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Teen Calls Out Ableism as Discrimination | Women's eNews

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Margaret Fuller read by Reverend Katie Lee Crane (by OpeningTheWay)

“It is impossible to see them in the Hospital, where the circumstances are a little more favorable, without seeing how many there are in whom the feelings of innocent childhood are not dead, who need only good influences and steady aid to raise them from the pit of infamy and woe into which they have fallen. And, if there was not one that could be helped, at least Society owes them the insurance of a decent condition while here.

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Enforcing Pregnancy Bias Law of 1978? Long Overdue

In the last decade, claims filed with the EEOC by pregnant women have risen sharply, from 4,160 in fiscal year 2000 to 6,119 in fiscal year 2010, says Emily Martin, vice president and general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, the Washington legal advocacy. About 1-in-5 of all charges brought by women, in fact, involve claims of pregnancy discrimination, Lichtman added.

Despite the expansion of mothers and caregivers in the workplace, supervisors and employers are hardly making things any easier.

On top of discrimination and all kinds of other barriers—rigid work schedules, no paid time off to manage family responsibilities, the outrageous cost of quality child care, and the list goes on—mothers face a “wage penalty” of as much as 5 percent per child, says Stephen Benard, a professor of sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

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Sounds Crazy, But This Could Be Year of the Woman at Women’s eNews

Data crunched by Deborah Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., suggests this year will be a second “year of the woman,” Walsh said at January’s launch in the nation’s capital of the Political Parity Project, a coalition of 51 women’s organizations dedicated to doubling the number of women at the highest levels of U.S. government.

“This presidential election year is the first time in a generation, that women have an opportunity to gain a large number of congressional seats,” Walsh said.

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The Internet Proves a Powerful Tool for Women’s Leadership Winners in 2013

Women who started digital petitions popularized on social media in Saudi Arabia and New Jersey make up part of the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders honor roll for 2013.

Manal Al-Sharif of Saudi Arabia captured the world’s attention with the Women2Drive campaign which gained visibility for women on YouTube and Twitter. More than 100 Saudi women and their male supporters drove cars publicly and posted videos on YouTube in a country where women are required to employ a male driver to get around if a male relative isn’t available. The digital campaign was backed up with an online petition on the website change.org, which gained support from more than 100,000 people in 156 countries in 2012. 

Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel & Elena Tsemberis of New Jersey also harnessed the power of online petitions at change.org to put the first female moderator on a presidential debate in 20 years. Candy Crowley was appointed moderator of the second meeting of Obama and Romney after a questionable performance from PBS’s Jim Lehrer earlier in the campaign season. The girls gained over 100,000 signatures and continued the winning streak of women’s equality issues online.

These four women will receive their honors alongside leaders from Norway, India, Colombia, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. as 21 Leaders for the 21st Century,

Women’s eNews’ annual gala to celebrate the gains that have been made in women’s equality. As an international news organization, the 21 Leaders Gala provides an annual point of celebration for Women’s eNews, a nonprofit news organization that raises women’s voices around the world through journalism.

Report: 60% of Older Women Can’t Afford Basics

About 60 percent of American women over age 65 lack sufficient income to cover basic living expenses, compared with 41 percent of men, according to a study released today by Wider Opportunities for Women.

Using the Elder Economic Security Standard Index, which defines the basic expenses facing retired adults over the age of 65, the organization’s researchers found that an older adult required from $19,100 to $29,000 a year, depending on the individual’s housing situation. Forty-nine percent of white women and 61 percent of older Asian women were unable to meet their monthly expenses for housing, food, health care and other necessities. Three out of four African-American and Hispanic women had insufficient funds…

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