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UK: From women’s purses into men’s wallets. 50,000 women lose jobs over maternity discrimination.


Marriage tax break ‘hits women’ The Government wants to take money from women’s purses and put it into men’s wallets, Labour’s equality spokeswoman claimed today.

Gloria De Piero opened an Opposition Day debate on women and equality by arguing the Government is making it harder for women to work.

And the shadow equality minister attacked the Conservatives’ flagship policy to introduce a marriage tax allowance.

She said: “It won’t even benefit most married couples. In five out of six couples, this will represent a transfer from the purse to the wallet.

“Money to the married man on his third wife, while the single mum left behind to bring up the kids won’t get anything at all.

50000 women lose jobs over maternity discrimination, study shows The Guardian Last week I was contacted by a woman who’d been made redundant on maternity leave. Sarah [not her real name] told me that right from the moment she told her manager she was pregnant she was made to feel like a burden, there were small comments about the hassle of finding maternity cover and constant reference made to the disruption her leaving would cause.

So when Sarah found out her maternity cover had been offered an alternative position in the firm, she realised she’d been pushed out.

Yet despite being told by ACAS she has a strong claim of discrimination, Sarah can’t take her employer to tribunal and she isn’t eligible for legal aid. Sarah and her husband work hard and have a large mortgage. There is absolutely no way they can afford to give up nine weeks worth of maternity pay to pay the £1,200 tribunal fee the government has introduced.

Nothing can make female genital mutilation acceptable The Lincolnite Last week, a couple were detained by police for the alleged Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of a 5-week-old baby girl. In common I’m sure with others who heard this story, I was sickened and reinforced in my view that we need to be taking urgent action to tackle FGM.

FGM is child abuse. It’s barbaric and it damages the mental and physical health of young women, leaving them scarred – actually and metaphorically – for life. It is recognised by the UN as torture and has been classified as a serious criminal offence in the UK since 1985. In 2003, the law was updated to the effect that Britons can be prosecuted for acts of FGM whilst abroad.


How Do Female Republican Strategists Plan to Reach Women … Slate Magazine (blog) …Democrats call the modern Republican platform a “War on Women”—and women have tended to agree. In 2012, Barack Obama won reelection with the help of an 11-point lead among women. In this month’s close gubernatorial race in Virginia, a 9-point advantage with women boosted Terry McAuliffe over Ken Cuccinelli. Now, some Republican women are fighting back.

Enter Burning Glass Consulting, a team of three female Republican strategists who hope to turn more women voters red by revolutionizing their party’s messaging. Burning Glasses’ founders are two vets of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign—Katie Packer Gage and Ashley O’Connor—and Christine Matthews, president of the polling firm Bellwether Research and a two-time campaign advisor to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. After they were featured in a recent New York Times profile, I talked with Packer Gage and Matthews about their own stances on reproductive rights, how the men in their party view their work, and the Ken Cuccinelli problem. Our interview has been condensed and edited.

Prez 2016: Christie and the Female Factor PolitickerNJ With Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 romp to a second term two weeks ago comes increased speculation of New Jersey’s governor mounting a presidential bid. And there’s good reason to think that, say political observers, who suggest a closer look at some of Christie’s winning numbers.

The governor’s wide margin of victory in the November election against Democratic challenger Sen. Barbara Buono was helped in no small part by his ability to grab nearly every voting demographic in the state aside from Democrats, liberals, African Americans and young voters ages 18 to 29, according to exit polls. In his more than 20-point re-election, the popular incumbent even picked up the female vote 57 percent to 42 percent against his rival, who ran on the state’s first-ever all female ticket with Lt. Gov. hopeful Milly Silva.

Campaigns & Elections: Toretti Named Top “Influencer” PoliticsPA Christine Toretti was praised today as one of the most influential campaigners in the country by Campaigns & Elections Magazine. The magazine released a feature that identified the top 50 “influencers” in today’s national politics. They selected 10 individuals in five distinct categories: Communicators, Disruptors, Campaigners, Enforcers and Activists.

Toretti’s role in founding the Political Action Committee “Women Lead” led to her being named one of the 10 most influential campaigners.

A pioneer for women’s equality Politico The following essay is part of a series in which dozens of women will reveal what women they most admire. The series is part of “Women Rule,” a unique effort this fall by POLITICO, Google and The Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities. See more essays here.

When I arrived at the Capitol in 2007 to take my oath as a new member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I had the privilege of filling the seat held for so long and so well by my friend Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress. I was so grateful to her.

Why immigration is a major issue for women The Seattle Times TWO weeks ago, 33 women were arrested in Bellevue for refusing to leave the Washington state GOP headquarters until the state’s four Republican congressional representatives agreed to advance a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. House.

The participants were diverse immigrant and nonimmigrant women from unions, immigrant-rights and women’s organizations. Even the Seattle mayor’s wife, Peggy Lynch, participated.

The GOP’s response to the Bellevue protest? The former state Republican Party chair Kirby Wilbur tweeted, “[I] missed all the fun … today as left wing witches and hags protested and got arrested. They look so old and ugly …”

Gloria Steinem: No such thing as a ‘feminist icon’ Washington Post (blog) Steinem has written four bestselling books on women’s issues and has helped organizations seeking to promote the role of women in education, media and …

CIA director: ‘Women make us better’ Video on CIA Director John Brennan sits down with NBC’s Ann Curry to discuss the role women have played in the agency in his first television appearance since taking office.

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