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Time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment


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Back in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed equal rights for women, passed both houses of Congress but couldn't get enough states to ratify it. As a result, women today are still struggling for equal rights. In 2014. Still struggling to be treated equally. Um what? But... but... Republicans say there's no War on Women.

Luckily, women who are abandoning their binders have discovered they have many strong allies, including one with a particularly effective voice: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is currently hoping to unseat Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

My Twitter pal Portia Boulger took part in a kickoff event at which Sen. Turner was the keynote speaker, a fundraiser calling for voters' rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She emailed me this enthusiastic comment:

Power! Unity! Magic! That’s what we all experienced as we sat spellbound listening to Ohio Senator Nina Turner speak. Those who were fired up when they entered were ablaze when they left. The lady is on FIRE! Because of her willingness to join us, there are many more who are joining our fight to build a nationwide campaign to extend Voter Rights and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Regular readers know how important fighting voter suppression and standing up for women are to The Political Carnival (scroll). The Progressive Democrats of America are helping us fight these battles:

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Via Progressive Democrats of America (PDA):

Turner also supported the PDA in its efforts concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, calling it “a beautiful thing” and noting that the best way people can get their voices heard is when they go to the polls.

“We are all equal when we go to vote,” Turner said. [...]

“Women have been relegated to second-class citizens,” Turner said.

Tammy Simkins, co-founder of ERA Action, told attendees that people must be united and that her grassroots organization is seeking to “bring attention to the fact that women are not equal in 2014.”

She added that she believes voting rights “are under attack” and that change is needed.

The Tea With The Friends Of Alice Paul took place on March 22nd. At about 9:40 in the video below, Tammy Simkins said that 9 of the 15 unratified states are pushing ERA legislation at the state level. She also said that Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are backing federal legislation, which brings the total number of senators supporting the bill to 34:

More at The Chillicothe Gazette.


Study: Women make better corporate leaders than men


duhThere goes that whacky Los Angeles Times again, quoting a study that states the obvious. The study is from the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics and was conducted by researchers at A.T. Still University in Arizona and McMaster University in Canada:

Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found.

well duh

Women leaders take a cooperative approach when making decisions, the study says. But check this out:

Male directors, who made up 75% of the survey sample, prefer making decisions using rules, regulations and tradition, the survey found. Female directors, by contrast, are less constrained by rules and more prepared to “rock the boat,” the researchers found. 

Hold on... Isn't it mostly male corporate types who despise government regulation (while insisting on laws forcing women to have babies against their will, of course) and hate oversight and rules (while forcing women to undergo unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds, of course)?

But now we discover that the menfolk don't mind any of that as long as it's they who are doing the regulating.


Per the study, women leaders are also more likely to collaborate, cooperate, build consensus, are more inquisitive, and are more tend to see more than one solution to a problem.

So naturally, corporate boards would welcome them to their board families way more often than not, right?  

Globally, women make up about 9% of corporate board members, the study said.

Right. Got it. Check. That makes all the sense in the world.

By the way, with at least one female director involved, companies were 20% less likely to file bankruptcy and did better financially.

Ahem. The study's conclusion: Women are fairer, more reasonable, better leaders, are way cooler (I just threw that one in for fun), and make better corporate leaders than men.

sheen Duh Winning


If you thought Elizabeth Warren would take it easy on Capitol Hill, you'd be wrong


tough cookie

UPDATE: The blog headline refers to the early status of celebrity senators such as Al Franken and Hillary Clinton who chose to stay relatively quiet and out of the limelight at first. They "took it easy," as opposed to what you're about to read about Warren.

Original post:

This story illustrates why we pushed so hard to get Elizabeth Warren elected to the United States Senate. She knows what she's doing, she gets it, and she's not afraid to talk the talk and walk the walk, all on behalf of We the People. So when Elizabeth gets pissed off, watch out Corporate America, she means business.

Did I mention she was pissed off?

Warren took aim at the American International Group, the giant insurance company that BushCo bailed out was now considering suing the federal government because they thought the big bad bailout was unfair. Gee, why don't I feel sorry for them? Aww, somebody better rev up the ol' iPhone and call ...

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Watch out, AIG... it's not nice to mess with Senator Warren:

Via Business Insider and The Atlantic Wire, here is Elizabeth Warren's most excellent response to AIG's threat:

Beginning in 2008, the federal government poured billions of dollars into AIG to save it from bankruptcy. AIG’s reckless bets nearly crashed our entire economy. Taxpayers across this country saved AIG from ruin, and it would be outrageous for this company to turn around and sue the federal government because they think the deal wasn’t generous enough. Even today, the government provides an ongoing, stealth bailout, propping up AIG with special tax breaks—tax breaks that Congress should stop. AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help, not bite the hand that fed them for helping them out in a crisis.


