She Works Hard for the Money: Spotlight on Women’s Working Lives

As I write this, I am humming the late Donna Summer’s hit “She Works Hard for the Money” and remembering the scenes from the video, featuring a middle-age single mother, an everywoman, scrubbing floors, waiting tables, running a machine in a garment factory, feeding her preteen kids and falling into bed exhausted.

Quest for Women’s 2012 Push-Back Vote Begins

Ultrasounds and welfare drug-testing are just two of this week’s news issues that could stoke the fire under HERVotes, a coalition of 50 women’s rights groups formed in August that is announcing a major voter-mobilization effort today.

Homeland Security Law Called Hazardous for Victims

Secure Communities is the name of an expanding federal immigration program to deport convicts living in the U.S. illegally. Immigrant advocates say it’s undermining a federal law that protects crime victims from having to reveal their citizenship status.

‘Lifesaver’ Job Funds at Risk for Low-Income Women

A federal program to create jobs for low-income people during the recession could run out if Congress doesn’t extend it by Aug. 9. Leading congressional champion Jim McDermott says women in particular could be hurt if Congress doesn’t act.