Think Build Back Better Is Expensive? Wait Till You Hear the U.S. Defense Budget.

The main objection to President Biden’s Build Back Better plan by Republicans and so-called “moderate” Democrats is the price tag—$3.5 trillion over 10 years. If that sounds like a lot of money, it is—until you compare it to the boys and their toys.

We don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us why women’s jobs aren’t recovering: a lack of childcare and universal pre-kindergarten, a lack of paid family leave. The Build Back Better Act would go a long way toward fixing that.

The Past, Present and Future of Rep. Allyson Schwartz: “I Understood How Important It Was To Have Women in Positions of Power”

Ms. Money Editor Martha Burk recently talked with former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania about successes and challenges in a most storied record of accomplishment.

“The men in the Pennsylvania delegation were sometimes polite to me and sometimes not, but they certainly weren’t pleased that I was there, and they let me know it.”

“A Woman’s Work”: The Film the NFL Doesn’t Want You to See

Super Bowl cheerleaders are frequently forced to work long hours for no benefits and illegally low wages, while experiencing sexist discrimination.

It’s an all-too-familiar story for working women—low pay, long hours, zero benefits and near-impossible standards of sexiness and appearance not applied to male-dominated jobs. To top it all off, this particular tale also includes not just “the usual” discrimination, but outright wage theft.

What’s at Stake this November: Pay Equity (Show Me the Money!)

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on the pay gap, since more women have been forced to drop out of the workforce.

Even if new laws are passed, the fight won’t be over. With the Supreme Court already having narrowed women’s options in fighting pay discrimination, the choices in future elections and Court appointments become extremely important for passing stronger legislation and for safeguarding women from decisions that will further erode the few remedies available.

Health Care on Life Support? What’s at Stake in the Elections

It’s now a matter of weeks until Election Day, and women’s votes are more crucial this year than ever. We must have not only the will, but also a firm grasp of what we need to hold candidates at all levels accountable for policies that work toward social justice and equity for women.

Health care is a top issue on the minds of most voters. A great deal is at stake for women—not only because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the looming Supreme Court battle.

What’s at Stake: Access to Abortion

The right to reproductive choice and medical privacy is the single biggest issue at stake for women’s lives and health in the 2020 election and beyond. It is not only relevant to young women who may be faced with the abortion decision, but to all women who value their autonomy and privacy.

What’s at Stake: LGBTQ Civil Rights

When it comes to LGBTQ rights, President Trump says one thing but does another. The National Center for Transgender Equality cites at least 69 anti-transgender and anti-LGBTQ actions since Trump took office.

Questions for 2020 Candidates:
* Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to outlaw same–sex marriage?
* Do you support including LGBTQ citizens in laws that prohibit workplace and housing discrimination? Have you, or would you, co–sponsor the Equality Act to do that?
* Do you support President Trump’s rollbacks of transgender rights in the military, health care, and access to homeless shelters?

Education and Title IX: Back to “Separate But (Un)equal”

Despite its success, Title IX remains under constant attack, with rules and enforcement depending on which party controls the government.

Single-sex education has sprung up in the majority of states in violation of Title IX.

In addition to being against criminal law, sexual assaults are a violation under Title IX. The Trump administration has dealt enforcement the biggest setback in decades.