Tuesday, March 20, 2012

War on Women - Gets a Worthy Opponent

A new website – worth ten to fifteen minutes of your time to peruse.

What happens when the following groups come together?
Coalition Members
   American Association of University Women
   Advocates for Youth
   Black Women’s Health Imperative
   Black Women’s Roundtable
   Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
   Center for Advancement of Public Policy
   Center for Health and Gender Equity
   Center for Women Policy Studies
   Coalition of Labor Union Women
   Dolores Huerta Foundation
   Family Values at Work
   Feminist Majority
   Feminist Majority Foundation
   General Federation of Women’s Clubs
   Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
   Jewish Women International
   League of Women Voters
   Ms. Magazine
   NARAL Pro-Choice America
   National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
   National Association of Social Workers
   National Coalition of 100 Black Women
   National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
   National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
   National Congress of Black Women
   National Council of Negro Women
   National Council of Women’s Organization
   National Council of Jewish Women
   National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
   National Organization for Women
   National Partnership for Women and Families
   National Women’s Health Network
   National Women’s Law Center
   National Women’s Political Caucus
   Planned Parenthood Federation of America
   Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need
   Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
   RH Reality Check
   Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women
   Wider Opportunities for Women
   Women Donors Network
   Women’s Campaign Fund
   Women’s Information Network
   Women’s Media Center
   Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI)
   Women’s Voting Project, CCMC

The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER rights.)

The top priorities of HERvotes are to educate and engage more women to use their voices and their votes to urge lawmakers who seek to represent them to:
   Stop the attacks on historic advances for women;
   Preserve successful policies, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
   Respect women’s contribution to the economy; and
   Act on jobs at livable wages and equal pay for our families’ economic security

And they detail the

“Current attacks against Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and Title X are
attacks against women, plain and simple,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “It’s unjust to prioritize Wall Street corporations over Main Street women and families as some leaders are doing now.”

Today HERvotes is releasing a list of the top 10 historic laws that impacted women’s lives and security, but are now in danger of being weakened, cut or eliminated by extremist policies at the federal, state and local levels. This top 10 list of health and economic security cornerstones includes the Social Security Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Title X (the National Family Planning Program), Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act.

Melanie L. Campbell, president & CEO and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, said, “Women of color will be disproportionately impacted by the attacks on these top 10 historic laws that empower women to live our best lives for ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation. For instance, cuts in Social Security would send more women of color into poverty. The National Senior Citizens Law Center recently released a report that the majority of single women of color rely on social security for 90 percent of their income.”

A website worth ten or fifteen minutes of your time to peruse.

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