Monthly Archive: April 2012

Study Shows Women Want More Women in Congress 0

Study Shows Women Want More Women in Congress

Yesterday April 24th, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation , through the Lake Research Partners, released a poll among 1000 likely voters in key states, with an oversample of 200 young(age 18-35) voters, which is the first in-depth look at younger women responding to messages about women candidates. Designed to examine voters’ attitudes toward women candidates and elected officials on both sides of party lines, this poll explores whether voters agree with the President and their beliefs about the disparities in leadership between women and men. The statistics are widely reported: Women make up only 17 percent of Congress but are over 50...

MO Democrats Stand Up Against GOP Anti-Gay Bill 1

MO Democrats Stand Up Against GOP Anti-Gay Bill

MEDIA RELEASE – April 24, 2012  Jefferson City, MO - Today the Missouri Progressive Caucus and other Democratic State Representatives sent a formal letter to Speaker Tilley, Floor Leader Tim Jones, Rep. Steve Cookson  and Rep. John Diehl (along with 16 other co-sponsors) -asking them to withdraw their support of House Bill 2051. “Public outrage has shown us that we are not doing enough to protect all students in schools.  Students, teachers, administrators and those involved in the care of students all support being able to address sexual orientation and gender identity openly and compassionately,” said State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), chair...

GOP Leaders Support Extreme, Unconstitutional “Don’t Say Gay” Bill 1

GOP Leaders Support Extreme, Unconstitutional “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

By John Celock, Huffington Post — April 23  Republican lawmakers in Missouri are defending their controversial bill to ban the teaching of sexual orientation in schools as a way to prevent students from learning about the “homosexual agenda,” the “heterosexual agenda” and bestiality. A group of 20 Republican state representatives introduced the so-called “don’t say gay” bill last week to prevent the teaching of sexual orientation in public schools, with the exception of classes relating to human reproduction. The group includes some of the most powerful Republicans in the Missouri legislature — House Speaker Steve Tilley (R-Perryville), Majority Leader Tim Jones...

War on Women Wounds GOP 0

War on Women Wounds GOP

By Kirsten Powers, The Daily Beast — April 18 Unmarried women are coming back to the Democrats after their 2010 fling with Republicans. The Republican casualties in the “War on Women” are mounting. According to a new Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund battleground poll, the current GOP agenda is sending unmarried women back into to the arms of Congressional Democrats. Previous polling has shown President Obama gaining significantly among women, but Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and women’s voting expert Page Gardner, who conducted the poll, say this is the first survey to show similar gains at the congressional level....

Equality at last? Not in Missouri’s paychecks. Equal pay for equal work! 3

Equality at last? Not in Missouri’s paychecks. Equal pay for equal work!

HAPPY NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY In honor of supporting this issue, AAUW (American Association of University Women) hosted a State Capitol Rally April 17th to promote equal pay for women in Missouri. The rally in Jefferson City highlighted the wage gap issue as well as pointing out how women are treated in the workplace, the struggles they still face in this economy and their affected unemployment and pension benefits. U. S. women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, which is true in Missouri as well.  It is unfair to women but also to families who suffer...

Bill Restricting Drug-Induced Abortion is Burdensome to Women 0

Bill Restricting Drug-Induced Abortion is Burdensome to Women

ALERT:  HB1274 MAY BE HEARD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR NEXT WEEK By Jeremy Truitt – The Maneater (University of Missouri)  It is difficult not to imagine certain Missouri legislators plotting to take away women’s rights with the latest step dictating what women can and cannot do with their health and bodies.  The war on women continues. The Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act is a current bill in Missouri seeking to place tight restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs; meaning it could be tougher to obtain a medically induced abortion in Missouri. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-District 88, and is...