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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.
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