As 2014 dawns, women on the run in political office and public service have multitasking ahead. How well we juggle doing it all -- home life, work life, personal space and public engagement -- may well determine the fate of our families and our nation.
I saw, like a picture, every step of our 13-year journey in their fierceness, in their courage, in their generosity and love of our women and our country -- as well as in their joy and insistence on hope.
My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?
When it came to women's rights, there was indeed ugliness. Despite these setbacks, there is reason for hope. Here's my wrap-up of the top five wins for sexual and reproductive rights in 2013.
While some disparage this generation for being "entitled," I see it another way. They are the first generation of American women who believe they have a legitimate claim to the whole array of opportunities society and the economy offer. Entitled? You bet.
The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies to stop change that benefits the vast majority of ordinary Americans.
Without voting rights, our struggle for women's rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights and workers' rights is just a conversation. We know that a handful of voter fraud cases have been used to silence millions of voices and we must change that.
I'm one of only four women currently serving in the Michigan Senate and to say there's an "old boys club" mentality in our Capitol Building would be putting it mildly. So, I made the decision to put a face directly in front of them: my own.
Even though you may want your marriage to be over sooner rather than later, it's better to find a good divorce lawyer who'll work for you. Otherwise, you could end up paying more than what you expected to in the first place.
The bill would benefit millions of hardworking individuals and families across the country, many of whom have faced devastation as a result of not having paid family leave. These include individuals and families whose stories I will never forget.
Many women facing abortion don't see a choice. They see abortion as their only real option. They don't see the possibility of a real life for their children; so why would they bring them into the world?
Last week, the Women's Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania legislature announced the first phase of a comprehensive Agenda for Women's Health. It is a groundbreaking approach to addressing the unique health needs and concerns of women that could serve as a model for other states who seek to improve the lives of women.
Activists in Saudi Arabia face a repressive and intolerant government as they advocate popular political participation, judicial reform, and an end to discrimination against women and minorities. Authorities have responded by arresting, prosecuting, and attempting to silence rights defenders and to quash their calls for change.
What was especially infuriating was the trivialization of women's rights to the canned, flawed perception that it was about getting dinner paid for on dates... as opposed to, oh, sexual assault or equal pay or street harassment or gender parity in Congress... you know, meaningless stuff, right?
The sad thing is that women are not only reduced to their sexuality when they're on the shoreline. Even in our Christian theology, we have a terrible tendency to distill the complicated facets of a woman -- her intelligence, creativity, energy, talents, and fortitude -- into one aspect.
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