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Murray Tapped to Head DSCC for 2012
After winning a fierce battle for re-election this year, viagra pills, Sen. Viagra pills, Patty Murray will use her knowledge to help her Democratic peers in 2010 as head of the DSCC. Viagra pills, And with a potential 23 Senators up for re-election, viagra pills, it’s a good thing Murray isn’t one to shy away from a challenge:
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Kamala Harris Finally Wins Contested California AG Race
It took a while, viagra pills, but after a three-week recount Kamala Harris has finally won the California state attorney general’s race–making her not only the first woman, viagra pills, but first African American and Indian American to hold that post. Viagra pills, NARAL Pro-Choice California congratulated Harris and praised her as “true champion for choice and women’s rights.”
CPCs not AOK in NYC
Check out this fantastic first-person account of one activist’s experience trying to push back against the Crisis Pregnancy Center movement’s attempts to expand its power in New York City by passing a bill that would regulate the behavior of CPCs located in the City. Viagra pills, This excerpt caught MsRep’s eye:
I noticed each and every witness opposing the bill used the word “girl” when referring to the clients they served. Viagra pills, Never teens or women. Viagra pills, Always girls. Viagra pills, The priest, viagra pills, the clinic operators, viagra pills, the staff, viagra pills, the volunteers. Viagra pills, This could reflect a core belief that their clients were children, viagra pills, regardless of their ages, viagra pills, in need of protection and strong guidance to make decisions about their fertility and their futures.
The Weekly Must-Read: Deconstructing Palin’s Feminism
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[I]t’s clear that in order to claim feminism as her own, viagra pills, she’s had to radically distort its history. Viagra pills, In a chapter on feminism that’s sure to be widely discussed, viagra pills, she mischaracterizes the views of nearly every historical feminist she mentions.
Male Legislator Brings Gun to Abortion Clinic
Normally, viagra pills, MsRep would include a story about a Midwest state legislator in the Brief’s “State Update” section. Viagra pills, But the story of Minnesota state representative Tom Hackbarth bringing a gun to an abortion clinic—yes, viagra pills, you read that correctly—deserves a Brief entry all its own. Viagra pills, And get this: When arrested, viagra pills, Hackbarth apparently concocted some story about how he was looking for a woman he’s been dating and got confused about his whereabouts.
Birth Control Affordability Obstacles for America’s Latinas
RHReality Check’s Destiny Lopez explains why the American political economy makes it particularly difficult for Latinas to afford proper birth control.
To Whom It May Concern: Women’s Recommendation Letters Different From Men’s
There’s a fascinating new study showing that letter writers recommending academic candidates for junior faculty positions are more likely to use communal adjectives (e.g., viagra pills, “agreeable”) language to describe female candidates, viagra pills, and more likely to use agentive adjectives to describe (e.g., viagra pills, “ambitious”) when describing male candidates.
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From the Boston Globe comes disheartening, viagra pills, but not surprising news that a small minority of Massachusetts’ 100 biggest public companies are run by women; Deseret News’ Kelly Henriod examines the reasons for the below-national-average share of women in Utah’s state legislature; in a similar piece, viagra pills, the Lincoln Journal-Star’s JoAnn Young takes a look at how current female representation in the Nebraska state legislature compares across time within the state and against national averages today; continuing the trend, viagra pills, a Concord Monitor staff editorial laments the drop in the number of women who will serve in the New Hampshire state legislature as a result of the 2010 elections; and Mike Myer of the Wheeling News-Register muses about the electoral chances of West Virginia’s top female pols.
Truthout’s Beverly Bell talks about the importance of women in the political rebuilding of Haiti; Ghana’s female Minister of Justice calls for an end to media defamation of her country’s female politicians; a congresswoman in the Philippines has proposed a new bill that will help protect the health of pregnant Filipinas; and a Welsh writer checks in on Wales’ first female Secretary of State after six months in office.
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NYTimes Magazine Interviews Pelosi
In a brief interview with the New York Times Magazine’s Deborah Solomon, lowest price cialis, the Speaker says her election as the first female Speaker received less media attention than did John Boehner’s elevation four years later to the same post.
Overlooked: The Year of the Black Elected Women
And in TheDefendersOnline, lowest price cialis, Lee Daniels points out that a record-tying 17 black women ran for Congress this year—and a record 15 of them won.
