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Dispatches From The War On Women: More Work, Less Pay

Dispatches From The War On Women: More Work, Less Pay

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, and the timing couldn’t be better since the nation’s attention has been turned to the lives of working women. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the gender gap in your state. And here’s another that looks at the damage done because of it. Pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter and the Obama administration offered this video on why equal pay matters as did this piece on what it’s like to face the wage gap as a female college grad.

It was also tax day, and actions across the country demanded the 1% and corporations start to pay their fair share. What do taxes have to do with the war on women? The deficits created by the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the evidence used to support decimating social services.

If we want to help close the wage gap we are also going to have to do something about the cost of child care.

A teenage girl who was having difficulties facing her attacker in court was put in jail to make sure she doesn’t miss another court appearance.

Texas Women’s Health Program will be funded until November, a victory of sorts for low income women. At that point the Rick Perry administration promises to unveil a new health program that won’t require any federal funding.

Meanwhile Ohio Republicans move to strip Planned Parenthood of funds and the state’s “heartbeat ban” supporters are strong-arming lawmakers to pass their bill or else.

Here’s one account of what it is like to have a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. It’s worth remembering that as awful as this sounds, it still is not as bad as having that procedure mandated by the government before a woman can have an abortion.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. 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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8:52PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Thanks

7:18PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

women, stand your GROUND

3:49PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

sadly noted.

2:14PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Phillip A I agree. But my biggest fear is the American people; they have been dumb-down so far that I am very worried about America and the American people. After all not many of us vote and look what happens, 2 terms Ronald Reagan, 2 terms GWB, the last mid-terms that were a disaster and now we have a very radical religious Republican candidate. I never thought I would see these things happening in America. It is not only the economy that they trash, this time; they are after the bigger prize, a fascist America with a cross embossed over the stripes in our flag.

Those who think this is not possible are not listening to what the Republicans are saying. If you are a person of another religious belief than Christianity than you best vote for a Democrat or Independent that believes in a secular America.

8:47AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

The tea party Republican campaign motto...'Earn more,
work less....Earn less, work more.
Earn more, go to college.....Earn less, become a janitor.
Earn more, pay less taxes.....Earn less, pay a higher % in taxes.

6:51AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I bear in mind that since the 1920s political scientists have argued that fascism is an inherent consequence of the structure and political system of the United States. And also Sinclair Lewis' dictum written in the 40s that when fascism comes to America it will be draped in the flag and carring the Cross. And as we have recently seen at two universities, even the most peaceful demonstration can result in a Draconian response. I say all this as a preface to proposing that the time may be now or not far off for more people to take to the streets in demonstration against all Republican legislation, passed or proposed, that amount to attacks on segments of the American populace. There are Republicans I should like to have look out the window and see people marching toward them carrying pitchforks, but I suggest only exercising the right to demonstrate in public, in large numbers, and with placards that make clear a vast number of people want these wretches gone, and elections are coming.

10:40PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Women in the past history was at home breeding and looking after the family now saddenly she is independent come on feminist of 60th make yourselves in number and push the bill and stop just overpopularing

9:42PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I fear this is just a foretaste of what's to come.

8:28PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Sorry Yulan, as a fellow Australian this statement is not correct. We have pay rates based on merit or a graded system Grade 1, 2,3 etc all get paid the same irrespective of gender. Also our Social Security system is non gender based. Women can earn more than their male counterparts here - especially if it is a commission based salary. I've done it for years.

8:24PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

reading what the poor woman went through made me so angry, i wish i could just hug her and tell her sorry for what she was forced to go through and cry with her

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