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Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Workplace Challenge for Employers and Women

Posted by YWM on April 26, 2013

Ann Sullivan,  Dr Frances Le Bas,  Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

Ann Sullivan, Dr Frances Le Bas, Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

April 25 in Sacramento, California a panel of experts in health care and business highlighted the impact of rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions on employers and women in the workplace.  The panel included moderator Ann Sullivan and panelists Jeanne Simmons-McNeil—patient advocate, small business owner and a BPW/CA member, Angela Scott-Ferrell—rheumatoid arthritis patient and, Dr. Frances Le Bas—occupational medicine, pain management, and family practitioner

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a discriminatory disease:  75 percent of patients are women and African Americans suffer the physical symptoms worse than any other population.  But RA comes at a cost that goes way beyond physical pain.  With women making up about 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, rheumatoid arthritis has an enormous impact on workplace productivity to the tune of around 50 billion dollars.

Experts and patients at the panel discussion, held during the California Black Chamber of Commerce African American Leadership “Economic Issues Forum”, pointed out that women and employers need to be more aware of the many treatment options available to sufferers of RA and other chronic diseases, so that they can effectively manage their health and the loss of productivity associated with these conditions. 

Angela Scott-Ferrel

Angela Scott-Ferrel

“I can tell you firsthand how hard it is to live with a chronic disease like RA,” said  Angela Scott-Ferrell who has suffered from the disease for nearly 7 years.  “Rheumatoid arthritis is often misunderstood.  Often employers think it’s just temporary pain, but it dramatically impacts a person’s professional and personal life. ”

“Women make up such a large portion of the workforce so it’s extremely important to provide support and education about the latest treatments, so that those who suffer can live productive, and rewarding lives and can contribute to the success of their workplaces,” said Barbara Kasoff, President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a co-sponsor of the panel. WIPP and the Business and Professional Women’s(BPW) Foundation recently joined together to form the Working Women Rheumatoid Arthritis Project (WRAP2013), a rheumatoid arthritis awareness campaign for women and employers.

Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly strikes between the ages of 20 and 60, though trends toward the older end.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2014, nearly a quarter of workers in the U.S. will be age 55 and older and more people are retiring later in life, making this a growing concern. 

“Given that more and more women are working later in life it is imperative that employers adapt.   It often only takes

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

small, easy changes in the work environment to make a big difference in someone’s productivity,” said Deborah Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the other organization co-sponsoring the panel discussion. “A better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis, getting properly diagnosed, and getting properly treated, will remove barriers to success.”

For more information, visit www.WRAP2013.org


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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Taking Care of Women

Posted by YWM on August 1, 2012

President/Chair League of Women Voters/League of Women Voters Education Fund 

There is more good news coming this week for women because of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). Beginning August 1st, millions of women around the country will be able to receive free preventive health care benefits. So, what does this mean in the day-to-day lives of women? A whole lot for their health!

In a nutshell: Under the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) new guidelines, women will no longer have to pay for preventive health care.

Specifically, health insurance plans will be required to fully cover these vital services: well-woman visits; domestic violence screening and counseling; breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling; FDA-approved contraception methods and counseling; screening for gestational diabetes; human papillomavirus DNA testing for women 30 and older; counseling for sexually-transmitted infections; and HIV screening and counseling.

This means there will be no co-pay, no co-insurance and no deductible charges for these services! Annual health insurance policies that begin on or after August 1, 2012, are required to include these benefits, and any plans and issuing companies that have not received special clearance are also required to cover these services.

This wonderful news comes on the heels of last summer’s new insurance market rules under the ACA, which provided for mammograms, cervical cancer screening, prenatal care, colonoscopies, blood pressure checks and childhood immunizations at no charge, along with ACA recommended Medicare-related free preventive services.

In addition to the ACA’s benefits already in effect (and including allowed parental coverage for millions of youth 26 and under), these new benefits for women are a huge step forward in providing quality health care for everyone. Find more information at Healthcare.gov, managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The League of Women Voters worked hard to help pass the ACA. We cheered when the House passed ACA and when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in June. Today, we applaud HRSA’s new guidelines for women’s preventive health care, a big step forward for women’s health!

