Monthly Archives: October 2008

Reproductive Rights on Ballots Across the Country – Part III: California

California is the third state that has an abortion-related measure on the ballot this November. Previously, we discussed Colorado’s and South Dakota’s anti-abortion ballot measures. California’s measure, Proposition 4, is a reincarnation of Proposition 73 that was defeated in 2005 … Continue reading

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Women Pay More for Health Insurance Coverage

The New York Times ran an interesting story this week about disparities in health insurance costs. A new report issued by the National Women’s Law Center, Nowhere to Turn: How the Individual Health Insurance Market Fails Women, reveals that women’s … Continue reading

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Know Your Voting Rights!

With an anticipated record voter turnout in Pennsylvania on November 4th, it’s important that we all know our voting rights.  So spread the word, and here are some quick facts about voting in Pennsylvania: First-time voters, or voters who have … Continue reading

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Philadelphia City Council Approves Unpaid Leave for Survivors of Domestic Violence

On Oct. 23, 2008, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved Councilmember William Greenlee’s bill requiring businesses employing more than 50 people to provide up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for workers who are survivors of domestic violence. Businesses employing … Continue reading

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Rep. Waxman Joins the Fight Against HHS Regulation

In September 2008, the Women’s Law Project joined dozens of women’s groups in opposing the Provider Conscience Regulation that was proposed on August 26, 2008, by the Department of Health and Human Services. The WLP believes that the breadth and … Continue reading

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Wage Gap Widens in Pennsylvania

Bad news for Pennsylvania women: according to a new report by the Keystone Research Center, women stopped closing the wage gap with men. The wage gap was consistently improving between 1970s and the early 1990s, but according to the study, … Continue reading

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Reproductive Rights on Ballots Across the Country – Part II: South Dakota

South Dakota is one of three states with abortion-related measures on the ballot this November. Previously, we discussed Colorado’s constitutional amendment and its implications on women’s health. South Dakota’s first ballot initiative to ban all abortions was introduced and narrowly … Continue reading

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WVU ADs Get it Right on Title IX

Last week, the West Virginia University student newspaper reported on some recent changes to the school’s athletics program: In 2003, then-West Virginia University President David Hardesty asked the athletic department to develop a strategic plan for the future. Among the … Continue reading

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Reproductive Rights on Ballots Across the Country – Part I: Colorado

This fall, voters in three states will see anti-abortion measures on their ballots. The New York Times gives a good overview of all three in an editorial that opposed all the initiatives. We’ll be taking a closer look at each … Continue reading

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30th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The PDA amended Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, making it illegal for businesses employing more than 15 workers to discriminate against employees … Continue reading

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