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Reality Bites: Lessons Learned From Nov. 6

Karen Teegarden | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Karen Teegarden

Negotiating does not mean caving into the Republicans' demand that you meet more than halfway. This election gave the Democrats a mandate to demand that the Republicans meet you more than halfway. We elected you to fight for us and expect nothing less.

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

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

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.

When Women Vote, Changes Are Made

K. Sujata | Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women won in a big way in the 2012 election. Now we must hold their feet to the fire. In January, the new terms for our elected officials will begin, and I want them to consider a basic blueprint as they approach their work.

The Gender Gap Rules 2012 Election

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

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.

Domestic Violence: Everybody's Issue

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Crime
Marcia G. Yerman

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is essential to go beyond the statistics to place domestic violence within a larger societal framework.

End the Violence, Ensure Housing for All

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence, both domestic and public, is a daily reality for too many Americans, and it's especially acute for people who are poor or homeless.

Domestic Violence: A Month of Awareness but a Daily Occurrence

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Although I am glad that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I've been an emergency room doctor for 17 years -- for me, every day is domestic violence awareness day.

Saki Knafo

The Super PAC For People Who Hate Super PACS | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Two years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizen United ruling and birth of the super PAC helped the Tea Party Republicans take over Congress. This year, a ...

Nevada Once Again Leads Nation in Women Murdered by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

For the third year in a row, and for the fifth time in six years, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the annual report When Men Murder Women.

Michael McAuliff

House Dems: 'Fired Up, Ready To Stay' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Complaining that Congress is going on its election break at the earliest point in decades, Democrats in the House Friday challenged thei...

The Last Shot

DesiRae Zabel | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
DesiRae Zabel

He would put her curling irons in the toilet; he would take her to the woods and shoot at her. He would threaten to 'make the last shot count' and said he would kill her children as well. One day my mother finally tried to get out, and my father made the last shot count.

Is the U.S. Better on Gender-based Violence Abroad Than at Home?

Amy J. Sennett | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Amy J. Sennett

Their ignorance and intransigence expose the U.S. to charges of hypocrisy and accusations that the U.S. is more interested in being the world's policeman than keeping its own women and children safe.

Congressional Standoff Over Violence Against Immigrant Women

Meghan Rhoad | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Meghan Rhoad

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAmerican immigration policy was not crafted with the intention for it to become an enabler of violence against women like Elsa, but it often serves that function.

What's a Patriot to Do?

Nancy Webb | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Nancy Webb

When Americans put their minds to it, and when our elected officials serve us the way they're supposed to, we can achieve remarkable things. So, I think I'll leave my flag flying a little longer. It will continue to remind me of what can be achieved when Americans work together.

We Are All Sonali

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.28.2012 | World
Soraya Chemaly

Today 27-year-old Sonali Mukherjee will have surgery to help reconstruct her face. It melted nine years ago, leaving a painful mask in its place, after three young men poured acid on her while she slept. This was their response to her fending off their relentless sexual advances.

New Rule: Only Women Legislators Should Be Allowed to Vote on Women's Issues

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is sad and embarrassing to admit this, but the impetus for most of these reproductive control bills has come from men. Over time, the number of men that believe they must control women like this will decline. But women cannot await universal male enlightenment.

American Indian Girls Need Better Protection From Violence

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | College
Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.

As it stands right now, tribal courts cannot prosecute non-Indian batterers, even if they live on a reservation and are married to an American Indian woman.

Why Republicans Punishing a Rep for Saying "Vagina" Matters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It makes one wonder: Would the Michigan Republican leadership have banned a male conservative representative for using the term "vagina" in the debate? Somehow I doubt it.

In Struggle Over Violence Against Women Act, War on Women Turns Deadly

Terry O'Neill | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Conservatives are not just playing politics. They are dead set on a broad-based anti-woman agenda that includes dismantling the Violence Against Women Act -- and it's up to us to stop them.

L.A. school police, district agree to rethink court citations of students

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.12.2012 | Los Angeles
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissiWatch NewsIn the wake of critical news reports, Los Angeles school police and administrators have agreed to rethink enforcement tac...

Congressman John Conyers - The People's Advocate Shares Some of His Vision

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

There are still some exemplary public servants out there who spend their political careers on the right side of issues. I felt that it would be worthwhile to contact to Rep. John Conyers, Jr. find out what he thinks about the current state of our politics.

Protection Only for the Few: Do You Qualify?

K. Sujata | Posted 08.06.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

If passed, the House Violence Against Women Act bill could leave many marginalized communities defenseless against abusers. It begs the question: are certain groups of women expandable to our leaders?

Where the Real Shame Lies: Calling Victims of Violence Liars and Their Advocates Crooks

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Perhaps the focus on "fraud" and "false allegations" is meant to be convenient cover for what H.R. 4970 really does: roll back victim protections that have existed for decades and deny any meaningful protections to battered immigrants, Native women, or LGBT victims.

Why VAWA Must Include LGBT Survivors

Terra Slavin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Terra Slavin

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center works every day with some of the most vulnerable LGBT survivors of domestic and sexual violence, survivors who will be put at risk by the changes made by the House of Representatives to the Senate bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Friday Talking Points -- Good Enough for My Money

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a somewhat eclectic week in politics. The House -- in one of their rare moments when they actually meet and attempt to get something done -- passed a bunch of bills which have exactly zero chance of becoming law. Well, at least they had fun, right?