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Entries in unite women march (5)

Tuesday
Mar272012

Republican Stag Party Vision | National Organization for Women Endorses National March Against War on Women

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With women of both parties occupying only 17% of Congressional seats, it might seem unfair for New York Mag’s Frank Rich to write Stag Party: The GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women

“For much of its history, misogyny was not the style of the party of Lincoln,” writes Rich. Because so many of its women were educated, the GOP was often ahead of the curve in granting women’s rights. When women got the vote via the 19th Amendment, roughly three-quarters of the 36 state legislatures that ratified the amendment were controlled by Republicans.

If you read AOC, you know 90% of the information Rich shares to show just how far afield the Republican party has gone in its rejection of independent, educated, competent women. Rich does share a story of MItt Romney the bishop. Indeed, the candidate has been a bishop of his church (perhaps he still is?)

A mother of four learned that she had a blood clot in her pelvis during a later, unexpected pregnancy, putting her own health and that of the fetus at risk. Romney visited the hospital where she “lay helpless, hurt, and frightened,” as she described it, only to tell her that “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”

UNITE Against The

War on Women 4.28.12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Teegarden 248-310-8535

Email: Info@unitewomen.org

“Prominent names, young and old, step forward to endorse UNITE Women

BIRMINGHAM, MI—UNITEWomen.org is pleased to announce the endorsement by three well-known and nationally respected advocates for women’s rights.

Ihollabackis an international movement to address street crime or sexual harassment that happens in a public space.” Ihollaback’s efforts have changed the way street harassment is viewed and treated and its efforts have helped create the first of its kind government response in New York by connecting iPhone and Droid apps to the city’s 311 information line. Ihollaback includes 34 cities, 14 countries and operates in 8 languages. It was recently featured in Time.com’s Game Changers series.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation magazine, serving as its editor since 1995 and as publisher since 2005. She is currently a columnist for WashingtonPost.com and is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, ABC and PBS.  In 2003 van den Heuvel was honored with a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for her article, “Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia.” She said simply of her UNITE Women endorsement, “I proudly, happily endorse Unite Women march on April 28. We are all in this together – ensuring women’s rights to control their bodies and health.”

National Organization for Women (NOW)is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW’s goal is to “take action” to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are principled, uncompromising and often ahead of their time. NOW is a leader, not a follower, of public opinion.”

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Sunday
Mar252012

Unite Against the War on Women March April 28 PA Coordinator Lynn Thomas Guidetti Interview By Anne Enke

Anne of Carversville introduces friends to the three women behind April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women march for Pennsylvania: Amy Gould Caraballo, Nicole Turman and Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Anne, along with other Pa citizens, has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

Today we introduce our third ‘partner’ in PA, the trio that Anne now calls the T’s: Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Furious over this nationwide assault on women’s bodies,  we want to humanize the pro-woman voices who support women’s rights. Limbaugh calls us ‘feminazis’. But who are we really? Are what are we doing to each other — woman to woman.

After you’ve finished reading Lynn Thomas Guidetti’s interview with Anne, meet previously published Amy Gould Caraballo, and Anne’s interview with Nicole Turman. Then check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.

(Anne) Did you know each other before joining forces to organize the We Are Women March - Pennsylvania?

(Lynn) I knew Amy from a mailing list focused on improving children’s health. I did not know Nicole before she joined our group. Amy and Nicole knew each other. And I think it’s great how well we work together.

Do you have a history of being a women’s rights activist? Was feminism a word in your vocabulary growing up? What is your background and relationship with women’s rights issues?

Not really - I don’t have a background in this at all. I have always been an independent woman, but I was fairly young when the last generation was fighting for abortion rights, and was not a part of the movement. 

I’m constantly told that I can’t possibly be a feminist? I like sex and men. Could you define feminism for yourself?

Anyone who doesn’t get that feminism has nothing to do with the act of sex is an idiot. And I’m not particularly philosophical about feminism. I have my own mind, and I make my own choices. I am not chattel. And I would just love to be respected and taken seriously, without having to get pissed off and fight for that respect. Maybe we need a women are persons, too, amendment.

