President Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act yesterday. According to the Washington Post, Democrats contend that the bill does not do enough for seniors and could lead to the privatization of Medicare. Women's groups are concerned that the bill will cause millions to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance and will face higher premiums.
According to the Boston Globe, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) called the bill the most "anti-senior, anti-disabled, anti-Medicare, antifamily, anti-worker" piece of legislation in the country's history."
As women account for more than 70 percent of the elderly poor and comprise the majority of those who are on both Medicare and Medicaid, women will suffer the greatest impact of these proposed changes. The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) has joined with OWL and other women's organizations, including the Feminist Majority, and consumer and labor organizations in opposition to this legislation.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .