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Texas Tech woman scientist sees intimidation effort behind barrage of hate mail

Texas Tech woman scientist sees intimidation effort behind barrage of hate mail | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BILL DAWSON, Texas Climate News


Hate mail in the inbox has been an occupational hazard for climate scientists in the public eye for some time now. Something about their endorsement and explanation of the mainstream scientific view that humans are heating up the earth’s atmosphere elicits that sort of response from certain people who disagree very strongly.


Lately, it has been Texas Tech University professor Katharine Hayhoe’s turn to be on the receiving end of an avalanche of venomous emails.


It happened after conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh ridiculed her as a “climate babe” and Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, apparently reacting to Limbaugh’s attack, revealed that he was dropping a chapter written by Hayhoe from his forthcoming book on environmental issues. She had been asked to write the chapter by Gingrich’s co-author. [MORE]

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Republican-Controlled Arizona Legislature On Cusp Of Defunding Planned Parenthood

Republican-Controlled Arizona Legislature On Cusp Of Defunding Planned Parenthood | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SCOTT KEYES, Think Progress Health


Arizona is the latest battleground in the conservative war on women as the state legislature appears poised to strip funding from the women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood.


Earlier this week, an Arizona Senate panel approved HB 2800 on a party-line vote. The Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform’s move came on the heels of support from the Arizona House, which approved the legislation earlier this month. [MORE]

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War on women's health care hits Rhode Island

War on women's health care hits Rhode Island | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SHARON WATTERSN, Examiner.com


Rhode Island has moved to the front lines in the GOP's 'war' on women's health care. But the invasion into women's rights in R.I. was led by a woman, who is a Democrat. State Rep. Karen MacBeth of Cumberland has introduced House Bill 7205, demanding ultrasound images which describe sex, weight, and position of the baby be made available to a woman as a pre-abortion procedure.


If H7205 is passed into R. I. law, will Ms. MacBeth's perceived vengeance against Planned Parenthood in Rhode Island, backfire like Gov. Rick Perry's new law in Texas, which has left an estimated 400,000 Texans without health care? Rep. MacBeth follows the lead of many politicians' ongoing efforts to control women's choices in personal health care decisions, which can, in the case of Texas, cause reduced access for both sexes. Will their "back to the future" attempts to control women's decisions eventually diminish health care for both genders? [MORE]

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Financing for Gender Equality: Rhetoric versus real financial support

Financing for Gender Equality: Rhetoric versus real financial support | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SUSAN TOLMAY, Association for Women's Rights in Development


The role of women and girls as key to changing the course of development has received increasing attention in recent years, further bolstered by calls for making gender equality a cornerstone of development, but has the rhetoric of commitment translated into actual financial support?


This article is part of a series of Friday Files to explore some of the issues and debates related to the AWID 2012 Forum theme and draw the connections between women’s rights issues and economic power. [MORE]

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The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today

The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Vashti McCollum was a mother in Champaign, Ill., whose son was pressured into attending once-a-week “voluntary” religious instruction at a local public school. When she pulled him out of the class and sued the board of education, all hell broke loose. She was branded as “that awful woman” by neighbors, “that atheist mother” by newspapers around the country and smeared as a Communist — there was even an attempt in the Illinois state legislature to outlaw McCollum and her husband from ever again teaching at the local university.

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Perhaps the most direct, contemporary parallel is the case of 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, who recently filed a successful lawsuit to have a prayer removed from the wall of her high school auditorium in Cranston, R.I. Like Vashti McCollum, she received threats, although these days they come from the Internet and talk radio. One state legislator called her “an evil little thing.” The New York Times called her “brave.” [MORE]

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GOP ANNOUNCES BILL TO REPEAL WOMEN’S VOTING RIGHTS — A MODEST PROPOSAL

GOP ANNOUNCES BILL TO REPEAL WOMEN’S VOTING RIGHTS — A MODEST PROPOSAL | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KATE WILMORE, Kate Wilmore Law Blog


At a press conference today on the steps of the Supreme Court, the GOP, the states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and the GOP candidates announced the completion of a final draft of the bill to repeal women’s voting rights. A spokesman for the party, Richard (Dick) Sanctimonious, stated that: “It seems like a natural and blessed progression.” He went on to declare: “After all, women cannot be trusted to take measures in planning their families or in caring for their own health. Just because they are employed and paying for insurance doesn’t mean they can have all the healthcare benefits. Any employer, or, for that matter, any man on the street, has a perfect right to limit women’s benefits and to demand medical procedures. That man on the street has convictions and we cannot deny him his convictions! Women cannot handle the responsibility of voting so the GOP is acting in the best interests of the Nation.” [MORE


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Women's Rights Task Force Launches at Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing

Women's Rights Task Force Launches at Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Why now? Let’s face it, the struggle for women’s rights is an ongoing effort, and with the current political discourse in this nation, we see the efforts of our grandmothers and mothers crumbling before our eyes. But it’s not only this recent traction with war on women that is pushing this effort forward. We still struggle with several peace and justice issues that disproportionately affect women, such as human trafficking, sexual assault in the military, rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, and poverty, just to name a few. [MORE]

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Senate women lead fight to expand domestic violence law

by ROB HOTAKAINEN AND SEAN COCKERHAM, Anchorage Daily News


After winning a fight just last week to preserve contraceptive health insurance coverage for women, Senate Democrats on Thursday battled conservative Republicans who say they don't want to expand an 18-year-old federal law that created a national strategy to prevent domestic violence against women.


