Super PACs Backing Women in 7 Key Senate Races
As Democrats and Republicans wage an intense fight for control of the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm elections, super PACs are concentrating on 10 races that poll as the most competitive because incumbents are in trouble or long-term senators are retiring.
Among these races, seven involve female candidates, which rewrites the usual script about sex and money.
Historically, the high cost of campaigning has prevented many well-qualified women from seeking higher office. But not this year, at least not in these key U.S. Senate bids.
The first in a series on money, women, and the fight for the Senate.
Journalism.co.uk interviewed reporter Jess McCabe about her upcoming reporting series at Women’s eNews supported with funding from Catapult.
American nonprofit news wire Women’s eNews and Jess McCabe, features editor at Inside Housing, have successfully crowdfunded a project about domestic violence in the UK, raising over $3,500 (£2,100).
The series of features, called Why didn’t she just leave?, aims to unmask the financial difficulties that domestic violence victims experience, and how these might keep them from leaving abusive relationships.
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On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.
"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”
Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage
"It was tough to get people to accept that I was as capable as the 180 male porters working there," Devi told Women’s eNews as she sat on the floor of the one-room rental, where she lives with her two daughters—Puja, 15, and Arti, 13—and her 11-year-old son Rahul.
"It was tough to survive but I knew I had to fight for the sake of my children." She said she found herself up against cultural expectations that a woman should be cooking and producing children, not working in public.
Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/labor/140824/widow-joins-all-male-ranks-railroad-porter
"If you came from the congressional district that I represented—the most Republican in the state—there are a lot of women who are registered Republicans who do believe in women’s right to choose. This gives them an opportunity to cast their vote in a statement of these priorities," said
former Congresswoman and Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul, who was also at the rally.
The Women’s Equality Party is meant to allow people from both political parties to support women’s issues without having to cross party lines.