Dispatches From The War On Women: The Economics Of Social Issues

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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.

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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Huber F.
Huber F4 years ago


Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

Ah, and here in Wisconsin, we are told that money means more to men, so it's justified that we are paid less.

And us women, the weaker sex? Huh. During puberty, we go through sore developing breasts that even with the slightest nudge, they scream in pain, and we get so tender and achy in the "no-no spot", that we constantly feel that we've been kicked there as the first few cycles put us through...

Then there's the first time we have sex, that a part of the skin rips, and after enduring a painful session, we end up pregnant. During this time, we barely keep soda crackers and 7Up down, and after 9 months of discomfort, we go through labor, which pain levels have proven that men cannot take that kind of pain w/o passing out on the floor.

After being puked on, spit on, pooped on, and what ever else while breast feeding, we thin go through phase 2 of the change, and for all of the women who have gone through the power surges, you know what I mean. Night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness, and then wanting to sleep for days.

Women are weaker? Don't think so. If it weren't for women, there would be no life.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black5 years ago

Strange that we who everyone says is the weaker sex is the one that is paid less for doing the same work, receives fewer promotions, pays more for healthcare and other economic issues. No wonder we women are the weaker sex since society and Republicans work very hard on keeping us at the bottom of the ladder.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago


Aurea Walker

David, as always a coherent, factual and incisive comment from you! Thank you for speaking the truth to the "power" called the GOP! If I could send you a thousand green stars I would, oh on this post I can and do send you a thousand green********

Heather Marvin
Heather Marvin5 years ago

If you do the job, then you should get the pay regardless of gender or whatever.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

And of course it's the straight parents, who have the gay children. So the only way to be truely safe, is to make having children illegal.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

The thing that's laughable about that pastor's logic, is the belief that we can simply move all the members of the LGBT community and that they will die out. He is so ignorant that he is clueless the the fact that people are born gay. All he would do is waste a shit ton of money and time trying to rid the world of gays which is impossible. I don't even think he has a clue as to how many of us there are world wide.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Aurea, the last sentence of your previous post was textbook passive-agressive. At least own it.

Aurea Walker

Beth - there is nothing passive aggressive about my comments! I am very much in your face when dealing with bullies! One of my personal beliefs is a quote from Dr. Martin L. King
"SILENCE IS BETRAYAL" so if I allow others to be bullied then I become a part of it. Whether you agree or not is a moot point to me, but hey if you feel better for your pithy message good for you. No skin off my nose.