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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Save VAWA

Posted by YWM on July 19, 2012

By Rev. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women

If you have ever been beaten, kicked, punched, slapped by a partner who claims to love you, it is not difficult for you to understand why it’s mandatory to have the Violence Against Women Act.  If you’ve ever had a daughter, a sister, a cousin who experienced the terrifying thought of being abused for no reason, then you understand why VAWA is necessary.

More women than you can imagine live in real fear of repeated attacks just because their partners feel nothing will be done if they abuse a woman.  Some still live under that old assumption that a man is king of his household and the women therein are his property and that the law is on his side no matter what he does.  We cannot allow that belief to prevail.

Like so many women, I have bruises that will never go away—some physical, some mental.  For years after getting a divorce and getting away from my abuser, I looked over my shoulder believing my former spouse meant what he said when he said he would find me and he would kill me.  Until the day he died, I had recurring thoughts of what he promised, and to this day, I cannot sleep without locking the door to my bedroom.

I don’t want other women to go through what I did when calling a policeman only meant you’d have him tell you, “He’ll have to practically kill you before we can do anything to him”.  That’s the way it was before VAWA and generations of women were told the same or similar things.  Many women did die praying for help that never came or came too late.  Let’s make every effort to save VAWA and save lives.  VAWA must be reauthorized.  We must do all we can to make it happen.

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Tragedy in Springfield, Mass.: When VAWA and Local Domestic Violence Intersect – Mary Reardon Johnson, YWCA USA

Perpetrators Don’t Discriminate, So Why is Congress? – Maggie Fridinger, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Save Our Campuses: Pass VAWA – Dani Nispel, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Empower Women: Reauthorize VAWA Today! – Hailey Cayne, Coalition of Labor Union Women

Joining the Chorus for VAWA – Arezu Kaywanfar, National Council of Jewish Women

Pass a Final Violence Against Women Act that Includes Campus SaVe – Chelsea Feuchs, Jewish Women International

 NASW Still Supports Passage of Violence Against Women Act – National Association of Social Workers

Violent Against Women Act Helps Kids Too – Martha Burk

Violence Exists. Women Exist. The Violence Against Women Act Should Too – Tessa Ross, Women’s Campaign Fund

AAUW Rallies for Inclusive VAWA – Laura Dietrich, AAUW

Violence Against Women at College? Something to Worry About – Allyson Bach, NWPC

Inadequate Legislation Empowers Abusers – Anny Bolganio, Coalition of Labor Union Women

Violence is Violence, No Matter What Gender – Samantha Aster, NWPC

Class Matters: Why VAWA Needs to Be Reauthorized – Danielle Marryshow, NWPC

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Get your women’s health checkup today. It’s covered!

Posted by YWM on May 17, 2012


By Guest Blogger Lois Uttley, Co-Founder, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need

Overdue on your mammogram or Pap smear? Trying to quit smoking or lose weight? Thinking about having a baby?

It’s National Women’s Health Week. What better time to make an appointment and get caught up on the health care you need!

Many women’s health services are now covered by our health insurance plans without extra charges, like co-pays and deductibles, because of the new health care law (the Affordable Care Act). Because we don’t have to dig into our pocketbooks for those extra charges, we can actually afford to take advantage of the health insurance coverage we have.  Examples of what’s now covered without co-pays include:

  • Cervical cancer screening for sexually active women;
  • Mammograms every 1 to 2 years for women over 40;
  • Help quitting smoking, especially if you are pregnant;
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure tests;
  • Folic acid supplements for women who want to become pregnant; and
  • Osteoporosis screening for at-risk women over 60.

There’s improved coverage for our children, as well, including no-copay coverage for immunizations against common childhood diseases, tests of hearing and vision and screening for possible autism. And, our adult children can stay on our family health insurance policies until age 26, so we don’t have to worry about them going without health insurance after graduating from high school or college. In fact, we think the coverage for moms and our kids if so great, we’re calling it MamaCare!

We will have even more great preventive care coverage starting August 1, when the women’s preventive services provision of the health care law takes effect. From then on, all new health insurance plans will be required to cover, without co-pays, these critically-important women’s health services:

  • Contraceptive services, including birth control pills, IUDs and even tubal ligations;
  • Breastfeeding counseling and rental of press pumps;
  • Screening for STIs, gestational diabetes and domestic violence; and
  • Annual well-woman visits, when you and your primary care provider can make a plan to keep you healthy.

At Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, we’re counting down to this great new coverage that will benefit millions of women. Learn more about how you will benefit at our Countdown to Coverage website.

Lois Uttley, MPP, is co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a national initiative working to make sure the Affordable Care Act meets the needs of women and our families.

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Read More:

National Women’s Health Week: Pledging to Take Care of Ourselves– Ann Rose Greenberg, Marketing Coordinator, Jewish Women International

Celebrating Women’s Health Week as a Grandmother– Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women

Get your women’s health checkup today. It’s covered!– Lois Uttley, Co-Founder, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need

League Recognizes National Women’s Health Week– Stephanie, League of Women Voters

Gen Y Women Benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act – Elisabeth Gehl

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on April 27, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

High paying careers are high on women’s list of life goals – New Pew Study [Wall Street Journal]

How women mess up when asking for a raise [SimplyHired]

Women speak out about the “Bitch in the Board Room” stereotype [Fast Company]

Why a woman’s agenda means more than her gender [Huffington Post]

Equal Pay Day focuses on gender, but there is plenty of workplace inequality based on color [Women’s eNews]

New York Times Editorial: Romney’s test on support for equal pay is coming [NY Times]

The equal pay issues, is it conditioning? A scientific point of view [NY Times]

Why powerful women are quiet and powerful men are not [Type Pad]

Secret Service needs more women in its ranks [Washington Post]

Equal pay also means equal severance according to judge [HR Morning]

Empowered Workforce

Building business relationships: women, power and golf [The Glass Hammer]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Of course it is a woman who is setting the Secret Service straight [Washington Post]

When most people think about veterans, they don’t picture women. A WWII female veteran tells her story [Sun Times]

Interview with WWII woman pilot who gained veteran’s status for WASPs [JSOnLine]


Women’s gains in life expectancy slow, men’s life expectancy gain [USA Today]

Caffeine alters estrogen levels in younger women [NY Times]

Early menopause linked to bone fracture [NY Times]

Small Business

Women take a different path to building their high revenue companies [Forbes]


Society of Women Engineers offers inspiration and mentoring to young women students [NIUToday]

Violence Against Women

Washington Post editorialized in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  [Washington Post] It passed yesterday 68 to 31.  On to the House

Senate reauthorizes VAWA 68 to 31.  Only men voted against it. [NY Times]

Disturbing numbers about rape in the military [North Jersey]

Victims of sexual attacks in the military fight back [NY Daily News]

DOD releases annual report on rape in the military [Defense]

FL Governor vetoes funds for rape crisis centers [National Partnership]


Women are fit to play larger role in military [TheDaOnline]

More Black female soldiers suffer in silence with PTSD [BET]

Military spouses who are lawyers have a hard time practicing law [Lawyerist]

May is National Military Appreciation Month, meant to promote awareness and support for our troops and veterans [CW]

Two new studies look at women’s military experiences by the numbers   [Pew Research]

American disgrace: Homeless women veterans and assaulted enlistees [Salon]

Female troops find ways to relate to Afghan women [Stripes]


Report says women need to give more money to political campaigns to get the respect [SheShouldRun]

Other Important News

5 myths about title IX [Elect Women]

Between 1997-2007, fewer mothers wanted to work full time [Pew Social Trends]

Social media and the generational sift in the war on women [Forbes]

Valuing family work: should low income mothers be forced to work outside the home? [NY Times]

Saturday, April 28th , Americans will gather at their State Capitols  to rally for women’s rights [Madison County Democrat]

And For Fun

More women are making and enjoying beer [CNBC]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on March 23, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Why his merit raise is higher than hers [HBR]

Here’s to the next Lilly Ledbetter, article on the need for pay equity so we can don’t need cases like this. [NJ Today]

The job-loss gap associated with marital status turns out to be as large as the more widely recognized than gender job loss gap [New York Times]

As you move up the corporate ladder, the percentage of women drops off with every step up [Forbes]

Those who dismiss women’s desire for equality as if it were a hobby or a pet project fundamentally dismiss women as people [Huffington Post]

Want to earn more than your male colleague on Wall Street? Set up a shoe-shine stand [The Grindstone]

An overview of women in the workforce [The Epoch Times]

Women in combat roles; a small step towards equality [Eurasia Review]

Are women better leaders than men? [HBR]

