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The war on women is more than just a war on reproductive choice. It’s a war on women’s ability to earn a living and be economically self-sufficient. And one that Republicans are desperately trying to spin in their favor. Just look at Mitt Romney who continues to enlist surrogates in defense of his anti-woman platform. This time Romney hopes to clear up his statements that he’s not so sure women should be paid as much as men and to clear up claims that women’s economic fortunes shrank under the Obama administration. Robin Marty unpacks all this economic hocus-pocus and explains that Romney is right, sort of. But not for the reasons he thinks.
As it turns out, food stamps help keep people out of poverty, which makes them a perfect target for Republican lawmakers.
Economic policy and reproductive health policy go hand-in-hand, as evidenced in Iowa where some Republicans plan to muck up the end of the legislative session with an abortion ban that will not pass and their colleagues are not happy about it.
Need help understanding the complexities of the various 20 week abortion bans sweeping the states? Here’s Robin Marty again to clear it all up.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has shown himself a frontline warrior in the war on women so it makes sense his communications flack would publicly admit to wanting to punch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the face. Classy.
U.S. Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), on the other hand, is proving to be a formidable Senate candidate in addition to a dedicated advocate for women. Wisconsin voters, your choices in terms of political parties and support of women’s issues could not be more clear.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice thinks her party’s stance on immigration is dangerous and misguided which means she is definitely not interested in becoming a vice-presidential contender.
Right after Ashley Judd’s brilliant takedown of body snarking culture, Lada Gaga set off an internet firestorm after tweeting “Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger. #PopStarsDontEat #BornThisWay.”
After yesterdays good news concerning the drop in teen birth rates comes the inevitable disclosure that those states with the highest teen pregnancy rates are the same ones with abstinence-only policies.
The texts from Hillary just get better.
Finally, who needs feminism anyways? We all do.
We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!
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