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'Eleanor's Hope' Puts Retirement Gap Into Races

The Washington-based National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare launched a national initiative Oct. 9 to create grassroots support for ending the gender gap in retirement benefits to decrease the nearly 11 percent poverty rate among senior women, which is 50 percent higher than that of male retirees.

Called “Eleanor’s Hope”—in honor of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt who championed passage of the Social Security Act in 1935—the initiative proposes sweeping changes to modernize the system to reflect women’s contributions as breadwinners as well as family caregivers.

"Women have a lot at stake in November’s election and beyond," said Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, last week at a press conference organized by the committee in Washington, D.C. "Although Social Security is vitally important to all Americans, it is especially important to women because they live longer than do men, have more health care needs and receive less in Social Security benefits because they worked in low-wage jobs or took time out of the workforce for caregiving."

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Time’s Never Right to Quit, So How About Right Now?
Women are more likely to use smoking as a way to handle stress, says Sherry McKee, and quitting itself is stressful. While she researches gender differences in the physiology of quitting, she also urges women to just keep trying. 

Time’s Never Right to Quit, So How About Right Now?

Women are more likely to use smoking as a way to handle stress, says Sherry McKee, and quitting itself is stressful. While she researches gender differences in the physiology of quitting, she also urges women to just keep trying. 

The Mobile Midwife program, developed by a collaboration between the Washington-based nonprofitGrameen Foundation and the local government’s Ghana Health Service, provides two mobile phone apps: The Mobile Midwife app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers, reminding them about upcoming appointments, informing them about what symptoms to expect and sharing self-care tips on nutrition and hygiene. The other app, the Client Data app, allows nurses to upload patient records into a centralized database to track client care. 

Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/140814/mobile-midwifery-delivers-health-ghanaian-moms

Even in Europe, women’s reproductive rights are under attack. We’re investigating, but we need your help. 

Even in Europe, women’s reproductive rights are under attack. We’re investigating, but we need your help

The stress of the bombing has resulted in disproportionately high number of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, pre-term labor and bleeding that could result in death

Dr. Ali Shaar, a reproductive health program officer in Palestine for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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We know that women, more so than men, are likely to smoke to manage their stress and other negative mood states. Stress is also a primary reason why women start to smoke, maintain their smoking and relapse back to smoking.

We know that women, more so than men, are likely to smoke to manage their stress and other negative mood states. Stress is also a primary reason why women start to smoke, maintain their smoking and relapse back to smoking.

In Detroitthe Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association is talking and writing and generating videos about the roadblocks to breastfeeding in communities of color.

Organizers and advocates are also talking about ways to overcome historical, societal and social barriers to breastfeeding success. To spread and promote its message it has produced a micro documentary, “Knocking Down Barriers: Reclaiming a Breastfeeding Tradition.”

Should theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics take a zero-tolerance stance on infant-formula if they promote breastfeeding only?
Read about their relationship with infant-formula brand Enfamil - http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/131210/formula-marketers-put-pediatric-academy-in-the-bag

Should theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics take a zero-tolerance stance on infant-formula if they promote breastfeeding only?

Read about their relationship with infant-formula brand Enfamil - http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/131210/formula-marketers-put-pediatric-academy-in-the-bag

Recent research that tracked children into adulthood found that families who had access to food stamps improved their babies’ birth weights. These children had better health and higher educational attainment. Cutting a program with such positive benefits doesn’t make sense.
Bill Bollingexecutive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank in U.S. Lawmakers Sharpen Axe on Food Stamp Program.

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