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Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, and the timing couldn’t be better since the nation’s attention has been turned to the lives of working women. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the gender gap in your state. And here’s another that looks at the damage done because of it. Pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter and the Obama administration offered this video on why equal pay matters as did this piece on what it’s like to face the wage gap as a female college grad.
It was also tax day, and actions across the country demanded the 1% and corporations start to pay their fair share. What do taxes have to do with the war on women? The deficits created by the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the evidence used to support decimating social services.
If we want to help close the wage gap we are also going to have to do something about the cost of child care.
A teenage girl who was having difficulties facing her attacker in court was put in jail to make sure she doesn’t miss another court appearance.
Texas Women’s Health Program will be funded until November, a victory of sorts for low income women. At that point the Rick Perry administration promises to unveil a new health program that won’t require any federal funding.
Here’s one account of what it is like to have a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. It’s worth remembering that as awful as this sounds, it still is not as bad as having that procedure mandated by the government before a woman can have an abortion.
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