“Just a Little Off the Top”: How Would the Chained CPI Impact YOU?

October 31, 2013 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

It’s looming again—a budget fight over adoption of the “Chained Consumer Price Index” (C-CPI), a proposal to reduce Social Security payments by estimating smaller increases in the cost of living. What IS Chained CPI, and how will it affect you?

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Janet Yellen: The Woman for the Job

October 29, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


Celebrations of Janet Yellen’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal reserve Bank are well deserved, not only because of Yellen’s fitness for the job but also because the choice of a seasoned female economist to run the Fed is a great victory for the advancement of women.

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Women’s Fight Against Child Labor: Then and Now

September 2, 2013 by Janet Golden


By Janet Golden

A Labor Day toast to the zealous women who led the fight to save children from textile mills, canneries, cigar factories, and coal mines.

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Looking for Mr. Goodwrench

February 8, 2013 by Pamela J. Forsythe


As the National Car careens down the Fiscal Highway, pessimism runs rampant. Most of us ordinary folks in the backseat assume that we won’t be able to retire. Ever. We speculate about potential jobs for aging, disappointed, and testy workers. Suffice it to say that in the future, you will want to stand back wherever hot beverages are being served.

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Single, Child-free, and Getting Older: Should I Be Worried?

June 7, 2012 by Eleanore Wells

As a single woman with no kids (a spinster), I am due for a pretty bleak existence as I get older, researchers tell me. I keep seeing these reports, but I never feel as if they’re talking about me. Who are these people they’re talking about?

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Social Security and the Gender Divide: The Alarming Truth

May 15, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

“The genius of the [Social Security] system is that it has lasted so well and so long,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton noted recently. But the system was designed for yesterday’s workforce . . . and women are the losers.

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Women’s History Month: Frances Perkins—What a Woman! (VIDEO)

March 24, 2012 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

What would FDR’s Secretary of Labor do now, we wondered, in terms of the shrinking labor force, the diminished power of unions, and other ills?

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Is Our Economy Broken?

March 11, 2012 by Kathleen Rogers

By Kathleen Rogers

The “new normal” economic asceticism we are experiencing will take some adjustment on our part, given the excesses of our past.

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Executive Suite: No Women Allowed

December 19, 2011 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women continue to be underrepresented in the most powerful positions in our society. Recent research underscores the fact that this situation shows no sign of getting better.

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The Not-So-Super Committee: What Next?

November 29, 2011 by Diane Vacca

Click twice for full image. (Graph: Washington Post)

By Diane Vacca

The super committee has failed to reach a debt-reduction deal, pretty much as expected. So where do we go from here?

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The Affordable Care Act: An Online Primer

November 28, 2011 by Janet Golden

By Janet Golden

So what exactly is in this Affordable Care Act, and how do you get accurate information about the phase-in of benefits? And what provisions directly affect women over 40?

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The Coburn Report: Subsidies for the Rich

November 20, 2011 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

In “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exposes the ways that millionaires use the social safety net as a luxury hammock.

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(VIDEO) Occupy Wall Street: Not Just for Kids

October 23, 2011 by Diane Vacca

(Photo: Diane Vacca)

WVFC’s Diane Vacca reports that that “Occupy Wall Street” includes people of all ages and backgrounds—including contingent after contingent of energetic, outspoken women in their 60s and 70s.

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In Wake of S&P Downgrade, Repercussions Are Dramatic

August 9, 2011 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

When S&P made its announcement last Friday after the American markets closed, howls of protest screeched out of Washington.

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Social Security: The Math That Could Hurt Us (VIDEO)

July 11, 2011 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

“This proposal is a stealth attack on the economic security of older women,” said Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the National Women’s Law Center.

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