Bella Abzug, former congresswoman
from NYC
Bella said it so well.

We want parity.
Women understand sharing
whether it's power, money or child rearing.
We are more than half the population
and we're still asking for our fair share.
We cut across every divide:
race, ethnicity, age, class, religion....
and we want a full share
in politics, economics and society.

International Women's Month

Search for Common Ground is celebrating International Women's Month marking "the economic, political and social achievements of women. Events are held throughout the world to inspire women and to celebrate their accomplishments.  As
Isabel Allende, Writer, Journalist, Teacher, and Advocate for Women & Girls writes:
We want a world where life is preserved, and the quality of life is enriched for everybody. We want a more peaceful and loving world. Women must lead the way. I promise you that women working together--linked, informed, and educated--can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet."

Read about the women and their events
posted March 20, 2013

Sonia Sotomayor

Emily Wilson's article: Sotomayor—From the Bronx to the Bench reviews Sotomayor's book,
My Beloved World, which presents her life challenges – poverty, racism, her father’s alcoholism and early death, not speaking English as a first language, and her diabetes. And as Sotomayor says: " I never gave up."

Read the full article
posted February 25, 2013

Abortion Services

Ellen Sweet in her article: Abortion Services—A Family Doctor's Perspective talked with Linda Prine, a family medicine practitioner, about the slow erosion of abortion services.
"Prine acknowledges the good intentions of the women’s health activists who opened freestanding clinics around the country to ensure that women needing abortions would get specialized attention in a supportive setting.  But the resulting marginalization of abortion as an integral part of medical care made it possible for medical schools and hospitals to not teach these skills."

Read the full article
posted January 19, 2013

Women's Issues Globally
LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA's article: The Internationalization of Women's Issues presents new global trends around women, She states:
"A universal vision seems at work here: Elect more women as heads of state and government (there are only 21 worldwide) and to parliaments, and promote more women to corporate boards and executive positions; advance and empower women in the developed and developing world; close the gender pay gap; and improve workplace conditions."

Read the full article
posted January 10, 2013

Jo Freeman's
Did Women "2" it Again?
Only if they were Democrats

   As the 113th Congress was sworn in many were pleased about the increased numbers of women in both houses. This was also true for the state legislatures, though not for all of them. While more women are welcome, it’s important to understand that this progress is one-sided, or more accurately, one-partied. In the 2012 election Democratic women got a big boost. Republican women didn’t.

    In January of 2013, women were 29 percent of the Democrats1 and 9 percent of the Republicans in both houses of Congress. Whereas women increased their presence in the Democratic Caucus from last year, they decreased their presence in the Republican Conference in both numbers and percentages.

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posted January 10, 2013

Women To Honor

Gerda Lerner (1920-2013)
Established women's history as a respected academic discipline

“I want women’s history to be legitimate, to be part of every curriculum on every level,” she wrote in “Living With History/Making Social Change” (2009), a collection of autobiographical essays. “I want people to be able to take Ph.D.’s in the subject and not have to say they are doing something else.”

Read the full article
posted January 4, 2013

Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2013)

almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the Constitution of modern Japan.

"Her work — drafting language that gave women a set of legal rights pertaining to marriage, divorce, property and inheritance that they had long been without in Japan’s feudal society — had an effect on their status that endures to this day."

Read the full article
posted January 4, 2013

Not nearly Enough Women

Tali Mendelberg and Christopher F. Karpowitz wrote a strong article: More Women, but Not Nearly Enough wrote about the successes in the recent election but then wrote:
"Does this mean the next Congress will be more attentive to the needs of children, single mothers and Americans who are vulnerable because of low income, poor health and other disadvantages? Sadly, no. Our research shows that female lawmakers significantly reshape policies only when they have true parity with men. In other words, while Tuesday’s electoral gains should be celebrated, we’ve got a very long way to go."

