Monthly Archive: March 2012

AFL-CIO Backs Contraceptive Equity/Quality Health Care for Women 0

AFL-CIO Backs Contraceptive Equity/Quality Health Care for Women

I learned today that the AFL-CIO is solidly standing behind women and their right to access to birth control.  As we continue to fight this universal “War on Women”, I am just thrilled that we have the support of union brothers and sisters – standing in solidarity with us. Women must have the right to quality health care, including equal access to contraception, and have the ability to exercise that right regardless of where they work, the AFL-CIO Executive Council said in a statement recently at its annual winter meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The council reaffirmed a 2001 Convention...

Women Are the Real Game Changers Today 0

Women Are the Real Game Changers Today

by Taylor Marsh – The Hill’s Congress Blog That doesn’t mean it’s easy. When running against incumbents in districts packed by the opposing party, winning is tough, regardless of gender. In 2010, the number of women declined in Congress for the first time in 30 years, while first-time wins for women in New Mexico, South Carolina and Oklahoma put women at seven governorships nationally.  Susan Page reported at the time in USA Today that “47 Republican and 91 Democratic women are on the ballot for the House, along with six Republicans and nine Democratic women for the Senate. … Both...

MO Report highlights gender gap in health, work & politics 0

MO Report highlights gender gap in health, work & politics

Terrific Missouri Women’s Report unveiled across the state after a recent press event in the MO State Capitol – make sure you listen to this interview on NPR. by Jacob Fenston – KBIA-FM, Columbia, MO Listen Sixty-two percent of working-age women have jobs, but they still earn just 74 cents on the dollar, compared to men. But that disparity varies by region; in some rural counties, women earn fully half what men do. In this week’s Health & Wealth update, a new report on how women in Missouri are faring in health, work, education, and civic engagement. With a state...

FCC Should Clear Limbaugh from Airwaves – CNN Opinion piece 0

FCC Should Clear Limbaugh from Airwaves – CNN Opinion piece

Rush Limbaugh should be taken off-air, CNN Posted March 12 — By Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, Special to CNN It’s time to take a look at Rush Limbaugh’s actions not just in regards to Sandra Fluke but over the past few years.  It is the time for the FCC to consider taking his hateful sexist comments off the air. (CNN) – Ironically, the misogyny Rush Limbaugh spewed for three days over Sandra Fluke was not much worse than his regular broadcast of sexist, racist and homophobic hate speech: – Female Cabinet members are “Sex-retaries.” — “The NAACP should have riot...

Women Lag Far Behind Men for Elected Office in Missouri 0

Women Lag Far Behind Men for Elected Office in Missouri

Posted March 16 — By Doug Moore, St. Louis Post Dispatch ST. LOUIS  There are more women than men registered to vote in every county of Missouri. But when it comes to holding office, men dominate at nearly every level of government. Notable disparities are in Congress and the Missouri Legislature, where only 25 percent of the state’s delegation in Washington and lawmakers in Jefferson City are women. Statewide, less than 30 percent of school board members are women. And of the 330 county commissioners across Missouri, all but 15 are men. The findings come from a county-by-county analysis of...

Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton & More Riveting Moments – Women in the World 2012 1

Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton & More Riveting Moments – Women in the World 2012

It launched with the sound of a young girl’s voice, calling a hotline for women forced into marriage, her words spanning across the giant stage at New York’s Lincoln Center. The girl was British, but she’d overheard her parents talking about shipping her off to Pakistan—for a forced marriage. “Put a spoon in your underwear,” we hear a woman tell her. The audience is puzzled. “When you go through airport security,” the woman continues, “the alarm will sound, and you can tell the guard your story.” It was a rousing start to Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit,...