Archive | March, 2011

Can the Women of the Supreme Court Help the Women of Wal-Mart?

March 30, 2011

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A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That’s the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case …

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Teaching All Our Daughters About Geraldine Ferraro

March 28, 2011

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As many news outlets reported on the death of Geraldine Ferraro — the first woman ever to be placed as a vice-presidential candidate on a major national ticket, the voices of politically conservative women were conspicuous by their absence. Sarah …

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Henpecked White House?

March 24, 2011

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Barack Obama was “henpecked” into our involvement in the current Libyan conflict by three scheming women. That’s the meme started by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and continued by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and others about reports that Secretary of …

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Calling All Moms for Clean Air

March 23, 2011

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When The Clean Air Act was signed into law back in the peace, love and flower-child days of the 1970s, I’m sure there were plenty of  parents who believed their children and grandchildren would be able to inhale a little …

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Is Corporal Punishment School-Sanctioned Child Abuse?

March 17, 2011

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If you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably have a memory or two of a teacher taking you or a classmate “out to the woodshed” for some classroom offense. For example, I remember a 6th grade classmate who …

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The New York Times Needs to Go Back to J-School

March 14, 2011

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The blogosphere and the world of journalism are on fire about a New York Times article that reported the brutal gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. The controversy isn’t about what happened, but rather information the reporter chose to include …

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Girl Scouts, Watch Out. The Tax Man Cometh

March 10, 2011

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If Georgia lawmakers get their way, corporations doing business in that state will get a nice tax cut and the Girl Scouts will be chipping in to make up the difference in the state budget. Yup. As crazy as that …

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One Day for Women? I’d Say We Need All 365

March 8, 2011

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007 gets schooled by “M” on International Women’s Day. What do you say — Judi Dench in 2012? And I think Daniel Craig might look better as a redhead.…

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Political Sleight of Hand

March 4, 2011

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Michelle Obama is fat. Wisconsin protesters are slobs. Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy is “troubling,” but Bristol Palin’s, not so much? If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker doesn’t get his way, he’s going to stomp his feet and …

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Women are the Real Losers in Wisconsin’s Labor Fight

March 3, 2011

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I don’t want to see a conspiracy where there isn’t one, but as some politicians push to cut reproductive and economic rights for women, it’s hard not to view other efforts that would disproportionately impact women through that same …

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White House Report Says Women More Likely to Have a College Education, but Still Earn Less

March 2, 2011

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The White House chose Women’s History Month to release a new report on the status of American women called “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.” The good news is that it’s the first comprehensive report in …

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Natalie Portman & Motherhood: This Feminist Has Her Back

March 1, 2011

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Natalie Portman has been getting flack for her Academy Awards acceptance speech for her role in “Black Swan.” Not because of anything she said about the uber-psych-thriller role that won her the award or because of any Oscar night faux …

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