Author: Jenavieve Hatch

How To Add Some Activism To Your Mother’s Day Traditions

THE HUFFINGTON POST The Women’s March organizers are launching their newest campaign just in time for Mother’s Day.  The campaign, Daring Discussions, was announced in a press release on Monday, and prompts women to have important conversations with their moms this Sunday.  Organizers of the campaign will provide “step by step instructions, and sample questions to aid families, friends, colleagues, and strangers in 90 minute sessions on topics of ranging from privilege, to sexual orientation, to religion, to immigration, and more.” The campaign’s organizers hope to inspire women to bond with their family members rather than focus on differences...

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Another GOPer Has Compared Planned Parenthood To Nazi Germany

THE HUFFINGTON POST An Ohio state representative has unpublished her Facebook page after comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazi Germany ― and she’s the second member of the GOP to make such a comparison in the last month.  Middletown-based state Rep. Candice Keller, who represents Ohio’s 53rd District, posted a meme on her official Facebook page Thursday. “One day we will look at this,” the image reads, with an arrow pointing to the Planned Parenthood logo, “the same way we look back at this” ― with an arrow pointing to a Nazi flag.  Facebook Screenshots of Keller’s post were taken before her page...

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UN Chief Warns That Women’s Rights Are Under Attack Worldwide

  In a speech to the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday night, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women’s rights are being threatened on a global scale. According to Time, Guterres warned that women around the world are facing “new assaults on their safety and dignity.” He did not name any specific governments or groups, but he spoke of “challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats.” The speech appeared to be aimed at President Donald Trump and his proposed refugee and immigrant ban, as well as extremist group ISIS and Russia’s recent legislation decriminalizing domestic violence. Guterres also acknowledged men’s role in making the world a safer place for women. “Our world needs more women leaders,” he said. “And our world needs more men standing up for gender equality.” Executive director of U.N. Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, spoke after Guterres, and commented on the economic consequences of discrimination against women. “[Women] are the under-the-radar and under-valued cogs in the bigger wheels of the formal economy,” she said. “Advancing women’s equality in total could bring a potential boost of 28 trillion U.S. dollars to global annual GDP by 2025.” Their comments come less than a week after International Women’s Day and the Day Without A Woman, where women worldwide went on strike, rallied and wore red in...

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Cecile Richards Makes The Case For Planned Parenthood Dressed In All Red

  Amidst the Congress’s proposed reforms to the Affordable Care Act, Cecile Richards went on “CBS This Morning” to go to bat for Planned Parenthood. And in honor of International Women’s Day and the Day Without a Woman, she did so in a striking red dress. “We just simply won’t turn our backs on American women,” Planned Parenthood’s @CecileRichards says — CBS News (@CBSNews) March 8, 2017 Richards’ decision to wear red on Wednesday is surely a nod to the women around the world who are going on strike as a part of the Day Without a Woman ― those who aren’t striking, like Richards, are wearing red in an act of solidarity. The Planned Parenthood president made the case for the health care organization to CBS’s Gayle King ― also notably sporting a red dress ― on Wednesday morning, just two days after House Republicans unveiled the proposed changes. “Two and a half million women come to us every year for health care services…We simply won’t turn out backs on American women,” Richards said. King followed up on Richards’ comments by asking if Congress’s intentions to defund Planned Parenthood are part of a “war on women.” “It’s a definitely a war on women’s health care,” Richards responded. “Planned Parenthood operates just like every other hospital…and yet we are the only organization that’s been singled out by the Congress....

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Lawmaker Wants Women To Spend Sundays Making Husbands Breakfast In Bed

Two North Dakota Representatives have some pretty outdated ideas for how women should be spending their Sunday mornings.  In their defense of North Dakota’s “Blue Laws” ― which require some businesses to open late on Sunday mornings and some businesses to stay closed altogether  ― Representatives Bernie Satrom and Vernon Laning seemed to express that Sunday mornings should be spent time traveling back to the norms of the 1950s rather than running errands. According to Satrom, women should spend their Sunday mornings bringing their husbands breakfast in bed.  Satrom said that Sundays should be devoted to “spending time with your wife, your husband…Making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed and then after that go take your kids for a walk.” Rep. Laning also chimed in with some sexist commentary.  “I don’t know about you, but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days,” he said. “And I don’t think it hurts at all to have a half day off.”  “It’s hurtful, to know that that’s the reasoning that they’re using,” one young woman told Valley News Live. Another woman said that it’s frustrating to have representatives whose “backwards” views are so different from her own. “It’s frustrating personally because when you know those are the people representing you,” she told Valley News. “And you don’t feel like you’re being represented and those...

