Ms. Magazine

spring 2003
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Features
The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

News
Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Departments
Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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Liz Galst is deputy editor of MAMM, and in 2001 won a Clarion Award from Women in Communications for her year-long series, "Nicki Marsh Got Cancer at 25: Welcome to Her Life."


News on Lower Breast Cancer Risks
By Liz Galst

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Here, over 40 percent of new mothers return to work within just three months, with 29.9 percent returning after two months, and a full 13 percent returning after only one, according to the most recent census statistics. In Sweden, where employees usually receive maternity leave and 80 percent of their wages for a full year after giving birth, breastfeeding rates are significantly higher. "So it's not impossible to have a sophisticated Western lifestyle and do this," Beral notes.

Indeed, women's health advocates such as NWHN's Pearson are pushing societal change in response to Beral's data: "A lot more women intend to breastfeed than are able to start and continue," Pearson says. "We need changes in hospital care and work and family life to enable women to act on their intentions."

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More than half the countries in the world provide routine nursing breaks for mothers in the workplace. So far, the U.S. does not.

* The International Labor Organization (ILO) standards include: 14 weeks of paid maternity leave at the equivalent of two-thirds previous salary; one or more daily breaks for breastfeeding workers; and "fireproof" maternity leave, meaning that a worker can't be dismissed during her leave.

* Since 1998 Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has spearheaded efforts to pass legislation to promote breastfeeding in the United States, including provisions that would help bring this country up to the ILO standards.

* Extensive state-by-state information on existing breastfeeding laws can be found at LaLeche.org along with summaries of some pending legislation.


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