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The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thursdays at 230 ET

The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show  Thursdays at 230 ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Jeanene Louden is the first elected Secretary of the Coffee Party Board of Directors. Her Coffee Party Radio show this week will reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that is yet to be done to fully realize his dream. [MORE]

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Catholic university in Ohio ends birth-control coverage

Catholic university in Ohio ends birth-control coverage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by STEPHANIE SIMON, Reuters


Xavier University, one of the oldest Roman Catholic colleges in the United States, will cut off birth-control coverage for its employees in July, a move that has divided faculty members and students on the Cincinnati campus.


The abrupt cancellation of insurance benefits at the Jesuit university in Ohio comes amid a furious dispute between the Obama administration and the nation's Catholic bishops over contraception.  [MORE]

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Birth Control Debate: New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence

Birth Control Debate: New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCK, huffingtonpost.com


A New Hampshire lawmaker with a history of surprising statements suggested on Thursday that married couples who want to use contraception should practice abstinence instead of using birth control pills.  [MORE]

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A message to Planned Parenthood Supporters from President Obama

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President Obama knows how important women's health is, and he respects the right of every woman to make her own medical decisions. Watch the video to see his special message to Planned Parenthood Action Fund supporters -- and then sign our letter thanking him for standing strong for women's health: [MORE]

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Will ID checks stop Backpage and child sex trafficking?

Will ID checks stop Backpage and child sex trafficking? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TRACY CLARK-FLORY, salon.com


A new law in Washington state is being heralded this week as the latest successful strike in the war against child sex traffickers. What isn’t getting any coverage is what the law actually does and what it will mean in practice — as well as the question of how effective it will be in screening out child traffickers. [MORE]

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Are women just not that into Mitt?

Are women just not that into Mitt? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KATHLEEN PARKER, The Washington Post


The image suggested came from none other than his wife, Ann, when a Baltimore radio interviewer asked whether it’s true that her husband is stiff. Yes, do go ahead and cover the children’s eyes.


“Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out because he is not!” laughed the Mrs.


But, really, should we be talking like this? About unzipping the stiff and letting the “real Mitt” out? Goodness gracious, as Romney would say. What’s next, hot cocoa before noon?


Ann Romney’s comments coincided with the punditocracy’s swoon over her husband’s lack of popularity among the once-fairer sex. (Women have cojones now, you may have heard, while men are ransacking Viagra warehouses. Dots, anyone?) Recent polls show single women under 50 scrambling back into the warm embrace of Barack Obama after a brief flirtation with the Republican boy band — Mitt, Rick, Ron and Newt.


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Reinventing feminism

by COURTNEY MARTIN,  TEDtalks

 

Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism." In a personal and heartfelt talk, she describes the three paradoxes that define her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.  


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California's Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld

California's Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

ASSOCIATED PRESS,

Feminist Daily News 


A federal appeals court upheld California's statewide ban on using affirmative action in admissions decisions at public universities yesterday. Proposition 209, approved by California voters in 1996, bans public colleges and universities from considering gender, ethnicity, or race in the admissions process. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the ban once before. The court wrote in its decision that it had already established precedent in this earlier case.  [MORE]

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Tracking Women: Now There's Not An App For That

Tracking Women: Now There's Not An App For That | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DowellANDREW DOWELL, 

Wall Street Journal Blog


Score one small setback for creepiness.


Location-based social network Foursquare Labs has cut off access to its technology for an application that made it possible for guys to pinpoint the location of nearby women on a map and view their personal data and photographs.


What really raised privacy concerns about the app — unabashedly named Girls Around Me — is that the women it tracked hadn’t opted into the service and weren’t made aware this was going on.  [MORE]


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New Poll Shows Gender Gap in Presidential Race

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by ADMIN, Feminist Majority Blog


A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll released yesterday shows that there is currently a wide gender gap in the presidential race. President Barack Obama currently has an eighteen point advantage with women voters over Romney. Overall, the poll shows that President Obama currently has a nine point lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. According to the poll, women under 50 have shown the biggest change in support since mid-February and support the president 2-1 over Romney. [MORE]

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Olympia Snowe Laments Death Of Bipartisanship, 'Retro' Contraception Debate

Olympia Snowe Laments Death Of Bipartisanship, 'Retro' Contraception Debate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MATT SLEDGE, Huffinton Post


Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe received an enthusiastic response at a gala on Monday meant to spur more women to run for elective office. The retiring senator, one a handful of nationally prominent Republicans who support abortion rights, was in the 1970s one of the first recipients of support from the Women's Campaign Fund, the political action committee that sponsored the event.


