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Ensuring Access to Family Planning Services for All

article icon Issue Brief While women have access to family planning services at a multitude of health care facilities—and while a wide spectrum of funding sources covers contraceptives and those services—we are not doing enough to ensure access for all women.

By Donna Barry and Amelia Esenstad | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Ensuring Access to Sexually Transmitted Infection Care for All

article icon Issue Brief Increased funding and a wide variety of health care facilities and providers that can prevent, detect, and treat sexually transmitted infections are keys to reducing this underappreciated public health problem.

By Donna Barry and McKinley Sherrod | Thursday, October 16, 2014

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A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of Women

article icon Fact Sheet Health, rights, and justice promote gender equality.

By Heidi Williamson | Thursday, October 9, 2014

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7 Actions that Could Shrink the Gender Wage Gap

article icon Fact Sheet The gender wage gap has not seen real movement since 2007, but seven actions could help change that.

By Sarah Jane Glynn, Milia Fisher, and Emily Baxter | Thursday, September 18, 2014

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The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

The Obama administration’s new birth control rules are generous and strategically smart, but some opponents still aren’t happy.

By Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

Allowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

By Donna Barry, Laura E. Durso, and Chester Hawkins, with Amelia Esenstad and Hannah Hussey | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Out of Range

book_alt2 icon Report Women’s presence and roles in the military have greatly increased over the past few decades, but the military is falling far short of its obligation to provide servicewomen with adequate reproductive and sexual health care.

By Jessica Arons, Lindsay Rosenthal, and Donna Barry | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

By Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, and Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Re-Establishing Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.

By Carmel Martin and Joshua Field | Monday, June 30, 2014

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Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

book_alt2 icon Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014

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Women Under the Gun

book_alt2 icon Report Intimate partner violence is a key driver of homicides of women, and weak gun laws at the federal and state levels leave far too many women facing a fatal end to their abuse.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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An Anti-Shackling Wake-Up Call

States slowly recognize the rights of incarcerated pregnant women.

By Heather Schultz | Thursday, May 22, 2014

President Barack Obama signs executive actions

Explaining the Gender Wage Gap

article icon Issue Brief Critics complain that estimates of the gender wage gap are inaccurate oversimplifications. In reality, the statistic that women earn 77 cents to the male dollar reflects real structural barriers to equality deserving of attention.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Monday, May 19, 2014

Infographic: How Many Women Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act?

This infographic is a compilation of data from multiple sources to highlight how women are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. It will be updated at least monthly to reflect the most recent data available.

By Donna Barry | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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