: News

Filed Under:

Hundreds Attend Annual Briefing In MD On Legislation For Women

Play associated audio

By Mana Rabiee

Hundreds of concerned women gathered in Rockville, Maryland for an annual review of legislative proposals in the state assembly and Congress that could affect their lives and their livelihoods.

Some 600 people, almost all of them women, gathered for the 30th Annual Women's Legislative Briefing, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

They met to to discuss new legislation that targets women and their economic security, from changing how unemployment insurance is calculated to unionizing child care workers.

"It's an opportunity for women to leave and say 'OK, I learned something, I'm now going to do something," says Commission President Jaclyn Lichter. "I'm going to go to Annapolis, I'm going to advocate for the issues that I care about, or I'm going to write a letter to my legislature."

One of the highest priorities at Sunday's event was the Pay Check Equality bill, which would make salaries at the workplace more transparent.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
WAMU 88.5

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.