Monthly Archives: March 2011

MIT Reform Brings Progress to Women in Academia, Highlights Societal Stereotypes

The New York Times recently published an article that raised the issue of women in academia, and how MIT has led the charge for increased female representation. The article highlights the progress, but it also calls attention to some unintended … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Eating Healthy

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, traditionally known as food stamps, have been providing low-income families with affordable grocery assistance for years. Recently, the Nation examined the difficult reality of trying to eat healthy when you’re on SNAP. In 2009, … Continue reading

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Critical Trans Politics and Transformative Social Change

Seattle University Assistant Professor of Law Dean Spade was interviewed in this month’s issue of Guernica.  Spade is the first openly transgendered tenure-track law professor in the U.S.  and the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit agency … Continue reading

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The Price of Pregnancy Increases Drastically

The average cost of delivering a healthy baby in the United States is $6,378– $10,638 for a caesarian section. These numbers do not include the countless doctors’ visits and purchases the average woman makes during her pregnancy. And now the … Continue reading

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Legislators Seek More Restrictions on Abortion Across the U.S.

A new wave of conservative legislators took office in November and since that time, have made many attempts to restrict abortion and impose further impediments on women seeking abortions.  Lawmakers across the United States have introduced bills and/or passed laws … Continue reading

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WLP Signs Onto Amicus Brief for Female Walmart Employees

The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a sex discrimination case brought against the largest private employer in the states. Although Walmart v. Dukes began with a small group of female workers, it has since grown into a … Continue reading

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Paid Sick-Leave Bill Approved by Philadelphia City Council Committee

We’ve all seen the T.V. commercial sponsored by the PA Department of Health which states “your job is to stay at home when you’re sick,” but for the 41% of workers in Philadelphia who have no access to earned sick … Continue reading

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March is National Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. The theme for this year is “Our History is Our Strength.” This theme pays tribute to the millions of women who have taken action to help create a better world for … Continue reading

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Governor’s Budget Includes Decrease for Cash Assistance Program

Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed budget for 2011-12 has been released, and it shows interesting trends in funding to the Department of Public Welfare. The governor has proposed increasing funds for Medicaid, which is a good development for the state. Enrollment … Continue reading

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National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

Today, March 10, is the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. We have written extensively about abortion rights on the WLP blog. Physicians who provide abortion care often do so under the very real threat of violence against them, … Continue reading

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