We need to defend women’s reproductive rights with renewed intensity in this country. We need to demand that every man and woman we elect pledge allegiance to the sacred right to choose. We need to insist that Roe v. Wade be accorded the same respect we accord to Brown v. Board of Education.
Twenty years ago, my heart broke for Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, two bright, beautiful, bold young women who were mercilessly slaughtered by a right-wing fiend who decided to do with a bullet what he could not do with a ballot. Twenty years later, my heart breaks again, because I know I haven’t been as vigilant in defending a woman’s right to choose as I should have been. I know I let choice slip way down on my list of political priorities. I know I didn’t remember their heroism and their legacy.
When gender perceptions and negative stereotypes towards women in mathematics and science are non-existent, the gender gap in performance seems to disappear. That’s the lesson to be learned from not just Finland, but also Puerto Rico where females are performing as well as males and better than males in some math and science subjects.
This is a very interesting interview on how the gender gap in STEM fields came to be in the USA and how it can be closed down.
Who says women don’t make good Soldiers? Gjohnsit reports,
On Monday the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the isolated Kurdish enclave of Kobani was “about to fall” to a massive, sustained assault from ISIS.
Also on Monday, Rooz Bahjat, a Kurdish intelligence officer stationed in Kobani said the city would fall within “the next 24 hours.” By now ISIS was expecting to be slaughtering civilians by the score.
Instead, something totally unexpected happened - ISIS has been forced to pull back.
A local Kobani official, Idris Nahsen, told AFP that fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) had managed to push ISIS fighters outside several key areas after “helpful” airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition
“The situation has changed since yesterday. YPG forces have pushed back ISIS forces,” he said.
As a September 1 deadline looms, nearly all of Texas’s 41 clinics have shut their doors—and a few are still fighting to stay open.
come next week, abortions can no longer legally be performed at that old facility thanks to HB 2, the omnibus abortion bill that made national headlines last summer after Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster. The law requires that abortions—though not vasectomies—be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, hospital-like facilities that specialize in outpatient surgery. This provision goes into effect on September 1.
Ahead of this deadline, women’s health care providers have raced to meet HB 2’s burdensome requirements, spending millions of dollars and countless hours of fundraising and construction labor. Converting a medical facility into a full-blown ambulatory surgical facility can be very expensive. Texas has 114 pages of regulations governing ASCs, which mandate wide, gurney-accommodating hallways, larger operating rooms, and sterile ventilation. According to one Texas provider, it will cost them about $40,000 more each month to operate an ASC than it would a regular clinic.
In the face of the law’s requirements, all but eight abortion clinics in the state will close by September 1. Many were forced to lock their doors earlier this year as other HB 2 provisions went into effect, including a rule that required doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform abortions by the end of October 2013.
Hobby Lobby 2: It doesn’t matter if we’re not paying for it, you aren’t allowed to get it either way
So according to a completely wrong, incorrect, partisan, and blatantly unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling, Hobby Lobby gets to ignore federal and state laws if it violates their supposed beliefs in an Iron Age imaginary sky god.
Now, the University of Notre Dame wants to go one step further - it wants to say that if they don’t believe in a medical procedure, they have the right to deny it’s access to their workers outright, even if it would be paid by someone else.
The Obama administration has a plan in place to cover women like Miller, who want access to effective but expensive forms of contraception like the IUD but who are insured through institutions that oppose it. The so-called “accommodation” allows religiously-affiliated non-profits like Notre Dame to sign a form certifying their objection, after which the insurer will directly cover the cost of the contraception.
But in what promises to be the next big birth control fight after Hobby Lobby, that accommodation hasn’t satisfied Notre Dame - or over 100 other non-profit institutions suing the administration. They claim that signing the opt-out form also violates their religious liberty, because eventually, contraception is dispensed.
Their argument is blatant and disgusting: It’s not good enough that they aren’t involved in paying for the contraception, they object to these apparently second class citizens (“Women,” according to the common vernacular) working for them getting it in any way.
According to Notre Dame and over 100 other so called christian organizations, they have the right to deny their workers access to a legal medical procedure because an invisible sky god said they can. Even if their workers are doing so without using any company resources.
This madness must stop. Unfortunately, a majority of the supremes appear to agree with these “christ” fans, allowing Wheaton College to refuse to sign the form, screwing their employees out of contraception coverage (but, again, not out of Viagra coverage) due to a loophole.
Welcome to 2014, leave your progress at the door.
On Friday, a group of the more conservative Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives attended an RNC Women conference focused on how to talk to women voters about Republican policies. Most of the attendees were members of the ultra-conservative Republican Study Committee, a group of 170 House Republicans who think the GOP-led House isn’t tough enough on the budget and are opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion for any reason. As there are only 19 women Republicans in the House, it wasn’t a large meeting, which may be why there mainstream media ignored it.
Among those attending was Rep. Renee Ellmers, a two-term Congresswoman from North Carolina who made a name for herself last fall by opposing Obamacare on the cable news channels with such fervor — and false facts — that even her constituents took to her Facebook page to lambast her for embarrassing them and their home state.
