Today the Republican National Committee, alongside the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican Governors Association, the Republican State Leadership Committee, the College Republican National Committee, and female leaders from the state and national levels, will announce an initiative to get more Republican women into office.We’re calling it, “Women on the Right UNITE.” This is absolutely critical work. America needs more women in public office, and Republicans are making a commitment to do our part....more
My life is good.*
*good but I acknowledge it's because of my privilege.
*good but let me tell you some bad things because I don't want to be accused of bragging.
*good but not that good. My life isn't perfect.
When I saw A Practical Wedding's theme for April, The Good, my first reaction was to shudder. Not because I don't know what's good about my life, but because... well... you want me to talk about that? On the internet? Are you nuts?
If you get your news from, well, major news outlets, you may have no idea who Wendy Davis is. She is a state senator from Texas who, on Tuesday, spent thirteen hours filibustering a piece of anti-choice legislation. SB5 aims to not only ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation, but to raise the requirements for clinics where abortions can be performed to such a level that the law would effectively shut down all but a handful of the state's clinics....more
Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, stands to make political history. She recently announced her intention to run for the House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th Congressional District in next year's primary against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill). If she wins, she will be the first ever African American female Republican elected to Congress....more
Thousands of the most well-known liberal bloggers are gathered in my hometown of San Jose, California this week for Netroots Nation, and I’m floating around the McEnery Convention Center to find out what’s going on. It’s not just the Silicon Valley venue that feels familiar to me, but all the faces in the crowd that I’ve seen before at BlogHer conferences or at the 2012 Democratic National Convention....more
This year’s Miss USA pageant brought the world another opportunity to rip a woman to shreds when Miss Utah, 21-year-old Marissa Powell, failed to coherently answer a current events question. Yes, the question was on a topic that directly impacts women. Yes, she could have done better. But, damn, can we just give her a break?...more
On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
When you think of a doctor, what image comes to mind? Is it a black woman? That's the question filmmaker Crystal Emery poses to viewers through her upcoming documentary Present and Unaccounted For: Black Women in Medicine. The film profiles many groundbreaking women, including the first black woman to serve as Surgeon General, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, along with current Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. I recently caught up with Emery to find out more about this unique project....more
I think I lulled myself into a sense of security about being a woman in computer science –- I can handle the awkward guys, and the ones who think they know more than I do, simply because they’re guys, and I honestly thought that that was all there was to it. You get used to the comments and brush them off and prove them wrong and call it a day. I’ve even been trying to propagate that attitude in the women in my local WICS chapter, convinced that half of the problem is that women make too big of a deal about being a minority....more
[Editor's Note: On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant commented that America's schools became mediocre when mothers started entering the workforce. As you can imagine, a lot of women don't agree. Michelle at Balancing Jane is one of those women who disagrees with Bryant -- and she's also a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric. Here's a little of what Michelle says. --Grace]...more