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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