This spring’s political campaigns revealed a deep and ugly wound: misogyny that ranged from Rush Limbaugh’s crass attack on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke to the repeal of Wisconsin’s pay equity law; from the Republican attacks on Title X (which subsidizes cervical and breast cancer screening, testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and […]
“Its billion-dollar-a-year price tag spent by the radical feminists to pursue their ideology and goals (known as feminist pork) make it an embarrassment to members of Congress who voted for it.” —Phyllis Schlafly. A “boondoggle … (it) creates an ideology that all men are guilty and all women are victims.” —Janice Crouse, Concerned Women for […]
Some religious institutions are objecting to new federal rules requiring that they cover contraception for their employees in their health insurance policies. Today, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) physicians remember patients whose stories show the importance of affordable birth control for all women, no matter where they work.
This Friday marks the 91st anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Yes, many of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived in a time when they weren’t allowed to vote. And for African Americans, the right to vote didn’t truly come into full effect until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But now, armed with that […]
On June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision for which millions of women (including me) are eternally grateful. Griswold v. Connecticut [PDF] struck down an 1879 law that prohibited the use of contraceptives and made it illegal to assist, abet or counsel someone about contraceptives. Griswold established a constitutional right to marital […]
This week, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named its 2011 picks for the 50 best companies for executive women–not be confused, mind you, with regular women. This distinction is evinced by the fact that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made the list, even though a pending lawsuit alleges the company systemically paid women less and […]
Feminists gathered in 55 cities worldwide on Saturday in a “Walk for Choice,” spurred by a recent wave of anti-abortion legislation in the U.S. Congress that detractors have dubbed “the War on Women.” In New York City, thousands convened in front of the U.S. courthouse. Pro-choice senators, congresswomen, doctors and activists spoke out against the […]
This week, we take a close look at Elena Kagan’s record on abortion; meanwhile, conservatives go after her for supporting transgender rights and for not supporting the mysterious fringe legal theory of “tentherism.” Gags, God, Guns, and Gays Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings kicked off on Monday. Her nomination has been met by glum […]