While Democrats say they're shocked at any opposition to renewing the Violence Against Women Act, which passed in 1994 with bipartisan support, opponents are trying to block the legislation because, they say, they fear it would broaden American Indian tribal rights and has too many protections for gay and illegal immigrant victims of violence.


A bill to renew the law, introduced by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and co-sponsored by Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a 10-8 vote, without a single Republican voting in favor.


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Terry O'Neill, NOW President, Says Women Need To Vote In State Races

Terry O'Neill, NOW President, Says Women Need To Vote In State Races | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCK, Huffinton Post


The president of the National Organization for Women described a Wisconsin bill, based on the idea that single parenting could lead to child abuse, as "astonishing," while calling on women to vote in state-level races in November.


Terry O'Neill said the Wisconsin bill is just the latest attack on women, placing it in the same boat as a series of anti-abortion bills popping up in state legislatures nationally. The bill, which was heard by the state's Public Health, Human Services and Revenue Committee late last month, has not reached a floor vote.


"It is an astonishing new front in the war against women," O'Neill said of the Wisconsin bill. [MORE]

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Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania, On Ultrasound Mandate: Just 'Close Your Eyes'

Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania, On Ultrasound Mandate: Just 'Close Your Eyes' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

During a discussion of a far-reaching mandatory ultrasound bill, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday dismissed off-handedly the insinuation that the measure goes too far, saying, "You just have to close your eyes."

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Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, called Corbett's comments "disturbingly offensive" and demanded that he apologize to Pennsylvania women.


"It's bad enough that Governor Corbett wants to force women to get an unnecessary and invasive procedure as a means of getting a government permission slip to undergo legal medical care," he said in a statement. "It's worse yet that he wants to shame them by shoving an ultrasound screen in their face. But it's unthinkable that he would so casually dismiss this by advising women to just close their eyes."  [MORE]

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Women's History Month: You Go, Girls!

Women's History Month: You Go, Girls! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DARLENE ISKRA, TIME (blog)


"It’s important to note these women leaders [in the military]. Research has shown that girls, especially, need role models. I recently returned from a speaking engagement at South Texas College for part of their Women’s History Month celebration. As a non-Hispanic military woman, I certainly did not “look” like many of the students, faculty, and members of the community to which I spoke, but I think that my message rings true regardless." Commander Darlene Marie Iskra, USN (Ret.) [MORE]

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Coffee Talk Radio with Jeanene Louden Thursdays at 230 ET

Coffee Talk Radio with Jeanene Louden  Thursdays at 230 ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The show today will include an interview with an Oregon organizer of the Unite Against the War Against Women April 28th, rallies that will happen in all 50 states, and the follow up demonstration in September in Washington, DC. [The Show]

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1970s Laws Are Today's Ammo for Women's Rights

1970s Laws Are Today's Ammo for Women's Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CYNTHIA L COOPER, WeNews 


When women today grapple with gender inequity they often find themselves turning to a rich 10-year-period of modern history: the 1970s.


That decade, said Ariela Migdal, a senior staff attorney at today's Women's Rights Project of the ACLU, "gave us the tools for how we can continue uprooting the bias."


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the leading sex-discrimination litigators and strategists of the 1970s, says the culture was ripe for legal reforms. "There was a spirit that things were not right and they should be changed," Ginsburg told a symposium at Columbia Law School here in February. [MORE]

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Gender equality crucial to alleviating poverty

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A new report from an international alliance of Christian aid agencies has pointed to the importance of gender equality in tackling poverty. The report from the ACT Alliance, published to mark International Women's Day, says that men and women must work together to make gender equality a reality. [MORE]

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Both sides see opportunity in women's health fights

Both sides see opportunity in women's health fights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LUCY MADISON, CBS Political Hotsheet


"I think that we're headed for another 'year of the woman,'" said New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in an interview with Hotsheet.


Maloney, as well as groups like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the Obama re-election campaign, and other liberal women's groups are casting the GOP's rhetoric as what the DSCC calls a "war against women" - and taking the opportunity to present themselves as on the other side. They're pointing to the high-profile battle between Planned Parenthood and the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a slew of stringent GOP-sponsored abortion-related bills in state legislatures and the recent scuffle over the administration's rules on mandating health care coverage for contraception.


