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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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The Truth About The Minimum Wage That Will Make You Gasp

The Truth About The Minimum Wage That Will Make You Gasp | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
This is astounding. And it makes you wonder: what does it take to get ahead in this country?
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Women’s Rights Rally Targets Alabama State Republicans

Women’s Rights Rally Targets Alabama State Republicans | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

As state Republicans push legislation meant to decrease the amount of abortions performed in the state, pro-choice activists are speaking out. They’re calling the actions of state legislators “Alabama’s War on Women.”


About 16 pieces of legislation are moving through the state house and senate that critics say would affect women’s reproductive rights.


To fight back, these women’s rights activists aren’t only putting their message on signs, but on the senate floor. [MORE]

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Tennessee Bill May Expose Identities Of Women Seeking Abortions

Tennessee Bill May Expose Identities Of Women Seeking Abortions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by IGOR VOLSKY, Think Progress


Tennessee lawmakers will consider a controversial measure on Wednesday that could intimidate women seeking abortions by requiring that the names of doctors who perform the procedures be published online. The legislation, known as the Life Defense Act of 2012 or House Bill 3808, would restrict access to the procedure in two ways:


The first would require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital near where they perform abortions, while the second would require the Department of Health to release more information on abortions, including the name of the doctor who performed the procedure and demographics about the women who receive them.  [MORE]

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Doonesbury: Laws that mandate ultrasounds before abortions laws play politics with women's health

Doonesbury: Laws that mandate ultrasounds before abortions laws play politics with women's health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JUDITH SELZER, TCPalmJudith Selzer is vice president of public policy and communications for Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. This article is her response to the TC Palm request, below. 


"Our newspaper has decided to publish these [Doonesbury comic strips] on our Commentary page on Monday. ... We'd like to run pro-life and pro-choice positions regarding the law that comic Garry Trudeau pans.


"We'd like you to represent your side, offering 500 words each on a) briefly, what you think of these comic strips, but b) more importantly, what you think of the Texas new law its based on and whether it should be more commonplace."[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

Become a Coffee Party member | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

J O I N  the  C L A S S  of  2 0 1 2

412,094 people strong on Facebook

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Latest Coffee Connect Newsletter 


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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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Minimum Wage Doesn't Pay for Hard Work, Let's Raise It

Minimum Wage Doesn't Pay for Hard Work, Let's Raise It | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MELISSA JOSEPHS, Womens eNews


Minimum-wage jobs are mainly held by women struggling to support families on way too little. Let's guarantee these hard-working breadwinners a living wage. The first in a series of articles by Women Employed on the challenges facing low-wage workers. [MORE]

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This Week in Poverty: Me, Mom and Reagan

This Week in Poverty: Me, Mom and Reagan | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by GREG KAUFMANN, The Nation


A new report on single mothers in the United States shatters some of The Gipper's favorite myths that still persist today. [MORE]

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The Legislative Arm of Americans United for Life

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AULAction.org


Ever wonder where the current assault on women's access to reproductive health care originated? The answer is the ALEC-like Americans United for Life and AUL Action, the legislative arm of Americans United for Life. The first national pro-life organization in America, "AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. In addition, AUL has been involved in every life-related case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade." This link takes you to their action page. [MORE] Surf at will.

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"I Am Becoming" by Jayne Relaford Brown, thanks to essentialestrogen.com

I am becoming

the woman I’ve wanted,
grey at the temples,
soft body, delighted,
cracked up by life
with a laugh that’s
known bitter
but, past it, got better,
knows she’s a survivor
that whatever comes,
she can outlast it.
I am becoming a deep
weathered basket.

I am becoming the woman
I’ve longed for,
the motherly lover
with arms strong and tender,
the growing up daughter
who blushes surprises.
I am becoming full moons
and sunrises.
I find her becoming,
this woman I’ve wanted,
who knows she’ll encompass,
who knows she’s sufficient,
knows where she’s going
and travels with passion.
Who remembers she’s precious,
but knows she’s not scarce
who knows she is plenty,
plenty to share.

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