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Equal Pay Day is a Call to Action! Let’s Continue Working to Achieve Equal Pay for Women

(04/08/2014) April 8 is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day into 2014 a woman must work to earn as much as a man did in 2013 alone. On average women in the United States today still earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn and that is cause for concern. The wage gap needs to decrease and we are working hard to ensure that it will soon decrease for Virginia’s women. read more »

Will Manassas use its Zoning Law Update to Undermine Reproductive Freedom?

(04/02/2014) The Manassas City Council recently debated whether to update its decades-old zoning laws, including those that apply to medical facilities. read more »

Celebrating Five Amazing Women and Their Right to Love as We Close Women’s History Month

(03/27/2014) Virginia is for lovers, or so they say. Yet, for many Virginians this motto couldn’t be further from the truth. As Women’s History Month comes to an end, we honor five Virginia women who have stood up for their right to love the people they love – thus paving the way for a Virginia that is truly for ALL lovers. read more »

A (Possible) First Step Toward Justice for Virginia’s Forced Sterilization Victims

(03/09/2014) During Virginia’s shameful eugenics program, from 1927 to 1979, the Commonwealth sterilized between 7,200 and 8,300 people without their consent. The rationale? Unbelievably, the Commonwealth deemed these individuals “unfit” to procreate (read more about this program here). It is a shameful chapter of Virginia’s history. read more »

Denying Funding for Abortion for Low-Income Women Is Not Fair

(03/08/2014) Receiving a diagnosis that your fetus has an incapacitating physical or mental anomaly can be heart wrenching for a woman and her family. It’s something no woman should ever have to go through, but if, in consultation with her doctor, a woman decides to have an abortion, we should ensure that the woman’s ability to exercise this constitutional right is not contingent on the size of her bank account. read more »

House of Delegates Doubles Down on its Desire to Place a Politician Between a Woman and Her Doctor

(02/14/2014) A few minutes ago, the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice doubled down on the legislature’s decision to place a politician between a woman and her doctor. It “tabled” (the legislative word for killed) SB 617, which would have repealed a 2012 law that requires every woman having an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours prior to her procedure. read more »

Legislative Update: Taking Action for Reproductive Freedom in the Virginia General Assembly

(02/04/2014) As we near crossover on February 11th, 2014 - the General Assembly’s midpoint where bills pass to the other house or die for the session - now is the time to take stock of measures relating to reproductive freedom and how to take action. read more »

Equal Pay for Equal Work – It’s Time for Virginia to Embrace this Basic Concept

(01/29/2014) As a working woman, today I celebrate a very important milestone – five years ago President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. read more »

Mandatory Ultrasounds Do Little To Deter Women Seeking Abortions

(01/24/2014) If those in favor of restricting a woman’s private medical decisions saw shaming a woman into canceling her abortion as the goal, then Virginia’s mandatory 24-hour ultrasound law may be a colossal failure. Since March 7, 2012, when former Governor McDonnell signed Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound bill into law, Virginia women have been subjected to a burdensome 24-hour wait before receiving an abortion. read more »

Why Roe v. Wade Still Matters, 41 Years Later

(01/22/14) Today we mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that guaranteed a woman’s right to have an abortion. In the 41 years since Roe, some lawmakers have attempted to undermine this right – inserting themselves between a woman and her doctor. These attacks clarify why Roe matters as much today as it did 41 years ago. read more »

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