Tag: GenderEquality


Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?
21 May 2015

Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?

National Journal’s article that Some Male Members of Congress Won’t Be Alone with Female Staffers caused quite an uproar. This is a problem on both sides of the aisle, wherein “numerous women who work on the Hill say they’ve been excluded from solo meetings and evening events, a practice that could be illegal.” Author and commentator Anita Finlay says this is discriminatory and can also...

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Republicans Double Down on Restrictive Laws for Women
18 May 2015

Republicans Double Down on Restrictive Laws for Women

In the last 4 years, Republicans have enacted more than 200 new state laws restricting abortion access. Last week, House Republicans passed a law declaring abortion illegal after 20 weeks, also requiring women to get medical attention and “counseling”  for their most painful and private decision before being allowed abortion services, even in the case of rape or incest. This was a symbolic vote destined...

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Can a Man Ever Have a Bad Hair Day?
15 May 2015

Can a Man Ever Have a Bad Hair Day?

Every day, women have to budget extra time just to negotiate the “female uniform.” In our latest episode of Dare We Say, I confess my daily “hair hell” with the curling iron and various and sundry accountrements before walking out of the house. Listen, there’s no such thing as a man with a bad hair day! My co-host, Shawna Vercher, tells me that when she’s...

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Hillary Clinton Good for Gender Equality
10 Apr 2015

Hillary Clinton Good for Gender Equality

With the news that Hillary Clinton is entering the Presidential race this Sunday, big media continues its faux hand-wringing that her campaign will feature a singular focus on the woman-ness of her candidacy as a means to woo women to the polls. EPIC TIMES founder and syndicated radio host Jerry Doyle voiced his own concern that the Hillary Clinton would “set gender relations back decades”...

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23 Feb 2015

Oscars Activism: Right or Wrong?

By now, Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech on behalf of women’s equality has gone viral. As much applause as she received for her remarks, the backlash has been loud, too, i.e., she was wrong because her speech excluded certain groups, because she is wealthy, because she only spoke of mothers. Whether or not Arquette erred in making her statement during an Awards telecast, by expecting her...

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Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence
12 Feb 2015

Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence

While the Grammys only dipped a toe in the water of stopping domestic violence, activist Brooke Axtell made clear at Sunday night’s event that she was able to survive an abusive situation and later thrive because of one supportive voice. Apart from the frustrating juxtaposition of President Obama’s PSA on stopping violence while abuser and Grammy nominee Chris Brown sat in the audience, the important...

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Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?
31 Jan 2015

Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?

Beloved author Colleen McCullough, best known for The Thorn Birds, a book that sold 30 million copies worldwide, just received an obituary all but ignoring her many successes and the fact that  she was a Neuroscientist at Yale.  The Australian offered this in their opening paragraph: “…Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she...

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