Law, Policy, and Government

Posts about US politics, legislation, court cases, government decisions, and other things related to gender and economics

We are FAMILY (Act)!

Good news for people in the U.S. who value things like family and caring about them! A federal proposal, called the FAMILY Act for paid family medical leave (that mundane policy that is standard in Europe) has just been introduced… Read More ›

The Women Are Taking Over

We’ve talked here on Lady Economist about whether women make better leaders just by virtue of being women. But at least when it comes to the massively dysfunctional federal government in the United States, ladies seem to be getting it… Read More ›

The Politics of Weiner

I have a lot of feelings about Weinerate 2.0. Like, is this important? As a third wave feminist, how do I think someone’s sexuality weighs on their political prowess? And then I have a lot of secondary feelings about my… Read More ›

Feminist Spitzer

Former New York Governor and current NYC Comptroller Candidate Elliot Spitzer was on All In With Chris Hayes last night talking about a number of topics, among them his identification as a feminist in contrast with recent criticism from NOW-NYC… Read More ›

Let Them Eat Farm Subsidies

Before I decided to become a Lady Economist, I was a professional troublemaker in the anti-hunger nonprofit community, advocating for expansions to federal nutrition programs. In recent weeks I have been amazed by the news – first that the Farm… Read More ›

Irreconcilable Differences

No, I am not writing about gay divorce in the wake of the marriage cases.  I am writing about this Supreme Court’s vision of the separation of powers, and the Court’s conflcting decisions in the Voting Rights Act case decided… Read More ›

Marriage is So Gay

It came as no surprise yesterday that the Supreme Court did not rule in a Loving fashion on Prop 8, and I stand by my prediction of confusion, chaos, and court cases. But we have much to cheer about, including aspects… Read More ›