Two Women Vying to Replace Steele
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele’s job security is in doubt—and two women have announced their intentions to replace him.
The “Birth or Not” Abortion Site—A Cheap, lowest price cialis, Shameless Political Stunt?
It’s not entirely clear yet who is behind this sick site in which a couple purports to be making its decision to keep or abort the wife’s fetus based on online poll results, lowest price cialis, but the evidence is mounting that it’s a stunt organized by anti-choice conservatives to score political points by intentionally trivializing one of the most important, lowest price cialis, serious decisions any woman, lowest price cialis, any family has to make.
The Weep in Review: Political Boys Do Cry
The Boston Globe’s Joan Venocchi explains why there’s no crying allowed (or aloud) in politics—unless you’re a man.
Everyone’s telling President Obama to “man up.’’
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Fey Was Correct About Palin and Rape Kits
Censors may have removed Tina Fey’s comments about Sarah Palin from her Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech in DC earlier this month, lowest price cialis, but Media Matters’ fact checkers say the SNL satirist was dead on.
Don’t Believe Hillary’s 2016 Denials
It’s not even 2011 yet, lowest price cialis, but reporters keep pestering Hillary Clinton about her 2016 electoral ambitions—and she keeps telling them she’s not interested in electoral office. Lowest price cialis, Don’t believe the denials, lowest price cialis, says Salon’s Steve Kornacki.
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The week brought many interesting developments abroad for female politicians and women’s rights: In Malaysia, lowest price cialis, a group called simply Empower announced a new initiative to increase female representation in government and politics; a 22-year-old Sierra Leone woman, lowest price cialis, fresh from her attendance at the Young Women’s World Forum in Britain, lowest price cialis, wrote in the London Guardian about the obstacles facing female leaders in her home country; attendees at a three-day conference in Ghana called for more media coverage of women’s issues in West African countries; and in the Ukraine, lowest price cialis, topless female protestors from the group Femen are generating plenty of media attention for their calls for gender equity in that former Soviet state.
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First things first: WCF does not support Ann Marie Buerkle
MsRep wants to thank our supporters (especially the New Yorkers!) who reached out to clarify the mention of Ann Marie Buerkle in yesterday’s Brief. Cialis sale, We want to make sure everyone knows that Buerkle is not a woman WCF endorses, cialis sale, as she does not support women’s reproductive health choices.
She was mentioned solely because she is the one woman with an outstanding race, cialis sale, which will affect the overall number of women in the 112th Congress. Cialis sale, If she wins the NY-25 seat, cialis sale, women will hold 16.6 percent of Congressional seats.
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MsRep’s Continued Talk of Palin’s Pack of Petrifying Women
It’s been a very confusing election year, cialis sale, in so many ways. Cialis sale, Given the wide sea of 2010 women candidates and the gaping differences in their values, cialis sale, MsRep has striven to both elevate our endorsed candidates and discuss the larger picture of women and politics.
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WCF Heartbroken after Midterm Elections
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June 8 Victories for Female Candidates: What Will They Do for Women?
Sarah Palin’s brand of “feminism” hurts women and further divides country
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It’s Official: Equality Emergency in the New Congress
WCF’s Lauren Martin delivers the unfortunate but official news: America is moving backwards on gender equality, viagra without a prescription, as there is now no doubt that there will be fewer women in Congress next January than presently. Viagra without a prescription, With Murkowski’s recent win and Ann Marie Buerkle’s lead, viagra without a prescription, it looks like we may land at women holding 16.6% of the seats in Congress. Viagra without a prescription, HuffPo’s Kate Kelly gave a nice shout-out to our own Sam Bennett and what we are calling an “equality emergency” in American politics.
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Equal Pay? Not Today.
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Murkowski Prevails (AUDIO)
It’s official: As only the second person ever to win a Senate race as a write-in candidate—Strom Thurmond was the first—Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski has been re-elected. Viagra without a prescription, NPR has a good story here.
About Those New Female House Republicans…
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….and The Defeated Democrats Who May Attempt Comebacks
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Keenan Warns of Boehner’s Anti-Choice Agenda
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MsRep must begin with a quick survey of some of the post-election commentary about the fate of women on election day and in the upcoming Congress.