Lilly Rivlin posted a comment in response:
"Thank you for this edifying study. Bella Abzug, a member of the House of Representatives for many years, made PARITY FOR WOMEN her slogan. She knew both intuitively and based on her own pioneering experience that until there was PARITY FOR WOMEN, major change in social and political policy would be slow to come. We have come along way baby but not far enough."

Read the full article
posted November 12, 2012

Women and the 2012 Elections

Peggy Simpson's article:
2012 Elections: Women Make Their Mark
reports the gains women made both in the Senate and the Hours of Representatives. "
Women claim the last word in the "war on women" election this year, with 55 percent backing Barack Obama and many progressive women winning House and Senate seats."

Read the full article
posted November 9, 2012

Bettye Lane and her Photgraphy

Andy Humm's article:
Bettye Lane, Top Photographer of Social Movements, Dies describes Lane as "a news photographer with a keen eye for the average people who organized mass actions to stop the Viet Nam War and liberate women and LGBT people."

Read the full article
posted October 13, 2012

Malala Yousafzai's Courage

Nicholas Kristof's article: Her ‘Crime’ Was Loving Schools reports on he Talibans' shooting "of Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistan girl who is one of the world’s most persuasive advocates for girls’ education" and "started a fund to help impoverished Pakistani girls get an education." The prognosis so far is good, all of us send her wishes for a full recovery. As Kristof writes:
"These events coincide with the first international <http://dayofthegirl.org/about/>Day of the Girl on Thursday, and they remind us that the global struggle for gender equality is the paramount moral struggle of this century, equivalent to the campaigns against slavery in the 19th century and against totalitarianism in the 20th century."

Read the full article
posted October 12, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Visit to the US

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on her recent visit to the US.
As she "is widely revered in the United States for her political struggle against Myanmar’s military rulers, the visit amounted to a political homecoming to a country she had not visited since she worked at the United Nations from 1969 to 1971. It was a trip virtually unimaginable a year ago when the Obama administration first put out feelers to the new president of Myanmar."

Read the full article
posted September 21, 2012

Female genital mutilation

Adesua Odigie's article: New Yorkers Walk to End Ritual Cutting of Girls reports of the genital mutilation in NYC. "The New York metropolitan area has the highest number, at 40,813." The Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation has had to establish an office in NYC and mentions The Girl Protection Act of 2011, introduced into Congress in June 2011 and into the Senate as S.1919 in November 2011, which would make it illegal to transport a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation.

A Sept. 15 event is planned and they will be passing out petition cards for participants to mail to federal legislators.

Read the full article
posted September 12, 2012

Akin and Science

Andrea Friedman's article: Unscientific Method: The Akin Argument in Legislating Women's Health writes: "The use of bad science is part of a long-term effort to limit – or eliminate – women’s access to abortion and it has been effective in legislatures and encouraged by the courts."

Read the full article
posted September 1, 2012

Women and Voting

The National Women's Law Center have put together 8 fact sheets for Why Women Should Vote.  They are:
Read the more about the importance of women voting.
Posted  August 27, 2012

Shauna Prewitt's story

Shauna Prewitt in her article: Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over tells her story of having to fight again in court when the rapist wanted visiting rights to the child She learned:
"firsthand that in the vast majority of states -- 31 -- men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child."

Read the full article
posted August 26, 2012

Celebrating Nancy Pelosi

Gemma Puglisi's article: Nancy Pelosi on her 25 Years in Congress reports on her interview with Pelosi who:
expressed her passionate desire to see more women in politics.  “There were fewer than two-dozen when I came here, there are three times, four times as many now, but still not enough.”

Read the full article
posted August 20, 2012

The Feisty Nun

Frances Kissling's article: The Left’s Love for the Feisty Nun reports on the the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' role in truly working to change the church and support women as moral agents and the Vatican base charges.

Read the full article
posted August 30, 2012

Mississippi and Abortion Access

Dr. Willie Parker's blog entry: Going to Mississippi: If I Don't, Who Will? reports the new possible laws:
if abortion access is "war", then the state of Mississippi is the frontline, with the recent attempt of the state to implement requirements that abortions be performed by board certified/board eligible physicians in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-Gyn), and who hold hospital admitting privileges at a facility nearby.
The effect would be to shut down the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.

