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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) renewed her call for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and Democrats in the Senate have vowed to make income equality and wage discrimination a target, and with good reason. The economy, while slowly turning around, is hardly growing at a clip to pull up the millions knocked on their backs during the last recession. And as we’ve seen in Wisconsin, when given the chance Republicans will leap at the chance to strip discrimination protections, especially in the workplace.
The push for the Paycheck Fairness Act comes at a time when more and more men are entering into traditionally “pink collar” jobs.
Wage discrimination is not just an American issue. Israeli women deal with it too.
Meanwhile there’s been a renewed focus on youth unemployment, but is this the crisis that has already happened?
The push to strip women of economic protections coincides with the push to strip women of the liberty to make their own health care decisions. Once again Wisconsin is our model as women in the state now have one less abortion option to access.
It looks like we may be on course for reinstating the global gag rule, and Mindy Townsend explains why this is a very bad thing.
Also, Monsanto is probably the last corporation we want in charge of ending hunger in Africa.
There has been even more violent rhetoric targeting Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Given the hard right bend to the state, I hope people are taking these statements seriously.
Can you believe Jamie Dimon is still a free man yet this grandmother received a life sentence for a first time drug offense.
Why, other than for titillation, do we have a bikini hockey league?
The gender wars have even entered the chip aisle.
Is Congress getting dumber? Given the sheer volume of anti-woman legislation in the last year, I’d have to say yes.
Most Americans, even Catholics, think birth control is moral. But that won’t stop the Bishops from suing the Obama administration over the contraception mandate and pressuring organizations to drop insurance coverage for it.
Dear pastors in North Carolina: calling for the rounding up of gays and lesbians into “camps to die out” doesn’t sound very Christian. Just saying.
After a story like that, try some good news. Transgender pageant contestant Jenna Talackova wins the miss congeniality portion of the Miss Universe Canada pageant after originally being prohibited from competing by the Trump Organization because she was not a “naturally born” female.
Finally, Donna Summer’s death is a good reminder that anyone can become an accidental revolutionary.
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