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Rosa Parks Getting A Statue On Capitol Hill

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  • Rosa Parks will be the first African-American woman to have a statue on the Capitol, which will be dedicated to the civil rights activist on February 27th. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Jumping off of President Obama’s promise in last night’s State Of The Union address to raise the minimum wage to $9, here’s why women need a rise in the minimum wage. [Feministing]
  • Colorado’s state Senate advanced a civil union bill on Monday, which now heads to the state House of Representatives. [Queerty Keep reading »

Good News: The Senate Passed The Violence Against Women Act (Again)

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  • The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again.  The measure first  passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend protections to Native American women, undocumented immigrants and same-same sex couples.  According to Politico, the 2013 bill has minimal changes besides dropping a portion that would “grant U visas to undocumented immigrant women who had been abused.”  Here’s hoping this finally passes the House! [Politico]
  • Reportedly there is some pressure from Republicans to get VAWA passed:  Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor were sent a letter by 17 Congressmen from their own caucus urging them to “immediately reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.” [NYMag.com Huffington Post]
  • France’s legalization of same-sex marriage moved one step further: a measure extending marriage and adoption rights to gay couples passed the National Assembly 329-229. [CNN] Keep reading »

What To Watch For In Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

Watch The Obamas Dance
Jennifer Hudson serenaded the first couple to an Al Green song. Read More »
Obama Speaks At Newtown Vigil
"Newtown, you are not alone," the President said. Amen. Read More »
Obama: Yes To Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
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Attention party people, tonight is a pretty big night!  No, I’m not talking about Mardi Gras.  I’m referring to another excuse to drink on a Tuesday: President Obama’s first State Of The Union Address of his second term.

The annual address made by the President at the invitation of Congress not only produces some candid facial expressions (The Boehner Smirk, The Biden Grin, The Alito Head Shake), and spontaneous outbursts (“You lie!”), but it is also the President’s chance to explain how far we’ve come as a nation and where future policy is heading.

At the top of the list will probably be continued efforts to strengthen the economy, which according to NPR “remains the most important issue to voters, judging by what they tell pollsters.” Potential battles include “sequestration” and the deficit.

Here are six other slightly sexier issues the pundits are predicting: Keep reading »

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket “Ivy League Whorehouse” Vassar College

Obama: Yes To Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
Westboro Loses Daughter
Megan Phelps-Roper has left the Westboro Baptist Church. Read More »
Anonymous Vs. Westboro
Westboro enrages Anonymous for planning to picket Newtown. Read More »

If you were distracted by actually flashy, trashy, sex-saturated events on Sunday night, from the Grammys to “Girls,” it is quite possible you missed the news that Vasser College is an “Ivy League Whorehouse,” according to the Westboro Baptist Church. Keep reading »

American Teens Are Slightly Less Pregnant Than In Years Past

NYC Schools Get EC
Some NYC schools administer the morning after pill to students. Read More »
Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
Catelynn Vs. Abortion
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Catelynn Lowell from "16 & Pregnant" is an anti-abortion extremist. Read More »
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Good news! Refusing to teach hormone-addled adolescents about how their bodies work and restricting them from contraceptive choices actually works!

Just kidding. No, it still doesn’t. But the teen birth rate in the United States has dropped to record lows. Keep reading »

Meet The Woman Reopening Dr. George Tiller’s Abortion Clinic In Witchita

  • Meet Julie Burkhart of the Trust Women Foundation who purchased the office owned by late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. After raising nearly $1 million to reopen the clinic, it’s set to begin serving women’s reproductive health care needs again this spring. [Mother Jones]
  • HOORAY! The Pentagon announced today that it will extend the same benefits to same-sex couples that are enjoyed by straight couples, including hospital visitation rights and ID cards. Most importantly, same-sex widows will now be subject to the same death benefits. [Queerty]
  • Are you a Frisky reader who is in high school or college? Then make sure you check out Feminist Summer Camp held by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. The next session is June 2-8, 2013, and you should apply. [Feminist Summer Camp] Keep reading »

Accused Witch Is Burned Alive

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Nope, this is not a headline from Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. People really did put to death a woman accused of being a witch in 2013. A town in Papua New Guinea, which is in the South Pacific Islands, publicly tortured and then murdered a 20-year-old woman by setting her on fire in a public square. The government and local police condemned this act of violence against women, but that didn’t stop it from happening: the young mother had been accused of sorcery by the family of a six-year-old child who had recently died and townspeople took matters into their own hands. The details of how she was killed are grisly and gross and I won’t recap them here. Alas, the embassy in Papua New Guinea has called for a closer look into gender-based violence and police are pursuing the as-many-as-50-suspects who had a hand in putting the young mom to death. This barbarity is frankly disgusting. [ABC News]

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

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  • North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [Feminist.org, Huffington Post]
  • Also: aborted babies go to Hell, says some politician.  Glad we cleared that one up. [Raw Story]
  • On invisible women and the real history of domestic workers in America. [Mother Jones]
  • The U.S. has one of the worst gender gaps in math skills in the developed world. [Slate] Keep reading »

Beliefnet Wouldn’t Allow Blogger To Use The Word “Feminist” On Her Blog, Anywhere

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How to be a feminist girlfriend. Read More »
We Fail As Feminists
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The Frisky staff shares all the ways we've failed as feminists. Read More »
Not Feminists?
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Six accomplished women who don't want to be called feminists. Read More »

With no apparent sense of irony at all, the faith site Beliefnet allegedly hired a guest blogger who writes about feminist issues … and then told her she couldn’t use the word “feminist” anywhere in any of her blog posts.

Why? Because “feminist” is such an offputting word. Keep reading »

Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

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