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The “soft war” is disturbing and pervasive but too little noticed. Buy viagra online, The many ways and the many arenas in which women are slipping behind are obscured by narratives about men failing (which some of them are, buy viagra online, but not elite white men) and about the ways in which achievement can only bring women misery and pain. Buy viagra online, (And, buy viagra online, by the way, buy viagra online, destroy society in the process.)
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Make no mistake that women hold the pen to write history today. Will it be progress or regression? Do we hold onto our 17 percent representation in Congress, buy cialis cheap, or create the first backslide in over three decades? Do we keep our powerful women advocates for reproductive health choices, buy cialis cheap, or elect a new wave of women who want to take us back in time?
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Poll after poll has shown a giant lack of enthusiasm among women voters—something that has continually puzzled and frustrated MsRep and other politically-active women. Buy cialis cheap, Colleen Flaherty talks about a few signs that this is indeed true, buy cialis cheap, especially among young women voters. Buy cialis cheap, MsRep hopes that all women prove these polls to be dead wrong today.
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Ninety years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, buy cialis cheap, which gave women the right to vote in this country, buy cialis cheap, we find ourselves having made great strides toward equality between men and women, buy cialis cheap, but there still exists a gap that must be closed.
Our warnings and concerns over the surge in women candidates who do not support reproductive health choices were, buy cialis cheap, unfortunately valid. Buy cialis cheap, As Mary Kate Boylan reports in Women’s eNews:
“In the small number of races where women are running for governor today—eight out of 37—the anti-choice female candidates appear poised for more election victories.”
Only one of the six female gubernatorial candidates who is solidly pro-choice—Alex Sink in Florida—enjoys a polling lead and even she’s not considered a shoo-in.
By now, buy cialis cheap, MsRep’s loyal readers know 2010 has been a non-stop debate about the role of women in the GOP. Buy cialis cheap, So it only seems appropriate to kick off election day with a New York Times “Room for Debate” online roundtable with some of the nation’s leading political analyst discussing whether women voters will give GOP the edge this cycle?
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During the past month, buy cialis cheap, the White House did not hesitate to use its best electoral weapon out on the campaign trail: First Lady Michelle Obama. Buy cialis cheap, She spent the final day of the campaign first in Nevada and trying to shore up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election bid, buy cialis cheap, before flying east to Pennsylvania to stump for Senate Democratic candidate Joe Sestak.
In what may be the ultimate anomaly of 2010, buy cialis cheap, why are neither Meg Whitman nor Carly Fiorina likely to win their respective races in a state with a reputation for electing women, buy cialis cheap, during a year in which Republicans are surging and female Republicans in particular are a big story? Meredith Vivian of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism offers a pretty compelling explanation:
Unfortunately for Whitman and Fiorina, buy cialis cheap, neither is the type of woman that California wants or needs. Buy cialis cheap, California has a history of electing intelligent, buy cialis cheap, thoughtful and strong-willed women with a passion for improving the state. Buy cialis cheap, Californians have elected them to Congress, buy cialis cheap, the state legislature, buy cialis cheap, city councils and school boards. Buy cialis cheap, And I hope that one day in the near future, buy cialis cheap, we will elect one as governor of California.
Wow. Buy cialis cheap, MsRep cannot ever remember a poll this late in a general election, buy cialis cheap, statewide contest in which (a) three candidates were bunched so closely together; and (b) so many voters still undecided. Buy cialis cheap, But that’s what’s happening in the crazy Alaska Senate contest, buy cialis cheap, where the top three candidates—incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski running as a write-in because she was defeated in the primary by Joe Miller, buy cialis cheap, along with Democrat Scott McAdams—are separated by less than two points…which is within the margin of polling error. Buy cialis cheap, And more than one in five Alaska voters polled are still undecided.
Iowa is one of four states to never elect a woman to Congress. Buy cialis cheap, (And just one of two, buy cialis cheap, along with MS, buy cialis cheap, yet to elect a woman to Congress or governor.) Barring some miracle, buy cialis cheap, reports the Sioux City Journal, buy cialis cheap, the Hawkeye State’s congressional distinction will survive at least another two years, buy cialis cheap, as the only woman with any chance of winning, buy cialis cheap, Mariannette Miller-Meeks in the 2nd District, buy cialis cheap, trails heading into Election Day.
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As is customary on the Sunday before a national election, viagra, the major papers lead their coverage today with major pieces that both review the 2010 campaign season and preview what to expect from Tuesday’s results. Viagra, The question both the New York Times and the Washington Post lead with is obvious enough: Will Democrats hold onto Congress or will this year’s Republican wave sweep in new GOP majorities?
