Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pennsylvania: Stop Insurers from Denying Essential Maternity Coverage to Women

Women in Pennsylvania need comprehensive maternity insurance coverage.  While federal and state laws protect access to maternity coverage for many women who receive health insurance through their employers, there is no law ensuring maternity benefits to women in Pennsylvania who … Continue reading

Posted in Childbirth, Health Care, Health insurance, Maternity Coverage, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights, Women's health | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Divide and Conquer: The Wal-Mart Lawsuits Are Back

Four months after the United States Supreme Court, without ruling on the merits of the sex discrimination case under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, told Betty Dukes and her co-plaintiffs that their lawsuit against Wal-Mart could … Continue reading

Posted in Employment, Equal pay, Equality, Sex Discrimination, Supreme Court | Tagged , , ,

Increasing Number of Homeless Women Veterans

The number of women veterans who become homeless after returning to civilian life is on the rise. This increasing rate of homelessness among women veterans is due to many factors that affect all genders who have served in the military … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic violence, Family Violence, Homeless, Military, Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual harassment, Violence Against Women, Welfare, Women Veterans | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Scary News: PA ranks 13th in Nation for Rate at which Men Kill Women

It was just in time for Halloween when PennLive brought us some terrifying news about domestic violence homicide rates in Pennsylvania. Based on data collected in 2009, the rate of man-on-woman homicide in Pennsylvania is higher than it has been … Continue reading

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PA Department of Public Welfare Blames the Poor and Penalizes the Disabled

On October 26, 2011, Tim Costa, the Executive Deputy Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare (DPW), testified about implementation of Governor Tom Corbett’s new state budget, which cut hundreds of millions of dollars from DPW programs that help the … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Justice, Government, Pennsylvania, Welfare | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Undergraduate Women Face Discrimination, Fewer Leadership Opportunities

In March 2011, the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership at Princeton University found  that “there are differences—subtle but real—between the ways most Princeton female undergraduates and most male undergraduates approach their college years, and in the ways they navigate … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Equality, Sex Discrimination, Sexism | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

“It’s the Economy, Stupid” – Occupy Pennsylvania and Legislative Priorities

Like most Americans, Pennsylvanians want jobs, fair taxation, and smarter spending… but all they’re getting are ill-advised spending cuts, bickering across party lines and moral grandstanding about women’s healthcare.  A few weeks ago, the Occupy movement, a grassroots movement for … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion Access, Democracy, Economic Justice, Employment, PA Legislature, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reproductive Rights | Tagged , , , , , ,