Competency Has Its Critics

Competency Has Its Critics
On Tuesday night, the first Democratic Presidential debate took place. Fifteen million viewers tuned in. Normally after such an event, there is a winner, and, for a short time anyhow, the winner takes a victory lap. Not this time. Most media reports indicated that Hillary Clinton did the best job. Various pundits described her as a “skilled debater.” Others noted that she had “command of the issues,” she “threaded the needle,” and she “did what she ... Read more
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Politicians Take Note: Young Women are Serious and They Vote

Politicians Take Note: Young Women are Serious and They Vote
“I’m sorry I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets.” This wasn’t a statement from Santa Claus to a little girl wishing to attend her favorite singer’s concert. It wasn’t a parent soothing a whining child or a tickets.com message when the pop singer’s tour is sold out. “I’m sorry I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets” is what Republican Presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich said to Kayla Solsbak, a college sophomore, while speaking at the University of Richmond. Ms. Solsbak ... Read more
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It’s Time for a Different Legacy for Women

It’s Time for a Different Legacy for Women
On the nineteenth of May, 1919, a Joint Resolution of the 66th Congress of the United States of America proposed an amendment to the Constitution “extending the right of suffrage to women.” The actual language was simple: “The right of citizens of the United States shall not be denied by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment by a vote of 304-90. The Senate approved it 56 to 25. Thirty-six states ... Read more
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Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net

Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net
Frances Perkins was the first female member of a Presidential cabinet in the United States and today is the 135th anniversary of her birth. She served as Secretary for Labor from 1933 to 1945 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A social worker by training, Perkins was a staunch advocate for workers’ rights and was the chief architect of New Deal legislation including the Social Security Act. She chaired the President’s Committee on Economic Security in 1934 and was relentless in her ... Read more
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Policy Matters: Family and Sick Leave

Policy Matters: Family and Sick Leave
Policy Matters: Paid Family and Sick Leave The United States trails most countries in terms of the benefits we offer to workers when they need to take time off for family and medical reasons. In fact, we are the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave. On January 15th, President Obama made a major announcement that could change that. He is pushing to make changes in family leave programs, starting with federal employees. This move will have significant ... Read more
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Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World

Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World
The 2014 election cycle brought with it sweeping changes. Depending on your politics, these changes may have been welcome or they may have been dreaded. Regardless of your political leanings, when the 114th Congress begins in January, we will have a few breakthroughs for all women to (cautiously) celebrate. Women are a big deal. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, politicians have finally taken notice that women make up half of the population and ever since 1920, they’ve ... Read more
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