Zambia has one of the world’s worst cases of HIV, and women and girls suffer a higher rate of infection. Health activists say harmful cultural practices – such as the myth that having sex with a virgin can cure AIDS – must be targeted by prevention programmers.
As a U.S. government default deadline looms, last-minute deal-making is intensifying the threats to Social Security, the retirement program upon which women disproportionately depend, particularly African American women and Latinas.
As the deadline to avert a U.S. debt default looms, Obama is proposing lowering cost-of-living increases for Social Security. Women’s advocates cry foul, saying it’s not a “shared sacrifice” and unfairly punishes the elderly.
A Texas teen was expelled from her cheerleading squad for refusing to cheer for a guy accused of raping her. The courts have let her down, so about a dozen of us who are former NFL cheerleaders are standing up. We want to hear some noise about this.
The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic group dating to 1928, is stirring speculation about its influence on women in post-Mubarak Egypt. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch politician, among others, is wary.
Rape victims’ right to anonymity has surfaced in the case of Julian Assange, with two leading exponents of women’s rights taking different sides. Wendy Murphy says both arguments miss the main point: protecting a rape victim’s constitutional right to privacy.
The payroll tax holiday may sound like good news for workers, but women’s advocates say it’s a dangerous political weapon in the hands of those who want to dismantle Social Security, which provides a lifeline for many older women.
Obama’s deficit commission is expected to propose a higher retirement age for Social Security on Dec. 1. Older women’s advocates say that will be particularly punishing for low-income women in physically demanding jobs.
I decided to breastfeed my daughter until she was 2 years old. I was the first person in my family to practice what is called extended breastfeeding since the introduction of baby formula.
I thought this was a personal decision, between me and my husband and my child, but boy was I wrong.
Obama’s discussion of the economy on CNBC last week included what Susan Feiner sees as an alarming reference to Social Security as an “entitlement.” In fact, it’s a self-funded jobs insurance program that women can’t afford to lose.