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Murray Tapped to Head DSCC for 2012
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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:
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The Weekly Must-Read: Deconstructing Palin’s Feminism
This week’s Must Read is courtesy of one of MsRep’s favorite national writers, viagra pills, Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg, viagra pills, who wrote this searing critique of Sarah Palin’s revisionist feminist history in the former vice presidential candidate’s new book. Viagra pills, Best quote:
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Male Legislator Brings Gun to Abortion Clinic
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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.
State Update: MA, viagra pills, NB, viagra pills, NH, viagra pills, UT & WV
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
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State Update: MN, lowest price cialis, TN
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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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Letter to the Editor – Dallas Morning News
From: Sam Bennett, cheap cialis tablets, WCF President/CEO
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I wanted to clarify a few points regarding Ian McCann’s November 13th story entitled “In Texas Legislature, cheap cialis tablets, strides for GOP mean strides for women.” There are a few key points that failed to make their way to print when I was quoted.
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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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Ann Marie Buerkle is one of those women.
WCF Heartbroken after Midterm Elections
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These Huffington Post blogs from our President/CEO Sam Bennett address these issues:
June 8 Victories for Female Candidates: What Will They Do for Women?
Sarah Palin’s brand of “feminism” hurts women and further divides country
Who Needs More Women in Government? Everyone.
The Oxymoron of the Sarah Palin “Conservative Feminism” Brand
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It’s Official: Equality Emergency in the New Congress
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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.
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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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With last night’s concession of Rep. Purchase viagra, Melissa Bean, purchase viagra, the news we feared has come true: Women’s representation in Congress will decrease for the first time in over three decades as a result of the 2010 midterms.
Exactly how far we will backslide remains to be seen, purchase viagra, with Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Ann Marie Buerkle’s (NY-25) races still too close to call. Purchase viagra, If both win, purchase viagra, women will hold a total of 89 out of 535 Congressional seats, purchase viagra, or 16.6 percent.
If both Murkowski and Buerkle lose, purchase viagra, the furthest we will backslide is to 87 women in Congress; 16.2 percent.
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So where do we go from here? How do we move forward knowing that women voters didn’t come to the polls to save their own advocates this year? How do we motivate women across the country to undo this damage in 2012?
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