Meteor Blades has a rich, informative piece on the pathsetting of black presidential candidates with special tribute to Rep. Shirley Chisholm — the inspiration for this blog — and her remarkable 1972 campaign.
A highly recommended read by the erudite, Mr. Blades.
Just when you thought you’ve lost all hope following the latest grisly report of car bombs in Algeria, Iraq, and now Lebanon, our girl Shirley brings it home in this 1985 Quest for Peace interview.
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Man has to be productive in order to feel that he warrants his existence…”
We may want our kids to “just say no,” but when it comes to doling out abstinence-only funding, Congress isn’t abstaining. In the latest federal budget bill, Congress gives it away. Big time.
Last week, among a spate of reports issued, was a hissing match over data.
Andrew Oh-Willeke at Colorado Confidential reports on the Colorado Court of Appeals’ refusal to waive the parental notification requirement for a pregnant 16-year-old who wants to get an abortion (via RH Reality Check). He lays out the situation:
It’s not just about the War in Iraq. Or corruption. It’s about everything we need to know in order to make informed decisions. It’s about no compassion for the least among us, the poor, the disenfranchised. If we don’t know, the “thinking” goes, there is no problem.
This is a good news-bad news story to follow up on em dash’s post. Which actually is also a mixed-news piece.
When discussing women and politics, the images that come to mind are solemn suffragists in drab black dresses earnestly demanding the right to vote and righteous feminists advancing the still-yet-to-be-passed Equal Rights Amendment.
But those eras have long since passed. Today, new generations of savvy young women are flexing their political muscles in a variety of ways.
. . . it could be worse. I live in a so-so state as far as women’s wages, jobs, and benefits go. It could be worse. I could live in West Virginia or New Mexico where things are bad for women. Or I could be an optimist and live in New Jersey or Colorado where things are relatively good. In the U.S. full time working women have median annual earnings of $31,800, only 77% of what men earn. Mind you, this is an improvement. In 1989, the percentage was 68.5%. Lest you are thinking that things will improve once more women are in professional and managerial jobs, at the moment, more women (35.5%) than men (28.9% work in professional and managerial jobs.
And this is not the worst news.
Just as voters in California, Oregon, and South Dakota are preparing to weigh in on ballot measures regarding abortion, an article in the The Lancet shows just how important access to safe abortion is for women’s health.
I happen to think that all women should have complete control over their reproductive lives. I know that a lot of people don’t agree with me on that point, though, so I offer this argument: If you care about saving lives, you should oppose any step that limits women’s access to safe abortion.