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I grew up in Tennessee. I own cowboy boots and say y’all, a lot. I have never gone hunting, but I’ve eaten tons of weird meat in cabins and enjoyed it. I also had to hustle my liberal, LGBT, feminist, atheist way through the hallways of a very conservative, religious, republican high school right in the center of the Bible belt. I remember being outraged for most of my time in Nashville. I protested when the state defunded the last remaining Planned ... Read More
  Oh dear, seems like there are still people in positions of the highest power and authority who believe women need to follow a doctrine of “obedience.” In his new memoir, Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, explained that he firmly stands by the unpopular belief that womankind’s duty is to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, who in turn “is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”     He ... Read More
Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative ... Read More
Looks like the Senate bathrooms might need a makeover. Newly reelected Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar recently spoke about one consequence of having a record number of women senators: a line in the bathroom. “For the first time, we had a traffic jam in the women’s senator’s bathroom,” she said. “There were five women in there. There’s only two stalls! And I’m not going to say who — that would be really bad for ... Read More
In honor of Equal Pay Day tomorrow, the National Partnership for Women & Families has released staggering new data that illustrates exactly what women are losing out on due to the wage gap. In New York alone, women on average are paid 83 cents to every dollar paid to men. When the data is separated and examined more closely, women of color fare worse, with African American women earning 76 cents and Latina women 63 cents to every dollar. This sounds terrible, ... Read More
This is one of those things you can’t make up: Stephen Colbert, in character, testifying before Congress. He spoke about migrant workers before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security this morning, discussing his experience in partaking in UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign, where in US citizens worked the farm jobs that migrant workers usually do. (Shockingly, or maybe not shockingly at all, only 16 Americans ... Read More