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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers

I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers | Herstory | Scoop.it

by HAPPY IN NM, Daily Kos

When I was going through my divorce, my daughter and I went to LA for my mother's 70th birthday celebration. While we were gone, my husband closed our business. The office had been emptied of everything. He also took whatever money was in the business account, which was the only account we had. I had nothing, except a place to live until the bills came due. I also had one 6 year old daughter who was inclined to eat periodically. My parents were living exclusively on Social Security, so they could offer little financial help. With few choices and much trepidation  [MORE]


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Thank you for sharing this article. I think it is so important to share experiences of real people, and not the oft touted fiction that passes for fair and balanced news in other parts.
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A new report says political conservatives have a much better sex life than Democrats by Andrew Malcolm

Republicans, especially older conservatives, have a far better sex life than young liberals...

 

I don't think they (Match) knows how trully funny this is from such lying liars!

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Your Vagina Isn't Just Too Big, Too Floppy, and Too Hairy ;It's Also Too Brown

Your Vagina Isn't Just Too Big, Too Floppy, and Too Hairy ;It's Also Too Brown | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Sorry, Rick

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Women in the World 2012: Hillary Clinton: Women Need to Be Able to Choose

Why do extremists—in every country—want to control women? The Secretary of State said that even the U.S. ought to live its own values because "America needs ...
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Political landmark for Nancy Pelosi: She marks 25 years in elected politics this week

Political landmark for Nancy Pelosi: She marks 25 years in elected politics this week | Herstory | Scoop.it

SFGate.com blog

 

It was 25 years ago this week — April 7, 1987 to be exact — that a mother of five named Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi won the first of what would be a very long string of election victories, a critical marker on the road to the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Pelosi’s long march in politics, culminating in her becoming the Speaker of the House, began when she was the victor in that 1987 bare knuckles special election battle to be the Democratic nominee in what was then California’s Fifth Congressional district.

 

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Toward a More Inclusive America: Telling the Story of Women in America

Toward a More Inclusive America: Telling the Story of Women in America | Herstory | Scoop.it

by KEN SALIZAR,

U.S. Secretary of the Interior,

via huffintongpost.com

 

As Women's History Month comes to a close, I am reminded that two very influential women in American history -- Clara Barton and Rachel Carson -- began their careers as employees of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  [MORE]


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Obama wants women at Augusta

Obama wants women at Augusta | Herstory | Scoop.it
President Obama on Thursday made clear his view on the membership of women at the Augusta National Golf Club: They should be admitted.

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At 11th Hour, Georgia Passes "Women As Livestock" Bill

At 11th Hour, Georgia Passes "Women As Livestock" Bill | Herstory | Scoop.it

Barbarism. Who would want to put a woman through that?

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

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. ...

 

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

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Violence Against Women Act Needs Your Voice Now!

Violence Against Women Act Needs Your Voice Now! | Herstory | Scoop.it
Take action for women's rights, take action with NOW.
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Xander, Buffy and Feminism - Parabasis

Xander, Buffy and Feminism - Parabasis | Herstory | Scoop.it
By Isaac Butler The Hooded Utilitarian has an interesting essay up about Xander's role in the Buffyverse and how this challenges the idea of Buffy The Vampire Slayer as a feminist show. It's an interesting piece that raises ...

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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 | Herstory | Scoop.it

by KRISTEN WYATT,  

Associated Press

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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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Stephen Colbert's New Segment 'Lady Heroes' Handles The War On Women

Stephen Colbert's New Segment 'Lady Heroes' Handles The War On Women | Herstory | Scoop.it
The first 'hero' featured is a real gem.

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That Feminist Dyke: Feminist texts written by women of color

That Feminist Dyke: Feminist texts written by women of color | Herstory | Scoop.it

This list is still a work in progress.

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Women Supreme Court Justices Celebrate 30 Years Since Court's First Female

Women Supreme Court Justices Celebrate 30 Years Since Court's First Female | Herstory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The only four women to serve as Supreme Court justices gathered Wednesday night to celebrate Sandra Day O'Connor's pathbreaking arrival on the bench three decades ago.

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How To Dress For Success: Suffragette Edition

How To Dress For Success: Suffragette Edition | Herstory | Scoop.it

In The Washington Post, November 1, 1909, an unidentified “London fashion designer” gets bitchy and judgmental about how suffragettes dress. 

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Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance

Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance | Herstory | Scoop.it
The speculation is a misogynistic assault, the actress writes, and it’s time to change the conversation.
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Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law | Herstory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

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FAST FACTS: The Marriage Gap

The Voter Participation Center

 

The Voter Participation Center discovered the marriage gap as a key dynamic in American politics today, with marital status being a strong predictor of whether one registers and votes. [MORE]


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New Study Links Traditional Marriage to War on Women

New Study Links Traditional Marriage to War on Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

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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Ratify ERA

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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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3 Ways Women Workers are Fighting Discrimination, Wage Theft, and Abuse on the Job | Gender | AlterNet

3 Ways Women Workers are Fighting Discrimination, Wage Theft, and Abuse on the Job | Gender | AlterNet | Herstory | Scoop.it
Women workers are attacking low pay and bias from many angles, assailing wage laws that exclude them, suing over outright discrimination, and trying to organize unions.
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Update: Miss Universe to allow trans woman back into pageant

Update: Miss Universe to allow trans woman back into pageant | Herstory | 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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