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US: Women in Congress More Honest? Prominent women’s activists launch new economic initiative. New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is …

New Hampshire Senate Candidate: More Women In The Workplace … BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — Former New Hampshire state Sen. Jim Rubens is jumping into the race to defeat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Wednesday. Before he even reaches the starting blocks, Democrats are questioning his ability to reach women voters.

The reason? A 2009 post on his website that connects the rise of working women with what he says is a rise in mass shootings and other violence perpetrated by men.

“The collaborative, flexible, amorphously-hierarchical American economy is shutting out ordinary men who were once the nation’s breadwinners in living-wage labor and manufacturing jobs,” Rubens wrote. “Because status success is more vital to the male psychology, males are falling over the edge in increasing numbers.”

A “collaborative” and “flexible” economy is one that has opened the door to more women working, Rubens wrote. And the nature of the changing economy has had a detrimental effect on men, including an increase in violence.

“The collapsing number of male jobs in the increasingly female-centric economy just adds to the already harsher impact of OverSuccess on males,” he wrote, referring to the title of his 2008 book.

Female Senate candidates press Democrats’ gender advantage The Hill The emergence of three female Democrats as competitive Senate candidates has party activists optimistic the 2014 election cycle will end with a record number of women in the upper chamber.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who officially launched her Senate bid Tuesday, joins fellow Democrats Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia as high-profile recruits in states Democrats consider winnable next year.

The trio of Southern newcomers provides fresh evidence, national Democrats say, that their party is the natural home for female voters. And they offer ammunition for strategists pushing the argument that Republicans are hostile on issues of concern to women.

“The gender divide is going to be a significant issue for Republicans this cycle,” said Matt Canter, deputy executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Wendy Davis, Texas State Senator, To Announce Possible … Latin Post Texas state senator and women’s rights activist Wendy Davis will announce her future political plans on October 3.

Davis rose to national fame earlier this summer when she stood up for women’s rights and fought to stop an anti-abortion bill that was eventually signed into law by governor Rick Perry. President Barack Obama had sent a tweet supporting her, using the hashtag “#StandWithWendy.”

Women in Congress More Honest? KMBZ Only 20 percent of the people in Congress are women, but KMBZ’s Valerie Paraso reports they are less likely to engage in corruption than their male counterparts.

According to a study, written by Poli Sci researchers at Rice University, female politicians in democratic countries are less likely to be corrupt, and less likely to tolerate corruption than men.

A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is … Huffington Post New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual survey released this week reveal that the gap between the wages paid to women and men in this country has not improved in the last 11 years. This is a bitter pill for the nation’s women and families, and a painful reminder that lawmakers’ failure to act is causing grave harm to women, their families and our economy.

The wage gap must not continue to go unchecked. There is much more that Congress, the Obama administration and employers can and should be doing to help.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Prominent women’s activists launch new economic initiative Washington Post (blog) Several of Washington’s most influential Democratic women are gathering at theCenter for American ProgressWednesday to launch an ambitious new effort aimed at making women’s economic prosperity as important to politicians as immigration reform and other key priorities.

The new initiative–“Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead”– faces an uphill climb. But it reflects a growing recognition that advocacy — whether it’s on immigration, gay rights, or other matters — rarely gets politicians’ attention unless they launch organized campaigns composed of broad coalitions.

That explains why Fair Shot’s rollout features speakers not just from Planned Parenthood, but from the Service Employees International Union and American Women, a project of the Democratic political action committee EMILY’s List. And Organizing for Action, the non-profit affiliated with President Obama, launched a new “Stand With Women” campaign that will include more than 100 events Wednesday night focused on women’s issues.

Fair Shot Campaign Aims To Move Work/Family Policy Fight Beyond … ThinkProgress A new campaign from major progressive organizations seeks to change the fight for better policy around work and families, trading the limiting “women’s issues” …

Why We Need a Fair Shot Center For American Progress What women say they most want and need—economic security, good health care, and workplace structures that can help them better combine work and family …

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