Attacks on Women’s Health Makes Us All Losers in the War on Poverty

When he pushed for passage of a ban on federal funding for abortion that would later bear his name, the late Rep. Henry Hyde was not shy about his ambition to restrict all women’s ability to

September 20, 2016

Women with Disabilities Are Still Struggling to Escape Poverty

Although there was some good news in the Census report on poverty that was released this week, there are still areas of concern for many women. Women as a group saw a decrease in poverty between

September 20, 2016

On the Six-Month Anniversary of Garland’s Nomination, No Hearing in Sight

Last week marked the six month anniversary of President Obama nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has lacked a ninth Justice for seven months, since Justice Scalia’s death, but to date, Republican

September 13, 2016

The Wage Gap Is Still Too Damn High

Breaking news! The wage gap has gotten smaller… but only by 1 cent. Let me repeat 1 cent. That’s right folks, it’s been over 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, and

September 19, 2016

Older Women and Poverty: Takeaways from the 2015 Census Data

While the 2015 Census Bureau Data showed that many American families are experiencing real economic gains, the data also paint a picture of women’s economic lives that continues to be of concern. Women overall make just 80

September 15, 2016

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline Is a Feminist Priority

For several months now, we both have watched with alarm and admiration as a growing number of Native Americans have been camping out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to peacefully protest the

September 15, 2016

This Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day, We Need to Close the Gap

Today we observe Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day, marking the symbolic day this year to which Native American women have to work to catch up to the earnings of their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts last

September 14, 2016

My College Says Sexual Assault Doesn’t Exist, but it Does

In 2014, ninety-one percent of schools reported zero instances of rape on their campuses. Let me repeat: ninety-one percent of schools stated that they had zero rapes occur on or near campus in the year 2014.

September 14, 2016

New Child Care Proposal Gives the Most Help to Those Who Need It The Least

Millions of working families struggle with the high cost of child care, so it’s not surprising that child care has been a focus of the presidential campaigns. Yesterday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced a paid leave

September 14, 2016

It Is Really Time to Thank Obama!

The Obama administration just released a proposed rule that would prevent states from defunding critical family planning providers. How You Might Ask? The short of it is, for over forty years the Title X family planning

September 13, 2016

Caring Means Sharing…in the Wage Gap

The wage gap numbers for 2015 are in: overall, women working full time, year round in the United States earned a paltry 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The wage gap for many

September 13, 2016

Women and Poverty in 2015

Today, the Census Bureau released data showing that many Americans are finally starting to make real economic gains in what has been an uneven economic recovery. The overall poverty rate in 2015 fell from 1.2 percentage