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There’s an old saying “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”  That applies in spades to Republicans who have voted over 50 times unsuccessfully to overturn Obamacare.  But now the GOP wish may be granted by the Supreme Court, set to rule by the end of the month in a case that experts acknowledge could gut the Affordable Care Act.  Who will be hit hardest if Obamacare goes away?  Women, of course.

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Unlike the rest of the developed world, paternity leave is an alien concept in the U.S.  Only 12% of American workers get any kind of paid leave for care of  newborns and adopted children.  In the few companies that grant the benefit, new dads get far less than moms. It's time we recognize dads need time off too.

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The President is asking for "fast track" authority to give the White House sole negotiating authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a giant  trade agreement between the US and twelve  Pacific Rim nations. Trouble is, the provisions are secret, and he won't tell Congress or the people what's in it.  But thanks to Wikileaks, we already know it's a disaster for U.S. workers -- especially women.

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June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, the day in 1944 when Allied forces in World War II invaded France from offshore.  Thousands never made it out of the water, making the landing on Normandy one of the deadliest days of the war. In an all-out push, 150,000 men – and one woman -- hit the beaches.

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We all know about taxes – income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, use taxes, entertainment taxes – it seems like the list is endless. But there’s one tax that’s a new one on me, even though I’ve been paying it for most of my life.  If you’re a female, chances are you’ve been paying it too.

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Republican Speaker John Boehner said the recent abortion ban passed by the House was very popular and wouldn't change how women feel about the party. He's right. It won't how women feel, because women already hate the GOP.

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Too often when Albuquerque is in the news, it's bad – a police department under scrutiny by the Justice Department, or an unsolvable homeless problem.  But recently the city made news for something good – especially good  for women. Initiated by Mayor Richard Berry, the Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a strong gender pay equity initiative that is the first in the nation.

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The U.S. is far behind other developed countries when it comes to support for motherhood.  Most mothers are in the paid workforce, and we need new policies that match reality.

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The U.S. has put a dozen aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers off the coast of Yemen, to support Saudi Arabia's military strikes against Yemeni rebels.  At the same time the Saudis declared war on the rebels, they also stepped up another longtime war – the one on women. The king has used the conflict as an excuse to put all reforms of their punitive anti-woman system on hold.

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This is the time of year when "good guy" awards are given out like candy to corporations supposedly good for women and minorities.  Working Mother magazine just listed "Best Companies for Multicultural Women."  But behind the scenes these companies aren't so great for women.

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