Category Archives: Women’s Rights

This Month in Feminism | The State of the Union

Last week, President Obama addressed Congress in his annual State of the Union address. Here’s what he had to say about the ladies.

 

In his State of the Union Address President Obama urged the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. This legislation was authored by Joe Biden in 1994 and until now has been consistently reauthorized. Democrats reintroduced the bill in January after House Republicans blocked it at the end of the last legislative session. Currently, Republicans are objecting to provisions providing protection for Native American and LGBTQ women.

 

Obama also called for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to take legal action against their employers against wage discrimination. Employees would be able to share wage information with co-workers without fear of repercussions. This act would supplement the Equal Pay Act, under which an employee could be sued or punished for sharing salary information.

 

President Obama expressed his support for the recent Pentagon decision to allow women on the front lines, stating that “we will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters and moms, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat.” We are encouraged to see this promising step forward, and look forward to additional progress to ensure full equality between men and women in the military.

 

 

Clearly Ruth Bader Ginsburg was fascinated by the women’s issues in the SOTU. She’s been a lifelong women’s advocate, so this is old news. The question we’re asking: who was she wearing? #CollarFashion

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Mary Bridget Lee Presents | The Daily Daily

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent the College Democrats at the University of Michigan or any other organization.

 

+ So much Sports!

+ A very timely op-ed points out the flaws that cost the Republicans the presidential election. (I’m being sarcastic, this op-ed is two months late.) Their solution? Ron Paul.

+ I am ordering a restraining order against anyone who gets the flu.

+ I never want to hear about CSG elections again, but Kevin Mersol-Barg is quoted.

+  “Our generation is more pro-life than any other generation before,” says Students for Life president Tori Criswell who has clearly not seen the 54%-of-Americans-support-legal-abortion and the 57%-feel-strongly-about-keeping-Roe-v-Wade statistics.

+ This author disapproves of The Mindy Project, but offers a really good idea for a Kelly Kapoor Office spin-off

+ I’m pretty sure that the “Apple of my Eye” pun has been used by Crime Notes before.


Happy Monday!

 

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Susan G. Komen Foundation: It’s worse than you thought

There have been plenty of articles over the past few days over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, mammograms, and other life saving treatment that low income women across this country depend upon. While I find this decision appalling, I’m going to defer to the authors of those articles rather than write another piece myself.

Instead, I want to focus on an aspect of this scandal that has been largely overlooked: the blatant hypocrisy of the decision. No, I’m not talking about the hypocrisy of right wingers demanding that the Komen Foundation cut off funding for life saving treatment in the name of being “pro-life.” I’m also not talking about the hypocrisy of creating a rule for the explicit and sole purpose of cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, and then blaming said rule for not being able to fund Planned Parenthood.

No, I want to focus on their inconsistent and hypocritical application of this rule. For those in the back, the Komen Foundation created a rule in December barring funds to organizations under local, state, or federal investigation. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) has recently launched a base-less and politically motivated investigation into Planned Parenthood’s funding, specifically to determine if they illegally use federal funds for abortions (which, as it has been well documented, they do not).

Meanwhile, the Komen Foundation continues to maintain a relationship with a corporate partner that IS under investigation from multiple governments. I speak, of course, of their partnership with Bank of America. Over the past three years, Bank of America has donated over $2.7 million to the Komen Foundation through their pink-ribbon credit cards. Does this seem a little strange to anyone else? Take it away, Georgia Logothetis:

Yes, that’s the same Bank of America that is “currently under a local, state or federal formal investigation for financial or administrative impropriety or fraud.” Here’s a sampling of what Bank of America is facing:

  • In New York, Bank of America is being investigated for “fraudulently steered homeowners into overpriced insurance policies.”
  • In California and Nevada, Bank of America is under investigation for “foreclosure fraud and other wrongdoing in the mortgage markets, including the packaging and selling of mortgage-backed securities by Wall Street players and scams by smaller players offering to help troubled borrower.”
  • In Arizona, Bank of America is under investigation for its loan modification practices.
  • And, of course,  the federal government’s new mortgage crisis unit will be investigating Bank of America’s conduct leading up to the real estate crisis.

If that were the end of the hypocrisy, that would be one thing. But it’s so much worse than that. Bank of America, inarguably, played a role in creating the Great Recession. With high levels of unemployment also comes a large number of people without health insurance (at least until Health Care Reform fully kicks in). And without health insurance, it is incredibly difficult for women to afford preventative care like breast cancer screenings and mammograms. See where I’m going with this? So instead of cutting ties with a corporation that had a large role in a recession that actively (and possibly irrevocably) harmed women, they defunded an organization that provides cancer screenings to low income women, a service in increasing demand because of the aforementioned recession.

The cognitive dissonance makes my head hurt.

Ed. note: I’m not upset that the Komen Foundation has a partnership with Bank of America. If Bank of America is going to exist and make a ridiculous amount of money, I’m glad that they’re donating some of that to help fight breast cancer. I’m merely pointing this out to highlight the hypocrisy of the Komen Foundation as yet another reason why they should reverse their decision to defund Planned Parenthood. 

 

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“Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank”

Last night, the Susan G. Komen Foundation website was hacked for a brief period of time.  When entered into any search engine, viewers would be directed to the hackers’ website ww5.komen.org.

