You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby (with poll)

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.
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As a working woman . . .

. . . 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.
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A “Preventable Pandemic”

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.

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