Japan’s Feminism Stumbles Over ‘Comfort Women’

Abe and his political allies have long sought to minimize responsibility for this history by trying to make a distinction between women seized directly in their homes, neighborhoods or workplaces by the military, and those who were first tricked by brokers and then handed over to the military. The latter, they have always said, were not “forcibly recruited.”

Now they are denying all reports of forced recruitment everywhere.

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Allison Grimes Makes Big-Bucks Push in Kentucky

Thirty-five-year-old Allison Grimes—the youngest secretary of state in the nation—has charged that 72-year-old McConnell is a Washington insider who has ignored the concerns of middle-class Kentuckians, especially women, who are 53 percent of the state’s 3.1 million registered voters.

"If Mitch McConnell were a TV show he would be ‘Mad Men,’ treating women unfairly, stuck in 1968 and ending the season," said Grimes at a campaign stop in early August.

To encourage turnout by women and low-income voters who are more likely to vote for Democrats, Grimes also denounced McConnell for voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and leading the GOP opposition in 2013 to passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Although some may say this is too politically correct, language makes an impact and it’s important. First-year student is a more appropriate, representative expression for a diverse student population. It also conveys that the university recognizes and values the diversity of students.

Dr. Carmen Cruz, on retiring the word ‘freshman’ in favor of more gender-neutral terminology: http://womensenews.org/story/education/140925/time-schools-retire-the-word-freshman#.VCXIimddU1I 

V to Shining V Day is planned as a chance for women to send their legislators loud messages against “archaic” legislation affecting abortion and women’s health. Possible examples: Missouri’s 72-hour abortion waiting period law passed on Sept. 10 and Colorado Rep. Stephen Humphrey’s proposal to define life as beginning at conception, including in the events of rape or incest.

The last weekend in September is also a time for awareness raising, when women pinpoint particular legislators or legislation and make sure other women know what’s going on.

Read more about Lizz Winstead’s activism with Lady Parts Justice: http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/140920/lady-parts-justice-pushes-election-awareness#.VCW_f2ddU1I

Time for Schools to Retire the Word Freshman

As colleges and universities have been welcoming new students over the past few weeks, some have also been adopting the welcome practice of dropping the term freshman.

Why?

It’s increasingly viewed as a sexist term that implies young men are the norm among those beginning the college trajectory. And freshmen are not only 18 years old anymore.

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Teen Recruit to Al-Qaeda Branch in Syria Wants Out

A cluster of recent developments supports the claims of Fouad and other families that their daughters were tricked into going to Syria, where the United States and a coalition of allies began an intensive bombing campaign on Sept. 23 targeting the Islamic State, a separate group from Al-Nusra Front. On Sept. 17 the French Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of five people suspected of recruiting young women to join extremist groups in Syria. 

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NFL Just Gave Black Women Another Punch In Face

Just when you think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has displayed the full breadth of his bone headedness, he goes and proves he has so much more to offer.

He openly admitted he “got it wrong” and was “sorry” for his poor handling of the abuse scandals that rocked the NFL during last week’s press-conference-turned-train-wreck. He even confessed that throughout this whole debacle, he’d disappointed himself, “disappointed the NFL” and “disappointed fans.”

Too bad he doesn’t care about disappointing black women.

Read more about the preposturous lack of black women in Goodell’s domestic violence advisory council here

Hillary Clinton Speaks Up About Girls, Women

The Clinton Global Initiative may be international, but Hillary Clinton flagged plenty of disturbing trends for girls and women within the United States.

"We have a serious problem with women and education in this country," Clinton said, speaking to leaders of nonprofit organizations and corporate executives attending the strategy session on girls and women.

Read more of Clinton’s remarks here

'Lady Parts Justice' Pushes Election Awareness

Lizz Winstead began Lady Parts Justice as an organization in 2012. Its name was inspired by Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown, who was barred from speaking on the state house floor after she used the word “vagina” in a speech opposing BH 5711, a 2012 bill that included legislation to more heavily regulate abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks. Despite Brown’s testimony, HB 5711, the “abortion super bill,” passed through the House.

Since the organization’s beginning, Winstead has developed it into a media platform that combines comedy with educational videos about legislation hindering access to reproductive health care.

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In one particularly rigorous study, researchers found that if just 10 percent of eligible offenders were treated in community-based programs instead of going to prison, the criminal justice system would save $4.8 billion. Treating 40 percent would boost savings to an astonishing $12.9 billion.

Monique Brunson Jones, “New Drugs Laws Test Infants, Send Moms to Jail

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