Did I mention how wonderful it is to have Warren in the U.S. Senate?

More at the links.


Seven reasons why 2012 was the year of the women


Via UltraViolet.

Ignore the woman at the top of the post. We Dems REALLY love you, women!


The Most Dangerous Women in America, Then and Now


Nicole Sandler, a friend and my absolutely wonderful Tuesday morning radio host, connected me with Amy Simon (a listener, as it turns out), an absolutely wonderful performer, producer, and writer out here in Los Angeles, and I am so glad she did.

Both invited me to Amy's one-woman show, "She's History! The Most Dangerous Women in America, Then and Now" which I saw yesterday. It was well worth the calamitous ride home* and even more worth posting about.

Produced in collaboration with Women's Museum of California (correction below) The show is educational, touching, hilarious, and eye-opening. As the program puts it, "the show was inspired by motherhood, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Jane Lynch, Fabulous Forgotten Females (among many others), and dialog of historical women, including (among others) Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Susan B. Anthony, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Golda Meir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lucretia Mott, Lily Ledbetter, Soujourner Truth, and Victoria Woodhull.

Mr. Laffy was the only man there.

The show has ended its run, for now, but I wanted to give you a few of the best quotes from a few American women who have made a real difference:

Lucy Stone to her daughter on her death bed:

"Make the world better."

Sarah Moore Grimké:

"I ask no favors for my sex... All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from of our necks."

Anne Hutchinson on trial for preaching to women:

"What law have I broken?"

And my favorite, from Sojourner Truth:

"That little man says woman can't have as much rights as man because Christ wasn't a woman. Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman. Man has nothing to do with him."


Amy not only brought these remarkably strong, women, true leaders, pioneers, and (s)heroes, to our attention, she brought them to life. Standing O.

*On the way home, our car literally stopped working in the middle of the Hollywood Freeway. We managed to coast to a busy three-lane off ramp, but came to a full stop on a dangerous curve. The 30 minutes waiting for the tow truck to show up were spent being terrified that a speeding car would ram right into us. The 45 minute, jouncy , non-air conditioned tow truck ride home (in 90 degree weather) not only cost us $200, but it was pretty traumatic to my years-old, pain in the ass slipped neck disks. Thankfully, the car's in one piece and in the shop, and we're also in one piece. Now we can't wait to see how much the Mystery Problem will set us back.

What a treat, huh? All too reminiscent of our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Car Trip from Hell.

CORRECTION: The show is not produced in collaboration with the Women's Museum.  They are Amy's fiscal sponsor for the SHE'S HISTORY EDUCATION PROJECT. Amy is the sole producer of the show.


Protests raise hope for women's rights in Egypt


(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / January 30, 2011)

The L.A. Times' Laura King is reporting some irony from Cairo:

Of all the astounding things that Rihab Assad has witnessed during these days of tumult, one stood out for her: the sight of a woman with a megaphone leading a crowd of demonstrators in chants.

"And all of these men just chanting after her, repeating what she said," said Assad, an office manager in her 40s who lives in Cairo. "To me, this was something entirely new."

For many Egyptian women, the massive street demonstrations that have shaken the authoritarian rule of President Hosni Mubarak have also raised hopes of a more personal brand of liberation. Long treated as second-class citizens, the women say they have found an unexpected equality on the front lines of the protest.

And look what it took to get there. File under "silver lining."

But the real silver lining will be a truly free and democratic Egypt. Stay tuned.


"So Elizabeth Warren has powerful enemies. When can she start?"


There were some good letters in today's L.A. Times. Let's start with the two about Elizabeth Warren:

Good watchdog?

Re "Wall Street nervous about watchdog's bite," Aug. 1

The only reason why the financial community and those politicians who offer unwavering support of it don't want Elizabeth Warren to be the boss of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is because she speaks the truth — and she speaks to their collective wallets.

Profit is the goal. And anyone who scrutinizes that profit is not going to be welcomed into the old boys club, especially if that person is a strong woman.

Here's my favorite:

So Elizabeth Warren has powerful enemies. When can she start?

Answer: When President Obama decides he doesn't mind really getting under the GOBP's skin and handing her a recess appointment.