This Week: Women’s Suffrage, Black Women’s Health & more

My Favorite August

New York Times: “The story in American history I most like to tell is the one about how women got the right to vote 90 years ago this month. It has everything. Adventure! Suspense! Treachery! Drunken legislators!  But, first, there was a 70-year slog.”

Mocking Perfect Gender Performances

Sociological Images: “Both men and women face a lot of pressure to be masculine and feminine respectively.  But, ironically, people who rigidly conform to rules about gender, those who enact perfect performances of masculinity or femininity, are often the butt of jokes.”

“It’s Not Just Bullets Scarring Chicago Public Housing Residents”

Colorlines: “According to the latest round of health surveys, the community members, nearly all black women, who have been tracked since 2001, continue to struggle to move beyond an environment of poverty, even after being relocated. While the women of Madden/Wells had always suffered poor health overall, their problems gradually worsened to “stunning” levels in 2009.”

The ‘principled left’ Obama needs

Washington Post: “As historian Michael Kazin likes to say, “If the left were not somewhat unhappy with Barack Obama, it would not be much of a left.” Maybe Gibbs needs a history lesson on the relationship of the left to presidential administrations. Both FDR and LBJ, for example, had to respond to insurgencies on their left—labor and civil-rights movements—and in so doing were pushed to adopt bold progressive reforms.”

Study: Workers Think Lady Bosses Are Back-Stabbing Bitches

Jezebel: “The survey, in which 63% of women and 75% of men said they prefer to have a male supervisor, gave the Daily Mail lots of opportunities to do what it does best: reporting stereotypes as fact with barely disguised glee.”

GOP takes harsher stance towards Islam

Politico: “Republican leaders have largely abandoned former President George W. Bush’s post-Sept. 11 rhetorical embrace of American Muslims and his insistence — always controversial inside the party — that Islam is a religion of peace. This weekend, former Bush aides were among the very few Republicans siding with Obama, as many of the party’s leaders have moved toward more vocal denunciations of Islam’s role in violence abroad and suspicion of its place at home.”

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