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Unfinished business : a Democrat and a Republican take on the 10 most important issues women face
Malveaux, Julianne.
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New York : Perigee, 2002.
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xiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm
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In this stimulating and provocative exchange of opinions, Democrat Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Republican Deborah Perry debate everything from reproductive rights, childcare, taxes, and the economy to crime and violence, education, and equal pay and benefits. Unfinished Businesscritically examines the ten issues women care about most, offering a spirited debate from two perspectives. As divisive and polarizing as these issues may become, Malveaux and Perry find common ground in 'action'-guiding readers to the many ways that they can take to really make a difference. For every woman-whether she is on the left or on the right or somewhere in between-this revolutionary book will pique interest and incite lively discussion. But more importantly, it will inspire women to take an active role in changing policy and in changing the world-one step at a time.

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a Democrat and an acclaimed economist, is a syndicated columnist whose commentary on economics and politics has appeared in the Los Angeles Times , the San Francisco Chronicle , the Detroit Free Press , and other publications. She is a contributing writer to Essence Magazine and also writes regularly for USA Today and Black Issues in Higher Education . She is a television and radio commentator who appears regularly on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, and Fox News. Malveaux lives in Washington, D.C.
Deborah Perry, a Republican, is a political commentator who appears on MSNBC and FOX NEWS. She is a former congressional staffer in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Bush administration official, and congressional lobbyist who has worked for change in the areas of foreign policy, education reform, and national and community service. As a freelance writer, she has written for such publications as Ladies Home Journal , the Miami Herald and National Geographic Traveler . She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: Where Women Are Nowp. 1
1 Equal Payp. 17
2 Work and Familyp. 41
3 Educationp. 65
4 The Economy and Taxesp. 93
5 The Economic Safety Netp. 117
6 Crime and Violencep. 141
7 Race Mattersp. 163
8 Reproductive Rightsp. 189
9 Foreign Policy and Globalizationp. 211
10 The Environmentp. 235
11 Where Do Women Go From Here?p. 259
12 Seven Ways to Lift Your Voicep. 267
Political Glossaryp. 271
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 293