Monthly Archive: December 2011

10 “Must Haves” for the Woman Who Would Be President 0

10 “Must Haves” for the Woman Who Would Be President

by Diana Bartelli Carlin, Nichola D. Gutgold and Theodore F. Sheckels, Women’s Media Center   Hillary Clinton proved that a woman can be a top presidential contender, but 2012 will not be the year that particular glass ceiling is broken. The authors of a forthcoming book, Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced, explore why. As the list of presidential contenders thins, it is likely that the 2012 U.S. presidential final will be an all-male affair. Our forthcoming book invites the audience to consider women with qualifications to serve as president and explores reasons, few of them reasonable, why...

2011 in Political Media Sexism 0

2011 in Political Media Sexism

From Name It Change It…”Sexism and Equality Don’t Mix” Every year we like to evaluate the trends we’ve seen in political media coverage of women politicians and candidates. Sadly, in the year 2011 we found no limit to how demeaning or insulting some media outlets and personalities felt they needed to be towards women. No one says media pundits have to like the policies or actions of every female politician, but the Name It. Change It. project is about pointing out sheer misogyny disguised as mere criticism. Throughout 2011 former Governor Sarah Palin flirted with the idea of running for president. She...

Progress! Lesbian couple share traditional Navy first kiss 0

Progress! Lesbian couple share traditional Navy first kiss

The repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy means that LGBT sailors can celebrate returning home just like everyone else – without hiding who they are. Finally. Matthew A. Ward – Reuters History was made on a Virginia Beach pier on Wednesday when two women sailors, one just home from 80 days at sea, became what was believed to be the first same-sex couple to share the Navy’s traditional first kiss. At Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, where a crowd had gathered to welcome home loved ones, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, 23, stepped off...

Progressive Champion Announces Race for State Senate 0

Progressive Champion Announces Race for State Senate

We are absolutely thrilled  that Rep. Mary Still (D-Columbia) is running for State Senate.  Mary is known for her passionate and vocal support on behalf of women, fighting attacks on women’s reproductive health and across the state against pay day loan sharks. Still for Senate Press Release – December 9, 2011 Fayette, MO.- State Representative Mary Still announced last week her candidacy for State Senate in the newly created Boone/Howard counties Senate District 19. Still hit the campaign trail this morning introducing
herself to citizens and officials in Howard County and says she plans to run an active grassroots campaign throughout Boone...

Kathleen Sebelius Pressed On Plan B Decision By 14 Democratic Senators 0

Kathleen Sebelius Pressed On Plan B Decision By 14 Democratic Senators

by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Fourteen Democratic senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), sent the Obama administration a letter  on Tuesday asking for the scientific basis behind its decision to limit access to emergency contraception. Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected  the Food and Drug Administration’s conclusion that the Plan B One-Step pill was safe enough to be placed on pharmacy shelves without an age limit. The decision raised eyebrows because HHS has never before overruled the FDA on a drug recommendation. Many reproductive rights groups openly questioned whether the Obama administration was putting electoral politics above sound...

Obama’s Woman Problem 0

Obama’s Woman Problem

This past week HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius disagreed with the FDA’s decision – as did President Obama –  to approve over-the-counter emergency contraception (Plan B) for girls under 17. “The president shamefully uses his daughters to justify limiting the healthcare options of America’s young women” by Rebecca Traister – Salon.com    When will Barack Obama learn how to talk thoughtfully about women, women’s health and women’s rights?  Apparently, not today. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unexpectedly overruled  the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation that emergency contraception be sold on drugstore shelves and made available without a prescription to...