Violence Against Women Act: Why Native Women Matter

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Winona LaDuke: This week’s debate on the Violence Against Women Act marks what may be a very important stage in improving relations between tribal governments, state and federal governments, and the protection of women.

Women in Movies and Life

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Steve Hochstadt: Alison Bechdel published a comic strip entitled, “The Rule” in 1985 that sets a standard to determine if a movie is worth watching. The Bechdel test is just a reality check for whether a film portrays life as we know it.

Military Women Now Able to Serve In Combat

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Jamala Rogers: Women having the opportunity to die in U.S. endless wars is not my idea for a big celebration – especially when one out of three women soldiers are sexually assaulted.

Tea Baggers Declare Jihad on Women in Combat

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TOM HALL: The parallels between the Tea Bagger’s arguments and Moslem fundamentalist arguments were striking. But equally disturbing were the more sane-sounding claims by pseudo- intellectual voices.

Women Invent a Better World

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John MacMurray: One lesson this past election taught us was that there are a lot of men in this country who seem to think that women, collectively and individually, are not very smart.

Republican Women: Seen But Not Chairmen

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Tina Dupuy: It’s a weird balancing act. Republican women are required to enjoy the fruits of feminism while championing every force that’s ever opposed it.

Leaving Jesus: Women of Color Beyond Faith

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The relative dearth of secular humanist and freethought traditions amongst women of color cannot be separated from the broader context of white supremacy, gender politics, and racial segregation.

The War on Women Is a Class War

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: Roughly two-thirds of Americans who make $10,000 per year or less are women. The gender balance only reaches 50/50 status as it approaches the income levels we commonly think of as ‘middle class.’

Women’s Rights Will Determine Our Future

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Brad Parker: Women will lead the future away from war and competition and toward peace, love and collaboration.

Saddled with Bad GOP Wingmen, Romney Can’t Capture Women Vote

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: It’s like Romney is that guy at a party who’s chatting up a lady and his wingman—let’s call him Senate candidate Richard Mourdock—saunters up and, instead of saying something smooth, offends the lady with whom Romney was hoping to close the deal.

Yes, Romney Would Restrict Contraceptive Accees and He Is Lying When He Denies It

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Julie Driscoll: It’s hard for most of us to comprehend that a candidate would not only fudge the info, but would outright lie in the most extreme, shameless, blatant way that the Romney-Ryan ticket is lying.

Why I’m Against Exceptions for Rape and Incest

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Tina Dupuy: Romney, after being staunchly pro-choice disclosing his family friend, Ann Keenan, died of an illegal abortion in 1963, now says he’d like to see it illegal once again. Except, he says, for women who are victims.

Romney’s Binder Full of Women

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Nia-Malika Henderson: the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus on Wednesday disputed Romney’s statements that he had initiated the search for female job candidates on his own.

Can Mitt Take Every Possible Position on Abortion?

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Nia-Malika Hnderson: “I’m running out of fingers and toes to count the number of positions he has taken on abortion,” said Steve Deace, a conservative radio host in Iowa.

Pat Robertson: Words Matter

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Nomiki Konst and Lindsay Bubar: After a broadcast last week, Pat Robertson’s millions of viewers now think it is acceptable to beat their wives. You heard that right. Robertson suggested that one of his viewers, having some challenges in his marriage, should beat his wife.

Romney-Ryan Extremism

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Karen Finney: While much of the Republican rhetoric last week in Tampa might have sounded good on the surface, the underlying verbal gymnastics and language-parsing serve to distract women from policies that would more broadly weaken our rights and the progress we’ve made towards equality.

“Legitimately Raping” Women, Businesses, and the Truth

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Tom Hall: What the mob does is to rape small businesses. Romney’s Bain Capital does exactly the same thing. But because it is all done according to securities laws, it is “Legitimate Rape.”

Understanding the (Untapped) Power of Women

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Power of Women hen you walk into a room and fewer than 50% of the people there are women, “it should look peculiar,” said Madeline Di Nonno, executive director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, “and it doesn’t.” Marianne Williamson, in her lead-up to the upcoming November conference: SISTER GIANT: Women, Non-Violence [...]

Condi’s Augusta National Membership Nothing to Celebrate

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Dave Zirin: I’m sure it’s tempting to look at today as an advance for women in sports. But it’s very difficult think that today’s national celebration of a multi-billionaire and a war criminal has anything to do with women’s liberation.

Beyond Starship Enterprise: Racism, Sexism, & the Science Pipeline

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Sikivu Hutchinson: As the most disproportionately suspended, expelled and special education assigned group in the nation black males have targets on their backs.

More to SlutWalk Than Meets the Eye

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Though SlutWalk began over a comment about dress, and features many provocatively-dressed demonstrators, the resultant uprooted emotions awakened a population that has much more on their minds than rape, victim-blaming or even “improper” attire.

Marianne Williamson: Women and Leadership

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Sharon Kyle: 20 years ago, Marianne Williamson’s Oprah Show appearance launched a phenomenon. Now, Oprah is sitting down with Marianne, the author of A Return to Love, for a new, can’t-miss interview.

Serena Williams and Getting “Emotional” for Title IX

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Dave Zirin: When Serena had to field the “emotions” question on the highest possible stage, it was for me a window into why so many women and men celebrated the recent 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.

Mexico’s Glass Ceiling: A Little Cracked

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The 10 million cracks that Mexican Presidential candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota got were nowhere near Hillary Clinton’s 18 million, but the mere opportunity at having a whack at that ceiling is impressive.

Billie Jean King and Remarkable Success of Title IX

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Peter Dreier: But as we celebrate yesterday’s 40th anniversary of Title IX — the path-breaking law that opened up more opportunities for girls and women in education and in sports — we should recognize the extraordinary courage and leadership of Billie Jean King.

“Return” of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the American imagination, Black women are the poster children for disreputable irresponsible motherhood and Latina “illegals” a close second.

Help Working Mothers: Motherhood on a Wire

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Vivan Rothstein: As a result of the intense conservative politicking around motherhood and its related issues, our country is far behind others in actually supporting moms.

Dems’ War FOR Women

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Brent Budowsky: Word on the street is Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democrats will launch a major battle supporting pay equity for the women of America that could be a defining moment in the 2012 campaign.

Fantasies of Male Chivalry Ignore the History of Women in Wartime

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Heather Marie Stur: The debate over women in combat is about gender roles — what is appropriate for men and women to do in wartime. It is also about symbolism — what the American soldier symbolizes about U.S. power and military strength.

Silence Still Equals Death: Sexual Violence and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Until we change the self-hating mindset of many young black women, silence—as the HIV/AIDS activist saying goes—does equal death.

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