Overthrowing the Double Day

Women demand time for work, family, and ourselves. In order for women to move closer to the feminist dream of time for work, family, and community, the whole society — including employers and individual men — must help pay for and do the work of bringing up children. The generations coming up keep our society running. It is unjust for the labor of raising children to be borne by women alone. For women to move closer to liberation, we not only need individual men to pull their weight at home, we need the whole society to pull its weight. We want high quality education from birth on, national health care, a shorter work week, paid parental leave (for women and men) and vacation and sick time guaranteed by law for all.

 


 

6.22.17 - Health Care: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

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(L) NWL at the National Health Care Rally, NYC, 2010, (M) NWL at the Health Care for the 99% March, NYC, 2011, (R) NWL at the Women's March, NYC, 2017.

 

Republican Senators just unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, HR1628. This bill would end Obamacare, eliminating health care coverage for 23 million, cutting $800 billion from Medicaid, and blocking reimbursements to Planned Parenthood. 

We demand better. National Women's Liberation says: it's time to support Expanded & Improved Medicare for All, a system where all people pay into a general health care fund and everyone receives health care without the premiums and deductibles private insurance companies use to profit from our wellness and illness.

The AHCA passed the House in March, and yet HR 676: Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act has gained more cosponsors than ever before. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is getting ready to introduce a companion bill in the Senate, but he needs other senators to stand with him and cosponsor this bill. It's time to demand that every Democratic senator (and any Republicans) sign onto Medicare for All. It's time for them to understand that we won't settle for anything less.

Medicare for All would would cover everyone no matter our employment situation, marital status, or ability to pay. It would save money because it would cut insurance company profits and hours wasted on paperwork out of the equation.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to one of your senators.
  • Once you are connected, say:

"As your constituent, I'm calling to urge you to vote "NO" on the HR1628 Obamacare repeal and instead co-sponsor Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All bill. I should be able to access health care no matter my job, my marital status, or my ability to pay. I deserve health care no matter what. All nations with comparable health care infrastructure provide every person with quality health care, and we can, too."

When you're done, hang up, call again, and ask for your other senator.

Why is health care a feminist issue?

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Responding to Anne-Marie Slaughter on “Having it All”

by Nicole Hardin

In a recent issue of The Atlantic, Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning at the State Department and current Princeton University professor, wrote an article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”  

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I’m more than a Mom, a Wife and an Employee

By Candi Churchill

This is an edited version of a talk given at an event organized by Rad Dad author Tomas Moniz, June 2012 at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, FL.
 
All this talk about this way or that way to shoot the baby out of the canal. Epidural or no epidural? Are you going “natural” or are you going to allow “interventions?” Sleep training? Attachment parenting? Cry it out? Breast? Bottle? Both? There are a lot of ways to have a family and raise a child and in the end, most kids are going to be loved and provided for (we hope). But what about what happens to us? There’s not a lot of talk about how hard it is to readjust to your new life.
 
When I had my baby, my life changed forever. Sure it changed for the better in many ways. I wouldn’t trade him for the world. My heart stretched in ways I never knew possible. I love his laugh. I love his kisses. He’s amazing. But it is extremely hard and I feel some days that I’ve lost myself. I didn’t expect that. 

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Kathie Sarachild of Redstockings of the Women's Liberation Movement speaks on the feminist radio show, Joy of Resistance:

"The slogan 'women can have it all,' is a complete distortion of the original feminist position. What we meant was that women can have it all if we organize a power base and fight for the social institutions they have in other countries - not that we can have it all as things are right now. The media is using the falsity of the idea that we can have it all right now to argue that women can never have it all and they should go back to deciding between being mothers and career women." Listen to the show here