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.

Onward White Christian Terrorists

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although no one was injured in the attack, the fascist demonization of Planned Parenthood by inciters like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney continues to put women’s lives in the line of fire; in an era of vanishing clinics and mounting violence.

Seeking Unity Across Sex, Race & Class

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Diane Lefer: All women, she said, should be able to give their children what no one else can give, to have the right to stay home, if they want to, with their children up to the age of two or three without suffering loss of needed income.

Purpose Driven Lies and Gender Equality

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Tina Dupuy: Both Arizona and Kansas are considering bills giving your doctor the legal authority to withhold potentially crucial information about your health and, in this case, your child’s.

“Sluts” Tell Moralistic Busybodies to Pound Sand

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Julie Driscoll: I’ll be damned if I’ll get my boss’ permission to be a slut on my own time. If I start having sex on my office desk, then maybe it’s his business – until then, stay out of my bedroom.

An Open Letter to the GOP: Transvaginally Speaking

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Carl Matthes: I would suggest Mr. Trudeau take us even further down the path of lunacy by composing strips showing similar compulsory exams for men! After all, men are half of the pregnancy equation.

White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women

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Jasmyne Cannick: why have these two female powerhouse organizations been missing in action on the two Los Angeles talk radio hosts who offended women, particularly Black women, when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after her death?

The GOP’s Anti-Woman Campaign

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Jim Rhodes: Americans have been mentally conditioned for this time in history by constant Republican anti-women’s rhetoric over the past two decades carefully crafted within fundamentalist Christian dogma.

Controlling Women’s Bodies

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Ruth Rosen: What neither side wants to say is that this is a counter-reformation, an attempt to return women to the early 1960s, before birth control pill existed and the Supreme Court established the right of contraception in the United States.

Give Karen Santorum Author Credit for Co-Writing Her Husband’s Book

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Tina Dupuy: Sure it “takes a family” to write a book – but it “takes a woman” to make you look less like a sad desperate relic.

The Decline of Women in America

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Nomiki Konst and Lindsay Bubar: In 2012, women are seeing vicious attacks on basic (some might say “unalienable”) rights. How did this happen? How, in the 21st century, are we having conversations that move the debate further away from equality?

Republicans Ramp Up War on Women

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Tanya Somanader: Republicans in Congress and across the country are introducing a variety pack of extreme anti-abortion bills — including personhood initiatives, heartbeat bills, and fetal pain bills — that saw some success last year.

The GOP’s 10 Most Extreme Attacks on a Woman’s Right to Choose

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Tanya Somanader: 10 bills stood out as particularly perturbing and far-reaching efforts to stymie women’s access to abortion services, birth control, and vital health services like breast cancer screenings.

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