"The debate has really brought clarity to the fact that women's health needs are under attack by an increasingly conservative Republican party," said Maloney. "I think it's much worse than I've ever seen before." [MORE]

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Illinois Primary 2012: Mitt Romney Protested By Women's Health Advocates In Rosemont

Illinois Primary 2012: Mitt Romney Protested By Women's Health Advocates In Rosemont | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Huffington Post Chicago

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an early Friday campaign stop at a restaurant in suburban Chicago and was greeted by several protesters, including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who blasted Romney's recent criticisms of Planned Parenthood. [MORE]

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Women's health care sparks debate in NH

Women's health care sparks debate in NH | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LAUREN COLLINS, NECN.com


The comment from Mitt Romney about "getting rid of" Planned Parenthood earlier this week earned this response from the Chairwoman of the DNC on Thursday.


“We are not letting him hide under any corner,” said Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Barack Obama supporters gathered in Portsmouth, NH at a panel to highlight the ways the President and the Affordable Care Act - signed two years ago next week - have helped women. [MORE]

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Holocaust Center Exhibit Highlights Women's Rights

by Lindsay ChristLINDSAY CHRIST, Long Island Press


The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is commemorating Women’s History Month with a new photography exhibit by renowned photojournalist Ana Elisa Fuentes.


Empowerment: A Global Perspective” was created to confront the issue of women’s rights through a global perspective. It features photographs of women from various cultures, faiths and generations.


“This exhibit highlights the ongoing strength in women,” Beth Lilach, senior director of Education and Community Affairs, said. “It forces people to confront the fact that women’s rights are human rights.” [MORE]

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Silver Lining for the Ladies

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by E J GRAFF, The American Prospect


The bad news is that women are under attack. The good news is that they're fighting back.


Tigger and Eeyore are battling it out inside me this week. I can’t tell whether to be depressed over what Maureen Dowd calls “the attempt by Republican men to wrestle American women back into chastity belts” or invigorated by the myriad ways women are chronicling it and fighting back. Are women really gonna get dragged back to the scarlet-letter era—why not just repeal the 19th amendment!—or is all this going to set off a revitalized third feminist wave? [MORE]

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For Women's Rights, Another Round of Defensive Victories

For Women's Rights, Another Round of Defensive Victories | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EMILY DOUGLAS, The Nation


In recent months, a bubbling stew of Republican extremism, tone-deafness and rank misogyny aimed at a series of poorly chosen targets (Planned Parenthood, Sandra Fluke, breast cancer activists who also use birth control) have turned pro-choice women into a potent and wide-awake political force. A DCCC appeal decrying the “war on women” raised over $1 million. In last week’s cover story, Elizabeth Mitchell reported that Planned Parenthood drew 1.3 million new supporters in 2011 and raised $3 million in the wake of the Komen controversy alone. Viewed one way, what should be happening is happening: women are waking up (E.J. Graff), making their displeasure known, and wielding political capital accordingly (Irin Carmon). The attacks on birth control are turning off independent and moderate women, who are now taking a second look at the once-beleaguered president. And Obama will be ready for them: he is staking his re-election in large part on women voters.


Moments like this are clarifying, and can act as a teaching tool. Americans, who strongly support access to birth control and the birth control coverage mandate in specific, are catching on to Republican hostility to a key tenet of contemporary American culture. The attacks on birth control are demonstrable proof that the religious right, including the Republican presidential candidates, intends, at root, to re-impose archaic sexual mores and roll back the clock on women’s equality. It is about women, not about unborn babies. Irin credits the amped-up outrage to the “growing realization that these aren’t isolated incidents, but rather systematic attacks based on a worldview that is actively hostile to female self-determination.”

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We Are Woman: We Are Woman March on Washington, D.C. Planned for September

We Are Woman: We Are Woman March on Washington, D.C. Planned for September | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The 'Unite Against the War on Women' marches will still be held in each state and many local areas on April 28th. This includes a march on D.C. organized by a local D.C. group. The 'We Are Woman' March on Washington, D.C. is currently in the planning stages for September. [MORE]

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Feminists of Smith Unite Hosts Feminist Coming Out Day

by KATI GIBLIN, The Sophian

According to Ariella Frishberg, ’12, chair of FSU, the Feminist Coming Out Day on movement serves two purposes. The first is to “show the vast array of people who identify as feminist,” said Frishberg. “It is no longer a cause solely supported by white, upper-middle class, straight women, and instead is something that people of all genders, sexualities, classes, races and ethnicities can support.” The event aims to show that anyone can be a feminist. [MORE]

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Female senators push to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act - Washington Post (blog)

Female senators push to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act - Washington Post (blog) | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Female senators push to reauthorize Violence Against Women ActWashington Post (blog)By Ed O'Keefe Keying up what could become the next chapter in a weeks-long fight over women's rights, six Democratic women senators — and one of their...

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Yes, there is a Republican war on women voters

Yes, there is a Republican war on women voters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SALLY KOHN, Fox News

While women voters might rather focus on jobs and the economy, watching Republicans jeopardize women’s health and reproductive freedom while slandering those who try and stand in their way is enough to make women demand not only good jobs and fair pay but political leaders who respect the liberty and rights of women in America. [MORE]

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