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Define Yourself

The Religion of Choice Define yourself. Do you do it by the choices you make? Or the ones you choose not to make? The freedom to make a change, to decide, is what allows agency. As a writer, the dissolution of my voice is my greatest fear. As a citizen, legislation impacts my society. As […]

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Help Us Celebrate the Women Who Made Our Lives Better

If we honor older women for their lifetime achievements, will anyone come? That was the question we asked 10 years ago, when we started the Foremother awards.  Our awards were definitely different from anyone else’s.  First of all, you had to be a woman over 70, and the older the better!  Not your typical award […]

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What Happens When We Don’t Need Women’s Bodies for Gestation?

News this week has been filled with coverage of the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear two challenges to the HHS contraception mandate. Consider the possible outcomes in the context of this smattering of stories also from this week’s news: “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb.”  “Woman Forcibly Sedated, Caesarian Performed Without her […]

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Round Up: How the Shutdown affects Women’s lives

We put together a roundup on how the shutdown affects women’s lives: NPR, Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch Among those affected by the chaos of the government shutdown are 9 million low-income women and children who may be worrying where next week’s meal is going to come from. They rely on […]

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Is Pregnancy By Rape Different From Pregnancy by Mistake? Not When It Comes to Judging Women

A year ago this week, Representative Todd Akin made the explosive statement that in the case of legitimate rape, women’s bodies have ways of shutting down pregnancies. It was a truly public and spectacular screw up, after which women’s rights advocates, and, well, women in general, seized upon his remark as indicative of a Republican party […]

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Then and Now: The impact of the ACA on women’s healthcare, three years later

March 23, 2013 marks the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and presents us with a great opportunity to look back at the YWCA’s involvement in its passage, what the law means now to millions of women and families throughout the U.S., and what is still needed to ensure equal access to affordable, […]

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We Are Woman: A National Rally for Solidarity & Inspiration

More than a thousand laws have been introduced threatening reproductive freedom, abortion access, women’s healthcare, and birth control. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have ensured working women equal pay for equal work, was struck down in the Senate. And we still don’t have an Equal Rights Amendment to resolve all of these issues in […]

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Undecided Women, Don’t be Fooled: Your Control of Birth IS ABOUT Jobs

Women, especially young childless undecided women voters, are talking about jobs,  not abortion rights, right? What women really care about is not contraception, not access to family planning resources, not social issues like gay marriage, abstinence-only sex “ed” or Mitt Romney’s 50 year old bullying. Nope – it’s the economy. Women, “like everyone else,”– that […]

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Equal Pay Day: Trying to Survive on an Hourly Wage

This post is part of the National Women’s Law Center and MomsRising’s annual Blog Carnival  for Equal Pay Day Several years ago I moved to a new city, unemployed, without much of a support network nearby and no health insurance.  It took me a few months of job searching to realize this was going to […]

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A Nasty Turn in the War on Women

I spent part of my weekend reading about the resurgence of the feminist movement, much of it in response to the War on Women.  Debating, legislating and restricting our rights have finally woken us up, along with much of the American public and the media. Sitting down at my computer Monday morning to see the […]

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