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2012 Was Not the Year of the Woman

Melissa Tapper Goldman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Melissa Tapper Goldman

With 2012 closing, some are ready to declare a new Year of the Woman. Apparently, the first one did not do the trick. The anemically aspirational "Year of Whoever" trope reminds us how far whoever still has to go, having exceeded our self-defeatingly low expectations.

2012 And 'The War On Women'

The Huffington Post | Amber Genuske | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

2012 was the year of the "war on women." From attacks on birth control access to atrociously phrased definitions of rape, womens rights and health rig...

PaulitiFacts Top 10 Political Lies of 2012

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Like all the professional lie-rating agencies PaulitiFacts was overwhelmed with the deliberate and unabashed lies emanating from Mitt Romney and his campaign.

My 2012 'McLaughlin Awards' (Part 1)

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the seventh annual homage (which sounds so much nicer than "blatant ripoff," don't you think?) to the television show The McLaughlin Group, since they have the most extensive year-end award category list of anyone around.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

The Time is Now to End Discrimination Against Our Servicemembers

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

Under current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of sexual assault and chooses abortion, her military health insurance will not cover it. As a combat veteran and newly elected member of the House of Representatives, I ask Congress to repeal this discriminatory ban.

Mostly Male Configuration of Republican Leadership Shows Meritocracy, Not Sexism

Brian Jencunas | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Brian Jencunas

Defending the makeup of the Republican leadership is not grounds for overlooking the Republican's difficulties with women voters. But the gender gap will only be fixed by policy changes, not by identity politics.

Father Knows Best? By Trying to Take Us Back, Paternalist Politics Helped Launch Women Forward

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Barbara Lee

The 1950s called: They want their stereotypes back. In what feels like a throwback to a bygone era, paternalist politics were alive and well in this election.

WATCH: Colbert Tears Apart 'War On Men' Fox News Article

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 11.29.2012 | Comedy

Ladies, we have a problem. According to "How To Choose A Husband" author Suzanne Venker's recent article, "The War On Men," all that pr...

Why the Idea of 'A War on Men' is Actually the War on Men

Lauren Boyle | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Lauren Boyle

Venker has 1) implied that young men are pathetic, 2) flat-out stated that they don't want to compete with women and 3) suggested that, if not corralled, all men want is sex and meaningless relationships without responsibility. If that isn't offensive to men, what is?

The Election Is Over, but the Fight Goes On

Kate Michelman | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Kate Michelman

The national vote, while worthy of high-fives all round, is hardly the end of our struggle for women's rights. When conservatives lose a decisive battle at the federal level, they don't go home and sulk. They redouble their efforts at the state and local levels.

GOP Leader Says CO Election Results Signal "Anti-Christian Bent" in CO

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

During the campaign, Republicans argued that restrictions on abortion and women's health should be accepted as religious freedoms, not a war on women. Sen. Greg Brophy's comments leave me thinking he won't back away from the election rhetoric.

After Landslide Defeat, Republicans Must Reject Extremism

Brian Jencunas | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Brian Jencunas

Voters in 2012 did not adore Obama like they did in 2008, but regardless of how much voters were disappointed by the economic recovery or for expanded financial regulation, voters trusted that he was not beholden to the lunatic fringe of his party.

Stewart: Fox News Is Basically Saying That Single Women Are 'Selfish C****'

Posted 11.15.2012 | Comedy

Fox News didn't have a lot of positive ways to spin Mitt Romney's crushing loss to Barack Obama, but there were certainly plenty of places to lay blam...

Election Results Shows Fatal Flaw in GOP's Extreme Social Agenda

Susan Bevan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

During the closing months of this election, it seemed as if not a week went by without another extreme GOP candidate making bizarre and ignorant comments on reproductive health issues.

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.

A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

Revenge of the Pot-Smoking, Gay-Marrying, Women-Empowering, DREAMing Liberals

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seriously, a man running for the most powerful office in the country didn't bother to plan for one of the two contingencies that were guaranteed to happen last night? And he wanted us to let him make crucial decisions for all of us?

Women Win the Senate and More

Tessa Blake | Posted 01.06.2013 | Women
Tessa Blake

If the war on women can be judged by the women who fight for us in the Senate, at least this battle has been won tonight.

In the War on Women, Democrats Are Part of the Problem Too

Allyson Kapin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allyson Kapin

While it is true that bills seeking to curb women's rights to contraception, abortion, and equal pay for equal work are originating with Republicans, let's be honest: Women's rights are not at the top of the Democratic agenda in Congress.

Getting Reproductive Rights out of Politics

Nancy Northup | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

We should not wake up the day after an election worrying that our doctors will be driven out of practice or prevented from using their training and best medical judgment to provide the care that's right for us.

Women for Men Just as Much as They Are for Obama

Lamees El-sadek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lamees El-sadek

The positions President Obama and Governor Romney took on the Women's Amendment is indicative of their social, economic, and political values. Here are facts behind the mandate to inform your vote.

Take Me Back to the 21st Century!

Kathleen Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Turner

If we have Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock making laws about who can access contraception, and a Romney Supreme Court deciding what rights women are entitled to, we can all forget about the DeLorean. We're stuck.

New Poll Reveals Independent Women Voters Are Concerned About Washington's War on Women

Allyson Kapin | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Allyson Kapin

Just days before the election, many concerned voters are expressing their concerns over the attacks on women's basic rights. Will enough people use their civic duty to stand up for women's rights and elect leaders on Tuesday who will stand up with them?

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.