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Most women pay more in health insurance than men, says report
Most women pay higher premiums for health insurance than men, regardless of history, and most of these plans do not include maternity coverage, says a new report. (Photo/Getty Images)
Over 90 percent of the best-selling health insurance plans in most states charge women more than men - even though 97 percent of these plans do not include maternity coverage. In fact, in over half of these insurance plans, women who do not smoke will still pay more for health insurance than men who smoke. These are some of the findings in a new report, Turning to Fairness, released by the National Women’s Law Center.
“Women make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers. A woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500 – more than $3,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.”—National Women’s Law Center
Today in Rape Culture: Michigan High School Chooses To Protect Star Basketball Player Instead Of His Rape Victims
The National Women’s Law Center is joining forces with a Michigan-area law firm to file a complaint on behalf of a young woman who was sexually assaulted by one of her high school’s star basketball players. As RH Reality Check reports, the complaint alleges that high school administrators did nothing to help advocate for the rape victim after she came forward with her story. In fact, the principal discouraged her from filing charges because he was worried that would hurt her rapist’s chances at getting recruited to play college basketball:
According to the complaint, in 2010 the victim was sexually assaulted by a star player on the school’s basketball team. The assault took place on campus in a sound proof band room at Forest Hills Central High School. The victim notified a teacher who in turn reported the assault to the principal. But rather than open an investigation into the allegations, the principal discouraged the student and her parents from filing charges, telling them that doing so could ruin the assailant’s prospects at being recruited to play basketball for a Division 1 school. […]
As alleged in the complaint, two weeks later another female student was sexually assaulted by the same attacker. Despite a legal obligation under Title IX to investigate the assault and protect the student, the high school officials never interviewed the girl or her parents again, failed to conduct an investigation, and for two and a half weeks left the attacker in one of her classes.
After the news of the assault spread throughout the Michigan high school, the victim faced backlash from her fellow students, who called her a whore and a liar. She was the subject of intense cyberbullying, and she was also harassed by her assailant and his friends in the school’s hallways. Her parents reported the harassment to the school, but administrators took no action. “The school’s failure to address the harassment sends a chilling message to students that they should remain silent in the face of sexual assault and cannot count on their school to provide a safe learning environment,” a statement from the National Women Law Center pointed out.
Unfortunately, that’s a message that students across the country are receiving from their school administrators. Society’s pervasive victim-blaming rape culture has consistently valued sports stars over rape victims — a dynamic that was particularly evident during the events that unfolded in Steubenville, OH earlier this year. That small town made national news for covering up a sexual assault perpetrated by two of its high school football stars. Even after the teens were convicted,the media took clear sides in the case, focusing on the impact that the guilty verdict might have on the boys’ promising athletic careers rather than the fact that they committed a serious crime. And Steubenville’s football coach just received a contract extension despite the fact that he may have been complicit in the cover-up.
This Michigan high schooler is just one of countless survivors of sexual assault who have faced serious consequences after talking about the crimes perpetrated against them. The Steubenville victim received death threats once her case became national news. And two teenage sexual assault victims — 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons from Canada and 15-year-old Audrie Pott from California — recently committed suicide after their classmates bullied them with information about their alleged gang-rapes.
Digital Activism At Its Finest
Ai Weiwei 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I happen to lead e-advocacy for a number of clients and I have to say that as someone who is on the receiving end of many an online petition for various causes, I’m mighty impressed with the digital outreach of many organizations and how they are mobilizing the community to communicate with local, state and federal legislators.
Years ago it was about call your local congressman, or write a letter. Now, with the innovation of e-advocacy software, you can literally reach a legislator with a powerful message. I even find it easy to use! And, more importantly, easy to share.
Here are a couple of campaigns that you can check out that I’ve received in my in-box in the last day around women’s issues:
With Bank of America and Verizon being bombarded by customers about their new fee structures, to Ai Weiwei’s support for release from a Chinese prison, as a digital marketer, AND a consumer, I’m amazed at the power that we all have to make things happen and am grateful frankly for the tools to do so.
- Ai Weiwei at Lisson gallery in Milan (odetocapitalism.com)
- Help Close the Pregnancy Loophole …Emily J. Martin, National Women’s Law Center (point4counterpoint.wordpress.com)