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Mental Health is a Feminist Issue

For great reasons (the presidential election!) and for terrible reasons (an increasingly fatal heroin epidemic…) mental health has been increasing its visibility in the United States.  Mental health treatment faces many problems as a whole—decreases in funding, misconceptions about treatment, a virulent social stigma, and many areas lacking qualified health professionals.  However, for women in […]

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Getting Better Faster, Together – Part 1

The issues feminist activists and organizations work on are sticky, entangled, and opaque. The deeply embedded dynamics that hold gender discrimination and inequalities in place make our work unpredictable, and the way forward hard to see. Gender at Work, a transnational network of individuals and organizations, aims to build knowledge and practice to end discrimination […]

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Action, Learning and Gender in Mozambique: A Pause

By Solange Rocha and Michel Friedman, Gender at Work, Facilitated by Oxfam Canada  “I met myself again and valued myself more, not only at work but in my whole life, day to day” (participant’s comment) In music, a pause means the sound of silence, a time between notes.  For participants in our Gender Action Learning Process […]

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7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap

The damage done by the thousands of dollars I lost to the gender pay gap sticks with me today, despite leaving that employer long ago. My retirement fund isn’t as robust, and I took out more in graduate student loans than I would have if I’d been paid fairly. I’ve been shortchanged by the gender pay gap […]

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NALC’s leaders reflect on women’s progress in the union

This piece is cross-posted here with permission from National Association of Letter Carriers .  March is Women’s History Month, focusing on the contributions by women in all walks of life and honoring women who paved the way for greater equality. At the National Association of Letter Carriers, female letter carriers have been making inroads for decades […]

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How We Ignore Poverty and Blame Poor People

“Why should I pay higher taxes so that some lazy poor person can pick up another unemployment check and then go back to sitting on the couch and spending my money?” Sound familiar? Unfortunately, most of us have heard this anti-welfare sentiment many times before, from sources both expected (a new Tea Party candidate) and […]

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Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards 2013

The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards happen every year at the John F. Kennedy Center, and this year I was one of many inspired audience members.  Essentially these awards honor extraordinary global leaders who are working to protect and strengthen women’s rights across the world.  Their vital voices are speaking out on topics ranging from […]

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Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

The first International Day of the Girl has come and gone and I’m very excited that international agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments, and community leaders are yelling from the rooftops that girls can and are changing the world. As a former girl myself, I totally agree! There’s an old saying ‘when you educate a girl, you educate […]

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Tweetchat: Tuesday, September 18 @ 2 PM ET!

From registration to mobilization, this election has its challenges. But with a little help from some friends, AAUW and Fem2pt0 are ready to take it all on. This Tuesday, September 18, at 2 p.m. ET, we’re hosting a tweetchat to tackle questions about voter registration and inspiration. Sandra Fluke will be on hand to talk […]

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#Motherfkd: Economy Will Suffer If People Cannot Plan Parenthood

Social issues Female issues Women’s issues Single issue voters Can we please stop this pretense that effective birth control and safe and legal abortion did not transform society and help families by enabling women to plan their parenthoods and go to work? What purpose does it serve, except to deny reality and mislead people? So […]

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