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Yesterday, in a 53-46 vote, the measure to defund Planned Parenthood failed. YAHOO. Many conservatives in both the House and Senate are still willing to do whatever it takes (no matter how absurd and irresponsible) to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. For instance, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters the GOP should use "any and every procedural tool available" to defund Planned Parenthood. Read More
During a time when it’s almost impossible not to feel insanely frustrated about the state of women’s reproductive rights, we can take solace in incredible activist/artists like Michele Pred. Pred’s work stands out at first glance because it's eye-catching (and super badass), but her pieces are powerful beyond their awesome aesthetic: Their messages are—unfortunately—very relevant to issues women in the U.S. face daily. And while her presentation is refreshingly accessible, it’s also impressively layered. Read More
In what we wish was more shocking news, Virginia Senator Steve Martin is under fire for responding to a letter from pro-choicers with disturbing hostility—an attitude we are all too familiar with when it comes to many of our Republican politicians.  In what seems to us like a very reasonable argument for women’s rights, the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition wrote: “All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options—including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. Read More
The U.S. senate gets an A+ this week for confirming former Arizona U.S. Attorney, Diane Humetewa, as the first-ever Native American woman to hold the position of Federal Judge. After winning a unanimous 96-0 vote, Humetewa is to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona! At present, Humetewa is the first active member of a Native American tribe (Hopi) to serve in the federal government and only the third Native American in history to do so. Read More
  First lady Michelle Obama is slated as a guest speaker in New York’s upcoming Democratic Women’s Network conference. Chaired by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the group supports women in office and supports women who hope to be elected.    The conference will be geared towards discussions of policy on women’s economics, women’s health, and the environment, and will raise funds for more female-oriented political events. Read More
Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative alternative are pretty stark, and predictably concerning. Read More
Looks like the Senate bathrooms might need a makeover. Newly reelected Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar recently spoke about one consequence of having a record number of women senators: a line in the bathroom. “For the first time, we had a traffic jam in the women’s senator’s bathroom,” she said. “There were five women in there. There’s only two stalls! And I’m not going to say who — that would be really bad for decorum. There were five of us in there, two newly elected. So, very exciting. Read More
Now that you've watched Barack Obama get down with the music stylings of Carly Rae Jepsen, it's time to get back down to serious political business. Or not so serious, depending on how much you believe the democratic party's attempt to pass a bill in the senate that would help close the wage gap between men and women in the US.   The paycheck bill would ban companies from responding against any workers who inquire about pay disparities. It would also allow employees to sue for punitive damages if they find any  "broad" differences in compensation between male and female workers. Read More
  Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these additions, but also eliminate some of the confidentiality currently afforded to immigrant victims (i.e. Read More
In honor of Equal Pay Day tomorrow, the National Partnership for Women & Families has released staggering new data that illustrates exactly what women are losing out on due to the wage gap. In New York alone, women on average are paid 83 cents to every dollar paid to men. When the data is separated and examined more closely, women of color fare worse, with African American women earning 76 cents and Latina women 63 cents to every dollar. Read More
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