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Republican "War On Women" Is Not A Left-Wing Invention

Republican "War On Women" Is Not A Left-Wing Invention | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Media Matters for America


Right-wing media are claiming that a Republican "war on women" is "phony" and "invented" by the left to distract attention from issues such as the economy and gas prices. But Republicans throughout the country have indeed pushed a plethora of legislation during the past few years that would result in limiting women's reproductive rights, access to health care access, and access to equal pay; moreover, right-wing media themselves launched a bullying campaign against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke after she testified in favor of expanded contraception coverage.  [MORE] The extensive analysis follows.

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Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins

Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCKM, huffingtonpost.com


Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills Tuesday afternoon, including one that declares pregnancies in the state begin two weeks before conception.


The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to prohibit abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy; a bill to protect doctors from being sued if they withhold health information about a pregnancy that could cause a woman to seek an abortion; and a bill to mandate that how school curriculums address the topic of unwanted pregnancies.


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Graphic Ranks Super-PAC Donors

Graphic Ranks Super-PAC Donors | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AL SHAW, ProPublica


This chart shows the share of all contributions given by the top ten donors to each of the 12 largest super PACs, through Feb. 29. Some corporations are affiliated with individual donors, such as the Contran Corporation, which is owned by Harold Simmons. Some donors, such as Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Yasmin and Oren Lukatz, and Sivan Ochshorn gave individually but are all members of a single family. Hover over each super PAC's name to see the total raised by its top ten donors, and hover over each donor to see how much they gave. [Click on the chart to enlarge.]


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A transgender win for Miss Universe

A transgender win for Miss Universe | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, salon.com


If you, like the rest of us, assumed you’d go the rest of your life without ever once thinking, “Good job, there, Donald Trump,” today is the day you may have to think again. Believe it or not, the uniquely coiffed conspiracy theorist and fragrance magnate has done something cool — by letting transgender beauties vie for the crown of Miss Universe.


Late last month, Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova was disqualified on the grounds that she was, in its terms, “not a naturally born female.” But last week Trump’s organization said the 23-year-old, who underwent gender reassignment four years ago, would be permitted to return and compete. She is now back on the roster of this year’s Canadian finalists. [MORE]

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Who Discriminates Against Attractive Women?

Who Discriminates Against Attractive Women? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The Daily Dish links to this study at the Economist about the difficulties attractive women face getting interviewed for jobs.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs laws, sends message that 'women's lives don't matter'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs laws, sends message that 'women's lives don't matter' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JENNIFER GRANHOLM, current.com


As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs legislation that sets back standards of pay equity and reproductive rights for women, Jennifer Granholm asks how the GOP can continue to deny that a war on women exists. “It is just unbelievable that they continue week after week,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriok said of the persistent GOP efforts to limit women’s rights. “We’ve been fighting for pay equity in this country forever. We need those laws. We need a pay equity law now. And they’re throwing it out the window.” Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center agrees: “Women are not demanding equal outcomes, but women demand equal opportunity.” Wisconsin’s legislation is “another message that seems to say women’s lives don’t matter.” [MORE]

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More Good News For Elizabeth Warren In Senate Race

More Good News For Elizabeth Warren In Senate Race | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LEIGH OWENS, The Huffington Post


Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren picked up the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the reproductive rights group, this week in her race against Republican Sen. [MORE]

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How to Fix Health Care Without the Mandate

How to Fix Health Care Without the Mandate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Why truly affordable care means single-payer.


by SARAH VAN GELDER,

Yes! Magazine


What happens if the Supreme Court strikes down the “individual mandate” in the health care reform law?


Commentators ranging from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to Forbes Magazine columnist Rick Ungar agree: Such a decision could open the door to single-payer health care—perhaps even make it inevitable.


This may be the best news about health care in years. Because ever since Republicans convinced the Obama administration to drop the “public option” in the Affordable Care Act, health reform has been in trouble. True, most Americans favor many of the provisions of Affordable Care Act. But the overall plan rests on forcing you and me to buy insurance from the same companies that have been driving up the costs of health care all along—the same companies that have been finding creative ways to avoid covering needed care, shifting costs on to patients, and endlessly increasing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for all of us.


Forcing all Americans into a failed system is bad policy, and it’s not just President Obama’s opponents who say so.