But Snowe acknowledged that the moment was "bittersweet." Her departure from the Senate will mean one less woman in a body that only has 17. And the equally enthusiastic applause of the crowd at Christie's auction house for Sandra Fluke and Lily Ledbetter, whose very names now double as Democratic talking points, highlighted just how dramatically the Republican Party has ceded the terrain of women's issues. [MORE]

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Speaking Out for Women with Dense Breast Tissue

Speaking Out for Women with Dense Breast Tissue | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELIZABETH LIMBACH, Ms. Magazine Blog


The fate of early breast cancer detection in California may hinge on two sentences currently being negotiated at the state’s capital.


The sentences are at the crux of Senate Bill 1538, introduced by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) on March 27. The bill would require mammogram providers to add information about patients’ breast tissue density to the result letters that are mailed out. Radiologists currently are required to note a patient’s breast density and include that information on the mammogram result letters sent to the patient’s physician, but not to the patients themselves. Here are the two sentences that patients with dense breasts would be required to receive: [MORE]

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New Study Links Traditional Marriage to War on Women

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by JASON STANFORD, huffintonpost.com


When Gallup came out with a new poll showing the president opening up an 18-point lead with women, pundits blamed the war on women. But according to a new study, Republicans might have someone entirely different to blame: Ann Romney.


In fact, the academic study that helps explain the country's gender gap has nothing specifically to do with Ann Romney, but rather the fact that she doesn't work outside the home. A recent study by Sreedhari Desai, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that men in traditional marriages with stay-at-home wives had negative attitudes about working women and organizations led by women, and they were more likely to deny opportunities to women. [MORE]


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GOP War on Women an Important Undercurrent in Scott Walker Recall Effort

GOP War on Women an Important Undercurrent in Scott Walker Recall Effort | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RACHEL MADDOW

via RH Reality Check


Rachel Maddow reviews recent headlines of violence and intimidation at Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin and traces the extremist anti-abortion, anti-contraception roots of unpopular Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. [MORE]

 

[One reason why I love Rachel Maddow; she talks about issues that most do not. DD]


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Just The Facts On North Carolina's Marriage Amendment

Just The Facts On North Carolina's Marriage Amendment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PETROW, Past President,

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association,

and CHUCK SMALL,

huffintonpost.com


Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire. So far this year, the bumpy road to marriage equality has played out in four states, with wins in three, and an unsurprising veto in the Garden State by Republican Governor Chris Christie.


Next up, North Carolina's voters head to the polls on May 8 to vote on Amendment One, a constitutional instrument that would bring the Tar Heel State in line with all its Southern neighbors in codifying discrimination against not only its LGBT citizens but all its residents. As in other states where this battle has raged of late, the vitriol has been high, opinions are voiced as fact, and efforts to obfuscate the impact of the Amendment widespread. This perfect storm was in evidence recently when The News & Observer of Raleigh published an op-ed titled "The Case for the Marriage Amendment" by John Long, a software engineer.


The public outcry to Long's op-ed was overwhelming, leading the paper to publish letters on its blog that same day. Repeatedly, the letters highlighted the "misinformation," "falsehoods," and "assortment of illogical and factually mistaken elements." This troubled us, too -- the blurring of the line between fact and opinion, but also between fact and fiction, which is why we think it's important to clarify what Amendment One is, and what it is not. [MORE]

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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 Wikipedia 


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris). The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966 the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights; and in 1976, after the Covenants had been ratified by a sufficient number of individual nations, the Bill took on the force of international law. [MORE]


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Romney’s Top Five Assaults To Women’s Health

Romney’s Top Five Assaults To Women’s Health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, Think Progress - Health


Mitt Romney is not doing well with women voters. A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll shows that President Obama is faring much better than Mitt Romney in the swing states that will likely decide the next President of the United States – and women are part of the reason why. Of women under 50 years old, only 30 percent support Romney, while over 60 percent back the President.


The lack of support is mutual. Romney’s record on women’s health is hardly strong, and women voters, especially the young voters who tend to be pro-choice and pro-contraception, are likely responding to Romney’s affront on these issues. But it hasn’t always been this way. Over the course of his 2008 and 2012 campaigns for the presidency, Romney has moved significantly to the right on almost all women’s health issues. He calls it “evolving,” but, to many women, the “etch a sketch” candidate is just leaving them behind.


Need proof? Here are Mitt Romney’s top five attacks on women’s health: [MORE]

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Religious Freedom or Religious Control? Employees Should Get to Decide Where Their Paychecks Go

Religious Freedom or Religious Control? Employees Should Get to Decide Where Their Paychecks Go | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CHRISTINE CHARBONNEAU,

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest,

via RH Reality Check


I am the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. I am also an employer. In the latest round of the War on Women being waged by Congress and the legislatures of the 50 states, much has been written of late about employers; what they want and do not want to insure, and most recently, how employers would be allowed to “weigh in” on the reproductive decisions of our employees. Spare me.


I have 500 employees in three states. Like most employers, I have a finite budget for the health insurance I offer my staff. My goal, as I see it, is to get them the richest package of services I can find for the money I have to invest. I consider the premiums I pay for this health care to be part of each employee’s compensation. I also know that covering my staff appropriately results in a happier workforce, with less downtime due to medically related absences, so the investment is good for business, as well.


Just as I would never dream of telling my staff what to do with their bi-weekly paychecks, I have no interest in telling them how to use their insurance benefits. After the premium is paid, it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS. [MORE]

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Nikki Haley: ‘Women Don’t Care About Contraception’

Nikki Haley: ‘Women Don’t Care About Contraception’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALEX SEITZ-WALD, Think Progress


Defending her party after some of its members spent months going after contraception, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said today that birth control isn’t very important to women. “Women don’t care about contraception,” she said on The View.


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Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo

Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, NPR All Things Considered


The Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program Head Start. Programs the government has labeled "deficient" must now compete for funds to continue operating. [MORE]

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King says women need more female role models

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says women need more female role models | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KALIMAH REDD KNIGHT, 

Simmons Leadership Conference


Tennis legend Billie Jean King changed the playing field for women. With a career that included a record 20 Wimbledon titles, King fought for equal prize money for women tennis players. She also paved the way for women to receive equitable compensation for product endorsements. Her crusade for gender equality was vividly played out during the epic "The Battle of the Sexes" match with Bobby Riggs, whom she defeated. The win forever altered the way parents viewed their daughters and how daughters viewed themselves.


Below, King, a keynote speaker at the April 5 Simmons Leadership Conference, offered her best career advice, and how women can help other women become better leaders. [MORE]

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No Room for Humanity from Anti-Choice Extremists

No Room for Humanity from Anti-Choice Extremists | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

RH Reality Check

Jay Bookman, journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talks with Rachel Maddow about the radical extremism of a Georgia anti-choice group that has taken the "Tea Party" name to push its socially conservative agenda. [MORE


[Perhaps the most brilliant 9:45 you will spend today. "Women will remember in November."  jkl]

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Update: Miss Universe to allow trans woman back into pageant

Update: Miss Universe to allow trans woman back into pageant | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EESHA PANDIT, feministing.com


Previously disqualified contestant, Jenna Talakova, will be allowed back into the international pageant according to a statement released late last night by the Miss Universe Organization.


In the statement, the Miss Universe Organization said Ms. Talackova can compete, provided “she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” The statement, however, did not elaborate on what the requirements were.


Ms. Talackova was one of 65 finalists selected to compete for the title of Miss Universe Canada, with the ultimate goal of representing her country in the international Miss Universe pageant. [MORE]

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Colorado delays decision on fetal homicide crime amid concerns the bill goes too far

Colorado delays decision on fetal homicide crime amid concerns the bill goes too far | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KRISTEN WYATT,  

Associated Press

via The Republic


A new crime of "fetal homicide" is on hold in Colorado amid concerns the proposal was vague and could affect abortion rights.


The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee tabled the bill Monday, just before it appeared the committee would reject the measure. The bill was approved last month by the Republican House.


Similar bills have been defeated in years past because current Colorado criminal law already enhances penalties for violent crimes when the victims are pregnant.


Some abortion supporters said current law is adequate, and that a "fetal homicide" law would give unborn fetuses the status of being a person. [MORE]

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