Before Workplace Harassment Had a Name

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It started with my first job. As section editor of a small town newspaper in 1975, I learned that a male section editor was paid much more than me. I told the top reporter, a woman, and she demanded equal pay or she would march right over to our competitor, the local radio station. She […]

Jim Crow of the 21st Century

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We haven’t seen proposed laws this jaw-droppingly discriminatory since Jim Crow of the 19th and 20th century. Even more recently, these proposed laws reflect the men’s only business clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions, that have largely disappeared from sight in the 90s. Arizona is the first state to pass a “religious rights” bill  […]

Bans Away! Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Lean Toward Equality

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The tide is turning in Virginia and other states, whether some like it or not. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, beginning her opinion with a quote from Mildred Loving, the plaintiff in the 1967 Supreme Court case that successfully challenged the state’s ban on interracial marriage. […]

Utah Marriage Equality on Hold: What’s Next?

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UPDATE: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s office has announced that the state will not recognize the same-sex weddings that have already taken place there. “Shameful. Game on,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights’ executive director Kate Kendell on Facebook. NCLR has announced it will be a co-counsel in the Utah marriage appeal. The news yesterday that […]

Looming at the Supreme Court: Your Boss May Want to Be Your Doctor

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Hobby Lobby is: A) A group of Washington, D.C., lobbyists who think the government should support hobbyists with tax breaks for scrapbooking, model train building and needlepoint B) An arts and crafts chain with more than 500 stores in 41 states C) A company that doesn’t want to offer its employees insurance for some forms […]

“The Four Justices” Puts Women Trailblazers on Display

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On Monday a portrait of the four women Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America was revealed. The  life-sized likenesses of Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in D. C. A closeup photo of the portrait can be seen […]

Anti-Sodomy Laws: Still Unacceptable

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Recently, the Supreme Court threw out Virginia’s attempts to reinstate a state law criminalizing anal and oral sex, putting a spotlight on similar legislation across the United States that targets homosexuality. Although the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional 10 years ago, citing rights to privacy and equal protection, at least two states–Kansas and Oklahoma–specifically […]

Fed Up With North Carolina

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At age 21, No. Carolina native Rosanell Eaton was one of the first black women to vote in the 1940s. Reciting the preamble of the U.S. Constitution three separate times, Eaton overcame the obstacles of the literacy test and years of discrimination to cast her ballot. At 92 years old, Eaton is again fighting for her […]

The Judge Is A Feminist — What’s Wrong with That?

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In some very exciting news, President Obama recently nominated Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor who argued two major cases involving women’s rights before the Supreme Court, to the to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In much less exciting news, conservative groups such as the Family Research Council are already […]

“Shame! Shame! Shame”

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Yesterday, near midnight, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 2, the draconian anti-abortion bill that has brought national attention to War on Women state legislatures and made a feminist folk hero of filibustering State Sen. Wendy Davis. Certain to be signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the bill outlaws abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires […]