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After Newtown, The Fight of Our Lives

Christine Pelosi | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We do know that Americans have evolved from the shopworn "God, guns and gays" campaigns and our legislators need to catch up before even more lives are lost to preventable gun violence.

Joe Biden and Four Other Closet Male Feminists in Government

Liana Gamber Thompson | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Liana Gamber Thompson

In 2012, women gained a record number of Senate seats. But are women the only ones who can bring a feminist agenda to Washington? Those on this list of secret male feminists have been working behind the scenes to enact legislation that supports women and equity.

Renew the Violence Against Women Act -- Now!

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

We should be providing more protections to victims of domestic violence, not denying assistance to those most in need. Fortunately, like-minded Members of Congress are fighting hard to overcome the extremists who stand in our way.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Pressured By Own Party To Act On VAWA | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders have already been under pressure to pass an expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act in the lame-duck...

Jennifer Bendery

Violence Against Women Act: Eric Cantor Stalling Bill Over Native American Protections | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is quietly working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to try to pass an inclusive version of the Vi...

When Domestic Violence Grabs the Headlines

Kate McGuinness | Posted 02.03.2013 | Crime
Kate McGuinness

Our country is suffering from a plague of domestic violence. Kasandra Perkins is one victim too many. Her death should represent more than yesterday's news.

Intimate Partner Violence Report Proves VAWA Works

Kim Gandy | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Kim Gandy

Members of Congress must stand up for women and girls to end domestic violence now, so that our daughters and granddaughters -- their daughters and granddaughters -- will one day know domestic violence as a rarity, a mere relic of a bygone era.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Opposition To Violence Against Women Act Renewal Strained After Election | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans across the country were dealt a series of defeats by a broad coalition, powered by women and Latinos, that has led to a roun...

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 | Home
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.