Women’s Work: Bright Spots for Main Street Women This Week

This week, the Oscars treated us to Seth McFarlene singing "We Saw Your Boobs" and the sequester cuts go into effect that will negatively impact women. But there were bright spots... VAWA PASSES AND MOVES TO PRES OBAMA'S DESK The VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT was finally reauthorized. The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday and passed the bipartisan Senate version, which included key protections for campus rape, Native and immigrant women, and LGBTQ women.  Representative Gwen Moore, Democrat of Wisconsin and a victim of domestic and sexual violence herself, spoke passionately about the need to pass the Senate’s bill. I pray that this body will do as the Senate has done and come together as one to protect all women from violence. As I think about the L.G.B.T. victims who are not here, the native women who are not here, the immigrants who aren’t in this bill, I would say, as Sojourner Truth would say, ‘Ain’t they women?’ ” Every Democratic and 87 Republicans voted for the Senate bill; 138 GOP members voting against it.  Among the nay votes was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  The House's action means that VAWA will be reauthorized for another five years, … [Read more...]

Vote Check: Senate VAWA Passes 2 Days Before 1 Billion Rise

Fat Tuesday done, get ready to RISE & DANCE with 1 BILLION women and men around the world to demand an end to violence against women! Use love on Valentine's Day to show respect for women and children and join the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls:  http://onebillionrising.org/ U.S. SENATE Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization, which expired in 2011 after being in place for 20 years. All TWENTY Women in the U.S. Senate VOTE FOR the bill. (Note to my Main Street Sisters in NE, Deb Fischer was the only female Senator expected to potentially vote Nay, but did vote Yea in the end.) Below are the photos of 22 Senators who voted AGAINST the VAWA. (In case you don't recognize your guy, I've included the Roll Call Vote list at the bottom of this post http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00019.) THE HOUSE The U.S. Center for Disease Control's 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reminds us that violence against women is a public health crisis in our nation: One in 4 women has been the victim … [Read more...]

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