“The government does not set out to discriminate. Rather, it overlooks its own bias because it does not take the trouble to assess how policies affect women. Government budgets are supposed to be ‘gender-neutral;’ in fact, they are gender-ignorant.”
What to do about a declining birth rate? Banning abortion, doing away with sex ed, and making birth control difficult to access is one approach. But stripping women of their reproductive autonomy is the very worst response to population concerns.
Like cheeseburgers, shopping malls and apple pie, violence against women in the U.S. is a cultural staple.
It’s time to end the oppressive era of U.S. history that called unmarried mothers “ruined,” their children “bastards” and created laws designed to hide both’s “shame.”
The impact of laws treating a mother and a fetus separately affects rights across the board, and not necessarily in ways that all make sense.
Scant wages leave legions of workers vulnerable to abuse and exploitation—particularly sexual harassment.
I’ve seen what arbitration can do to workplace harassment victims. That’s why I joined other women trial lawyers in Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the FAIR Act.
Marshae Jones’ arrest won’t protect any life, won’t create healthy communities, won’t advance maternal or child health and won’t achieve any justice. It will, however, affirm the message that state police power may be used to control and lock up pregnant women.
Denying access to legal abortion denies us full citizenship. It’s another way to disempower us. And Black women are disparately impacted by these attacks.
Women and their rights are still not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution—but the ERA can fix that. Let’s ring in Independence Day by demanding it.