Monthly Archives: October 2009

Vote for the WLP’s Grant Proposal!

The Women’s Law Project’s grant proposal, Equity Now: Southwestern PA, has been chosen as a finalist by the Women and Girls Foundation. Please head over to their website and vote for us! Our project is two-fold. We will work for … Continue reading

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Allegheny County Bar Association Launches Institute for Gender Equality

Yesterday, the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) kicked off its new Institute for Gender Equality with a luncheon featuring judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Marjorie Rendell speaking about the difficulties women face in the … Continue reading

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No, Stalking Victims Don’t “Ask For It”

In a very personal column talking about the video taken of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews in a hotel room without her consent, Washington Post sports columnist Tracee Hamilton opens up about a stalker who instilled fear and helplessness in her—feelings … Continue reading

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Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates through Health Care Reform

It may come as a surprise that the United States ranks first among industrialized nations, and 42nd worldwide, in its maternal mortality rate. In an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice Chair of the Women’s Law Project’s Board of Trustees … Continue reading

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Good News for Child Support Enforcement

Last Thursday, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced the Child Support Enforcement Act, which would restore needed funding to child support enforcement efforts by reinstating the federal policy of matching the state-provided funds. Joan Entmacher at Womenstake highlighted the impressive bipartisan … Continue reading

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Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act Passed

Last Thursday, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act was approved by the Senate 68-29. The long-awaited legislation makes it a federal crime to assault people based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity, and allows for added charges … Continue reading

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DNA Evidence Used to Solve Older Rape Cases

In New York City, investigators are turning to DNA evidence as a means for solving cases of rape long after the fact. Used for years as a means of overturning wrongful convictions, a $500,000 federal grant is now funding investigations … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform and Reproductive Health

In an op-ed for the Saturday Delaware County Daily Times, Dayle Steinberg offers a clear-headed and thorough explanation for why health care reform needs to pay special attention to women’s health. Steinberg, who is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

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The New Phyllis Schlafly: Janice Shaw Crouse

Don’t get us wrong: Phyllis Schlafly is still making the rounds claiming that marital rape is a myth and calling feminism “the most dangerous, destructive force in our society today.” But there’s another woman to watch out for: Public Eye … Continue reading

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Women and the Nobel Prize: An Encouraging Trend After Years of Invisibility

Although the Nobel Prize Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to President Obama has been the focus of the media’s attention, it’s interesting to note that five women have won Nobel Prizes this year alongside eight men. This … Continue reading

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