Texas, Tampons and Tears: Sister Supplies

[Editor's Note 7/18/13 10:37 a.m.: Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law sweeping restrictions on abortion that were being protested at the statehouse earlier this month. --Grace] The social media reaction to the Texas State Legislature banning state residents from bringing tampons or pads into the General Assembly buildings during a heated debate on abortion last week really got me thinking. On its face, this is patently absurd – have you ever tried to throw a tampon at anyone? Or a pad? Even drenched in water, they weigh next to nothing – it's like throwing a wet tissue. How much damage can you do? And when you are talking about standing/sitting on a balcony – it's like throwing confetti. From your vagina. I guess....more
@Jennifer Lorenzetti Confiscating health care items because they might be used inappropriately ...more

Response to Representative Liz Pike

Heidi blogs regularly at My Beautiful Mess.  Recently a Facebook post by a local legislator has garnered quite the attention.  Representative Liz Pike, who serves on the Washington State House Education Committee recently posted an open letter to public educators on her personal Facebook page....more

The 1965 Voting Rights Act: Now In Name Only

I sat in my cubicle Tuesday morning as the history that I took for granted was made unconstitutional, when the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. At first I thought it was some kind of misunderstanding. It is not easy to be stripped of a fundamental American right. ...more
@Rivkasmom Voter fraud is not rampant. What is rampant are tricks to suppress voter turnout, the ...more

Is America Ready for Madam President? Yes!

The first race I ever managed was to elect a woman president. That race was my own--for Butte High School class president. I ran many times, and I lost many times. So, my junior year I decided that I should run for student body president, because it wasn’t just my class voting but the entire school. ...more
Stephanie, my sister Montanan, thank you for this fantastic post! I'm thrilled I hear you think ...more

Knowledge is Real Power

By Mary Hill...more

Why HRC's Equality Sign Made Me See Red

Last week, in support of gay marriage being argued before the Supreme Court (California's Prop. 8 and DOMA, specifically), a few million folks changed their Facebook profile photo to the red equal sign created by the Human Rights Campaign....more
Interesting article.  I saw those icons all over lately, but I find it easy to put something ...more

Science Censored

Imagine you could cure a disease but the government refused to allow you to study the data.That’s what happened at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the latest issue of Scientific American. The CDC hires scientists and doctors to study a range of issues from flesh-eating bacteria to tuberculosis, and staff gather evidence on what harms you—morbidity—and what kills you—mortality. ...more

Madam Premier - Sexism Exposed!

If you think being a woman in politics today is easy, think again. Diamond Isinger created a blog called Madam Premier where readers can see first hand the sexist and vicious comments that can be made by fellow Canadians towards their female politicians. All the tweets, Facebook posts and comments are re-posted without editing. I did find it hard to read but it demonstrates the great ignorance and cruelty that exists. Madam Premier tells it like it is....more

Vice President Biden and will.i.am Rock the Green Inaugural Ball

The Green Inaugural Ball was a blast: part rock concert, part political rally, part fashion show, and definitely part food feast....more
Sounds like a great evening! I am so impressed that it was nearly zero waste. This just proves ...more

Dear NRA, The Answer Is Almost Never More Guns

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard about the NRA’s press conference earlier today regarding the Sandy Hook school shooting. After waiting a week and remaining “respectably” silent (do you think they meant “respectfully”?), they are now ready to tell us how to solve the problem of gun violence:More guns....more