Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Women’s Rights

We wrote about Wendy Davis on our sister blog, all things e last week and the importance of her 11 hour filibuster to prevent a vote on strict new abortion laws during a special session of the Texas Senate. “Over 120,000 tuned in to the livestream and comments abounded on Facebook and Twitter in support. When the vote seemed eminent spectators caused such frenzy that the gallery had to be cleared in order for a vote to occur. The clock struck 12:02 in the process and the special session was over. That act took many voices but the result was …read more

How to Celebrate Women for National Women’s Month

Women’s History Month

Did you know March is National Women’s Month? I didn’t, until this article was brought to my attention. Unfortunately the draw of the article was not that it was National Women’s Month, but yet another embarrassing example of how women are marginalized in the media. A local news organization in Connecticut was announcing an event celebrating National Women’s Month at the Capitol and it had a video clip of women that went with it. It wasn’t footage of women scientists, senators, teachers, or CEOs, but rather breasts. Just a long line of decapitated women walking. Perhaps …read more

Let’s Talk About Sexism

English: Seth MacFarlane at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Best Actress Academy Award (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

In my previous life, I was an actor. I wasn’t ever Jennifer Lawrence famous, but I worked enough to be self-sufficient and sign the occasional autograph. Perhaps because of my 20-year experience in “the biz,” – or perhaps because I am a woman – I found Seth MacFarlane to be sexist – and perhaps slightly racist – during Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

For the most part, people agree with me. Some are even likening his now infamous “We …read more

What if in the 2012 Election…?

Resizia/Wikimedia

Despite all of the ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns, celebrity pronouncements that voting is hip, and hype that surrounded this tight presidential race, voter turn-out for this election declined compared to the 2008 election. In 2008, 131 million people voted, while this year so far 126 million voters are estimated to have turned out. For many of us the right to vote is fairly new for our gender, age group and/or race. The theories on why people fail to exercise their right to vote are as many as the numerous ‘what if?’ scenarios proposed after the election.

So …read more

The Price of Education

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was doing what she did every day; coming home from school, when two men stopped the bus she was riding in and shot her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also shot. Yousafzai remains in critical condition but has luckily not suffered any lasting brain damage.

The man responsible for the attack on the Peshwar native is one of the Taliban’s most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah.

The young girl and the dangerous leader have a long history. In 2009, the then 11-year-old Malala went toe-to-toe with the man nicknamed “Radio …read more

Reproductive Rights: The Ongoing Debate

In the first season of Mad Men, career-oriented Peggy Olsen visits her doctor to get a prescription for the birth control pill. The doctor gives her a fatherly lecture about becoming a “strumpet” and warns that he’ll take her off of the pill if she “abuses it.” This scene serves as a reminder of a time fifty years ago in our nation’s history when women were not permitted to assert their reproductive rights. But have we really come so far?

In Eyes Wide Open, we have blogged this year about the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to deny women …read more

Update: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open Indefinitely

Last week we posted about the temporary injunction of a Mississippi law that would require the state’s sole abortion clinic to close.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ruled that the injunction will remain in place while he considers more evidence – meaning the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can stay open until he reaches a final decision. Judge Jordan did not indicate when that would be.

Read more about the case

 

Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

Campaign Consultation, Inc

Sexual Violence Escalates in Somalia

The conflict, famine and chaos of Somalia have contributed to a rise in rape and sexual abuse incidents targeting Somali women and girls according to victims, aid workers and United Nations officials. The famine has forced hundreds of thousands of women to trek hundreds of miles seeking food, often alone with children, leaving behind the traditional defenses provided by their clan.

Victims and aid workers report Shabab militants, rogue militiamen and government soldiers are preying upon displaced women and girls resulting in 2,500 reports of gender-based violence in the past two months in Mogadishu alone.

To read more about this …read more

Israel Takes a Step Back in Women’s Rights

Until recently Israel was hailed as a global leader in gender equality. Women in Israel now say a quickly growing community of ultra-Orthodox is gradually stripping them of their basic rights. In recent months there have been increasingly successful efforts by this community to segregate women from men, not only in private buildings but in public spaces such as buses and main streets. Such incidents have caused Israel’s ranking in gender equality on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index to slip from 36th in 2007 to 55th in 2011.

Members of the ultra-Orthodox community, which has grown to …read more