I have a better question for you, Anne. Have you ever Googled “what does feminism mean to you”? Do it. You will be appalled by some of the answers you read, especially the ones on answers.yahoo.com.

These are just plain scary REAL kids who REALLY think this stuff. They REALLY believe this stuff and are SO uninformed as young women. Frankly, they are clueless that they are losing ALL their rights as American females.

I am more concerned that they understand ‘feminism’ than what ‘I’ think.

Do you have any opinions on why feminism has struggled to achieve legitimacy in America?

More men in power positions than women; men in power have more money than women. The consequences are obvious.

Another thing, we a situation in the rural areas, where people are basically proud to be ignorant. It’s an atittude I’ve never seen anywhere else, and as a matter of fact, Santorum is playing on a form of it in his campaign.

Santorum finds crowds of these people and talks about education — college — being elitist. And ignorant people are generally not feminist because they don’t understand the ideology; and no one’s ever REALLY explained it to them.

Many of these people are just afraid of learning, and get defensive about it, fearing that they might that they will find out they’ve been wrong all the time. It reminds me of Catholics not wanting to face the truth about rogue priests.

Do you have children? Do you work with children or young women?

Both. I have a son. I do work with with kids as a music teacher, both boys and girls as old as high school.

Was there a specific trigger that brought you to the national Unite Against the War on Women campaign?


It wasn’t one thing but rather a pile that broke the camel’s back. Just the idea of a transvaginal probe (TVP) or an ultrasound photo sends chills up my spine. Many young girls already have negative experiences with sex and sexual issues, and the major lack of respect towards women in the media doesn’t help.

What the hell do doctors think something like a TVP is going to do to them? I had a horrible experience with a male gynecologist when I was 16, and I never went to a male gyn again. In addition, I was laid off when I became pregnant. Is it any wonder many women resent men?

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Wednesday
Mar212012

PA Unite Against the War on Women March April 28, 2012 Speakers: Kate Michelman, Lois Herr & PA Senator Daylin Leach 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Anne Enke:  Email: waronwomenpa@yahoo.com

NEW SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S UNITE AGAINST THE WAR ON WOMEN MARCH ON APRIL 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – March 21 2012 – The Pennsylvania branch of Unite Against The War on Women today announced the addition of 3 speakers to their roster for April 28, 2012. Unite Against The War on Women was launched on February 19, 2012, with a call to march and rally on April 28, 2012 in every state to say “Enough is Enough.”

Newly confirmed speakers for the Pennsylvania rally from 10am – 2pm at the Capitol building in Harrisburg include:

- Kate Michelman, past president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. A widely-recognized defender of women’s right to choose, Michelman is the author of “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose”, and testified against Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas at their confirmation hearings

- Lois Herr, dedicated to supporting progressive women candidates in PA. Herr’s long list of contributions to Lancaster County makes her a model of civic responsibility. Politically, Herr served as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee in 2007-08, was elected to the County and State Democratic Committees, was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and ran for congress (PA-16) in 2004, 2006, and 2010.

- PA Senator Daylin Leach, represents the 17th district, which includes parts of Delaware and Montgomery County. He has been an important advocate for women’s rights legislation since elected in 2002. Sen. Leach’s docket has never been stronger.

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, in cities and Capitals across America, a new and growing movement will march and rally to Unite Against the War on Women. April 28th will be a day for Americans to loudly denounce the ongoing attacks on women from the extreme right as well as to honor the diversity and continued fight for the freedom of women.

The events are open to everyone who shares our outrage and wants to join us in honoring and protecting the liberty and rights of all Americans from the abuse of government power as we promote resolutions and legislation that uphold the integrity of the truths we as Americans hold to be self-evident.

For more information about the Pennsylvania march visit: http://www.wearewomenmarch.net/groups/pennsylvania-we-are-women-march/

Follow us on Twitter: @justsayno2wowpa

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/justsayno2wowpa/

In PA, UNITE Against the War on Women is receiving help from Kathy Black CLUW, Raising Women’s Voices, and Philadelphia NOW.

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