Monthly Archives: November 2008

Domestic Violence and the Military

A disturbing article in this Sunday’s New York Times revealed one woman’s story of dealing with domestic violence through the military channels. We have recently blogged about sexual abuse in the military. Though these occurrences are highly upsetting, it’s encouraging … Continue reading

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Prowel v. Wise Business Forms

Just a quick note to let you know that the Women’s Law Project is mentioned in this week’s feature story in the Pittsburgh City Paper, “Gender Gap,” about the work we’re doing in the case of Brian Prowel, a Butler … Continue reading

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Women’s Rights Around the World

Some good news from the current administration: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed onto a UN-sponsored campaign to end violence against women worldwide.  This is a change from the United States’ previous reluctance to sign onto and ratify international … Continue reading

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Tom Daschle as the New HHS Secretary

Tom Daschle’s nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a powerful message of the importance of health reform to President-elect Obama. But what does his nomination mean to the women’s rights community? Here’s an interesting analysis of Daschle’s … Continue reading

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Reducing Domestic Violence at the Salon

Hair salons are not exactly synonymous with feminist activism. But in cities like New York and Chicago, law enforcement officials and activists are working with hairstylists to recognize signs of domestic abuse in their clients and help them get the … Continue reading

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Westinghouse Encourages Girls to Pursue Interest in Engineering

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Westinghouse is presenting a program aimed at increasing girls’ interest in engineering. Just as the demand for nuclear energy specialists is growing, so too is interest in Westinghouse Electric Co.’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” … Continue reading

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HHS Regulations Cause More Controversy

The New York Times ran an interesting story today about continued protests over the DHHS regulations we blogged about here. According to the article, HHS officials intend to issue a final version of the regulations within days. President-elect Obama has … Continue reading

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U.S. Ranks 27th in Gender Equity

The 2008 Global Gender Gap report was released by the World Economic Forum last week, and the United States is lagging behind countries such as Germany, France, Lesotho and Cuba when it comes to equality between the sexes. Using United … Continue reading

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U.S. has Dismal Rate of Preterm Births

USA Today reports that the March of Dimes has just released its first “Premature Birth Report Card” for the United States, and it’s not very encouraging. Overall, the nation gets a “D,” with 530,000 preterm births each year. According to … Continue reading

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Thousands Rally for Marriage Equality

Across the country, thousands rallied this past weekend in support of equal marriage rights. The rallies were spurred by the passage of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that overturned a state Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. In … Continue reading

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