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Tag Archives: women

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is expected to come up for reauthorization in the Senate next week.  (We previously wrote about this bill back in January.)  The protections the reauthorized bill would offer for all women, regardless of their circumstances, are crucial.  VAWA establishes a comprehensive network of cost-effective standards that keeps women safe, holds perpetrators accountable, and saves money ... Read More »

Special White House Event: Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

From PublicEngagement@epa.gov Special Announcement The White House Council on Women and Girls On Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, from 10:30am to 11:30am EDT, The White House Council on Women and Girls will host a special White House event on girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This event is designed to inspire girls to study STEM subjects and pursue STEM ... Read More »

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Much More than a Nuisance

April 17 is Equal Pay Day. That date marks the amount of time women must work each year before their pay catches up with men’s compensation for the same job. The signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act in 2009 helped, as that legislation provided victims of discrimination a broader timeframe in which to seek legal remedies. However, it did not ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act and Women’s Health

Two years ago, President Obama signed the historic health care bill, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Social workers strongly support the law because it makes vital improvements to health care access, quality and services for millions of Americans with health and behavioral health needs. In particular, the ACA addresses many issues for women in improving access to coverage and ... Read More »

United Nations International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012

Background International Women’s Day (March 8, 2012) is recognized around the globe as a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women around the globe, raise awareness of women’s issues, and inspire people to continue to fight for women’s rights. The ... Read More »

Women and the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

The minimum wage is typically regarded as gender neutral, but there’s another aspect to this issue: workers whose tips are part of their overall compensation.  From that point of view, women are doing considerably worse than men. The federal minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers is $2.13, the same as in 1992.  Granted, restaurants are supposed to fill in the ... Read More »

NASW Supports HHS Decision on Women’s Rights

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruled that contraceptive services must be covered by most forms of insurance without a co-pay or deductible.  Houses of worship are not required to provide birth control in their health coverage. The Obama administration declined the bishops push to exempt religiously affiliated organizations whose primary mission isn’t worship. Now, the Catholic Church has ... Read More »

Violence Against Women Act up for Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, has played a crucial role in the lives of women and families since its original passage in 1994.  We have seen both a sharp increase in the reporting of domestic violence, and significant decrease in the number of people harmed by an intimate partner.  Additionally, an increase in legal services has helped women ... Read More »

Social Work and the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Thirty-nine years ago today, January 22, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a women’s right to chose is protected and guaranteed by the Constitution.   Despite efforts from some state legislatures to introduce and even pass a number of abortion restriction bills, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.   Based on the principles of self-determination, human rights and ... Read More »

Helping Women Achieve Equality

NASW News blog exclusive: By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Helping women achieve equality was the focus of a keynote presentation by NASW President Jeane Anastas at the NASW Wisconsin Chapter’s conference earlier this year. Anastas explained that one of her major goals as president of the association is to highlight the issues facing women in society generally and in ... Read More »