Tag Archives: Women’s Rights

With Each Story, Recommitting to End Violence Against Women

In late April, Nigerian armed forces rescued 93 women and 200 girls who had been held by the terrorist group Boko Haram. When news broke of the rescue, there was early hope that these girls were the schoolgirls abducted from a Chibok school in April of last year—the subjects of the global campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.” It turns out this was a different group of girls and women altogether, 300 of nearly 2,000 kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2015. It is not clear how long these women were held, but we do know from their testimony that Boko Haram subjected them to extreme violence, including rape, forced marriage and sexual slavery. We sigh with relief that these women are no longer captive, while we offer prayers for those still in captivity, and for mental, physical and emotional healing for those who have been freed as they begin to rebuild their lives. Read more…

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The Fight Continues Against the 20-Week Ban

This week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. Read more…

My Body My Decision

Breaking: House of Representatives Passes Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bill

Just now, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the woman’s life. The Reform Movement has long opposed this bill and others that undermine women’s fundamental dignity to make informed decisions about their own health. In advance of today’s vote, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Read more…

Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

Not Just Celebrating, but Advocating for Mothers

On Sunday, we celebrated the mothers in our lives, thanking them for their love, support and hard work balancing childcare, family responsibilities and work—both paid and unpaid. Today more than ever, moms have entered the paid labor force to support themselves and their families. A record 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family—nearly double the number from 40 years ago. Women comprise half of the entire paid labor force, and three-quarters of mothers work outside the home. Most families now need two breadwinners to make ends meet. Simply put, women and families rely on women’s earnings.

We know all too well that women on average earn just 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Did you also know that mothers are paid only 70 cents for every dollar that fathers make? That’s right—mothers who work full time, year round earn on average $40,000 compared to fathers’ $56,999. For comparison, women without children make 90 cents on the male dollar, and single moms make just 60 cents. Read more…

JWI Mother's Day Project

This Mother’s Day, Supporting Mothers in Shelters

This post originally appeared as a WRJ Weekly Digest.

This year, 45,000 women and children will spend Mother’s Day in shelters for survivors of domestic abuse. WRJ is proud to partner for the second year with Jewish Women International (JWI) to send bouquets of flowers and baskets of beauty products to 200 shelters across the U.S., offering hope and encouragement to moms and their children. For every $25 contribution you make, JWI will send a Mother’s Day card to any woman you choose, letting her know that she’s inspired a gift that’s helping women in need. Read more…

Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

On Equal Pay Day, the March for Women’s Equality Continues On

This post originally appeared on WRJ Blog.

Today, on Equal Pay Day, we mark how far into this year women would have to work to earn what men did last year.

The road to equal pay has been long. Within the Reform Movement, as in secular society, this fight began with the fight for equal participation. In the years following the foundational Pittsburgh Platform of 1885, this struggle for equal participation centered on women’s role in synagogue life. Women sought, and slowly won, the right to serve on their synagogue’s board of trustees, seeking to bring their dedication and leadership within the synagogue community onto its governing body. On a national level, the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, now Women of Reform Judaism, fought for representation on the Board of Trustees of the Union for American Hebrew Congregations. Read more…

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Gearing Up for Equal Pay Day

On April 14, we celebrate Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day in the new year until which women would have to work to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. In the United States today, women on average earn 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Women of color face an even greater disparity, with African American and Latina women earning an average of 64 and 54 cents on the dollar, respectively. The gender wage gap persists at all levels of education, within occupations and across industries. The pervasiveness of this disparity indicates that deeply embedded pay discrimination, rather than women’s occupational decisions, is responsible for the injustice of pay inequity. Read more…

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Liberation from Egypt, Liberation from Violence Against Women

By Becky Wasserman

Passover is a time to remember the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It’s a time to remember slavery and celebrate liberation. It’s a time to reflect on the modern sources of oppression we still face today. As Jews, Americans, and as citizens of the world, that is our responsibility. I challenge everyone this Passover to discuss violence against women around your seder table. It’s a modern affliction that deserves attention from all of us.

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