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21 Powerful Tweets About Sally Yates’ Refusal To Defend Muslim Ban

According to the New York Times, Yates had written a letter to lawyers in the Justice Department on Monday advising them not to defend Trump’s executive order. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” she wrote. Seeing a woman stand up to Trump so fearlessly ― despite the fact that she would certainly be fired for doing so ― struck a major chord for many of the women watching. By late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the hashtags #ThankYouSally, #ThankYouSallyYates and #SallyYates were trending on Twitter, with women acknowledging the audacity it took for Yates to take such a powerful stance, and lose her job in the process. Yates’ heroic move serves as an important reminder to feminists everywhere: human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Check out some of the best tweets below. People say, “If I’d been in Germany in WWII, I would’ve refused to obey orders.” We just saw someone who meant it. #ThankYouSallyYates — Amy Jo Cousins (@_AJCousins) January 31, 2017 Sally Yates stuck her neck out to speak up for what she believed was right. Talk about a badass woman. #ThankYouSally — Maggie (@MaggieRolicheck) January 31, 2017 #ThankYouSally from a Muslim mom. My children’s civil rights depend upon...

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US Navy Is Testing An App To Prevent On-Duty Sexual Assault

MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images. Kori Cioca, former US Coast Guard member and alleged sexual assault victim, at a press conference in 2011. She was featured in the 2013 documentary The Invisible War. A 2015 Department of Defense study found that more than 20,000 members of the military ― both men and women ― were sexually assaulted in the year prior. The issue was highlighted in the 2012 documentary, The Invisible War, as well. Now, the US Navy is taking a new approach to preventing on-duty sexual assault: it has invested $150,000 in a smartphone app, LiveSafe, that was originally created to prevent on-campus gun violence. The Navy recently began a six-month trial with the app for junior-enlisted sailors in Rota, Spain and Hampton Roads in Virginia. Through the LiveSafe app, sailors can send their location to a friend if they’re walking home late and the friend can virtually “walk home” with them. It also allows users to report suspicious activity to their superiors (with the option to remain anonymous), and access counseling or emergency medical services with the push of a button. The app was launched in 2014, partially as a response to the tragic 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Kristina Anderson, who survived the shooting, wanted to create a platform for people to communicate any suspicious activity in hopes of preventing similar attacks. LiveSafe CEO Carolyn Parent told The Huffington...

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Sexual Assault Hotline Traffic Spiked During The Debate

TASOS KATOPODIS via Getty Images. Many who viewed the debate found Trump’s body language — the leering and looming behind Clinton as she spoke — to be reminiscent of abusive behavior. Donald Trump’s abusive behavior is news to no one ― his gaslighting techniques and creepy, leering body language fit the bill for textbook abuser. But in the wake of his “grab ‘em by the pussy” comments that were released on Friday of last week, his inability to understand those comments aren’t simply “locker room talk,” and his parading of alleged sexual assault survivors at the second debate brought Trump to a whole new level of ugliness ― and it’s having a serious effect on the mental health and well-being on sexual assault survivors who are tuning into the debates. According to RAINN, the sexual assault survivor nonprofit that administers the National Sexual Assault Hotline, there was a 33 percent increase in online hotline traffic over the weekend ― particularly on Sunday night, the evening of the presidential debate. “There were times when there were 20-30 people in our queue,” a RAINN representative told The Huffington Post. “This conversation is evidence that sexual violence affects nearly every family in America.” RAINN provides anonymous and completely confidential support to its visitors. But used Twitter on Monday to share their thoughts on Trump’s triggering behavior ― from his body language and word choice to the way he...

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