Second Presidential Debate TONIGHT @ 9 PM EST

As we reflect on what is and is not said tonight at the second debate, let us remember that we are not simply voting for a leader for the next four years; we are electing the future of women’s choice in the United States. Read about Romney/Ryan’s terrifying plans to outlaw abortion across the country, via NY Times: “We do not need to guess about … Continue reading Second Presidential Debate TONIGHT @ 9 PM EST

Women’s Campaign Fund Urges Women to be Politically Active

Brittany Chevalier As a student of American and Women’s History, I have always been passionate about women’s participation in the political realm. When I found out that I received the summer fellowship at the Women’s Campaign Fund in Washington, D.C., I was overjoyed because I knew it would be a learning experience that would determine my future and, perhaps, help me figure out what would … Continue reading Women’s Campaign Fund Urges Women to be Politically Active

The “Wicked Woodhull”: Still Waiting for a Woman!

Marion Sader One hundred and thirty-eight years before Hillary Rodham Clinton decided to seek her party’s nomination for President of the United States, Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced that she would become the first female candidate for America’s highest political office. In 1872 Woodhull’s name was placed on the ballot as the nominee of the National Equal Rights Party, a third party she herself had established … Continue reading The “Wicked Woodhull”: Still Waiting for a Woman!

Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?: Sex Scandals in US Politics

Katy Gehred Women have been actively barred from taking part in elections in America for a very large portion of our country’s history. It took suffragettes almost a century of hard battling to scrape our way up to the vote in 1920. But there is one particularly unimaginative way that women have been active in US politics since the birth of our nation. Sex scandals. … Continue reading Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?: Sex Scandals in US Politics

Modern-Day Coverture Still Limiting Women’s Voices

Sian Leach Under the system of coverture, women were denied a political voice of their own, but as a nation we have come a long way since our founding. While we have moved beyond seeing women as perpetual dependents, we have not moved beyond the idea that women are not capable of making decisions regarding their own bodies. Coverture came over to the American colonies … Continue reading Modern-Day Coverture Still Limiting Women’s Voices

Voter ID Laws target women, transgender persons

Emilie Egger This November, several states will implement their new Voter Identification laws, many of which require the presentation of a valid photo ID at the time of casting the ballot. These laws were ostensibly designed to eliminate voter fraud at the polls; however, instead of actually preventing voter fraud (of which there appears to be very little, according to a Brennan Center for Justice … Continue reading Voter ID Laws target women, transgender persons

Why Women Can’t Afford to Lose Obamacare

By Emma Staffaroni On June 28, 2012, when the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known familiarly as “Obamacare,” women around the nation breathed a sigh of relief. Planned Parenthood reports that in the two years since the law’s passage, 20 million women have received preventative health care services. It was Nancy Pelosi  who first publicly stated that under this law, … Continue reading Why Women Can’t Afford to Lose Obamacare

Egyptian Revolution

Heba Naguib Even though the government has switched hands, have there been any real political changes? There have been real political changes in Egypt. For the first time, Egyptians have chosen their president in a fair election (even though actually there is no election that is one hundred percent fair). The winner, President Mohamed Morsi, comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, a party that was barred … Continue reading Egyptian Revolution