Monthly Archive: May 2012

Horrific Anti-Women Bills 2012 = Brutal Year for Women 1

Horrific Anti-Women Bills 2012 = Brutal Year for Women

WHO YOU ELECT MATTERS.  MOST VOTERS DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO WHO IS RUNNING FOR STATE LEGISLATURES OR EVEN KNOW WHO IS REPRESENTING THEM.  courtesy of 3Dchristianity.wordpress.com WE URGE YOU TO WAKE UP AND VOTE YOUR ANTI-WOMEN LEGISLATORS OUT IN 2012. THANKS TO MS REPRESENTATION WEEKLY BRIEF FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION: It’s no secret that it’s been a brutal year for women. 29 states have passed legislation that covers a wide variety of ways to make women’s lives much, much harder, such as restricting reproductive choice, making it legal for doctors to lie to women, and granting a ball of cells...

I Will Not Be Denied”…Fight for Women’s Health Care 3

I Will Not Be Denied”…Fight for Women’s Health Care

This week is National Women’s Health Week — a time for women to remind ourselves to put our health first. Some politicians are determined to put women’s health first, too — first on the chopping block. Opponents of the health care law are dead-set on finding ways to undermine it. And, if they win, our health will be undermined, too. For generations, women have overcome obstacles, exceeded expectations and fought for equality. We fought discrimination in the health insurance market, where women have been considered a pre-existing condition and denied health coverage due to a previous Caesarean section or a...

House Democrats Call on Nixon to Oppose Cuts to Shear Institute 0

House Democrats Call on Nixon to Oppose Cuts to Shear Institute

Students who have participated in a UMSL Sue Shears Institute for Women program Twenty-three Democrat women state representatives delivered a letter today to Governor Nixon governor asking him to veto SB 455, which includes an amendment abolishing the Sue Shear Institute for Women. By Eli Yokley, Missouri News Network — May 9 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A $250,000 a year expenditure threatens to stall passage of the state’s $24 billion budget. The issue is over whether the University of Missouri should continue to fund the Shear Institute, a public policy institute for women in politics based at the University of Missouri...

House Votes to Block Women’s Institute – Declares MO War on Women 0

House Votes to Block Women’s Institute – Declares MO War on Women

“It’s an embarrassment. It is a fricking embarrassment,” Wolfe said of the legislative actions. Lawmakers are attempting to block the university from training the young people of the state to be leaders, he said. “I think they are going above and beyond what they should be focusing on,” Wolfe said. “Having the political leadership in Jefferson City decide what we teach on our campuses goes against our mission.” JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House passed legislation aimed at shutting down an institute that trains women for roles in government and politics. The amendment to House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 455,...

Media Sexism: Name It and Change it 0

Media Sexism: Name It and Change it

“Name It. Change It.” works to end sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates by all members of the press—from bloggers to radio hosts to television pundits.  by Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President/CEO of She Should Run and NameItChangeIt.org The Pyramid of Egregiousness from NameItChangeIt.org Media sexism is one of the top problems facing women when they run for office and a major deterrent to women considering running. The advice from campaign strategists has typically been to ignore the sexism. That advice is wrong. Today, I am proud to introduce a new resource: the Name It. Change It. Candidate Guide to Sexist Media Coverage.  This guide...

Gay Rep. Wyatt Speaks Out Against “Don’t Say Gay” Bill 0

Gay Rep. Wyatt Speaks Out Against “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

A Gay Straight Alliance school bus from Seattle Pride 2008. Courtesy of The New Civil Rights Movement Jefferson City – by Erin Luth, MO State Capitol intern, University of Missouri junior State Rep. Zachary Wyatt (R- Kirksville) ”came out” this morning to incredible support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle.  He revealed his sexual orientation for the first time publicly while speaking out in opposition of HB 2051, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill which would restrict on in-school discussions of sexual orientation.  This bill has been called bigoted and mean-spirited because it would prevent children and teens from seeking help from teachers while trying to...