Abortion Is Funny, Sometimes

 “Abortion is not the go-to gag for a laugh,” I wrote last year in what I thought was an edge-pushing issue of Our Truths-Nuestras Verdades, Exhale’s bilingual abortion zine. After past issues on such heady topics as stigma, family, pregnancy and feelings about the fetus, Exhale decided it was time to branch out. We chose humor....more

The House health care bill has made it really hard for me to laugh this week, but I'm sure ...more

Preventing Reproductive Health Services at All Costs

Every year, Planned Parenthood offers services to more than five million men, women, and adolescents. In that year, they offer nearly one million Pap tests and more than 850,000 breast exams, provide provides more than 3.3 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and estimate that their services prevent as many as 621,000 unintended pregnancies. Many locations offer prenatal and postpartum care. In addition, they offer safe, affordable abortions. ...more

I use to think P.P. helped out poor women and minorities and recently I began to look at ...more

International Violence Against Women Hearing

Yesterday, on Capitol Hill, members of the House Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight met to discuss the International Violence Against Women Act. It was an impressive bi-partisan discussion on ending gender-based violence both at home and overseas.  Many interesting points were made, and I felt it was time to give them credence, to air them out....more

A Reaction to the Shriver Report: Women's Voices For Change

by Diane Vacca, for Women's Voices For Change ...more

I went through to Women's Voices for Change and read your most excellent article, then ...more

Politics: Its All About The Boobs

A little over a week ago, Meghan McCain, columnist, blogger, quasi-conservative and daughter of former Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain posted a photo of herself in a tank top on Twitter and set off a firestorm of anger that almost threatened to put breasts over health-care as the hot topic of debate. Well, almost. ...more

Have I told you I adore you this morning? No? Well, I adore you. This piece rocked my ...more

Women's Health Care? Take a number!

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of being part of a team at SEIU working to raise awareness around women's health care. Along with the National Women's Law Center, we've worked to promote the idea that being a woman is not a pre-existing condition. While we've had great success bringing the issue to the media and our members of Congress, we realized that we also needed to focus on getting the issue out to our friends and neighbors....more

Maria Shriver Says It's a Woman's Nation. Do You?

California First Lady Maria Shriver says we're now living in a Woman's Nation -- women make up half the work force, the majority of mothers are the main breadwinners or co-breadwinners of their families and women are in charge of 80% of the high ticket item household spending. That, says Shriver, is some power we need to grab by the horns!...more

As much as I'd like to believe that the battle of the sexes is over, i think we're far from ...more

The Differences Between a Man and Woman's Perspective on Happiness

“9 out of 10 women studied are experiencing at least one of the 12 crises working women face today, and over half don’t know what to do about it.  On average, working women are experiencing three crises at the same time.” ...more

The Women's Fund of Central Ohio Announces Diane Keaton as the keynote speaker for Keyholder 10/Tributes this Spring!

Save the date for Keyholder 10! Beloved Oscar winning Actress Diane Keaton will deliver an insightful presentation on empowering women and girls. Mark your calendar for May 5th 2010!...more


Women as Breadwinners

One of my favorite episodes of the Brady Bunch is the one where Mike and Carol swap their traditional parenting roles. Mike spends an afternoon cooking with Marcia, Jan, and Cindy, while Carol runs baseball practice for Greg, Peter, and Bobby. Despite their best efforts, both fail spectacularly. Mike makes a mockery of himself in the kitchen, while Carol looks like a fish out of water on the baseball diamond. At the end of the day, Mike and Carol share a good laugh and come to the inescapable conclusion that they — and the family — are much better off when everyone does what they’re supposed to do. The episode is hilariously funny and, like much of the show, awfully old-fashioned. The Brady Bunch, of course, is all about traditional gender roles. Mike is the breadwinner, Carol is the caregiver, the boys like sports, the girls like dolls, Alice likes to dust. Even Tiger lives in an old-fashioned doghouse.  A Woman’s Nation is centered on the idea that America in 2009 looks a whole lot different than America in, say, the early 1970s. In the chapter entitled “New Breadwinners,” the report explores the new American economy, which for the first time contains a workforce evenly split along gender lines. Not only do women now make up 50 percent of the nation’s workforce, but working mothers are also now the primary or co-breadwinners in a majority of American families. Nevertheless, from the types of jobs women hold to how much (or how little) they are compensated, equity in the workplace has clearly not yet been achieved despite women’s new parity in the workplace. The starkest indicator of this fact is the pay gap — the average woman working full-time earns a mere 77 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart....more