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Budget Battles and Medicaid: Reframing the Debate

By Melissa Stevenson

As an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself as an easy target when budget cuts are imminent. Wider Opportunities for Women’s recent webinar on June 30th, “Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid,” summarized the threats posed to Medicaid with presentations from Angela Shubert and Jen Beeson from Families USA, Renata Pore from the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, and Andy McDonald of BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The webinar discussion delved into how advocates can shift the perception of Medicaid among politicians and the public by reframing the conversation surrounding the Medicaid program.


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Poverty and Sexuality: What are the connections?

Few studies and reports examine the relationship between poverty and the denial of sexual rights. However, an emerging literature by researchers, activists and organisations shows that in many cases, poor people are more vulnerable to abuses of sexual rights, and that such abuses can entrench poverty. Much of this literature is by Southern authors, and much consists of grey literature, organisational reports, and occasional considerations of the connections in pieces of writing for
which poverty sexuality interconnections are not the main focus. Nowhere is the evidence drawn together in systematic fashion. This paper brings this evidence together.

URL: 
http://www.globalequality.org/storage/documents/pdf/sida%20study%20of%20poverty%20and%20sexuality.pdf

Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Today marks the beginning of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. This three-day conference gathers over 100 women—including Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire—to discuss how to end sexual violence in conflict. According to this article on the conference’s approach,


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Equal Pay: Why Aren't We There Yet?

As we've discussed here on The Real Deal, Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, a day established in 1996 to raise awareness around the persistent gap between men's and women's wages. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, April 12th "symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010."    

Linda Basch wrote in The Huffington Post, "it's time to stop using our economic doldrums as an excuse for indifference and inaction. For how many more years are we going to dutifully report on the stagnant gender wage gap?"  Click here to read Linda's full op-ed where she discusses what we're missing by not fully investing in women.


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NYC Lags Behind the Private Sector in Pay Equity

By Carrie Wolfson*

The NYC Comptroller, John Liu, timed the release of his report Snapshot: Gender Equity in the New York City Municipal Workforce to coincide with Equal Pay Day. The Comptroller, along with many other pay equity experts, gathered on Tuesday, April 12th to discuss the report’s findings and the status of pay equity within NYC.


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Mind the (Gender Wage) Gap

By Kate Meyer*


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Health Care Reform: Don't Step Back

By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on Women

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law one year ago, it seemed that some legislators could hardly contain their exuberant rhetoric. They heralded, among other things, “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century,” the completion of “the great unfinished business of our society,” and “a new day in America.”


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CAP Presents Women in America

By Juliana Stebbins*

On March 4th, the Center for American Progress invited an array of policy experts and policymakers to discuss the new White House report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Written by the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce, this report paints a statistical portrait of women in modern society. With data from 5 state agencies, Women in America provides a concise picture of where women stand in families, education, employment, health, and violence.


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NYC No Longer Misleading Women

By Kate Meyer*

"If you hide what you do, you must believe you can only do what you do through deception” said Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, in a press conference yesterday before passing a historic piece of legislation regulating the city’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). Quinn threw her support behind Intro. 371, a bill sponsored by Jessica Lappin, which requires CPCs to be upfront with the services they provide to their clients.


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