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Mitt Romney and the Republican party continue to enlist surrogates to conduct image repair with women voters. The latest such surrogate is former CNN anchor Campbell Brown who wrote in the New York Times that she feels the president speaks in a way that is “too paternalistic” to women by focusing on social welfare programs. She later accused the president of heaping “fake praise” on women, most recently at the Barnard graduation, as a way to try and gain favor. By the way, Brown’s husband is an adviser for the Romney campaign. More importantly though, let’s not forget that for women social issues are economic issues.
What are American women doing for work these days?
On the reproductive rights front, Robin Marty reports on the link between anti-abortion activist group the Susan B. Anthony List and the Koch Brothers.
Slow clap for the state of Missouri who closed their legislative session without passing education reform, or job creation bills but did manage to pass yet another abortion restriction bill.
The University of Notre Dame became the latest Catholic institution to challenge the Obama contraception mandate in court, bringing the total number of legal challenges to more than 30.
The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous opinion that children conceived via IVF after a biological parent has died are not “children” for purposes of collecting Social Security survivor benefits.
I always suspected the Ron Paul camp would get along smashingly with the Michele Bachmann camp. Looks like I was right.
Is Pinterest feminist? Can it be?
There’s something bothersome about this “meat eaters are macho” message.
Occupy Wall Street holds its first feminist general assembly. Good.
For all the bad news, there are a couple of fantastic stories of empowerment and progress. Like this must read: A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You.
And this is the best media development of recent memory. Melissa Harris-Perry interviews a panel of young women about feminism today and whether 2012 might be the year of the young woman. That’s right. Actual young women being asked about actually being young feminists. It’s groundbreaking stuff, despite the fact that it shouldn’t be.
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