Hackers chose to focus the job on the Foundation’s advertisement for its annual marathon for breast cancer, and did a damn good job if you ask me (though the measures were a bit extreme).

Instead of the intended advertisement appearing on the website, which looks like this:

Hackers made a few “edits,” and left the website’s advertisement looking like this:

Wake up, Susan G. Your actions have clearly made a huge impact on a large number of women around the world, and not in a good way.

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Just one more reason to hate sorority fundraisers on the Diag

Today the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer provide funds to Planned Parenthood. The organization says that it has a new policy, barring the donation of funds to organizations which are currently under government investigation. That could be the case, or it could be that the organization has decided to take a political jab at an organization which does more than practically any other to protect women from breast cancer. At this time, more than any other, we should come together to defend access to health care, rather than picking fights and endangering the lives of women.

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This Week in Feminism | 10.21.11

Mitt Romney: Welcome To The Man Cave, Where Rachel Maddow Will Teach You How A Uterus Works | In which Ms. Maddow gives a much needed birth control lesson to a man who wants to be president.

+With More of Them Running, Women Could Have A Banner Year in 2012 – or Not | 2012 could be a great year for women in the Senate (assuming it’s a great year for Democrats)

“If it is a bad year for Democrats, it could be a bad year for women in the Senate,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, noting that the majority of female elected officials nationwide were Democrats. “It is still early. Right now the numbers are lining up in such a way that it could go either way.” (more…)

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This Week in Feminism | 09.12.11

A woman wears a T-shirt reading "Feminist killjoy"
Perry takes heat at GOP debate for HPV vaccine policy | This is probably the first and last time I will ever agree with Rick Perry.

“I hate cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV. We wanted to bring that to the attention of these tens of thousands of young people in our state. At the end of the day, I will always err on the side of saving lives.”

+ In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone | It turns out both genders adapt to parenthood.

“Unfortunately,” he added, “I think American males have been brainwashed” to believe lower testosterone means that “maybe you’re a wimp, that it’s because you’re not really a man. My hope would be that this kind of research has an impact on the American male. It would make them realize that we’re meant to be active fathers and participate in the care of our offspring.”

+ Forever 21 Sells ‘Allergic to Algebra’ Shirt to Girls | While advertising shirts about poor math skills to girls isn’t cool, is it wrong for INDIVIDUAL girls to choose a shirt expressing their distaste for math?

+ Appalling wage decreases and persistent gender gap for recent college graduates

After gains in the 1980s and particularly in the 1990s, hourly wages for young college-educated men in 2000 were $22.75, but that dropped by almost a full dollar to $21.77 by 2010.  For young college-educated women, hourly wages fell from $19.38 to $18.43 over the same period.  Now,with unemployment expected to remain above 8% well into 2014, it will likely be many years before young college graduates — or any workers — see substantial wage growth.

+ Ms. Readers’ Choice: Top 100 Non-fiction Books?

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This Week in Feminism | 08.29.11

+ The implications of Bey’s baby bump | Jay-Z will have to stop singing “99 Problems”? Kanye is going to be a godfather? Beyonce will have a lot more clothing on for the “Countdown” video?

+ Mother of 11 is headed to Harvard | Just don’t tell Michelle Duggar.

She’s nearly done with her undergraduate work and has been admitted to Harvard to purse a graduate degree in international relations. Starting tomorrow she’ll be flying to Massachusetts on Monday, taking classes on Monday night, and flying home on Tuesday. Reneau has already been asked to speak to women in several other countries, and you can probably expect to see a Julia Roberts film based on her life in a few years.

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This Week in Feminism | 08.15.11

+ Candidate’s looks matter for less-informed voters | So maybe being a former beauty queen is less of a hinderance than we thought . . .

“Voters who watch a lot of television but don’t really know much about the candidates besides how they look are particularly susceptible,” Chappell Lawson, coauthor of the study, told MIT News. “The size of the effect is roughly equivalent to the influence of incumbency.” (more…)

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This Week in Feminism | 08.08.11

+ What Stolen Children Mean for Adoption 

In both China and Guatemala (and Ethiopia, and in every “sending country” in international adoption), the parents of stolen children grieve, while local governments remain nonresponsive or, as in the China case, collude with the kidnappers. But in China and Guatemala et al there are also children—many children—who’ve been abandoned, relinquished or orphaned and who really need new homes. The difficulty is, and always will be, knowing which is which.

+ The Dividening of America : Dana Perino vs. Free Birth Control | Wherein a former Press Secretary forgets that not everyone is as privileged, or caffeine addicted, as she is and Jon Stewart makes a lot of sense.

+ Boehner’s Handicap | It’s cool, we’re sure women wouldn’t want to play on the same course as Boehner anyway.

Sometime in the ’50s, the story goes, a small plane ran into engine trouble over Bethesda, Maryland, and was forced to crash-land near the 18th hole of a bucolic golf club. Employees rushed to the scene, and—upon discovering that the pilot was a woman—had her “very gingerly and gallantly” removed from the grounds.

+ Diana Swim Tracker | An American is attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida, at 61 years old. Track her miraculous progress through the 103 mile trip and cheer her on using CNN’s live blog.

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