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Eleanor Smeal
Eleanor Smeal is the President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and its sister political-advocacy organization the Feminist Majority, as well as the Publisher of Ms. magazine. For over three decades, she has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women’s rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women’s rights. Smeal was formerly a three-term President of the National Organization for Women and is currently co-chair of NOW's Advisory Board.

Entries by Eleanor Smeal

Trade Must Not Trump Women's Human Rights

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 9:13 AM

Any deal that forces women and human rights to take a backseat to profit and trade should be a non-starter. But right now, the United States is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 nations including Brunei, a country that recently adopted a vicious new penal code...

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Massive Age Gaps in Voting for 2012 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:34 AM

For years, young voters have been discounted and labeled as apathetic no shows when it comes to voting. After 2012, the age gap will be ignored at a politician's peril. In 2012, according to exit polls, nationwide voters 18-29 years old comprised 19 percent of the electorate while...

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Gender Gap Decisive in Marriage Equality Victories

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 4:01 PM

Exit poll data revealed a massive and decisive gender gap in voting on the marriage equality ballot measures that just might put to rest once and for all some old gender adages. Women have all too often been cast as the more conservative sex. Nothing could be further from the...

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Gender Gap Costly: Women's Votes Decisive in Presidential and Senate Races

(16) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:51 PM

The problem the Republican Party has with women is deep and costly. Their attacks on women's rights all add up to a widely perceived Republican War on Women that significantly influenced the outcome of the election by creating impactful gender gaps in many key races.

President Barack Obama

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The Gender Gap Rules 2012 Election

(295) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 4:49 PM

Don't be fooled that the gender gap -- the measurable difference in the way women and men vote for candidates and in the way they view political issues -- is disappearing. To the contrary, it is driving the 2012 election.

Nate Silver of the New York Times'

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Senate Republicans Tell Women: You Are Mere Pawns

(273) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 1:32 PM

In the great game to topple the President and beat the Democrats, every Republican Senator voted as a united bloc to stop the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act for women.

For those who want to blame President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, the White House Council for Women and Girls, and...

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Abortion in Health Care Reform: The Fight is Far From Over

(9) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 1:40 PM

How quickly joy can turn to outrage.

Women had a lot to cheer about Saturday night when the House passed the historic Affordable Health Care Act. Among other major strides in health-insurance reform, it would eliminate "gender rating" in insurance pricing and unequal taxation of domestic partner benefits, ban discrimination...

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Why Is the Feminist Majority Foundation Refusing to Abandon the Women and Girls of Afghanistan?

(31) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 8:04 PM

This piece was co-written with Helen Cho, Feminist Majority Foundation Board Member.

Afghanistan is in deplorable condition. There's no disputing that.

Some feel that we should just walk away.

We cannot endorse this position because the cost to women and girls would be too high and the U.S....

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Obama's First 100 Days: Giant Strides for Women

(8) Comments | Posted April 28, 2009 | 6:23 PM

By any measure, the work President Obama and his team have accomplished for women and girls in the first 100 days is impressive. They not only have reversed some of the most egregious Bush policies, but also have taken some powerful actions to advance and empower women.

I've been...

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This Is What A Feminist Looks Like

(72) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 11:45 AM

It's not every day Ms. puts a man on its cover.

In choosing the cover for this special Inaugural issue, Ms. wanted to capture both the national and feminist mood of high expectations and hope as the 44th President of the United States takes the oath of office.

Expectations have...

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An Open Letter to Senator McCain

(118) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 4:36 PM

Dear Senator McCain,

This week you have lashed out against the "Feminist Left." I understand your frustration. You see that women are not flocking to the McCain/Palin ticket and you don't understand why. Allow me to illuminate you.

The truth is, Senator McCain, your candidacy is the worst for women...

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