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Dispatches From The War On Women: The Economy Of Women’s Rights

Dispatches From The War On Women: The Economy Of Women’s Rights

The closer we get to the presidential election, the more we are going to hear about a particular group of voters: moderate, independent women. That’s not good news for Republicans. Their relentless assault on working families has taken its toll. These voters describe themselves as “too busy” to pay attention to the day-to-day of politics and are entering this election angry about attacks on contraception, a failure to support equal pay, and an insistence on cutting domestic spending under the Ryan plan to support tax cuts for the rich. As they should be. Because these are issues that impact every family in America, which reinforces the point that economic issues are women’s issues and women’s issues are economic issues.

Also, as the election nears expect the crazy, paranoid and depressed messaging to amplify.

Since Eric Holder took over at the Department of Justice, prosecution of FACE Act crimes has increased significantly and the division of civil rights enforcement is finally functioning again. So naturally conservatives hate him.

Michigan’s horrible omnibus anti-abortion bill appears to have a life of its own.

Producers of the Tomb Raider video game decided to reboot the game to include a scene where heroine Lara Croft gets sexually assaulted and Sarah Vrba offers this really smart take on it all.

This is just tragic: people shouldn’t be denied lifesaving care because they have a disability.

This edition is heavier on the good news than most, and given the stories above a trend I can get behind. For starters, Ron Barber, former aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) handily won the race to replace Giffords Tuesday.

Then, a hearty congratulations to Ms. Magazine on 40 successful years in print. Thank you for your existence. Now more than ever feminist print is a necessity.

Here’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marking pride month.

Finally, there might be nothing cooler than Sister Simone Campbell, one of the sisters going on tour to protest the Vatican’s anti-woman agenda, on the Colbert Report.

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8:40AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

What has happened to 'WE THE PEOPLE" -irrelevant of the top 1%, politicians with
their own greed and ideologies, we the people have we forgotten who we are.Our nation
of laws to represent equality for "ALL" child, man, woman, easterner, northerner, southerner,
westerner, black, white, tan, yellow, all colors, races and creeds. Just to remind us all
why we have a Constitution Of The United States, this is the preamble.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the
general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,do
ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States Of America." Why are we
allowing politicians, ideologies and other factions to separate us, WE ARE ONE
PEOPLE".

5:03AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thanks

9:30PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Women's work is never done and never paid for.

9:29PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Women's work is never done and never paid for.

8:48PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Vote for Obama!

8:45PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

I really hope that the GOP doesn't completely take over this coutnry, its scary enough as it is now...

6:59PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

this is sad, it is not Pro choice I am pro Choice that means choice. I under stand why china has a one child only policy maybe they should force males to be cut after the first child.

5:47PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks.

5:33PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

What makes this particularly sad is that most single parents are women, and they are trying to support their children on their limited income. They don't make as much money as men; they pay more for their insurance if they have it; if they are child bearing, they must pay for their own contraception and are categorized as having a pre-existing condition by many insurance companies. Let me count the ways women are discriminated against; no, there is not enough space here, but think about this, not only are the women suffering, but their children are too.

4:41PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Vote Republicans out of office at every opportunity in every state.

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