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Despite parent leave law, sky did not fall

Despite parent leave law, sky did not fall

{WOMENSENEWS}-- The Family Medical Leave Act was passed 20 years ago and despite the hue and cry, the sky did not fall on employers or the economy. It's time to extend these vital protections to more workers and more obligations.
By Allison Stevens

Commentary: Rags to riches to rags

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- The dark side of the financial moon is the U.S. Treasury that says financial institutions file more than 15 million “suspicious activity reports” every year.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Media portrayal of black woman the real 'Scandal'

Media portrayal of black woman the real 'Scandal'

{WOMENSENEWS}-- Lawyer Angeli Rasbury pleads her case for why viewers should question the love choices of the TV show's lead character, Olivia Pope, and the negative messages they reinforce about relationships and sexuality when it comes to race.
By Angeli Rasbury
Activists connect choice to reproductive justice

Activists connect choice to reproductive justice

{WOMENSENEWS}-- As the battle to preserve reproductive freedom heats up, abortion-rights advocates are increasingly embracing the quest for "reproductive justice." Younger activists predict 2013 will be the year "choice" fades out.
By Molly M. Ginty
Mayhem rules for Filipina mom in shanty baby boom

Mayhem rules for Filipina mom in shanty baby boom

QUEZON CITY, Philippines {WOMENSENEWS}-- Catholic opposition has kept a Philippines birth-control law passed in 2012 from reaching the women in shanties, where the birth rate is booming. Our reporter visits a woman who wanted three children and wound up with eight, aged 2 to 21.
By Iris Gonzales

Euro crisis returns

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- Maybe the British aren't quite as isolated when to comes to the European Union as the conventional wisdom in Brussels likes to think.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Time to honor heroism of South African women

Time to honor heroism of South African women

SOWETO, South Africa {WOMENSENEWS}-- Charlotte Maxeke, Lilian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph are some of the leaders extolled in a small exhibit at the Apartheid Museum that pays rare tribute to those who fought pass cards. Current-day leaders, meanwhile, are battling HIV, violence and fear.
By Rita Henley Jensen

Rural women poised to get more from tribal justice

UNITED NATIONS {WOMENSENEWS}-- Traditional leaders adjudicate household violence and land inheritance for the majority of rural women in the developing world. Increasingly, human rights activists want them to give women a better shake.
By Amy Lieberman

To stop violence, men must come off the sidelines

{WOMENSENEWS}-- The men who gather in Boston on March 7 are doing the right thing. But we can't stop the violence against women unless we get all those male bystanders to start jumping in.
By Rob Okun
Calls for help show Northern Ireland getting safer

Calls for help show Northern Ireland getting safer

DUBLIN, Ireland {WOMENSENEWS}-- As the Anglo-Irish troubles recede in Northern Ireland, some safety advocates say police have more time for doing something about domestic violence. Police calls spiked in the first half of 2102, according to a recent report.
By Claire McCormack

The time for women

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 4 (UPI) -- Two overwhelming facts about women today are that the world is facing a remarkable shortage of females and that they are becoming the better-educated gender.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Military equality, in her view, includes the draft

Military equality, in her view, includes the draft

{WOMENSENEWS}-- Now that women are allowed to serve in combat roles, Kristen Tsetsi thinks it's logical that women also be required to register for Selective Service just like men; and face the same consequences if they don't.
By Laura Alix

Commentary: Defense: Mutatis mutandis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Sequestration, or confiscating something of value, gave pause to reassess a U.S. defense budget that is now 46 percent of the entire world’s defense spending.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Push for maternity leave in Turkey may backfire

Push for maternity leave in Turkey may backfire

ISTANBUL {WOMENSENEWS}-- Amid calls for Turkish women to have more children, a proposal to lengthen the paid maternity leave allowance raises fears that it may actually hinder women's work force participation.
By Jennifer Hattam

The Italian mess

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- There is a significant chance that by this time next week the world could be back in the throes of a full-blooded financial crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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