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California Child Care Program Saved (for now)

Mary Ignatius of Parent Voices wrote us today with good news: the Stage 3 child care program in California will stay in effect until December 31st.  Originally, due to a line-item budget veto by then-Governor Schwarzenegger, the program's funding was to be cut as of November 1st.  Thanks to the work of grassroots organizations and advocates, this will not happen. They will keep the pressure on Governor Brown and the state legislature to restore funding immediately.


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FAST FACT: Unemployment Insurance Boosts GDP

According to a multi-year Department of Labor study released this morning, unemployment insurance has had a positive impact on economic activity during this latest recession.  One key finding: For every dollar spent on unemployment insurance, economic activitity increased by two dollars.  You can read the news release here or the full report here.


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Congress to Vote on Paycheck Fairness

The Senate is set to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act on Wednesday, November 17th.  This Act would make it harder for employers to hide pay discrimination.  To learn more, check out Equal Pay New York, AAUW, and the NWLC. While you're at it, watch this great video featuring our gal Batgirl:

Help spread the word about this historical vote!


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Congress Must Keep Parents Earning, Children Learning

Just in from the National Women's Law Center:


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Women and Money!

By Julie Simeone

What bottom-line benefits do financial services – and the U.S. economy – gain from a more diverse pool of highly talented thought-leaders? How can the financial crisis become a catalyst to help identify and remove barriers to women’s success in financial services? How can we hold up highly successful women in finance and the companies that advance them as role models? What more do we need to know to foster change? 


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Honoring the Original Vagina Warrior

With Superbowl Sunday quickly approaching--a day when domestic violence escalates--we wanted to take a moment to honor a woman whose unswerving devotion to ending violence against women and girls is truly inspirational.  Please take a moment to watch this video from the Breakthrough Gala of Cynthia Nixon recognizing Eve Ensler:

You can read a transcript of Eve's speech here, thanks to V-Day. 

 


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Measuring a Nation’s Wealth Through its People

By Nkiru Uzodi*

On the morning of Thursday, November 4, I got to the UN Headquarters in New York after braving the heavy rain and fierce wind that almost blew me and my umbrella off East 42nd Street (and of course, after some serious security screening). But it was all worth it. My first time at the UN, I was excited to listen to UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, who helped devise the Human Development Index for the first Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990. We were gathered this stormy morning to celebrate the launch of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the United Nations Human Development Report (HDR).


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Update on Child Care Funding in California

Hopefully you all have been following the child care funding situation in California. If you haven't, please take a moment to read Mary Ignatius' recent post, reporting on the devastating impact of the Governor's line-item veto.  Last week, Mary, who is the Statewide Organizer for Parent Voices, reached out to us with some promising news. Here's what she had to say:


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