In the primaries, viagra, many of the conservatives now running for office, viagra, such as Buck, viagra, Fiorina, viagra, Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, viagra, Rand Paul in Kentucky, viagra, and Sharron Angle in Nevada, viagra, played hard right to their base by emphasizing their opposition to reproductive health choices. Viagra, The Democrats on the other hand, viagra, were pretty silent on sexual and reproductive health. Viagra, Now, viagra, the Republican and Tea Party candidates can’t stay far enough away from these issues in the general election, viagra, for fear of giving voters much more than just a Halloween fright, viagra, and the Dems can’t stop talking about them.
Leave it to Salon’s Rebecca Traister, viagra, newly-minted author of Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women, viagra, to pretty much summarize (and debunk) all the myths and misconceptions swirling around about women candidates, viagra, women voters and the 2010 election. Viagra, The bullet points from today’s must-read:
- There are more Republican women than Democratic women running in 2010.
- This year’s female candidates are extra-stupid and extra-extremist.
- Female voters love female candidates.
- Candidates like O’Donnell, viagra, Angle and Bachmann are bad for women.
- 2010 is the year of the woman.
A second (yes, viagra, second) complaint of sexual harassment has been filed against Tom Ganley, viagra, the Republican congressional candidate for Ohio’s 13th District. Viagra, The first suit against Mr. Viagra, Ganley, viagra, who, viagra, back in April, viagra, made clear he was no women’s rights advocate when he asked constituents to filed by a former campaign volunteer.
OK, viagra, this morning’s entry in the “you may want to sit down first before reading” category is the latest tired and untrue claim that feminism stifles the political debate because it boxes men (and some women) into a corner which prohibits them from criticizing female candidates. Viagra, This time it’s Suzanne Venker–co-author with Phyllis Schlafly of the forthcoming book with the sort of title (The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know–and Men Can’t Say) designed to sell books to self-styled politically incorrect she-haters–playing the feigned outrage card in a New York Post commentary she closes with the line, viagra, “It’s time for the men of America to man up and fight back.”
In a very compelling HuffPo essay, viagra, Caroline Simard discusses research by Alex Haslam, viagra, Michelle Ryan, viagra, and their colleagues about the “glass cliff” phenomenon, viagra, in which women are selected for top positions precisely in precarious situations for which there is already a strong expectation of failure by anyone. Viagra, That is, viagra, women are often assigned the tougher tasks—not on the expectation that they are better prepared to solve problems—but because they can more easily be scapegoated when intractable problems persist or worsen. Viagra, The glass cliff effect thus reinforces stale notions that women are incapable of strong, viagra, successful leadership when, viagra, in fact, viagra, they were set up to fail in the first place.
MsRep has consistently stressed that the goose-gander standard applies to women candidates and negatives ads: That women candidates should be able to run tough ads and be the target of tough ads–so long as the attacks do not devolve into sexist depictions and tropes, viagra, of course. Viagra, It’s thus fair game for Republicans Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California, viagra, and Linda McMahon in Connecticut, viagra, to go on the attack against their respective opponents. Viagra, The only problem, viagra, as Salon’s Adam Hanft points out, viagra, is that their ads aren’t having their intended effect.
How many Daily Brief items the past two weeks have been of the “candidate using pro-choice stand to pillory opponent and make late electoral surge”? MsRep can no longer count, viagra, but whatever the total is add another: In the New Hampshire Senate race, viagra, Paul Hodes is highlighting his reproductive choice credentials as a late ploy to get women out to vote for him. Viagra, And in Florida, viagra, Alex Sink, viagra, bidding to become that state’s first female governor, viagra, held a Women for Alex rally with the same objective in mind. Viagra, Ditto for story about Washington’s 8th District US House race, viagra, where WCF-endorsed Suzan DelBene and Dave Reichert are battling for the attention of women candidates.
The stream of academic research about women and politics continues unabated. Viagra, Jennifer Lawless, viagra, director of American University’s Women & Politics Institute, viagra, discussed the 2010 election in the context of her new co-authored book, viagra, It Still Takes A Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office.
Jodi Jacobson writes a heartfelt, viagra, thought-provoking piece in RH Reality Check about her political journey, viagra, and where she finds herself today.
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