Obama’s Address: We Loved When He Honored “Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall”


We liked what we heard from the 44th president of the United States on the occasion of his second inaugural–especially about protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; recognizing and acting on climate change; paying women equitably; resolving global disputes peacefully; guaranteeing every citizen security and dignity; welcoming immigrants; and more. We’ve boldfaced some of our […]

Government-Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote AND to Emergency Contraception

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This past election cycle, we saw the power a government-issued ID can give an individual. In states where voter ID laws were being enforced, individuals who did not have government IDs could not exercise their right to vote. Several communities were adversely affected: transgender people, Latinos, African Americans, students, the elderly, people with disabilities—in short, […]

Senator Deb Fischer: Breaking Barriers, But Not in Feminism

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The tumultuous 2012 election was historic for women in more ways than one. Women voters made up 54 percent of the electorate and favored the president by an 11 percent gap, ushering him to reelection. America elected a record number of women to the Senate, with Tammy Baldwin becoming the first out lesbian senator and […]

Nancy Pelosi Is Still Leader of the Pack


House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced to her caucus Wednesday morning that she will continue to serve as minority leader in the upcoming session of Congress. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Pelosi noted the huge impact women voters had on the outcome of the 2012 election: Yesterday, when we gathered here, I began my comments […]

Lame Duck Congress Might Try to Water Down Medicare


With a lame duck Congress now in session, Medicare–the old age public health program upon which women disproportionately depend–is expected to be in the cross-hairs. “Medicare will be front and center in the debate,” predicted Susan Carroll, senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey […]

Super News! U.S. Now Ranks 79th in the World for Women’s Political Representation


This is The Year of the Woman. Again. As it was in 2011. 2010. 2008. 2003. (Pew officially announced that 2004 just wasn’t one, 2005 got lost in the shuffle, and everyone seemed to tacitly agree that 2009 didn’t qualify.) But, as a result of Tuesday’s elections, 2012 does, even exceeding the Mother of All […]

“By the Way, We Have to Fix That”


In his acceptance speech last Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama began by thanking every American who participated in his reelection, “whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time.” Then, after a brief pause, he thoughtfully noted, “By the way, we have to fix that.” Yes indeed. […]

Most. Women. Senators. Ever.

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Before we start crowing, we have to point out that women still make up just 20 percent of the U.S. Senate. And that’s a really low number considering that women make up more than half the population and rank just 55th in political empowerment globally. But … women senate candidates had great results last night! […]

Women’s Vote Crucial in Election

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UPDATE: HOW THE GENDER GAP PLAYED OUT IN THE SENATE CONTESTS Let’s face it: Women voters swung the election for Barack Obama yesterday. CNN exit polls show that 55 percent of women voted for Obama, 44 percent for Romney. Meanwhile, men voted 52 to 45 for Romney. On top of those figures, it was estimated […]

5 Top Women’s Issues That Hang in the Election Balance


On Tuesday, each of us will have the opportunity to take a stand about our rights. The War on Women is frighteningly real, and when you walk into the voting booth you’ll also be stepping to the front of the firing line. Here is a reminder of five of the key issues at stake for […]