This morning, my main man Barry speedily enacted legislation reversing the Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear , in which employees (like gender bias plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter) lost their right to their day in court for ongoing wage discrimination. 'By swiftly signing the Ledbetter legislation into law, President Obama insures that employees, regardless of their gender, race, national origin, age, or disability, are protected from the additional burdens of pay disparities during an economic recession,' said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. Read More
On this day 36 years ago, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision protecting the right to choose for all American women, and that right has been challenged and threatened ever since. Here's hoping that the new administration that began on Tuesday will keep our best interests at heart, and will begin to undo the eroding of our reproductive freedoms that has occurred over the last three and a half decades. One important way Obama's team can do this, is to strike restrictions on publicly funded abortions that were put in place by the Hyde Amendment. Read More

Vote For Titi Rosie!

BY Emily Rems in General

Check it out! My awesome auntie-in-law, a supertalented subway singer named Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, is the subject of a short film that is now in the running to be shown on Reel 13 on PBS this Saturday! All she needs is a bunch of people to vote for her movie to make this happen. So click over here and vote for the film La Cantante before Thursday, Jan 22nd at 5pm. C'mon - it'll only take a second. Read More

Nerd Girls' Night Out

BY Emily Rems in Music

Taking a book club and turning it into an all-girl, reading-inspired, song-fest? What will they think of next? Once I peeped these deets below on nonsense nyc , I was hooked (though it would be cool if they added some women writers to the mix in 2009, doncha think?): Bushwick Book Club - Tuesday, Jan 6 Unparalleled songwriting nerdery. Local songwriters Phoebe Kreutz, Chloe Matheou, Liv Carrow, and Susan Hwang perform songs inspired by, and based on, Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. Read More
I'm so excited that my all-grrrl pop-punk band Royal Pink is going to be playing tomorrow night at the Girls Rock and Girls Rule 7th Anniversary Show! Seriously, when was the last time you went to a rock show that had EIGHT girl bands on the bill? So awes! What's even more awes is that we're all kicking out the jams for a great cause, the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls . Read More
  Judging by the breathless squeals, audible sighs, and eruptions of applause that broke out at regular intervals during a press screening of Twilight on the eve of it's much anticipated release today, there's no doubt that for young women in the grip of puberty, going to this movie is the social event of the year. And as a grown-up lady who keenly remembers what it was like to be that age, I can't help but feel a little jealous that this huge entertainment happening has been so carefully crafted particularly with these girls in mind. Read More
What Mick Jagger is to rock 'n' roll, Sarah Kramer is to the vegan lifestyle, so N.Y.C. veg heads are all a-flutter getting ready for her meet-and-greet party at 7pm tonight. She's in town promoting her swell new pocket-sized cookbook Vegan A Go-Go! and the event at cruelty-free footwear paradise Moo Shoes (78 Orchard St. NYC) promises not only an opportunity to get her Jane Hancock on your copy, but will have delish vegan eats as well. Read More
OK lay-deez! It's our time to shine as we flex our political muscle at the polls, so don't blow it! Here to help out with any last minutes issues you may have as you head out to excercise your franchise are some helpful voting tips from Find your polling place by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Voter ID laws vary by state, but if you have ID, bring it. Not on the list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot. If voting by machine with paper record, verify the record is accurate. Know your rights when you go to vote: http://truth. Read More

I Love Witches

BY Emily Rems in General

According to this story on today , a group in London is 'petitioning the British government for a posthumous pardon for the hundreds of people executed for witchcraft between the 16th and 18th centuries.' I dunno - seems like too little too late to me, and the whole angle of sending the petition around on Halloween strikes me as pretty hokey considering that over 400 real-live people were executed in England for alleged witchcraft before The Witchcraft Act of 1735 put an end to Britain's witch trials. Read More
If you're an American Express card member, you can help a group close to our hearts, Women For Women International , win a big ole grant through AMEX's Members Project. Just log in here , vote within the next eight hours for their initiative called Help Women and Children Survivors of War Rebuild, and with your support it could get funding from American Express to help with their life saving humanitarian efforts. Read More