Read the full article
posted August 15, 2012

Hillary Dancing!

Jonathan Lemire's article: WATCH: Hillary Clinton dances the night away at a party in South Africa has photos and a video from the dinner hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Johannesburg. She is having awonderful time adn Lemire writes:
"Perhaps Hillary Clinton should be the Secretary of Rhythm."

Read the article and view the images and video
posted August 9, 2012

More women in the House and Senate

Ed O'Keefe's article:  Gillibrand works to elect more women reports how Giilibrand is helping to raise money for women who are running for Congress: As she said in  a recent interview:
"I want to make it a call to action — asking women first and foremost to vote; second, being an advocate on the issues they care about; third, holding their lawmakers accountable on their priorities; and then hoping to get a few more to run.”

Read the full article
posted August 4, 2012

Honoring Sally Ride

Denise Grady in her article:  Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61 quotes President Obama who said:
 Dr. Ride was "a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired  generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally's life showed us  that there are no limits
to what we can achieve."

Read the full article
posted July 28, 2012

Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality

eJewish Philanthropy's article: U.S., Israel Jewish Women’s Foundations Partner to Promote Gender Equality  reports of the Jewish women’s foundations – 14 in the United States and three in Israel - who are "pooling resources to effect social change for women and girls in Israel." Jenninfer Schnepper of  the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago states:
“People have come together to talk about issues, but they haven’t funded an effort collaboratively.”...  “We’re shedding light on current, pressing women’s issues. We’re putting our money toward what we believe in – creating much-needed social change.”

Read the full article
posted July 25, 2012

The Continued GOP War on Women

The ThinkProgress War Room's article The GOP War on Women is Back with "Republicans Just Can’t Help Themselves" lists the areas where the Republicans are nor working on spending bills which would:
* Defunds Planned Parenthood
* Completely eliminates the Title X family planning program
* Puts your boss in your bedroom, allowing your employer to deny you insurance coverage for contraception or any other service your boss objects to for any reason at all
* Slashes funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention
* Wastes $20 MILLION on abstinence-only education
* Permanently expands so-called conscience protections that allow health care providers to refuse to perform, participate in, provide coverage of, pay for, refer for, and train in the performance of abortions
* Prohibits the implementation of Obamacare for one year, which includes numerous benefits for women
* Blocks a proposed rule limiting the number of home health care workers — 90 percent of whom are women — who can be exempted from the minimum wage.

Read the full article
posted July 22, 2012

Women and the Olympics

Frank Bruni's article: Women's Time to Shine gives the important statistics on the Olympics - "By a few measurements and in a few instances the Olympics turns the usual gender imbalance on its head. This year, for the first time, the American contingent of athletes comprises more women (269) than men (261)." And he continues:
"That’s important not because of any vague, reflexive political correctness but because saluting women’s athletic achievements encourages their athletic pursuits, which can impart invaluable life lessons: about teamwork, tenacity, sacrifice, conviction. Women deserve the same access to those as men. Women also deserve credit."

Read the full article
posted July 22, 2012

The Continued Divide

Emily Weitz in her article Divide Remains, Despite Advances writes:
"It’s easy to forget the sacrifices grandmothers made and the rights they fought for in a world where it almost seems like all women are now equal. But Marilyn Fitterman, former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York State and current president of its East End chapter, is here to say that all are not equal. She believes the inequalities in the workplace and the threats to rights over women’s bodies are as real today as they were during the Women’s Liberation movement."

Read the full  article
July 22, 2012

Women Priests and a Woman Rabbi

Rabbi Susan Talve in her article: Standing with the Sisters presents the "Sacred Solidarity, Radical Hospitality" of their synagogue being used to ordain two women as Roman Catholic priests.
"The board made our decision based on our core value of practicing radical hospitality. I shared this guiding principle but for me it was also an issue of women’s rights. As one of the first women ordained as a Rabbi in this country, I felt a connection to all women who are called to serve in the spiritual realm in whatever religious tradition they follow."

