​Mississippi Continues to Be a Pretty Terrible State for Women

It's been a strange time for women. Maternal mortality in the US has actually increased. There are people in our government who refuse to enact a law for equal pay. Personhood is still a Thing. But where in the US do women face the most hardship? It looks like Mississippi and Utah are duking it out for the top spot. » 10/19/14 12:40pm 10/19/14 12:40pm

America Loves Political 'Bad Boys,' Can't Guarantee Fair Pay for Women

In a move that surprised absolutely no one and still managed to be disappointing, America's deadbeat dad the GOP once again voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act—the bill that aims to protect women from gender-based wage discrimination. And yet, all around the country, we are voting to give disgraced lawmakers… » 9/16/14 2:20pm 9/16/14 2:20pm

Sen. Barbara Mikulski: Of Course I'm 'Emotional' About Gender Pay Gap

Moments after Senate Republicans unanimously voted to block the advancement of the Paycheck Fairness Act — a bill that would have held employers accountable for wage discrimination against women — the bill's lead sponsor, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, unleashed a barrage of scathing criticism against her good-for-nothing… » 4/10/14 3:10pm 4/10/14 3:10pm

Republicans Prove They Love the Ladies By Killing Equal Pay Bill

Just one day after President Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day by signing two executive orders designed to eliminate wage disparity between men and women, Senate Republicans have unanimously blocked a bill that would have turned those orders into laws. Republicans love you, ladies. They love you like Courtney Stodden's… » 4/09/14 4:45pm 4/09/14 4:45pm

Obama Will Sign Equal Pay Executive Orders Without Do-Nothing Congress

Tomorrow, the President will sign two executive orders designed to promote equal pay for women, bypassing the jowly obstructionist fuckos in Congress and once again reminding women in this crucial election year which major national party is the one that actually does stuff for women. At least, that's the goal. » 4/07/14 1:00pm 4/07/14 1:00pm

50 Years Of 'Equal Pay' Lip Service From Presidents

On Tuesday night, President Obama was met with a standing ovation after mentioning in his State of the Union address that women shouldn't get paid less than men, that policies that don't promote pay equality are from the "Mad Men era." Turns out, Presidents have been promising to lift women out of the Mad Men era… » 1/30/14 3:20pm 1/30/14 3:20pm

Here Are the Least Sucky Cities for Women in the Workforce

The pay gap between male and female workers in the U.S., though it decreased briefly in 2011 with women making a whopping 82.2 percent of what men earned (thanks, dudes! Extra shopping ca$h, amirite?), widened again in 2012, most likely because The Recession but also because Old Dudes Don't Want Us Making Money. In… » 5/28/13 7:00pm 5/28/13 7:00pm

Surprisingly, GOP Young Gun Marco Rubio Is Not a Big Fan of the Lilly…

Most reasonable American humans not somehow involved in real, non-envelope-stuffing way (stuffing envelopes is the bullshittiest campaign volunteering anyone can do) with the current political proceedings would probably agree that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is at the very least a step in the right direction when… » 10/21/12 5:00pm 10/21/12 5:00pm

No One Knows Who the Hell Is in Charge Anymore

Did you hear? Men are over. No, wait. Women are over. Women never began. Men are in now all boys. Women are banding together to keep boys down. Women are glitter-obsessed little girls. Scratch that. They're confident business bosses being pressed under the glass ceiling and pinned down like insect specimens. Forget… » 10/01/12 11:40am 10/01/12 11:40am

Former Newsweek Revolutionary Lynn Povich Says That Workplace Gender…

Today, NPR is featuring an interview with Lynn Povich, who worked at Newsweek in the 1960s and recently published The Good Girls Revolt, a book about how the women at Newsweek — then mostly researchers, fact checkers or mail deliverers — sued their bosses in 1969 for greater workplace equality. Povitch told inquisitor… » 9/09/12 12:30pm 9/09/12 12:30pm

Earning a Certificate Is Becoming the Next Great Way to Experience the…

The economy totally sucks. It sucks so much that if you turn on any news channel or flip to the op-ed page of that newspaper you're not reading because physical, page-turning newspapers are really only good for getting ink under your fingernails, someone will be shouting or writing, "Argh! Economy! Euro! Debt crisis!… » 6/09/12 1:00pm 6/09/12 1:00pm

Only 1 in 3 Women Think War Has Been Declared on Them

Between 2012's Race to the Dark Ages Republican primary contest, dozens of new laws designed to punish and humiliate women who choose to have abortions, and the bizarre debate over which women deserve protection from violence under the Violence Against Women Act, it's pretty clear that if the old men who serve as… » 6/01/12 1:00pm 6/01/12 1:00pm

Women Aren't Suing Over Unequal Pay

President Obama's quest to become every American woman's personal BFF began shortly after his inauguration, when he signed the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act into law. The purpose of the act was to extend the statute of limitations on wage discrimination regulations, so that women who discovered several years later that… » 5/14/12 2:20pm 5/14/12 2:20pm

Watch Rachel Maddow Own GOP Strategist Alex Castellanos After He Claims…

Beware people who begin the arguments with the word "actually" because, more often than not, they're about to lay down a thick layer of nasally, affected condescension. At least, that's what happens in this clip from a Meet the Press confrontation between fact-marshalling Rachel Maddow and obfuscating GOP strategist… » 4/29/12 3:30pm 4/29/12 3:30pm

Ladies Now Care More About Making Money Than Lazy, Lazy Dudes

Women have finally begun to give up the ghost of any lingering Cinderella or Romney fantasies left after the Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? disaster. According to new research released by the Pew Research Center, for the first time, women care more about having high paying jobs for themselves than their male… » 4/19/12 7:20pm 4/19/12 7:20pm

Ambitious Governor Manages to Crap on Women's Rights, Health Care & Sex…

Thursdays are always a conundrum; not close enough to the weekend to justify going all out, but not close enough to the beginning of the week to feel like hunkering down and nesting. But if you're Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, you solved this week's Thursday Problem by spending the day signing a truly shitty… » 4/06/12 7:10pm 4/06/12 7:10pm

The Most Glittery Declarations From the State of the Union

Last night, the Powers that Be gathered in Washington DC for the annual Nerd Oscars— the President's State of the Union address. There were ties in primary colors, John Boehner's aggressively orange skin, that hug between the President and Gabrielle Giffords that made everyone cry, plenty of clapping, and more… » 1/25/12 12:00pm 1/25/12 12:00pm