GOP Congresswoman Votes Against Women, Because Ladies Don't Want Help

On Meet the Press, former White House adviser David Axelrod asked Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) if pay equity laws are integral in ensuring equal pay for women — which, you know, is kind-of an important question because nearly one hundred percent of American women are working jobs that pay men more. Her response?… » 6/03/13 10:00am 6/03/13 10:00am

Shit Politicians Say About the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed the Senate and is now waiting for its fate from the House, where conservatives will surely come up with a variety of creative ways to explain why they object to protections against Native American, LGBT, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. » 2/21/13 5:20pm 2/21/13 5:20pm

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Despite Best Efforts of…

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act this afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Every female senator voted in favor of the act (phew) and, naturally, those dissenting 22 were all Republican men, including rising GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who apparently decided it would be more helpful to his career if… » 2/12/13 3:30pm 2/12/13 3:30pm

VAWA Must Pass to Protect All Women, Regardless of Race

I am a Dakota and Lakota Sioux Native American woman who was born and raised on the reservation. As a girl I was raped; yet I overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become an attorney and later, a tribal judge. For all of these reasons, I am acutely aware of the severity and urgency surrounding the problem of… » 2/08/13 1:00pm 2/08/13 1:00pm

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced, Can it Pass the Infamously…

You, a sane person, might think the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — something that's a proven saver of lives — would be an easy, bipartisan pass in Congress. Well, the two other times the 1994 legislation came up for reauthorization, it was. However, during the 2012 reauthorization, which slid… » 1/23/13 9:15pm 1/23/13 9:15pm

Rapes on Indian Reservations Reach Epidemic Proportions

It's not hard to come up with a pretty long list of the ways in which Native Americans have been mistreated and abused by this country's government, but in addition to all of the horrors they've endured throughout history, there's now a very modern problem facing people living on reservations: they experience… » 5/24/12 10:25am 5/24/12 10:25am

Congresswoman Who Was Raped Understandably Pissed at Passage of…

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, told reporters that the watered down House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act was insulting to her as a woman of color, and as a rape victim. The House's version of the bill stripped away provisions from the Senate version of the bill that would… » 5/17/12 6:30pm 5/17/12 6:30pm

Why a Wife Beater, Mail Order Bride Service, and Men's Rights Group…

The House of Representatives is debating a stripped down version of the Violence Against Women Act introduced by a cabal of Republicans who thought that the Democrats' proposed inclusion of undocumented, Native, and lesbian women went too far and "watered down" the definition of violence. The Violence Against Some… » 5/16/12 4:40pm 5/16/12 4:40pm

New Version of Violence Against Women Act Shows GOP Only Hates the Most…

Faced with accusations that their opposition to renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is a sign that they've taken a very unpopular "pro-woman beating" stance, Congressional Republicans are hurriedly drafting their own version of the bill to prove that they don't hate all women. Their version will be sort of like… » 4/25/12 9:00pm 4/25/12 9:00pm

Get Ready for the Most Depressing Senate Debate of All Time!

This week, the US Senate will begin debating provisions of the Violence Against Women Act that extend protection to undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples, because Republicans are so opposed to extending protection to undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples that they're willing to contest something called… » 4/23/12 6:40pm 4/23/12 6:40pm