New poll: Americans see progress in closing gender gap. Women and men making work-life balance trade offs. [Market Watch]

A Key to US competitiveness: work-life balance [HBR]

Small Business

Number of women owned business crossing $1 million threshold is growing [Wall Street Journal]

More on the use of Mompreneur debate [New York Times]

Why female tech entrepreneurs have an edge [Inc]

Saluting Misbehaivn’ Women

Elle Magazine recognizes 10 women political power houses [Huffington Post]

Sen. Mikulski honored as longest serving woman in Congress [Baltimore Sun]

Reception for California’s oldest living female veteran [CBS]

Female Marines seek to find a balance: fitting in and setting an example [Stripes]


“Final Salute” is providing necessary services to homeless women veterans [Military.com]

Returning women veterans face challenges in system designed for men [PRI]

Military spouse employment partnership: a new alternative [LAJES.AF.Mil

Women veterans face high hurtles [The World]

Military spouses play an important role [AF.Mil]


Four women vets are running for Congress [Time]

Tammy Duckworth wins her Democratic primary in Illinois [EnewsSPF]


Women earned about 34 percent of community college STEM degrees in 1997, but by 2007 that had declined to about 28%. [PolicyShop]

Recent research shows that more women are needed in the green sector, particularly for technician and scientific roles [Greener Idea]


Breast cancer toll among black women fed in part by fear, silence [Washington Post]

Annual Gynecological appointment called into question [New York Times]

Military spouses need to be included in PTSD treatment [Huffington Post]

Gender gap in cost of health care still exists.  Women pay more [New York Times]

HERvotes examines women and the Affordable Healthcare Act [HERvotes]

Gen Y

Survey of Gen Y working women found that they hve the most positive outlook for women in the workplace and yet they feel underpaid and find their careers take a bigger hit than their male counterparts’ once they become parents. [Salon]

Other News of Note

Do women like caring for children more than men? [New York Times]

40 years since the ERA was sent to the states for ratification [New York Times]

A group of Democratic senators will announce a new effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment into the constitution [PJ Media]

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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Gen Y Women Benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act

Posted by egehl on March 20, 2012

Generation Y (Gen Y) women are a powerful force in the workplace.  They are an important constituency vital to developing a diverse and skilled workforce now and into the future.  By supporting young women and giving them the tools they need to succeed everyone wins because they are tomorrow’s thinkers, leaders, and enthusiasts about the issues we care about.  BPW Foundation has focused on Gen Y because we believe that understanding and addressing the needs of these women is critical for maintaining a competitive edge nationally and globally.  Through our Gen Y research, BPW Foundation seeks to understand what these women need in order to be successful in the workplace, and then translate that knowledge into tools that improve how employers recruit, support, and retain young women. We have found that there are many components to the future success of Gen Y women in the workplace, however, recognize that success in the workplace will not happen if they are not healthy.

The health of young women is at the foundation of their success because without it their ability to grow and move forward will inevitably be stymied.  For many young women, being able to take care of their health has been elusive because healthcare is too expensive, they cannot find employment in this tough job market, or they are underemployed with an hourly job that does not offer comprehensive health care.  Thankfully with passage two years ago of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many of those hurdles have been addressed with important components for young women included in the new law.

Most significantly for young women, the Affordable Care Act includes coverage for young adults under the age of 26 through their  parent’s health insurance.  Therefore if an adult’s plan covers children, they can now add or keep their children on their health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.  Before the health care law, insurance companies could remove enrolled children usually at age 19, sometimes older for full-time students.

By allowing young women to stay on a parent’s plan, the law makes it easier and more affordable for them to get health insurance coverage.  This was a key provision because it allows Gen Y women, especially those just coming out of college and looking for jobs, to have a safety net during the first few years they are getting on their feet.  Without it they are left stranded and could face unpredicted health costs.  In addition, these young women can join or remain on their parent’s plan even if they are married, not living with their parents, attending school, not financially dependent, or eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan.

Even though young women may feel invincible when it comes to their health, they still must be mindful of preventative services they should undertake to maintain their health and avoid future illness.  This brings us to another important aspect of the Affordable Care Act for Gen Y women; the coverage of certain preventative services without cost sharing.  This includes coverage for immunizations, depression screening, pap smears, and services for pregnant women.  The more young women take care of themselves now through various preventative services the better off their health will be down the road thereby reducing their future health care costs which will benefit the entire health care system.

