If Obamacare is repealed, women of color will be 2 in 3 women who could lose coverage

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Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., plays ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ on the harmonica during a and National Womens Law Center event on the West Front of the Capitol to highlight the importance of affordable child care and early learning programs.  

Some women have been worried that they will lose insurance coverage for contraception under the Trump administration, but coverage for other women’s health benefits could also be at risk.

At or near the top of the list is guaranteed coverage of maternity services on the individual insurance market. Before the health law, it was unusual for plans purchased by individuals to cover prenatal care and childbirth. But the Affordable Care Act requires that maternity care be included as one of 10 essential health benefits.

In 2009, the year before the health law passed, just 13 percent of individual plans available to a 30-year-old woman living in a state capital offered maternity benefits, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center.

Women Could Pay More Than Men For Health Care Under Trump

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Why Being A Woman Can Cost You More Than $400,000

According to a new analysis of the wage gap by the National Women’s Law Center, a woman who is starting her career now will earn $430,480 less than her male counterpart over the course of a 40-year career, if the current wage gap persists. For many minorities, the losses are even larger: African American women will earn $877,480 less over those 40 years, Native American women will earn $883,040 less and and Latina women will miss out on a whopping $1,007,080 in lifetime wages.

White House Cracks Down On Birth Control Mandate

In response to reports that insurers were violating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) free birth control coverage rule, the White House has warned insurance companies that they must provide all forms of approved contraceptives to users at no cost or co-pay charge. The National Women’s Law Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation recently drew attention to the issue by publishing separate investigations that revealed not all insurance companies are following the law. Now the Obama administration is reiterating that insurance plans have to cover all forms of birth control approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In fact, I’d love to see it expanded! Reblog if you agree :)

Thanks to the National Women’s Law Center. 

This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funds. Title IX opened doors for women and girls in school to pursue sciences and sports, and also protects women from sexual harassment and violence — although there’s still a lot of work to do to eradicate sexual violence on campus. 

Happy birthday, Title IX. Here’s to continuing to make school a more equal place for women.

(h/t National Women’s Law Center)

purrfectcakes  asked:

My teacher said the wage gap between men and women exists because women often agree to be paid the first wage offer the employer makes, while men discuss a better one right away (I mean right at the beginning of the job). Is this true? Or is it just an excuse to make it sound like women are at fault for having lower wages?

The wage gap between men and women exists because women are systematically discriminated against in the workplace. The wage gap is even bigger for women of color. Your teacher is absolutely wrong. I’d recommend checking out the extensive information page on equal pay and the wage gap from the National Women’s Law Center for more detailed information.


Women of color come together to share their stories and show the world they matter too 

“It’s OK to not be OK.” Those empowering words concluded the testimony of a 16-year-old black girl speaking passionately about her challenges with mental health, during an event held Friday morning to address the specific needs of young women of color in the U.S.

The girl was one of 12 girls and women of color who presented their stories to an audience of nationally recognized social justice advocates and government officials during the event, which was organized by the National Women’s Law Center and Girls for Gender Equity.

While the girls’ personal narratives differed, each echoed a crucial point.
The Gender Pay Gap Haunts Women in Retirement Too
Women's retirement income is stretched thinner than men's because they earn less and live longer.

Women who work full-time, year-round, made just 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts in 2014, U.S. Census Bureau data shows.

But the injustice of the gender pay gap also impacts retirement security, and the numbers are appalling.

A woman who works full-time over a 40-year period loses $435,480 in lifetime income (today’s dollars) due to the wage gap, according to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), a nonprofit legal and advocacy group. Put another way, the typical woman needs to work 11 years longer than a man to achieve accumulated income parity.

The income gap translates directly to lower income from Social Security and pensions – since those benefits are determined by wage history – and it hampers the capacity of women to save for retirement.

Also women who do not do wage labor, or full time wage labor, often do massive amounts of caretaking and other unwaged social labor and can only rely on spousal benefits for social security retirement, which don’t apply to unmarried women.  And that’s really valuable labor that’s not count for social security retirement at all on its own merits.