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“There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching from the western boarder of Idaho to the eastern boarders of North and South Dakota.”

Occupy protestor Cecily McMillan is facing seven years in prison after a cop violently grabbed her breast and she elbowed back.

On the confidence gap.

Phyllis Schlafly warns that if we close the pay gap, women would no longer be able to find husbands that earn more than them, and that would be the worst!

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Watch this father sing “Home” with his daughters and help fight for family reunification

Jorge Narvaez is a father of two who became a YouTube star a few years ago after he and his 6-year-old daughter, Alexa, sang a rendition of “Home” that went viral. Now, Narvaez is back with another version with both adorable daughters and is using using his platform to speak out about his mother, Esther Alvarado, who is being detained in Arizona after she was denied re-entry into the US.

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Chart of the Day: Blame US policies, not single mothers, for child poverty

Single mothers in the US are disproportionately likely to be poor — a fact that some like to point to explain why we have such god awful rates of child poverty. The US ranks 34 out of 35 developed countries in terms of number of children living in poverty, which should be a national scandal but isn’t. Conservatives — who like to wring their hands about the plight of single mothers without actually asking them what they need (like, maybe health insurance?) — think marriage is the magic bullet. The federal government has spent nearly one billion dollars since 2001 on marriage promotion — a colossal waste of money. Just recently, a Heritage Foundation panel said that if women would just get married, income inequality could be solved.

But Matt Bruenig at Demos recently looked at whether family composition can really account for the US’s high child poverty rates — and it really can’t. The poverty rates for children who live with single mothers in nations like Norway, Finland, and Sweden are similar to the US’s – until you add in all the taxes and safety net programs that those countries have and we do not. Then they drop dramatically. Read More »

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“I am tired of having to both read and write litanies for black girls gone too soon.”

Relisha Tenau Rudd

Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd is missing. (Photo credit: AP/FBI)

Brittney Cooper has a heartbreaking and powerful piece over at Salon today about Black girls “made grown too soon” and the damage done by the cultural myth of the super-humanly strong, resilient Black woman.

I am tired of having to both read and write litanies for black girls gone too soon. For Relisha Rudd. For Renisha McBride who would have been 20 years old this month. For Karyn Washington. For Teleka Patrick. For Christina Sankey.

Some of these black girls like Karyn, age 22, and Teleka, age 30, were women. Some of them, like Relisha, were little women, made grown too soon. Some of them, like Renisha, were on the cusp of womanhood.

[...] What threads these women’s lives together is the collective lack of national care for their stories. Black women have been passing these narratives around the blogosphere and social media to each other, posting collective laments, and wondering if anyone else cares. These stories are not national news to anybody else, but they are national news to us.

Black women’s indomitable, unyielding strength in the face of unreasonable privation is one of our most dearly held cultural and national myths. Our ability to make a way out of no way seems like magic. We invoke this façade of strength as though it could actually materially replace the lack of care, the lack of outrage, the lack of social policy that could actually help black women and girls not to repeatedly succumb to severe poverty, mental illness, plain old racism and sexism, and disability.

Cooper shares her own experience growing up in a childhood “marred by violence” and how she coped, and calls for those who to claim to care out Black women and girls to “focus on reducing the routine forms of psychic and physical violence we experience, rather than pathologizing our strategies for dealing.”

Seriously, read the rest here.

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Your Daily Poem: June Jordan

Ed. note: For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the whole series here.

Your poem today is “Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan.

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