Violence Against Women Act Helps Kids, Too

While members of Congress waste time naming post offices and devising ways to get seniors to pay for billionaire’s tax breaks through cuts in Medicare and Social Security, other important business is slipping through the cracks. Specifically, if the Violence Against Women Act—signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after a four-year battle—is not reauthorized […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Reauthorize the Real VAWA And Reject “VAWA Lite”

HERvotes is joining our voices together in a blog carnival urging passage of the “real” Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization–the bipartisan bill that has already passed the Senate. The House has passed a version of VAWA reauthorization that some have called “VAWA Lite” or “fake VAWA” – because it removes the Senate bill’s provisions […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: It’s Time to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act–which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week. Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA)? […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: National Women’s Health Week

For the 13th #HERvotesblog carnival, we’re celebrating National Women’s Health Week.  The federal government launched National Women’s Health Week ten years ago in an effort to improve women’s health by building awareness about things like exercise, healthy eating and the importance of regular check-ups. It’s nice to have our government speaking out about the importance […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Women Need Economic Security

In time for Mothers Day, the 12th HERvotes blog carnival is dedicated to getting the word out about economic security for women, especially in their retirement years.  Women need better benefits — not cuts — under social safety net programs. The economic slump in both the U.S. and Europe has prompted elites to call for […]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Tell Congress to Reauthorize VAWA!

For the eleventh #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining together to urge the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Domestic violence results in over two million injuries every year. Three women die every day in the United States as the result of domestic violence. But there was a time when things were even worse: […]

HERvotes: Why I Support the Health Care Law

As the Supreme Court begins hearings that could spell the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the Ms. Blog will highlight what the act has done–and will do–for women. Here, Amy Cotton tells of a life that could have been saved by the ACA. This time of year, it’s impossible to avoid the wall-to-wall displays […]

Women To Storm the 2012 Ballot Boxes in Defense of Health and Economic Rights

“We’re here to express the outrage of literally millions of American women,” announced Feminist Majority president, Ms. publisher and long-time activist Eleanor Smeal at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday. That outrage is being channeled into a massive get-out-the-vote (GOTV) mobilization of women. Organized by a coalition of more than 50 women’s groups under […]

HERvotes: Boehner Ups the Threat Against Contraception Coverage

This morning, House Speaker John Boehner vowed in a House floor speech to overturn the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would require faith-affiliated hospitals and universities to include birth-control coverage in their employee health benefits. The provision, Boehner argued, “constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.” […]

HERvotes: 11 Doctors Explain Why All Employers Should Cover Birth Control

Some religious institutions are objecting to new federal rules requiring that they cover contraception for their employees in their health insurance policies. Below, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) physicians remember patients whose stories show the importance of affordable birth control for all women, no matter where they work. (Patients’ names have been changed.) […]

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