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YWA 2013 Nominee: Deepa Kunapuli

Deepa Kunapuli

All I knew was that I wanted to change the world. I just didn’t know how. But in 2007, I got my answer. I met a man named Barack Hussein Obama.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Sarah Burris

Sarah Burris

When I came to the labor movement it wasn’t just because I had an opportunity to try something different. The appeal was in working with a bottom-up union that allowed me the connectivity to the kind of people I knew best.

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Dear POTUS: Why Do I Have to Be Someone’s Daughter for You to Think I Deserve Rights?

President Obama is inaugurated alongside his family.

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.”

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Justice for Sale: Big Money Floods State Judicial Races and the Implications Are Ominous


If state judicial elections continue to be a big-money game, reproductive health and social justice could lose big.

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Was 2012 A “Year of the Woman?” Depends Who You Ask

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, at the National Press Club event 01/07/13. (National Press Club.)

With the greatest number of women ever in Congress, there is still mathematical reason to debate 2012 as a “Year of the Woman.” The elections have come and gone and men still hold 80 out of 100 (80 percent) seats in the Senate, and 355 of 433 (82 percent) filled seats in the House. 

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SBA List Fights Women’s Rights in General: Shame on Time Magazine For Featuring Them

Rally during an SBA bus tour. (Mother Jones)

Time gave the SBA List space to promote their claim to be “pro-life feminists.” Except that in order to be a feminist, you have to work for women’s equality. SBA List is on the anti-feminist side on pretty much every issue, including equal pay and violence against women.

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Akin Donations Prove Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Photo: Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Zuma via Mother Jones.

Despite saying they would have nothing to do with the Missouri Republican, the party still dropped big money on his failed senate campaign.

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Government-Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote, A Barrier to Emergency Contraception

The use of a government issued ID to suppress the rights of “undesirable” communities is not just limited to voting rights, but is also a barrier for access to over-the-counter emergency contraception.

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Let’s Remind Election Winners: Reproductive Coercion is Wrong

We can all agree that forcing women to undergo abortions or sterilizations is wrong — but so is forcing women to gestate and give birth to children they don’t want. It’s time we considered both sides of reproductive coercion.

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Sorry, John McCain, But Anti-Choicers Are Judged on Actions, Not Words

John McCain joins the growing list of Republicans who claim that attacking reproductive rights while declining to talk about it in public will help them win elections. But that strategy has been in effect for years now, and it’s not working anymore. 

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