Read the full article
posted July 18, 2012

Mexican Women in Parliament

Anayeli Garcia Martinez in her article: Women Secure a Third of Mexican Parliament reported that in the recent election 186 women or 37.2% of the Parliament's lower chamber.
"The women’s political participation this year was shaped by a ruling of the electoral court after a group of women from different parties brought an action to enforce compliance with the gender quota."

Read the full article
posted July 15, 2012

Melinda Gates and Catholism

Joanna Moorhead points out in her article: Melinda Gates Challenges Vatican by Vowing to Improve Contraception that Melinda Gates is a practising Catholic and feels strongly:
"A church is made up of its members, and one of the things this campaign might do is help women speak out. I've had thousands of women come on to websites and say" 'I'm a Catholic, but I believe in contraception.' It's going to be women voting with their feet."

Read the full article
posted July 13, 2012

Women and the Banks

Sallie Krawcheck's article: Can Women Save the Banks reviews the study about performance and women and states:
"Perhaps as a result of the complementarity of differing approaches of men and women, numerous studies, including the annual Women Matter surveys by McKinsey & Co. and research by Catalyst, show that more diverse management teams are more successful management teams; they deliver higher returns for shareholders across industries, including banking. Academic research indicates that more diverse teams outperform even more capable management teams, a real “wow” of a finding."

And asks: if the topic of diversity doe not deserve "an objective, fact-based discussion to determine whether greater diversity is not merely a nice or a “right” thing to do but the smart thing to do."

Read the full article
posted June 29, 2012

Hillary Clinton's Legacy

Steven Lee Myers' article:  Hillary Clinton’s Last Tour as a Rock-Star Diplomat states:
"After three and a half years in office, though, her greatest legacy has been the remaking of American diplomacy in her own fashion, shaped as much by her own personality and fame as by a guiding philosophy."

Read the full article
posted June 28, 2012

Feminist Sandra Fluke

Andrew Coleman's interview with Sandra Fluke: Our Lady of Contraception - Sandra Fluke’s Rocky Path to Feminist Superstardom asked her the question about Rush Limbaugh, to which she replied:
"what I’ve learned has less to do with Mr. Limbaugh specifically and more to do with a part of our population that has this view. Because frankly, you don’t go on national radio and talk for several days about something that no one wants to hear. There’s an audience for this type of sexist vitriol. There is real hate and sexism within our society that we have to do something about.

Read the full interview
posted June 26, 2012

The "Having it All" Debate

Ellen Bravo in her article: "Having it All?”—The Wrong Question for Most Women writes:
"women are not thinking about “having it all,” they’re worried about losing it all—their jobs, their children’s health, their families’ financial stability—because of the regular conflicts that arise between being a good employee and a responsible parent."

Read the full article
posted June 26, 2012

The Michigan "Vagina" Rallies

5000 men, women, and children rallied at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan  and the "thousands that gathered shared their anger and disgust and their refusal to continue being treated like children or second class citizens." 45,000 members of the Daily Kos community emailed the Republicans in protest.

Anne Savage took a number of photos - one of which Women for Parity has permission to publish:

Read the full article and see the photos
posted June 24, 2012
submitted by  Lucille Goodman

Cell Phones for Women

James D. Wolfensohn in his article: A Cellphone for Every Woman quotes the statistics that 70% of the poorest people in the world are women and four million more women than men die each year. He suggests:

"Start by giving every woman a cellphone."

and continues with:
"Do cellphones really make a difference? Yes, they do, in more ways than we perhaps could have imagined. Among women who own cellphones in low- and middle-income countries, 41 percent have increased their income or economic opportunities as a result, 85 percent feel more independent and 90 percent feel safer and more connected with friends and family."

Read the full article
posted June 17, 2012

Celebrating Ms.

Shelly Knox reports on the celebration of Ms. Magazine in her article: Ms. Is Celebrated in the City of its Birth.
"Launched as a one-time insert on the burgeoning women's movement in New York magazine in an end-of-the-year double issue in 1971, Ms. went on to take on subjects the mainstream media, and even women's magazines, wouldn't touch."

Read about the celebration

posted June 16, 2012

Women and Opinions?

Maura Kelly writes in her article Why Women Have No Opinions:
"Nearly a hundred years since women won the right to vote, their political and societal power is still only a fifth of what it should be – if the most influential space in major newspapers is any indicator. As the OpEd Project, an organization that aims to diversify public debate, recently found, a mere 20% of op-eds are written by women."

Read the full article

posted June 16, 2012

"Vagina" Comments

Eyder Peralta's article: Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments writes about Representative Lisa Brown who was barred from speaking after she said: "And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"

Read the full article
posted June 16, 2012

MST - Military Sexual Trauma

Elayne Clift's article: When "Jane" Comes Marching Home Again presents the continued MST that women suffer in the military and the problems when they come home:
"Sexual assault and harassment are only part of the problems women in the military face when they return home. They also struggle with such issues as intimacy, spiritual crises and finding their post-war identity. These needs are critical but remain ignored or unmet."
Legislation has been proposed to combat sexual assault in the military, but the military has to fix their broken system.

Read the full article
posted  June 1, 2012

Tunisia's Women

Shazia Rafi's article: Tunisia’s Women—Defying the Odds tells of the appointment of Hon. Dr. Sihem Badi to the position of Ministry of Women’s Affairs and quotes President Marzouki saying “Tunisia remains committed to all its human rights protocols and conventions including CEDAW and to protecting women’s rights.“ 

Read the full article
posted April 11, 2012

2011 Feminist Victories

Christine Ahn's article: On International Women's Day, Celebrate Feminist Victories of 2011 celebrates women's victories - both internationally and nationally - in Egypt, Uruguay, Morocco and others. Much to celebrate and honor the courage of women in 2011.

Read the full article
posted March 8, 201

Wake UP Congress!

Amy Alina wrote a great article: Hey Congress - We expect women to be treated equally! which talked about the four bills introduced in the Conservatives in Congress on contraception coverage with the backing of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She writes: "Each of the four bills has additional objectionable elements:

    S. 1467 and H.R. 3982 allow plans to refuse coverage for any essential health benefit, which would include maternity care, HIV/AIDS treatment, mammograms or cancer screenings;
    S. 1467, H.R. 3982 and S. 2092 allow employers to refuse coverage on a broad definition of "moral" grounds, not just religious grounds;
    S. 1467 and S. 2092 provides those individuals or entities a private right of action to protect violation of their rights of conscience in stripping away basic health care for women;
    H.R. 3982 would block the HHS regulation on preventive services from going into effect at all."

Read the full article
posted February 27, 2012

Hillary's New Initiative

Marianne Schnall's article: Hillary Clinton Launches Public Service Initiative presents the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) which hopes to increase the number of women in both government and civil society.

Read the full article
posted February 11, 2012

VFA Salutes Black Feminists

The Veteran Feminists of America "pays
tribute to our black sisters in the forefront of the Feminist Movement; without them there may not have even been a Feminist Movement."

Visit their Celebration
posted February 11, 2012

National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP)

Lucinda Marshall in her article: U.S. Acts on Women, Peace and Security writes that:

In response to a UN resolution, it [NAP] provides a plan for the U.S. government to implement, “a gender responsive approach to its diplomatic, development, and defense-related work in conflict-affected environments” by mandating:
  • Women’s participation in peace negotiations.
  • Increased efforts to protect “women and children from harm, exploitation, discrimination, and abuse, including sexual and gender-based violence and trafficking in persons, and to hold perpetrators accountable in conflict-affected environments.”
  • Increased efforts to promote women’s roles in conflict prevention.
  • Post-conflict aid and recovery efforts that address the specific needs of women and children.
Read the full article
posted February 2, 2012

Expanded Definition of Rape

Annie Shields reports that the FBI has finally expanded the definition of rape:

The new definition–of “rape,” no longer “forcible rape”–defines the crime as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Read the full article
posted October 21, 2011

Read about the
Top 10 International Wins for Women

1) International Labor Organization (ILO) extended basic labor protections to millions of domestic workers employed in other people’s homes.