Additional aspects of the Affordable Care Act important to Gen Y women, particularly those who are single, include the potential of receiving tax credits to help pay for insurance starting in 2014 if their income is less than $43,000 for a single individual, and their job doesn’t offer affordable coverage.  Also starting in 2014, if a Gen Y woman is unemployed with a limited income of up to $15,000 per year for a single person (higher income for couples/families with children), she may be eligible for health coverage through Medicaid.

As BPW Foundation continues to examine Gen Y women, their career choices and the subsequent consequences these decisions have on their lives, workplaces and society, undeniably health is a part of that overall picture.  As the cost of healthcare rises, it is important that younger generations have the care they need either through their employer or family member so that they can treat and prevent illness.  The Affordable Care Act gives Gen Y women more choices to take care of themselves something that was missing before ACA was passed. And the absence of that option had a detrimental impact on the health of many young women.  Gen Y women need a safety net and available, feasible options to take charge of their health so that they have can a fulfilling career and the opportunities many of them want to give back to their communities.  The Affordable Care Act is a giant step forward in helping to make that happen for this next generation of women.

For more information about how the Affordable Care Act benefit young women please visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/choices/young-adult-coverage/index.html.

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It’s Not an Obama Thing; It’s a Families Need Healthcare Thing

Posted by YWM on March 7, 2012

Remarks delivered by

Byllye Avery, Co-Founder, Raising Women’s Voices for Health Care
at the HERvotes Press Conference March 1, 2012

In 1970, three organizations, National Women’s Health Network, Mergerwatch and Avery Institute for Social Change founded Raising Women’s Voices to make sure women’s voices and needs were a part of health care discussions and reform legislation.

We are pleased to join HERvotes at this press conference because of its commitment to look at the full spectrum of women’s lives and all of the issues facing women and their families.  Because we know that everything is interrelated.

Women’s health care is under attack at the local, state and federal level, with direct aim being taken at reproductive health.  While reproductive health is important to us other issue are also important such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, prevention services, violence against women, maternity care, and most importantly access to affordable quality care.

What good is it to live in a country that brags about having the best health care in the world if you can’t get it?  We measure our health care system from the wrong end of the stick.

The Affordable Care Act (ACE) is one of the best pieces of legislation ever passed, since Medicare and Social Security. It has the potential of providing affordable care, well-women services, ending discrimination in care, and enforcement of best medical practices.  It can do for the health of women and their families in this country what Title IX has done for women in sports.

When I talk to women of color they understand and fully support ACE.  It means health coverage and access that can improve qualify of life for themselves and their families.  This isn’t an Obama thing; it is a families need healthcare thing.

We need the ideological attacks against women’s access to reproductive services and the hostile legislation targeting women at all levels of government to stop.

We say to the press – Talk to the Women.  We demand that politicians start focusing on the tough domestic and global issues our country faces and we say to them – Stop your cowardly firing at women’s health from the comfort of your cultural war bunkers.

We are proud that Bylly Avery is our guest blogger today.  She is truly an historic woman living in our time.  Ms. Avery, Founder of the Avery Institute for Social Change and the National Black Women’s Health Project,  has dedicated her life to helping and inspiring women.  A winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius award, she has been honored more times than we can list but here are just a few: Lifetime Television’s Trailblazer Award, Essence magazine Award for Community Service and the President’s Citation of the American Public Health Association.  She is a clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on March 2, 2012

March is Women’s History Month

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

After earlier rapid advances, feminism’s cultural agenda seems to have stalled [Harvard.edu]

Message to women: Demand equal pay to receive equal pay [Standard]

Equal Pay Enforcement Act on verge of being vetoed by Wisconsin governor [Huffington Post]

Miss Representation, a documentary, explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence [Star Phoenix]

How the “Woman Effect” shapes the world economy [InPowerWomen]

Empowered Workforce

Why women need sponsors not mentors [Forbes]

Three benefits of a  mentor and how to get one [SimpleMom]


Number of women patent holders surges [Huffington Post]

CompTIA, non-profit trade association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced new member community aimed at expanding IT career opportunities for women. [Bradenton]

