The full-day meeting explored a range of reforms to benefit working families. But the day also saw federal contractors walk off their jobs to protest the federal government’s role as the largest funder of low-wage jobs for working women and people of color.
Each U.S. first lady brought her own touch and philosophy when decorating the White House at Christmas time. In this excerpt from “Christmas With the First Ladies,” Coleen Christian Burke looks at Michelle Obama’s approach in 2009.
Gun-control bills authored by Carolyn McCarthy and Barbara Boxer have been gaining co-sponsors in the aftermath of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Chicago’s Jan Schakowsky calls the congressional gender gap a major hurdle in limiting firearms.
A bill to help curb child marriage in foreign countries passed the Senate unanimously in December but ran afoul of House GOP members. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum plans to try again, with a vote that could come by May.
Battered mothers often shy away from publicity. But this year, in a sign of their growing organization, some plan to spend Mother’s Day in Washington in a White House vigil to draw attention to a court system that often gives custody to abusers.
As the war in Afghanistan suffers one of its deadliest months since 2001, rights workers lay out what women in the region need most: stability, security and local aid. The second of two stories on the Afghanistan war and women.
A U.S. effort on behalf of women in Afghanistan is gearing up, but it comes in tandem with a controversial escalation of the war that some women’s rights activists consider a greater threat. The first of two stories on the Afghanistan war and women.
Last week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Sotomayor were loaded with insights into competing judicial philosophies and their links to partisan issues, such as a woman’s right to an abortion. Caroline Johnston Polisi cracks the legal code.