Recently, the trials and tribulations of Ashley Madison have been in the news. That is the agency catering to those that want to cheat on their spouses. A hack list containing a whopping 32 million names has been released. The company’s CEO Noel Biderman resigned. Biderman had always claimed that he had no extramarital affairs behind his beloved wife’s back. However, there are reportedly emails showing that (surprise!) he has had several such affairs.The September 2015 issue of GQ magazine has an article titled “Searching for Sugar Daddy.” The article is about rich men who use women for sex and beautiful women who use rich men for money. The men give the women expensive gifts such as cars, and as much as $10,000 per month.This all raises the question: Should any of this kind of behavior be illegal? Furthermore, should the behavior of consenting adults ever be curtailed by the government?
Planned Parenthood health centers play an important role in helping women meet their sexual and reproductive health needs.According to the Guttmacher Institute although Planned Parenthood health centers comprise 10% of all publicly funded family planning centers, they serve 36% of all clients who obtain care from the clinic network.Similarly, Planned Parenthood health centers serve a disproportionate share of clients in the Title X system, comprising 13% of Title X clinics but serving 37% of clients.Each Planned Parenthood health center on average serves nearly 3,000 contraceptive clients per year—far more than other clinic types."In other words, women vote with their feet, and about one-third of women who rely on safety-net health centers for their family planning care get that care from Planned Parenthood."
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The Women's MovementWhere It's Been, Where It's Atand the Problems that Remainby Sonia Pressman Fuentes
At two meetings in June and October of 1966, a total of forty-nine women and men, of whom I was privileged to be one, founded an organization that, along with legislation, revolutionized this country and is well on its way to revolutionizing the rest of the world. The organization was called the National Organization for Women (NOW), and eight of the co-founders remain alive today.But before telling you more about NOW, I needto review what led up to its founding.
Thank you for this opportunity to register our support for the proposed regulations andguidance to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O. 13673).Implementation of these provisions will help ensure that federal contractors respect their workers and comply with workplace laws, two worthwhile goals.The federal government contracts out hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods andservices every year. While existing regula/ons require that the government only contractwith responsible companies with a satisfactory record of integrity and ethics, the federalprocurement system does not effectively review the responsibility records of companies before awarding contracts, or impose conditions on violators to encourage them to clean up their acts. Best practices call for oversight ac/on, without it, many companies will not comply with legal and ethical standards.