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Dispatches From The War On Women: Why We Need Women In Office

Dispatches From The War On Women: Why We Need Women In Office

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.

Republican-controlled redistricting efforts have resulted in a lot of gerrymandering and legal challenges. They have also led to a disproportionate amount of women politicians having their districts erased. It’s hard not to wonder if that was intentional, especially when we take a look at what some women politicians are doing. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has built a political career fighting for equal rights and is taking that experience and passion and putting it into a new website dedicated to pushing for fair pay. Meanwhile Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pushing Congress to act on the Safe Chemicals Act. That was just in a couple of days.

As the Violence Against Women Act languishes in Congress over keeping protections in place for immigrant women, immigrant victims of domestic violence in Colorado face deportation. The threat of deportation is one of the main threats abusers use against victims to prevent them from reporting and thanks to Colorado we know those threats will work.

Women will significantly benefit from programs directed toward preventative care under health care reform, so naturally Republicans have their sights set on them.

Has Mitt Romney finally “turned the tide” on the war on women?

Early reports paint a pretty bleak picture for poor women in Texas should the state be successful in its efforts to drive Planned Parenthood out of business.

Since Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R) believes he can restrict access to abortion for women in D.C., despite the fact that he doesn’t actually represent the District, activists decided to ask him to take on other issues for the city. Like potholes. And cockroaches.

Did Disney finally fixed it’s princess problem? At least one new heroine looks promising.

Then again there’s this: The Objectification of Women Is a Real, Measurable Phenomenon. A new study confirms that people objectify women in sexualized photographs, but not men.

Let’s turn to some good news.President Obama appears ever-more confident in his decision to endorse gay marriage.

A dose of awesome for your Friday: Jane Lynch narrating an LGBT video for President Obama.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday 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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10:16AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Why have women in any office *unless they are up to' the position in question? No-one is better than another until he OR she has proved himself / herself to be so. To have women in office to fulfil a quota is, as Sir Roger Carr of the British CBI alluded, an 'insult' to women. Which brings me to foetus' rights. What about female foetuses who were denied the chance of life. They could have grown up to become career women in boardrooms ..

9:28AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I too would like to see more women in office in positions of
leadership but one of the problems I see when I read women's comments
concerning this issue is a lack of empathy. This is surprising since
one of the many traits women list that they think would make them better leaders than men is empathy yet I find very little evidence of empathy being
displayed by women writing on this subject. Take lika S. comments
below for example :
Lika writes:"Having women in office isn't just about women's rights.
It's about global rights. Women tend to be more diplomatic, and when a
problem arises, are more willing to listen and talk about it. After
it's been discussed, even if we disagree, we're more willing to
compromise and strike a fair middle of the ground deal that has little
to do with extremism, and more to do with being human toward each
other, as well as the surroundings we live in to make a better
community for the greater good, big or small"
Notice how she like so many other female writers on this topic has
nothing good to say about men.She like Dee Dee Myers and so many other
female blogers in their haste to present their case for more female
leaders list practically every good trait know to humans as if it were
the exclusive property of females. such writers fail to empathize with
their male readers. such writers come across as female supremacist.
They fail to realize that when your building up your own gender while
saying nothing positive about the ot

12:00AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Having women in office isn't just about women's rights. It's about global rights. Women tend to be more diplomatic, and when a problem arises, are more willing to listen and talk about it. After it's been discussed, even if we disagree, we're more willing to compromise and strike a fair middle of the ground deal that has little to do with extremism, and more to do with being human toward each other, as well as the surroundings we live in to make a better community for the greater good, big or small.

2:25AM PDT on May 31, 2012

James W gee wanting equal pay for equal work makes me a lefist feminist? Wanting to own my rights to what to do with my womb that is also L F? The repeal of the "Violece against women act" also makes me LF as well ? also makes me an LF? How about a woman being raped and either too afraid to report it or worse yet being held cupable for getting raped also makes me LF? Well then being a member of the LF group needs me as a member! By the way LF stands for LOVING
FEMALE! I do not want to castrate men, but I do want parity and equality for ALL MEN AND WOMEN! so please get off your chauvinistic high horse and join the real world.

1:56AM PDT on May 31, 2012

I haven't a problem with equal rights, but leftist feminists want superiority and entitlement. Women or men should not have privileges and power they did not earn. In case you didn't notice, men have children too so when referring to children why not say men and children once in a while to show how egalitarian this site really is? Feminists seem to be about reducing men to second class citizens with no rights at all, especially over their own children. You tend to ignore the sacrifices both men and women make and only focus on women. Sexist or what?

8:43AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Having more women, and their input regarding most things, can only be a positive move.

The male dominated, male dictated laws that negatively effect women, must stop.

8:57PM PDT on May 26, 2012

The W.H.O. (World Health Organization) is presently working on MDG 4 & 5 (Millenium Development Goal 4 & 5) That is to improve maternal conditions for women and children world wide. All they need to make it work is your imput!

5:51PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Good call Frances.

5:46PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Scarlett, I wasn't posting to you. And have no wish to do so.

3:08PM PDT on May 26, 2012

I think we need more representatives who hold gender equality and respect for diversity deep in their hearts, whether they be men or women, or republican, democrat, independent, etc. And with that in mind, yes I would very much like to see more gender balance in political representation, but I do not want us to blindly vote for anyone purely based on gender and without knowing where that person stands on the major issues of our country and their record.

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