During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.
I was disheartened by President Obama’s reasoning for why Congress should do great things for women: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”
Too often, “love” and “justice” are understood in completely different categories. In fact, they are just different incarnations of one another.
The Senate votes 78-22 to reauthorize VAWA.
In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?
Can we encourage every state to follow their lead?
Well, at least he’s getting nice and specific.
The 113th session is already starting to look a lot like the 112th session.
Rachel Maddow explains that while past comments by President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, about such things as rape, abortion and homosexuality might seem irrelevant to the job, in fact they’re very important to the military members whose lives he would be overseeing.
The leading anti-choice women in politics group has never asked a woman to keynote their annual gala.