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My Health is NOT Up for Debate

NOT UP FOR DEBATE.ORG via RH Reality Check


Getting the emergency care a woman needs should not depend on the hospital to which she is taken. The "Wheel" video depicts how women may not get the life-saving reproductive care they need when they go to the hospital. [MORE]

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To Be a Woman in Pakistan: Six Stories of Abuse, Shame, and Survival

To Be a Woman in Pakistan: Six Stories of Abuse, Shame, and Survival | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"Interviews with a handful of the country's 88 million women and girls Brides-to-be wait during a mass wedding ceremony in Karachi."  


We are on a whole different level of our acceptance of equality in the USA.  Thankfully.  And yet, our sisters in other countries need our solidarity.  

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Is the U.S. Economy Sexist?

Is the U.S. Economy Sexist? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
At The Atlantic, we have a saying: "The recession was sexist. So was the recovery."Here's why.
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When fighting Wall Street pays

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by STEVE KORNACKI, salon.com


Elizabeth Warren just caught the political world by surprise, announcing that her campaign raised nearly $7 million in the first three months of the year. That’s more than twice the amount that her opponent, Republican incumbent Scott Brown, brought in, and it apparently represents one of the biggest quarterly hauls ever posted by a Senate candidate. 


This is further confirmation that what was initially seen as one of Warren’s chief liabilities as a candidate – Wall Street’s hostility toward her, and its dedication to pouring money into Brown’s campaign – is just as much a strength. Her reputation among progressives as a rare, uncorrupted advocate of the 99 percent has made her campaign a magnet for donations from across the country. Brown still has more money in the bank (about $15 million) than Warren, but it’s beginning to look like neither candidate will enjoy a decisive financial advantage in this race. [MORE]

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A Trend Toward Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Choice Laws

A Trend Toward Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Choice Laws | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELENA SHORE, New America Media


2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence?


Maybe not.


In 2011, U.S. states enacted 135 new reproductive health provisions, 92 of them seeking to restrict abortion.


In 2000, 13 states were considered “hostile” to reproductive rights; by 2011, that number had doubled to 26 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Last year, more than half of women of reproductive age (15-44) were living in states that were hostile to abortion, up from less than one-third in 2000.


But 2011 was also a record year for anti-immigrant legislation. Five states (Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah) passed anti-immigrant bills modeled after Arizona’s 2010 law, SB 1070. An analysis by Mother Jones found that 164 anti-immigration laws were passed by state legislatures in 2010 and 2011. 


Here’s a look at five states where anti-immigrant and anti-choice efforts converge: [MORE]

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Welfare cuts keep coming

Welfare cuts keep coming | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JASON DEPARLE, New York Times


Much as critics of the restrictions once warned, a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.

 

Faced with flat federal financing and rising need, Arizona is one of 16 states that have cut their welfare caseloads further since the start of the recession -- in its case, by half. Even as it turned away the needy, Arizona spent most of its federal welfare dollars on other programs, using permissive rules to plug state budget gaps. Nationally, only 30 percent of the welfare money is spent on cash benefits.

 

The poor people dropped from cash assistance, mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners -- all with children in tow.  [MORE]

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Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides

Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA ROBINSON, OPB News


An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet. [MORE]

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AAUW Releases State-By-State Rankings for Equal Pay Day

AAUW Releases State-By-State Rankings for Equal Pay Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KATIE BROENDEL, and LISA GOODNIGHT, 

American Association of University Women (AAUW)


With the release of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) unveiled new state-by-state equal pay rankings. Updated for the national observance of Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the current year women must work to match what their male counterparts earned last year, The Simple Truth charts the wage gap in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


The wage gap is narrowest in the nation's capital, where women have the best earning's ratio — 91 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The state with the worst earnings ratio is Wyoming, where women make 64 percent of men's earnings. The national average puts women at just 77 percent.


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Republicans Try To Erase The Contraception Wars

Republicans Try To Erase The Contraception Wars | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SAHIL KAPUR, Talking Points Memo via Emily's List


After a series of public embarrassments, and faced with polling data that suggests the GOP agenda is driving women toward the Democratic Party, Republicans may be tacitly acknowledging that kowtowing to their conservative base in an election year has some ugly ramifications.


