Monthly Archives: July 2011

29 Fortune 500 Companies Have No Women on Boards

Among Standard and Poor’s list of top 500 companies, 29 do not have a single woman on their board of directors or among their highest-paid officers. The 29 companies represent a diverse range of industries. However, it is noteworthy that … Continue reading

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Life-Saving Drug in Abortion Politics Controversy

Misoprostol (or miso) is a drug which lessens postpartum bleeding, the leading cause of maternal death in the developing world. Traditional birth attendants in Mozambique who were part of a year-long trial of miso use in rural communities used words … Continue reading

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Voter ID Bill Would Disenfranchise PA Citizens

On June 23rd the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 934, a bill that would require voters to always show unexpired government-issued photo ID before casting a vote in an election. This is a stricter measure than current law … Continue reading

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Tradeswomen Face Discrimination, Increased Safety Risks

Womensenews.org  recently published an expose on the plight of women in construction trades, which includes such occupations as carpenter, electrician, painter, plumber, and equipment operator. The piece revealed that due to discrimination from multiple sources, tradeswomen face increased safety risks. … Continue reading

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Gay Couple Spared Deportation

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and so strips same-sex married couples of the rights that opposite-sex married couples enjoy. For this reason, Henry Velandia, a Venezuelan man, was in danger of … Continue reading

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Mayor Nutter Vetoes Earned Sick Time Bill

On June 28th, Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Bill. As we have reported before , the bill would have required businesses to allow their workers to earn an hour of paid sick time for every … Continue reading

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