The National Organization for Women (NOW) has taken aim at the media's coverage of mothers, which frequently pits mothers who work outside the home against those who do not. This kind of coverage was seen on a recent episodes of “Good Morning America” with Diane Sawyer, in which women were asked to describe how their choice to work outside the home or not was somehow “better” than the alternatives.
In a letter to Sawyer and ABC, NOW President Kim Gandy wrote that the women interviewed seemed uncomfortable with the false dichotomy being presented, and that women who work outside the home out of economic necessity were left out by a story that “manages to both exclude and scold them.” “Years of feminist-led progress have resulted in more options for women, but segments like the "Mommy Wars" imply that we still can't trust individual women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families,” wrote Gandy. Instead, Gandy suggested that the popular morning program cover the issues that all mothers face, including childcare, health insurance, early childhood education and the role of men in modern families.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .