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Take Action with NOW

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by the National Organization for Women


Thanks to all of your advocacy efforts, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA - S.1925) appears to be moving again. There is a good chance that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may bring VAWA to a floor vote soon. Let's get VAWA a few more co-sponsors to make sure it sails through the Senate! Please call AND email your senators and urge them to co-sponsor, if they are not already on the bill, and to support a "clean" VAWA, with no harmful amendments. Republican senators who have joined as co-sponsors also need positive reinforcement (see list below). Use our formatted message or write one of your own, but please contact your senators ASAP.


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Wisconsin Governor Could Repeal Equal Pay Enforcement Act

Wisconsin Governor Could Repeal Equal Pay Enforcement Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANN-ELISE HENZL, WUWM/Milwaukie Public Radio


Gov. Scott Walker will sign a number of bills into law this week. They’re the result of the Legislature’s final, regular flood period of the year. It ended last week.


One bill the governor might sign would limit the damages a worker could seek from an employer in discrimination cases. As WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl reports, the measure – like many this session – was touted as a “pro-business” reform.

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She-PAC Promoting Conservative Women for Office

She-PAC Promoting Conservative Women for Office | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DEBILYN MOLINEAUX, Coffee Party USA


Women are being supported by Democrats and Republicans to run for office like never before. Emily's List has been a progressive supporter for many years, now there is She-PAC, a hybrid Super and normal PAC.  The Daily Beast lays out the story here.  

 

My questions:

  1. What do we have in common?
  2. Why are the conservative women talking about jobs, economy & avoiding the social issues?  (And why might it be a winning strategy for them?) 
  3. What can progressive women learn from their conservative sisters?
  4. What can conservative women learn from their progressive sisters?
  5. When can we have a bridging conversation about what unique qualities women bring to legislating?

Would love to get your thoughts.

 

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Gender Wage Gap Is Higher On Wall Street Than Anywhere Else

Gender Wage Gap Is Higher On Wall Street Than Anywhere Else | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALEXANDER EICHLER, The Huffington Post


Wall Street is one place where it pays to be a guy.


For people in financial-sector jobs -- such as insurance agents, security sales agents, financial managers and clerks -- men outearn women by a wider margin than in any other area of the economy, according to a recent analysis of Census data by Bloomberg News. [MORE]

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Stand with Dr. Richard Carmona and don't let the AZ legislature endanger women's health

Stand with Dr. Richard Carmona and don't let the AZ legislature endanger women's health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT


As Surgeon General, I spoke out when government officials tried to politicize science. I feel compelled to do the same today when I see Arizona's legislature still considering this nonsensical policy.


Republican leaders are now wavering in their support for this bill, but we can't let up now. We need to put an end to these kind of political tactics that endanger the health of real people.


Sign my petition to send a message to the legislature and the Governor that we won't stand by as they politicize women's health.


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International Women's Day Scotland 2012

International Women's Day Scotland 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

In this short film by @Rachael_Fulton and @aimeebev, nineteen women living in Scotland, but hailing from places such as Botswana, Russia, Glasgow and Sri Lanka, all share their feelings about womanhood, discrimination, their childhood dreams and their hopes for the next generation of women.

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Continued GOP efforts to regulate women’s reproductive rights just the beginning

Continued GOP efforts to regulate women’s reproductive rights just the beginning | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN, Current TV


Gloria Feldt, former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, and Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, discuss how the regulation of women’s reproductive rights is part of a much broader effort to limit freedom. “The abortion issue itself has never been about abortion. It has always been the tip of a much larger ideological iceberg that is about the nature and purpose of human sexuality and the nature and purpose of women’s place in the world,” says Feldt. [MORE]

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Coffee Party Radio takes on the "War on Women"

Coffee Party Radio takes on the "War on Women" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Why are we talking about contraception right now? Folks on the left say it's a right wing Republican ploy to distract from an economy that's improving. Folks on the right say its a Democratic ploy to distract from an economy that's not improving fast enough.

SPEAKING of AMERICA with Don Manning
Mondays from 11 pm to 1 am Eastern Time (8 pm to 11 pm Pacific)

CLICK HERE to listen


Don Manning welcomes two active citizens on the front lines of the War on Women. Women across the US are organizing rallies on April 28 to make their voices heard: http://unitewomen.org


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Occupy Women’s Rights Rally 24 Mar 2012

Occupy Women’s Rights Rally 24 Mar 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Occupy Minneapolis


Honor the Struggles for Women’s Liberty this Women’s History Month. Come hear speeches and join us in celebration and conversation about women’s historic struggles! [MORE]

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About Time - 21 hours

The New Economics

Moving towards a 21 hour working week could solve many of our most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.

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Why women are out-earning men

Why women are out-earning men | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PATRICIA SELLERS, The Voter Participation Center


Women are poised to become America’s biggest breadwinners.


The tipping point is a generation away, assuming women’s economic power keeps rising as expected. But already, the trend is stunning enough that TIME made it the subject of its current cover.  [MORE]

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OK, guys, stop having sex

By Sally Kalson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


For all the Republican apoplexy over women and contraception, you never hear any of the party's male politicians manning up with a male chastity pledge that would make birth control less necessary.


It takes two to tango, as they say, but only one gets pregnant, or called a "slut," or is subjected to so much punitive legislation -- most of it authored by men who would faint en masse at the prospect of going through labor and delivery.


There have been some rumblings of a Lysistrata-style rebellion, with women refusing all male advances until they quit waging war (against the female population, in this case).


Yet there's very little mention of the male role in acts of potential procreation. If Republican men have so much reverence for what goes on inside a woman's womb that they will personally stand guard at the entrance, it's time they held themselves to the same standard.


These guys could end their convulsions over birth control tomorrow if they just stopped having sex with women and forced other men to do the same. Or if they underwent vasectomies. Or if they had sex only when both partners intend pregnancy and parenthood to result -- and then they'd better pray that everything goes right because state lawmakers may well be overruling doctors on what type of emergency care for pregnant women is "morally" acceptable.


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Health Care Discrimination Costs Women One Billion Dollars A Year

Health Care Discrimination Costs Women One Billion Dollars A Year | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIEKLO,

CARE2 make a difference


The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. On the eve of those arguments, the National Women’s Law Center issued a report and video highlighting the gains for women under health care reform and the fact that discrimination in health care costs women over $1 billion a year. [MORE]

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How 13,000 Americans view America

by PHIL, Sphereit

We, the many communities of America, think more alike than we are led to believe. This lovely tool tells the real story.

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Idaho Senate passes ultrasound bill

Idaho Senate passes ultrasound bill | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BETSY Z RUSSELL, The Spokesman-Review

Five of six North Idaho senators opposed legislation to require Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, but the bill passed the Senate 23-12 Monday after an emotional 90-minute debate.


State Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, said, “You know, fellow senators, as a woman, and as a person of faith, this bill makes me want to cry. I want an end to abortion as well as all of you do, and I am totally opposed to abortion except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother. But I find this bill to be intrusive into my faith and it is punitive as a woman.”


Five Republicans joined all seven of the Senate’s Democrats in an unsuccessful effort to defeat the measure, Senate Bill 1387. It now moves to a House committee, where it’s also expected to pass.


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Gender (in)equality

Gender (in)equality | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Men earn more than women, work less, and occupy more of the top jobs – but women live longer, are better educated and get to retire younger. How best to harness the talents of both sexes for better lives all round? [MORE]

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Max Baucus: Work is Not Done to Combat Domestic Violence

Max Baucus: Work is Not Done to Combat Domestic Violence | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

SENATOR MAX BAUCUS, Debate Club, US News Opinion


Eighteen years ago, Congress took an important step to addressing the rise in domestic violence and sexual assault in this country. I was proud to help lead the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, and I am proud to add my name to the bipartisan bill to continue the program this year. The law is the backbone to provide highly-effective programs that have helped us gain ground in putting an end to domestic and sexual violence. This year's reauthorization legislation will continue to move us forward by strengthening the ability of states, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. [MORE]

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Even McCain Says Stop War on Women

DAVID GREGORY, Meet the Press (Posted by Think Progress)


McCain is such a maverick. He actually supports women's rights, and thinks we should "get off that issue and... get back on ... jobs". [MORE]

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Become a Coffee Party member

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J O I N  the  C L A S S  of  2 0 1 2

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Women don’t have a whole lot to celebrate on equality front

Women don’t have a whole lot to celebrate on equality front | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RAY WILLIAMS,  Financial Post

March is Women’s Month worldwide, intended to celebrate the advancement of women’s accomplishments and equality. While there are many individual accomplishments to celebrate overall the picture is not rosy, particularly in the United States.


Research data from the workplace shows evidence that in North America, and particularly in the United States, the situation for women is deteriorating and the glass ceiling may become concrete. [MORE]

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Women Again In Crossfire Of Culture Wars

Women Again In Crossfire Of Culture Wars | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


NEAL CONAN, HOST, NPR Talk of the Nation

Guests Pamela Scully and Catherine Rymph


In recent months, a swarm of controversies have erupted over issues of women's health — from the split in the Catholic church over employer coverage of contraceptives to the proposed ultrasound laws in Virginia and Texas to the uproar over funding for Planned Parenthood. Transcript and audio, HERE.


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Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Abortion Providers' Names Public

Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Abortion Providers' Names Public | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post


"[State Rep. Matthew] Hill, the bill's sponsor, did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did Tennessee Right To Life, the anti-abortion group that first suggested the bill to conservative state lawmakers."


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Women Still Pay More for Health Insurance, Data Shows

Women Still Pay More for Health Insurance, Data Shows | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBERT PEAR, New York Times


WASHINGTON — Women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage, according to new research and data from online brokers.


The new health care law will prohibit such “gender rating,” starting in 2014. But gaps persist in most states, with no evidence that insurers have taken steps to reduce them.


For a popular Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in Chicago, a 30-year-old woman pays $375 a month, which is 31 percent more than what a man of the same age pays for the same coverage, according to eHealthInsurance.com, a leading online source of health insurance.


In a report to be issued this week, the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, says that in states that have not banned gender rating, more than 90 percent of the best-selling health plans charge women more than men.


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Amid women woes, Scott Brown backs domestic abuse bill

Amid women woes, Scott Brown backs domestic abuse bill | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by HILLARY CHABOTBY, Boston Herald

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, in a fight for his political survival and facing Democratic charges he’s waging war on women, plans to blunt the gender assault this week by crossing party lines to lend his high-profile support to a controversial domestic violence bill.


The Bay State’s sole Republican in Congress tells the Herald that in a contest against likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, he can show he’s been there for women, with a compelling personal story to back him up.


“A lot of it stems from things I went through,” Brown said about his support for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, despite a new controversial rider that has turned off conservatives. Brown details abuse from his mother’s boyfriend and a stepfather in his autobiography, “Against All Odds,” which comes out in paperback this week. [MORE]

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