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“What?! Women still don’t get paid the same amount as men?!”

By Alicia Fiorino*

When I arrived at Baruch College for the Equal Pay Coalition’s Annual Forum, “The Time is Now: Forging a Stronger Economic Future for Women,” I asked an older security guard for directions to the event. He kindly gave me directions then asked, “What’s the forum all about?” I gladly responded, “Equal pay for women.” Shocked by my response, he said, “What?! Women still don’t get paid the same amount as men?!”


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What is "Class" Anyway?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Throughout my education in sociology and women's studies as well as my activism within the non-profit realm, I have been taught to utilize an "intersectional" approach to research, advocacy, and politics. Which means always looking at race, class and gender and how they connect to each other.  Sometimes we'll expand intersectionality to look at other elements such as mental and physical ability, national origin, and sexual identity/orientation.  And while my awareness of the complexities and richness of race and gender has only expanded, when people bring up class, I basically stop and go "huh?!" Because, yes, intrinsically I know what class is and can point to it. But if asked for a definition, I'm completely at a loss.


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FAST FACT: Maternal Mortality Declines for First Time in Decades

UPDATE: apparently the research is mixed on whether maternal mortality is actually going up or down.  Looks like it depends which researcher you ask. From Women's eNews:


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Feminists in Solidarity with Domestic Workers

The Barnard Center for Research on Women produced this fantastic video of notable feminists supporting the important role domestic workers play.  Look for NCRW friends and family, including Nicole Mason, Liz Abzug, and Carol Jenkins, as they make special appearances. This video is not to be missed!


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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement

Justice Stevens, who was appointed by a Republican president under the assumption that he would vote along conservative lines turned out to be a force of reason and moderation in a Court that has shifted to the right. During his 34-year tenure in the Supreme Court, he exemplified excellence, integrity and dedication to the spirit and the word of the Law. Above all, he recognized the true concept of a democracy in his drive to elevate public interests above special interests.

The question now on all of our minds is how will Justice Stevens' departure shape the future of the Supreme Court. According to a report released by the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at SUNY Albany, women make up only 22% of federal judgeships and 26% of all state-level positions.

This is what some of NCRW's Member Centers had to say:


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This Just In! Human Rights Commission Hearing on Violence Against Women—Strategies and Responses

THIS THURSDAY (April 15th) the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives will be holding a hearing on violence against women. As stated in the official hearing notice,

Violence against women includes sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by an intimate partner, family member or others, abuse and harassment by figures of authority, human trafficking for purposes of forced labor or sex, and cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, forced/child marriages, dowry-related violence and honor killings.  

To address these timely issues, the Commission has invited the following witnesses:

Panel I:
Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)


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FAST FACT: The Next Generation of Voters Are Taking their Civic Duty Seriously

By Kyla Bender-Baird

84% of 7th-12th graders say they intend to vote in every election (up from 77% two decades ago), according to a report from the Girl Scouts Research Institute. Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today says that


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Missing: Women’s Voices in the Media

By Vivienne Heston-Demirel

As women anchors become more visible in some of the top spots in broadcast news, it is depressing to learn that NPR – that bastion of less histrionic reporting – is generally disinclined to consult women experts in their reports. Indeed, only 26% of NPR’s sources are women. As Jehmu Greene, President of the Women’s Media Center, commented


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The White House Gets It—How About the Rest of the Nation?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

As the economy came toppling down on us last year, one of the first things to get sidelined was workplace flexibility and policies supporting greater work-life balance. Some say that with the economy struggling to recover, now is not the time to talk about so-called perks like telecommuting or flexible hours. But the White House and its top officials couldn’t disagree more.


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