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
Kay Hagen is Target in Battle for Senate
As the race heats up for the November midterm elections so does the partisan battle for control of the U.S. Senate, with North Carolina as the ground zero in the war of the super PACs.
Incumbent Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is the most visible female target in the war of super PACs in the midterm elections because North Carolina has become a red state with both a Republican governor and state legislature for the first time since reconstruction.
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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.
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
"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.
Legitimately made to shut that whole thing down every time.
On June 18 male politicians repeatedly interrupted 35-year-old Ayaka Shiomura, a Tokyo assemblywoman, after she stepped up to the microphone at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and tried to discuss support for women’s issues during a debate on supporting child-rearing women.
"You better hurry up and get married" one male lawmaker shouted. "Can you even have babies?" yelled another, spurring loud laughter and more taunts by other male lawmakers.
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