Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host known for his anti-feminist rants, devoted an entire show to the 2002 Ms. Women of the Year. The thirteen Women of the Year, a group of groundbreaking trailblazers and champions for justice, were recognized not for any “real accomplishments” but because they had “flipped the bird to men,” he said. “Qualifications are based on an interpretation of these women's reaction to men, not their legitimate successes.”
Rush then launched personal attacks against the 2002 Ms. Women of the Year with lies, inaccuracies and purely offensive remarks. He begins his rampage by claiming that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi became the first woman elected to lead a party in either chamber of Congress because she “stabbed Democrat men in the back to get into power.” Rush seems to have forgotten that Pelosi was elected to her top leadership position by those same Democratic men.
Rush dismissed Barbara Blaine, as merely “somebody who’s been abused by a priest and then started an organization.” Blaine, who survived sexual abuse herself, went on to found the nation’s leading organization for survivors of priest sexual abuse and is currently leading the fight for accountability from the Catholic church, is, according to Rush, just some woman who “flipped the bird to men.” If standing up for survivors of abuse is equal to “flipping the bird to men” then Rush Limbaugh may be the only public figure to defend the Catholic Church for its rape and abuse of innocent children.
As if that wasn’t outrageous enough, Rush attacked the three courageous whistleblowers, Enron's Sharon Watkins, WorldCom's Cynthia Cooper and the FBI's Colleen Rowley, for exposing widespread fraud in corporate America and our federal government. “They got the award because they brought down a bunch of guys. They got the award because they brought down a bunch of heathen corporate executives,” he said.
And in yet another example of this twisted logic, Rush questions Ms. for selecting Jamie Lee Curtis as a Woman of the Year for courageously insisting that More magazine photograph her in her real flesh - without makeup, without flattering clothes and without computer alterations. He claims that Ms. judged Curtis based on her looks, when in fact she was honored for taking on the beauty myth and society’s artificial notion of feminine perfection.
Rush refuses to recognize the 2002 Ms. Women of the Year as women who demand justice in everything they do and look forward to make sure that the future generations of women are not left behind.
Media Resources: The Rush Limbaugh Show 12/10/02; Feminist Majority Foundation 12/11/02
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .