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Saudi women risk arrests, beatings in efforts to register to vote

Three Iraqi women proudly display ink on their fingers, proof that they voted. Women in other Muslim countries including Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Malaysia, and more can vote. Photo credit: Center for International Private Enterprise.

In Saudi Arabia, all women, regardless of age, are required to have a male guardian. And despite recent promises to change the law, women still cannot vote or be elected to high political positions. In fact, they face beatings and arrest if they attempt to do so.

Which is what makes the attempts of of dozens of women across the country this week to register to vote so extraordinary.

As the Financial Times reports, last week a woman ...

Three Iraqi women proudly display ink on their fingers, proof that they voted. Women in other Muslim countries including Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Malaysia, and more can vote. Photo ...

Paucity of women on the ballot in Ghana may stifle pursuit of 2015 MDGs

When the country “Ghana” comes to mind one might first think of their impressive World Cup win against the US this summer. Or folks may remember that Ghana was one of the first African countries President Obama visited in 2009 on account of Ghana’s smooth democratic elections in recent years and economic growth. However, this week Ghana remains a hot topic because they have joined the ranks of countries producing oil on a commercial basis and is projected to rake in $1.2 billion annually for the next 20 years.

While oil and gender issues may seem like apples and oranges, these oil revenues will enable the country to meet the UN Development Millenium Goals by ...

When the country “Ghana” comes to mind one might first think of their impressive World Cup win against the US this summer. Or folks may remember that Ghana was one of the first African countries ...

What We Missed

A woman in the UK was sentenced to eight months in jail after deciding to retract the rape charges against her husband. Note: she’s not saying the rape didn’t happen, but that she doesn’t want to press charges after “emotional blackmail” from family. Community blogger Sarah has it right: WTF?

A former Real World Boston cast member was elected to office in Wisconsin last week. Welcome to the reality TV generation!

Dana Goldstein analyzes Nancy Pelosi’s run as the first ever female Speaker of the House. Pelosi announced Friday that she will run again for House Minority Leader, despite some calls for her to step down from House leadership.

A woman in the UK was sentenced to eight months in jail after deciding to retract the rape charges against her husband. Note: she’s not saying the rape didn’t happen, but that she doesn’t want to ...

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Mission Accomplished for NOM’s “Judge Bus”: Same-Sex Marriage Judges Ousted

Bob Vander Plaats, a social conservative who led the movement against the reelection of three judges who ruled for legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa last April.

Despite the fact that more LGBT candidates than ever before were elected yesterday, yesterday’s election results conversely brought some ominous news for  same-sex marriage proponents.

Three Iowa supreme court judges who became the target of a conservative campaign against their reelection after ruling in favour of gay marriage last April have been voted out. It’s the first time ever that an Iowa judge has failed to be reelected.

Bob Vander Plaats, a social conservative who led the movement against the reelection of three judges who ruled for legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa last April.

Despite the fact that more LGBT candidates ...

Three Controversial Propositions Rejected

In yesterday’s elections, three rather juicy propositions were considered by three different states, and all three were rejected, some by margins wider than others. Let’s consider:

First, Colorado voted against its horrible fetal personhood amendment at the definitive  rate of 3-1. Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood” amendment, which would define “personhood” as beginning at “biological development” in an underhanded attempt to restrict women’s access to safe abortion services and reduce their reproductive agency, was defeated for the second time by a large margin.  Thankfully, Colorado rejected this dangerous amendment but we have to remain on watch because if history has taught us anything, it’s that right-wing extremists will be back, pushing these measures and ...

In yesterday’s elections, three rather juicy propositions were considered by three different states, and all three were rejected, some by margins wider than others. Let’s consider:

First, Colorado voted against its horrible ...

Vote feminist.

Just a little friendly feminist reminder that if you’re eligible, get your ass to the polls today and vote! As we’ve been covering the election and giving folks a taste of the dangerous anti-choice, anti-immigration, anti-LGBT and anti-women candidates who are running this year, how about the awesome folks who you’re voting for? Post ‘em in comments! A couple of other places to tap into:

RH Reality Check is having a live chat tonight to discuss the election results with your favorite bloggers/writers like our very own Shark Fu, Amanda Marcotte and Aimee Thorne-Thompson. Make sure to tune in. EMILY’s list has a great panel of women

Just a little friendly feminist reminder that if you’re eligible, get your ass to the polls today and vote! As we’ve been covering the election and giving folks a taste of the dangerous

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Brazil elects first female President, Dilma Rousseff

Via NYTimes:

The election completed an unlikely journey that took Rousseff from jail and brutal torture by her military captors in the 1970s to become the first woman to lead Latin America’s largest economy.

A 62-year-old economist and former energy minister who leans left but has become more pragmatic over the years, Rousseff had never run for elected office. Yet she received decisive support from Lula, who plucked her from relative obscurity to succeed him.

“I think she will continue Lula’s work,” said Elizabete Gomes da Silva, a factory worker in Sao Paulo. “He governed for the people who needed him most — the poorest.”

Via NYTimes:

The election completed an unlikely journey that took Rousseff from jail and brutal torture by her military captors in the 1970s to become the first woman to lead Latin America’s largest ...

What We Missed

RH Reality Check has a breakdown of the most extreme candidates up for election next week and some of their positions. It’s a bit frightening.

Have you checked out the Feministing Campus blog lately? Pockets of Understanding by Winter Trabex, is one not to miss.

Author and Academic Judith “Jack” Halberstam publishes this response to Susan Faludi’s article about intergenerational feminism. (Halberstam is referenced in the conclusion of the piece).

The Village Voice has an indepth profile of Lt. Dan Choi, the prominent Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal activist.

A facebook page with 400 plus people “liking” it compares people who are against the Colorado fetal personhood amendment Nazis. Go to the page if you’d like to report it.

RH Reality Check has a breakdown of the most extreme candidates up for election next week and some of their positions. It’s a bit frightening.

Have you checked out the Feministing Campus blog lately? Pockets of ...

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