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US: Introducing the Monkey Cage gender gap symposium. Small (Minded) Government Hurts Women.

Women State Legislators Tell Congress To ‘Shut Down The Shutdown’ Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Calling Congress “childish,” a group of 100 women state legislators asked lawmakers Monday to “shut down the shutdown.”

Members of the Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL), a nonpartisan network of state lawmakers that is part of Women’s Actions for New Directions (WAND), held a press conference to decry ongoing congressional gridlock over funding the federal government. The women were gathered for a conference in a hotel blocks from the U.S. Capitol. They planned to meet with members of Congress on Tuesday to press state issues, but are now worried an impending government shutdown will stop the meetings.

Small (Minded) Government Hurts Women Huffington Post (blog) The GOP’s War on Women is, and has always been, an economic issue.

The past few weeks have been no exception. Republicans passed a ruthless $40 billion in spending cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which helps put food on the table for the 47 million people in this country who don’t have enough to eat. Almost half of them are kids. And two thirds of adults in the program are women.

By spending about four dollars a day per person, SNAP helped lift four million people out of poverty last year alone, and made things a little bit easier for millions more who were fighting to keep their heads above water. It’s just smart policy. Everyone, from parents and teachers who know kids do better when they aren’t hungry in class, to farmers and truck drivers who bring our groceries to market, understands that all Americans are better off when we can afford to buy food.

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog) Some anniversaries just don’t deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeting low-income women.

The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted in 1976, excludes abortion from Medicaid, our country’s health care plan which provides access to healthcare for qualified low-income people. At the time, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) was clear about his intent: “I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion: a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the [Medicaid] bill.”

Senate Dems use birth control language to slam GOP The Hill (blog) Senate Democrats are using langauge on birth control in a House government-funding measure to attack seven Republican Senate candidates. The Democratic …

Louisiana named worst US state for women LSU The Reveille “The mission of the Women’s Center is to promote the advancement of women’s issues and gender equity through services, advocacy efforts and educational …

Can women have it all? Video on Is the ambition of some many women in America today to do all and …

Local campaign school is ‘women helping women get elected’ Waterloo Record The school helps women who are interested in running in local elections. Organizers recently held their first planning session for the upcoming winter workshops …

Introducing the Monkey Cage gender gap symposium Washington Post (blog) …Yet, there are still structural obstacles that stand in the way of full equality. Those range from overt sexism to (more commonly) implicit biases and the fact that men on average still do less than 50 percent of childcare and household tasks. The intense discussions surrounding Anne-Marie’s Slaughter‘s article on work-life balance,  Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In, and the New York Times article on gender issues at the Harvard Business school illustrate that concerns about gender equality in universities and workplaces are alive and well.

And for good reasons. Women are still more likely to consider dropping out of graduate school. There is ample evidence of persistent implicit biases. For example, psychologists have found that women are described in more communal terms in letters of recommendation and that such communal characteristics negatively affect hiring decisions in academia.

Vancouver women’s-rights activist honoured Vancouver Sun High-profile news stories about gang rapes and violence against women inspired the selection of women’s-rights activist Lee Lakeman as the recipient of an award designed to recognize the values associated with Mahatma Gandhi.

On Thursday, Lakeman will receive the Thakore Visiting Scholar Award, which is co-presented by Simon Fraser University’s Institute for the Humanities and its JS Woodsworth Chair, the India Club of Vancouver, and the Thakore Charitable Foundation.

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