Rep. Ellmers on Friday had a few words of advice for her Republican colleagues on “Taking Back the Future.” Perhaps its best to let the Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow explain, as she did in “The Republican plan to change the ‘war on women’ narrative needs work.”
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.
First she’s saying that men (perhaps only Republican men) don’t know how to connect with people. Second, she’s saying people are too stupid to understand pie charts.
Ellmers then said that women mainly want more time in their lives (don’t men as well?) and the first example she gave was that women wanted “more time in the morning to get ready.”
I spend my entire day at work making graphs and charts and then I go home AND BAKE PIE.
People are people, all over the world, we share that human vulnerability and a need to strive for something better. If, like Uttam, you can face those vulnerabilities with a smile on your face, then the entire world moves a step forward.
I admire her positive outlook, her bravery, and her refusal to be confined and defined by what the rest of us may consider to be weaknesses.
( i have edited the title to accurately reflect her gender)
Uttam baba, as she is popularly known among her ‘chelas’ (followers), dresses in bold colours and has a quintessential smile that never leaves her face. But her loud exterior belies the serious intent that is reflected in her beautiful kohl-rimmed eyes: she wants to be an agent of change. Although the 32-year-old admits that she may not have succeeded in making an impact on the upper crust Nagpur voter, she is confident that she has “made inroads into the hearts of ordinary people”. “It’s my right to dress the way I like. Nobody can object to my exercising this freedom of choice. And I really think it’s not fair to judge people on the basis of their attire or style. A politician should be known by his/her work and not by his/her clothes. I have the ability and the drive to prove myself in the arena of public service,” Senapati remarks.
Life has not been the easiest for Senapati; she knows what it is to face rejection and be denied basic rights and entitlements. After all in traditional society being ‘different’ is simply unacceptable. But it is precisely to change this oppressive reality, especially for transgenders, that Senapati made up her mind to fight this election.
In my continued research on Pakistan, the women of the FATA, and particularly the Swat Valley, good news is rare. So rare in fact, when I do come across it - I end up having one of those “thank gosh” moments.
When you spend a significant amount of time commiserating with the struggle of any particular group, the need to share the equitable moments grows.
This may seem a small step to us, in Pakistan, for women, this is a giant leap.
Dr Shazia Qureshi has been appointed principal of the Punjab University Law College (PULC) following her promotion as associate professor. Dr Shazia is the first woman principal of the college in its 146-year history.
Dr Shazia did her LLM from the Cambridge University and obtained a PhD from the Lancaster University.
She is also an extraordinary person:
In her progress report, Dr Shazia’s advisor Prof Sigrun Skogly wrote that she had actually completed her PhD thesis in less than three years, which was “highly unusual”.
Dr. Shazia Naureen Qureshi
Incharge, Associate Professor
LL.B. from University Law College, Lahore with distinction. Obtained Gold Medal in the subject of Mercantile Law in LL.B. Won highly competitive British Commonwealth Scholarship for the prestigious Cambridge University (UK) to earn the LL.M degree. Did specialization in International Law in LL.M. Joined University Law College as Lecturer and became Assistant Professor in 1995. Ms. Qureshi’s special area of interest is International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Disputes Settlement.
The report is as sad as it is horrifying.
A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria has been accused of killing her much older groom and three of his friends by poisoning their meals with rat poison.
The 14-year-old girl, Wasila Umaru, was married to the 35-year-old man last week.
Although she told authorities she was forced into the betrothal, Wasila will likely be charged with culpable homicide for the incident that took place last weekend.
“The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,” Assistant Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said.
While shocking, Wasila’s story is far from uncommon.
According to the International Center for Research on Women, one-third of the world’s girls are married before they turn 18. One in nine will be married off before she turns 15.
Child marriage is most common in Nigeria and other African nations, particularly in drought years when a child bride can bring much needed money and decrease the number of mouths for a poor family to feed.
Controversial as Vox, and Yglesias are, they hit this on the head:
The bottom line
Life is complicated. Any summary statistic is, by definition, going to be an effort to simplify that reality. And it is absolutely true to say that pay discrimination on the part of employers between the women they employ and the men they employ only accounts for a minority of the gap. But the statistical controls that reveal that don’t make the problem of the wage gap go away. They help us identify where it exists. Some of it exists inside the companies where women work. Some of it exists inside household dynamics and broad social expectations of how family life should work. And some of it exists at the level of occupations, where women’s job opportunities are structured in an economically unhelpful way.
The US has a bigger gender wage gap than most other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an organization of developed countries. Among 28 nations for which the OECD has data, the US as of 2010 had the fifth largest wage gap, tied with four other countries.
American full-time, year-round working women earned 19 percent less than their male counterparts — the same gap as seen in Austria, Finland, Canada and Switzerland. The gap for all 28 nations together, meanwhile, was 15 percent. The smallest gap — in Hungary, Poland and Spain — was 6 percent.