No Time to Waste: Women Leaders on Life in an Obama Era, Plus News on Health Care Reform

By Christine Cupaiuolo — November 12, 2008

The Real Deal, the blog of the National Council for Research on Women (and a new addition to our blogroll!), last week asked leaders of women’s organizations to speculate how life might be different in an Obama era, that is: “more equitable, healthier, more secure — for women and girls.” Excerpts appeared on The Huffington Post.

Among the responses — Women’s eNews founder and editor Rita Henley Jensen calls for the creation of an Office of Maternal Health; Marie Wilson, president and founder of The White House Project, calls for the nation’s first Presidential Commission on Women and Democracy; and Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, co-presidents of the National Women’s Law Center, note that “the nation has no time to spare in providing guaranteed, affordable health care for all, passing essential legislation that provides basic fairness in the workplace, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and undoing some of the onerous restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health that were imposed by the Bush Administration.”

The NCRW is hoping readers of blogs like OBOB will add their suggestions to the comments sections at HuffPo. So have at it.

Speaking of the National Women’s Law Center, the organization has been very tuned into health care and is hosting monthly Reform Matters conference calls for women’s advocates who are focused on health reform at the state and federal level.

The next call takes place Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at 1 p.m. (EST), and the discussion will focus on what the election means for women and health care reform. Interested? Register for the call here.

These calls provide a collaborative forum to share experiences and questions that have come up in addressing various health reform proposals. So if you miss this one, keep NWLC in mind for future conversations. You might also check out the NWLC’s resources on comprehensive and affordable health care.

Finally, the International Women’s Health Coalition has made available remarks by IWHC President Adrienne Germain on the prioritization of women’s and young people’s health under a new administration.

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