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US: GOP ‘old boy network’ doesn’t value women. LA’s first female mayor? Aide alleges women Senate staff are “objectified”.

Fired Iowa Senate aide alleges women “objectified…ridiculed” in workplace Radio Iowa A woman who was fired Friday after working five years for Republicans in the Iowa Senate this morning said her statehouse workplace was “toxic.” Kirsten Anderson went on a Des Moines television station Sunday morning to charge that she and her female co-workers have been subjected to harassment from senate staff and from senators, too.

“Things that would make you blush,” Anderson said. “Things that you don’t want your daughter, your mother, your sister having to put up with and that sort of attitude about women, objectifying women, it has to change.”

Published on May 20, 2013 Former spokeswoman Kristen Anderson who was fired Friday said she wants to change the culture in the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus.

Fired Iowa Senate aide alleges women “objectified…ridiculed” in workplace The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines Kirsten Anderson went on a Des Moines television station Sunday morning to charge that she and her female co-workers have been subjected to harassment from senate staff and from senators, too. “Things that would make you blush,” Anderson said.

Exclusive Interview with Kirsten Anderson whotv.com There are allegations of improper behavior at the Iowa Statehouse.  The claims come from a former staffer, Kirsten Anderson. Anderson had served as the Iowa Senate Republican communications director, who said she got fired Friday.  Anderson claims inappropriate behavior and comments directed at her by male staffers and state senators. Anderson said she complained about the office environment Friday. She said she also asked for an updated sexual harassment policy. Anderson said she got fired later in the day after making that request. Channel 13′s Dave Price interviews Anderson and she tells her side of the story.

´Top Republican: GOP ‘old boy network’ doesn’t value women as much Washington Post (blog) Chris Jankowski, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said Republican women who want to run often face obstacles in the male-dominated world of local politics. He said the party is making progress on that front, but that it remains an issue.

“It’s not hard to recruit women to run; they are running,” Jankowski said Monday. “I think sometimes our party does not value them as much.”

Jankowski cited the boys’ club that often determines who gets support in local races.

“It’s safe to say that there are institutional barriers. We’ve met with candidates who felt like they weren’t part of the old boy network,” he said. “It can be a bit of a male-dominated club at that level, and it’s important that they feel welcome and they’re given the resources.”

Kirsten Gillibrand solidifies herself as an advocate for women Rochester Democrat and Chronicle New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was joined Thursday by a bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers to announced legislation that would give military prosecutors more authority to file sexual assault cases. Gannet video by Brian Tumulty …

Why young women back Obama Marietta Daily Journal What then can these uncaring Republicans do to attract women voters? The task is daunting, but they can begin by making it clear that failing to keep one’s promises is not compassionate. Help that is pledged, but not delivered, is not help. It is …

L.A.’s Political Boys Club Daily Beast If L.A. voters want to know what can happen when a large organization doesn’t have women in the room when big decisions are being made, all they have to do is look at the building sitting in the shadows of City Hall—the Cathedral of Our Lady of the …

Voters could elect LA’s first female mayor USA Today Voters could elect LA’s first female mayor. Los Angeles voters go to the polls on Tuesday, and they could make history by electing the city’s first female mayor. The runoff election pits City Controller Wendy Greuel against City Councilman Eric …

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