2) UN Upholds Victim’s Rights, Criticizes Philippine Government, Justice System on First Successful Use of CEDAW in Rape Case

3) The creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to give women and girls a strong voice

4) European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled that abortion, in certain cases, should be legalized in Ireland

5) Nationality Laws Sweep Middle East

6) Watch the video on the March in Congo where thousands of women demand an end to rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

7) Nigerian Women Defeat Nudity Bill

8) Maternal Deaths Drop by 34 Percent

9) Argentina Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage,
First for Latin America

10) Women Central to  the Revolution by and for the People: Tunisia, Egypt and Beyond

With thanks to the Global Fund for Women
posted March 8, 2011

 Profiles in Leadership

 WhatsLeftisLeft Blog

Natasha Trethewey, our Poet Laureate....

"Our country has a new Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, a talented, forty-six year old, bi-racial Emory University professor with deep roots in her native South. [Here]  Ms. Trethewey gained national recognition when she received a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for Native Guard, a collection of poems focused on one of the first black regiments formed in the Civil War.  Woven into that poetic narrative are other personal themes, such as the murder of her mother, the illegal interracial marriage of her parents, and the pain of her childhood. [Here]
Since the present selection system began in 1986, there have been 19 Poet Laureates, who were officially titled The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library Of Congress.” The Librarian of the United States Congress decides each nomination.  Of the 19 chosen since 1986, five (26 per cent) have been women: Mona Van Duyn (1992-3); Rita Dove (1993-5); Louise Glück (2003-4); Kay Ryan (2009-10); and now Natasha Trethewey.  The previous laureate system, called Consultants in Poetry, was begun in 1937, ending in 1986.  Of the 30 poets selected during those almost 50 years, only six were women: Louise Bogan (1945-6); Léonie Adams (1948-9); Mona Van Duyn (1992-3); Josephine Jacobsen (1971-3); Maxine Kumin (1981-2); and Gwendolyn Brooks (1985-6).  [Here
Perhaps we should be pleased that the percentage of women chosen for this literary honor is increasing; however, notable, distinguished and talented female poets--Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Audre Lorde to name just a few--were never thus honored.  Furthermore, the present percentage of 26% women to men who were chosen is far from what we must demand, viz. complete equality.  If women do not demand equality of recognition, our work will never be equally honored.
As Bella reminded us years ago, parity must continue to be our beacon and our goal."

Read the full blog entry
posted June 24, 2012

* Obama needs more women in his cabinet.
Please sign the petition to tell President Obama to nominate a woman to be the next Chair of the
Federal Communications Commission.

* RESTORE VAWA - the Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act is a bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women. As Erika Eichelberger writes in The Nation this week, by refusing to reauthorize VAWA, Congressional Republicans are leaving rape victims with few options.

* Support Military Sexual Assault Survivors!
Bills have been introduced that would provide justice for sexual assault survivors currently serving in the U.S. Military, and would help alleviate the suffering of veterans who were sexually assaulted. In order for these bills to become law, they must pass a vote by specific committees prior to going to the full House or Senate for a final vote. Unfortunately most bills never get out of committee. Join us in asking the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Howard “Buck” McKeon and the Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, Carl Levin to support H.R. 3435, The STOP Act, and H.R. 1517, The Holley Lynn James Act.

Ratify the United Nations Convention (Treaty) to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Only 7 nations of the world have not ratified CEDAW - Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, and the United States. It's a disgrace and an insult to all women that the U.S. Senate has still not ratified CEDAW. The women of the world deserve and need their rights. CEDAW promotes education of women and girls, economic opportunity, and works to reduce violence against women. Please go to the new website www.cedaw2010.org for detailed information


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