Friday, February 25, 2011


Wouldn't you know it. Women are suffering the most under conservative's budget cuts and social agenda (in federal and state legislatures). Is this what you voted for?

From the Columbus Dispatch:

"Women left far behind as new jobs arrive; analysts say recession had hit men harder

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 02:50 AM


WASHINGTON - The early stages of the economic recovery have taken on a decidedly masculine tone.
It was job gains by men that fueled January's steep decline in the national unemployment rate from 9.4 percent to 9 percent.
In fact, men have gained 438,000 jobs since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, while women have lost 366,000 over the same period, according to Labor Department figures.
And the 984,000 jobs created from January 2010 to January 2011? Only 47,000 went to women.
That's less than 1 of every 20 new job openings.
These numbers would barely draw a second look in the aftermath of past recessions, when women made up a much smaller share of the labor force. But women now account for nearly half of all U.S. workers, so the great disparity is all the more startling.
The trend has given a new gender-specific meaning to the phrase jobless recovery and is further proof that the hiring rebound isn't reaching all groups.
"The improvements in the overall employment picture obscure what's happening to women. In fact, women have lost ground since the recovery began," said a recent statement by Nancy Duff Campbell, co-president of the National Women's Law Center.
However, some observers say the one-sided jobs picture is more about economic justice than gender bias.
The Great Recession has been called the "mancession" because men absorbed 7 of 10 job losses during the downturn.
Male-dominated industries such as manufacturing, transportation and wholesale trade lost millions of jobs. Even in fields in which men weren't a majority of workers, they still got hit harder, said Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, a liberal research group.
So as these and other industries slowly rebound, Boushey said it's hardly a surprise that men have landed more than 95 percent of new jobs in the recovery - or "mancovery," as it's playing out.
"If I get hit harder than you do, it does make sense that my recovery should be more dramatic. That's just logical," Boushey said. "The way this recession played out, there was this gendered impact across a wide variety of industries, and I think that's what you're seeing coming back."
After largely avoiding much of the job jeopardy that men faced, women are now enduring some belated suffering.
Education, health care and state and local government fueled women's job opportunities during the recession. But because women make up nearly 60 percent of government workers, they've felt the brunt of recent layoffs at the state and local level.
During the past year, women lost 202,000 government jobs, or 4 out of 5 that were eliminated nationwide.
"A lot of teachers were laid off," Boushey said. "A lot of child-care workers were laid off. A lot of local-administrator types were laid off. Those are disproportionately women's jobs."
As protests over state budget cuts continue in Wisconsin, other states such as Iowa and Ohio are pondering similar measures that could affect mostly women.
"If states and localities are forced to make additional cuts in critical public services, women may fall even further behind," said Campbell, of the National Women's Law Center."

Recovery helping men more | The Columbus Dispatch by Tony Pugh, February 22, 2011

The Dylan Ratigan Show, March 24, 2011

"Why Should You Care about Planned Parenthood?

How defunding Planned Parenthood could affect you:
  • 4.7 million Americans may lose access to reproductive and family planning care, particularly middle- and low-income women.

  • If you don’t have insurance, you may have to pay for a doctor’s visit to receive a prescription for birth control and pay full price at the pharmacy for it.

  • Be careful! Without easily available screenings, counseling and treatment, the transmission of STDs and HIV may rise.

  • Your daughter, niece, or younger cousin (and her boyfriend) may lose their safe, confidential, and free place to receive counseling, birth control, and testing.

  • If you are low income and/or without insurance, you may have to pay the full price of STD screenings, which can cost $85 to $220 for each type. That doesn’t include the cost of the doctor’s visit, which can be another $200.

  • You will have to visit a private practice for prenatal health care and, if you don’t have insurance, pay full price.

  • Depending on the location, you may lose access to free or reduced cost general services like anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, physical exams, flu vaccines, help with quitting smoking, high blood pressure screening, tetanus vaccines, and thyroid screening.

  • If you are an OB/GYN, your number of patients may increase."

Call, email, fax your senator today to say "no" to defunding Parenthood and Title X programs. Political Action: Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP's War on Women

Response to Miscarriage Investigation Bill: "I Submit My Used Tampon as Evidence" | AlterNet by Jill Filipovic, February 25, 2011
Excerpt from "Response ....:
There’s a new bill in Georgia sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin that would require women to file police reports when they miscarry, since fetuses are Georgia citizens and their deaths are potential crimes. I’m going to write more about the bill later — it’s actually really horrific and scary and basically turns all women into potential criminal."
Daily Kos: Now Republicans want to repeal child labor laws February 14, 2011

Conservative Legislators Attack Abortion Rights - Legal Momentum Briefing Room Women's Legal Defense Fund, January 27, 2011

GA Legislator Wants to Create The Uterus Police to Investigate Miscarriages | AlterNet (Feb 2011)

GOP Attacks Women : Weiner Responds | Video Cafe by Heather, February 25, 2011

Rep. Jackie Speier: "Abortion" Fuels Intolerant Thinking

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood February 18, 2011

How Conservative Attacks on Health Care Reform Will Affect You by Tony Carrk, January 5, 2011

Ezra Klein - Health-care reform and women [But wait a minute, the GOP wants to repeal the health reform legislation]

Women’s Health and Rights in Jeopardy as Representatives Look to Eliminate International Family Planning

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