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Women’s Health Becomes Political Football, Just as Women’s History Month Starts

Thursday, March 1, 2012

by Gloria Lau Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA In this critical election year and as we mark the start of Women’s History Month today, it is hard to imagine that basic health care for women has become a political football.  In 2012. Today, nearly 99% of all women have relied on contraception at some point… Continue Reading Women’s Health Becomes Political Football, Just as Women’s History Month Starts

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The holiday season is here. Many people have family, food, and shopping on their minds. Yet, 1.8 million people are thinking of something else. They are wondering how they will take care of their families, put food on the table, and if they can afford any holiday toys for their children. They are members of the… Continue Reading Action Alert: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Tell President Obama to Give All Women Access to Contraception without Co-Pays

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Affordable Health Care Act, the new healthcare law signed by President Obama included a number of provisions that helped women obtain affordable, quality healthcare. Over the summer, advocates secured a big victory when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued recommendations regarding the new law, that would require all new health insurance… Continue Reading Tell President Obama to Give All Women Access to Contraception without Co-Pays

Action Alert: Tell the Super Committee to Pass a Fair Deal!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee,” is approaching a deadline of November 23, 2011 to craft a deficit-reduction package of at least $1.2 trillion. Media reports have outlined proposals released by committee members that would make changes to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and vital human needs programs, and decrease… Continue Reading Action Alert: Tell the Super Committee to Pass a Fair Deal!

Action Alert: Call Congress to Oppose the Balanced Budget Amendment!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Call Congress Now! The Budget Control Act (PL 112-25) passed this summer created the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  Another key provision mandated that Congress vote on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the constitution before December 31, 2011. Many economists oppose a BBA… Continue Reading Action Alert: Call Congress to Oppose the Balanced Budget Amendment!

The Affordable Care Act and Women

Friday, October 7, 2011

By Desiree Hoffman Director of Advocacy and Policy, YWCA USA March 23, 2011, marked the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet polls show that less than 47% of Americans know how it affects them.1  Lack of understanding was highest among low-income households and the uninsured.  When asked, “Do you feel you have… Continue Reading The Affordable Care Act and Women

“Dear Congress…”: A Young Woman’s Letter to Our Elected Officials on Jobs, Student Loans, and More

Monday, September 12, 2011

by Rhonda Bishop YWCA USA Advocacy Associate I watched President Obama lay out his framework for putting Americans back to work last Thursday and thought if I could write one personal letter to Congress—what would I say? So here it goes… Dear Congress,* I pay my taxes, make timely payments to all three of my… Continue Reading “Dear Congress…”: A Young Woman’s Letter to Our Elected Officials on Jobs, Student Loans, and More

YWCA Recognizes Women of 9/11; CNN to Air Women of 9/11 Documentary

Friday, September 9, 2011

Join us as we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The YWCA USA recognizes the courage and strength of our women first responders, who selflessly risked their lives to help thousands of victims of 9/11. No such act should go unrecognized; the YWCA honors these women, and we welcome you to… Continue Reading YWCA Recognizes Women of 9/11; CNN to Air Women of 9/11 Documentary