A women-only political party?

There are women-only train cars, hotels, beaches…and now political parties.

The first Senate candidate for a political group targeting women’s issues says the time is right for such a party. The What Women Want Australia party was launched in Brisbane today along with the Senate candidacy of party member, Anne Bousfield.
Ms Bousfield says the major parties have done a poor job of tackling issues that impact families.
“As most mothers know, there’s issues with paid maternity leave,” she said. “Then there’s issues with finding affordable, quality child care.
“Then there’s issues about educating their children, then after that, there’s issues about training them in the tertiary sector and the environment that they’ll grow up in.”

Do ...

There are women-only train cars, hotels, beaches…and now political parties.

The first Senate candidate for a political group targeting women’s issues says the time is right for such a party. The What Women ...

And I’m off…


To Chicago! I’m attending the National Women’s Studies Association Conference. I’ll be doing a panel with the ever-fabulous Courtney Martin and then a workshop by my lonesome. If you’re there, come say hi.
PS. I hate traveling this much.


To Chicago! I’m attending the National Women’s Studies Association Conference. I’ll be doing a panel with the ever-fabulous Courtney Martin and then a workshop by my lonesome. If you’re there, ...

Et tu, Marie Claire?


Yes, yes–I know that a lot of Feministing readers don’t expect much from women’s magazines. But I’m an optimist. And lately it seems as if magazines like ELLE, Glamour and Marie Claire have stepped it up; they’re covering hard news issues, talking about feminism, and supporting great women’s organizations.
So I was more than a little disappointed when I looked at this month’s Marie Claire only to find a bevy of squirm-inducing stories. Check them out after the jump.


Yes, yes–I know that a lot of Feministing readers don’t expect much from women’s magazines. But I’m an optimist. And lately it seems as if magazines like ELLE, Glamour and Marie Claire have stepped ...

Louisiana abortion ban has no health exception

Oh, Louisiana. The state legislature approved a late-term abortion ban this week with no exception for women’s health. Louisiana is the first state to do as much since the Supreme Court upheld the federal abortion ban.

The procedure would be a crime in all other cases [other than to save the woman's life], including situations where the pregnancy is expected to cause health problems for the mother.
The measure goes to Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who describes herself as anti-abortion but has not indicated whether she plans to sign the bill.

Sigh.

Oh, Louisiana. The state legislature approved a late-term abortion ban this week with no exception for women’s health. Louisiana is the first state to do as much since the Supreme Court upheld the federal abortion ...

Afghani women journalists targets of violence.

Some old fashioned woman hate for your Wednesday.

Farida Nekzad began receiving menacing calls on her cell phone a half hour after arriving at the funeral of a fellow female journalist assassinated by gunmen.
“‘Daughter of America! We will kill you, just like we killed her,'” she quoted the man on the phone as saying as she stood near the maimed body of Zakia Zaki, the owner of a radio station north of Kabul.

I won’t go as far as the article to say that women’s lives have “vastly” improved since the fall of the Taliban. The condition and lives of women in Afghanistan are deplorable, but it seems to be a new trend that journalists and other media related women that ...

Some old fashioned woman hate for your Wednesday.

Farida Nekzad began receiving menacing calls on her cell phone a half hour after arriving at the funeral of a fellow female journalist assassinated by gunmen.
“‘Daughter of America! We ...

Today is National HIV Testing Day

Hey folks, just a reminder that today is National HIV Testing Day, an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage people to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.
The National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC), a part of the Ms. Foundation, has put out a statement commemorating the day saying that targeted testing isn’t enough. Check it out.

Hey folks, just a reminder that today is National HIV Testing Day, an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage people to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

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