Wednesday, April 29, 2009
100 Days in Women's Lives Under Obama
President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pair Act from White House on Vimeo.
The following timeline is thanks to Ms. Magazine, who tracked the things President Obama has done for women in his first 100 days.
JAN 23 Overturned "global gag rule," which will help re-fund international family-planning groups
JAN 29 Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring women's ability to sue for pay discrimination
FEB 4 Expanded government health insurance to cover 11 million children
FEB 17 Saved and created jobs in traditionally women-heavy fields-health care, child care and education-in
$787 billion economic stimulus package; also increased Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment benefits
FEB 27 Moved to rescind the Bush administration's "conscience" clause-which could have let health-care workers deny patients abortion and contraception
MAR 2 With the choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary, appointed a total of seven women to Cabinet-level positions
MAR 6 Instituted a new ambassador-at-large for global women's issues
MAR 9 Lifted restrictions on stem cell research
MAR 11 Established the White House Council on Women and Girls
Restarted U.S. contributions to the United Nations Population Fund
Reinstated low-cost birth control availability at college health centers and at some 400 clinics serving low-income women
MAR 19 Pledged to sign U.N. declaration to decriminalize homosexuality, which Bush refused to sign
MAR 20 Obama appointee Elena Kagan is confirmed as the first woman Solicitor General
APR 3 Obama calls Afghanistan's proposed Shia Family Law "abhorrent"
APR 23 To date, Obama's appointments to posts needing Senate confirmation were 32% women with a substantial portion women of color
Nancy Keenan from NARAL Pro-Choice America also has some great analysis up on HuffPo.
It seems like Obama has done a lot to further not only reproductive health and rights but pay equity as well. Still, no one is perfect and there's a lot of work to be done.