Women are an often overlooked workforce in the field of clean energy [Austin Econ Network]

Though the tech sector prides itself on disregard of the status quo,  it that appears the glass ceiling is as strong as ever [Huffington Post]

How to get more women hired for technical jobs [IT Jobs.fin]

Study takes mystery out of hiring Tech women [Women’s eNews]

Mothers talk to their daughters less about math [Parenting]


Why we need more women in political office [Huffington Post]

Quest for women’s push back vote starts with HERvotes press conference [Women’s e-News]

Olympia Snowe will not seek re-election  [Elect Women]

Obama’s support among women rises [Huffington Post]

Saluting Misbehaving Women

Woman colonel works for military women and women veteran’s health [Bellingham Herald]

Tuskegee nurse was first African American in nurse army corps [AF.Mil]

Military sexual trauma survivor reaches out and helps others [KDHNews]

First female African American major genera, Marcia Anderson, breaks down barriers [The Sentinel]


The unfinished fight over contraception [New York Times]

Will there ever be a consensus on the mammogram debate [Forbes]

When women quit hormone therapy, their rates of new breast cancers decline [Science Daily]

How the Blunt Amendment will take away critical health care coverage for millions of Americans [NWLC]

Blunt Amendment Tabled in Senate [Politico]


Women veteran found it hard to find a jobs program for which she qualified [The News Tribune]

White House to honor diverse group of Iraq War veterans [Detroit.com]

Female veterans speak about Iraq war and its influence on women’s roles in the military [The Villages Daily Sun]

Other Items of Note

Women want to see other women fail and other myths set straight [Business Insider]

President Obama to lead by example in the US, by harnessing the talent of women and girls [White House]

Some women feel naked without make up [UPI]

5 myths about women as consumers [Fiscal Times]

The redomestication of American women [Forbes]

UC Davis to pay women $1.35 million in title IX case [Feminist]


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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on February 10, 2012

March is Black History Month

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Understanding the three generations of women in the workplace [Small Business Trends]

Can beautiful women be taken seriously in business? [Forbes]

It’s the style of leadership and the actions leaders take that help women move up in organizations [Linked In]

Advocating for more women in office say issue is not just about having a body that reflects the population’s gender makeup , but about needing women in office who focus on issues that are important to women [Modesto Bee]

Walmart women still seeking justice – file with EEOC [WGN TV]

No women on Facebook’s board shows male influence in social media business [Bloomberg]

Empowered Workforce

Why girls need mentors.  Girl Scouts have done a study on why girls need mentors [The Glass Hammer]

A group of senators is launching a bid to organize 1 million people in support of women’s rights [Huffington Post]


Republicans take aim at birth control [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Skirmish over women’s health gets political [New York Times]

Women’s rights groups launch campaign to save birth control from Catholic Bishops [Feminist.org]

Texas women lead battle on both sides of women’s health issues [New York Times]

Women are at risk of taking drugs unnecessarily [Washington Post]

Violence Against Women

New website Women Under Siege will focus on the violence against women that happens during war time. Project of the Women’s Media Center [Women Under Siege]

Military and the Church: strange bedfellows in military sexual assault [Truth-Out]

Picking up the pieces after military sexual assault [Truth-Out]

Senate passes Stalking Awareness Month Resolution [Women s Policy]

Senate committee passes Violence Against Women’s Act Re-authorization by a straight party line vote [Women’s Policy]


Pentagon is recommending that women be allowed to serve in more jobs closer to the front lines [Washington Post]

History of women in combat still being written – slowly [New York Times]

Military women suffer same deployment ills as men [Defense News]

Pentagon Channel posts videos on problems women veterans face when returning home [HomePost]

The war’s glass ceiling [The Jakarta Globe]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Air Force announces first four star general nominee [Air Force News]

Astronaut Janice Voss, a veteran of five spaceflights, has died at 55 after a cancer battle [Collect Space]


New DOL  “Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career,” has been released [MarketWatch]

Small Business

Black women entrepreneurs setting fast pace despite obstacles [BET]

Other News of Note

Parents: Would you quit your job to save money on child care? [CBS News]

Just because a woman may be over 50 doesn’t mean she has it all figured out [FeistySideofFifty]

Are Mexican voters ready for their first female president? [Forbes]

For some Black women economy and willingness to aid family strains finances [Washington Post]

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