But that doesn’t mean they’re chastened. They’re just hoping everyone forgets.[MORE]

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Teen Pregnancies Highest In States With Abstinence-Only Policies

Teen Pregnancies Highest In States With Abstinence-Only Policies | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Amanda Peterson Beadle, Think Progress


...take the states with the highest and lowest teen pregnancy rates. Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard. New Mexico, which has the second highest teen birth rate, does not require sex ed and has no requirements on what should be included when it is taught.


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dajha bishop's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:17 PM

thesse are the reason why this generation now in 2013 has the highest birth rate because many schools in states do allow sbstinent classes for teens to take.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - 2012 Election, Women in Politics, and What Hillary Clinton Cares About Most - ELLE.com

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - 2012 Election, Women in Politics, and What Hillary Clinton Cares About Most - ELLE.com | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RACHAEL COMBE, Elle


Secretary of State Clinton has won over her harshest critics and become so popular that some Democrats are envisioning a future in which she replaces Joe Biden as vice president on the 2012 ticket and then—dare they imagine it—takes the top job in 2016. [MORE]

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Quociente Cultural 's comment, April 10, 2012 7:09 PM
A Shame for all decent Human beings in Planete Earth!

Any human Being with decency should have shame of this individual. Any decent Woman knows how rotten Grotesque is to have this individual as a Popular face of the female gender.
If we lived in a decent World this individual will spend the end of her days is Prison. How many Libyan children her Murdered by her Rotten criminal perception of Life? Her face is a expression of Infamy and insult to MANKIND!
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Wisconsin State Senator Says Women Are Paid Less Because ‘Money Is More Important For Men’

Wisconsin State Senator Says Women Are Paid Less Because ‘Money Is More Important For Men’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TRAVIS WALDRON, Think Progress


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly repealed his state’s equal pay law last week, a decision that will make it harder for victims of wage discrimination to sue for lost earnings and back wages. The law was enacted primarily to address the massive pay gap that exists between male and female workers, which is even bigger in Wisconsin than in other states.


Repealing the law was a no-brainer for state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), who led the effort because of his belief that pay discrimination is a myth driven by liberal women’s groups. Ignoring multiple studies showing that the pay gap exists, Grothman blamed females for prioritizing childrearing and homemaking instead of money, saying, “Money is more important for men.” [MORE]

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DNC Chair: GOP 'Callous and Insensitive' Towards Women

DNC Chair: GOP 'Callous and Insensitive' Towards Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DAVID, Video Cafe


Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Sunday ripped the Republican Party for 'turning back the clock for women.' During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked asked the congresswoman from Florida if it was unfair to call GOP policies a "war on women." Her answer follows.  [MORE]

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Unite Against the War On Women Rally Poster: Salem, OR - APRIL 28, 2012

Unite Against the War On Women Rally Poster: Salem, OR - APRIL 28, 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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Amanda Schroeder's comment, April 9, 2012 7:34 PM
J'nene, thanks so much for sharing this with your readership!!! This movement is so important and we so much appreciate the Coffee Party's support in this truly vital endeavor. In Sisterhood and Solidarity! Amanda Schroeder, State Lead Organizer, Oregon Unite
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Why So Few Women In Congress? Ctd

Why So Few Women In Congress? Ctd | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
by Chris Bodenner A reader writes: With regards to your post about women not running, Fox and Lawless followed up the study with a book, It Takes a Candidate. They found that women don't run for office because they feel...
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Pregnancy Discrimination Claims On The Rise

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims On The Rise | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIELKO,

Care 2 Make a Difference


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits employers with 15 or more workers from discriminating based on pregnancy or childbirth, and pregnant women must be permitted to work as long as they are able, with any absences treated the same as any other disability leave. Despite those protections, hundreds of women, mostly in low-paying jobs, see their paychecks disappear right after they tell their bosses about their pregnancies. [MORE]

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Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women

Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHELLE GOLDBERG, The Daily Beast


On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. In doing so, he demonstrated that our political battles over women’s rights aren’t just about sex and reproduction—they extend to every aspect of women’s lives. [MORE]


[This, of course, in the face of the fact that women make $0.81/$1.00 for equal work already, is more than a just shot over the bow in this war, ladies. - j]

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