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WINTER 2008


Winter 2008


Ms. investigative report
Read a Ms. exposé on the good ole boys behind Ward Connerly’s deceptively named “civil rights initiatives”

Election analysis
--Will your vote count this time? After the 2004 Ohio fiasco, feminist secretaries of state are setting the standards for fair elections.
-- Donna Brazile, the first African American woman to run a presidential campaign (Al Gore’s), explains how the political pipeline keeps out women and minority candidates.

And more!!!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

 
National
Global

Attack of the Loan Sharks
Where’s the Money, Cardinal?
Feminism’s Hot Young Magazine
Labor Pains
Rachel and Goliath
New Moon over the Web

Short Takes
Calendar

From First Citizen to Señora Presidente
Prime Time for Tzipi
Iron Sisterhood
Grassroots Growth Spurt
Everywoman Al Jazeera Style
Short Takes

FEATURES

Cover Story
Are U.S. Policies Killing Women? | MICHELE KORT
In a word, yes. And what’s the U.S. president doing about it? Making it worse.

Dying in the Backstreets | MARY KATHOMI RIUNGU
Too often, Kenyan women victimized by unsafe abortions end up in a last-chance Nairobi hospital—if they’re lucky. Blame U.S. policies, not just local law and culture.

Hand in Hand | SUZANNE PETRONI
It’s crucial to align the domestic and global family-planning movements.

Read an excerpt from these three stories

Good Ole Boys | KATHERINE SPILLAR
That’s who’s behind Ward Connerly’s “civil rights” initiatives. If they win on state ballots this fall, women lose.

Contracting Connerly | MARY MOORE AND JENNIFER HAHN
Attacks on affirmative action have had a devastating effect on women and minority contractors—while lining the pockets of the good old boys and their unlikely champion.

A Preference for Deception | KIMBERLE CRENSHAW
A legal scholar shows how the language of civil rights is stolen by those trying to halt affirmative action.

The 2008 Elections: Will Your Vote Count This Time? | JANET JAI
Well, at least two feminist secretaries of state are working hard to improve the system.

Comic Relief | BAMBI HAGGINS
Funny women are finally back on TV and revitalizing the sitcom.

 
DEPARTMENTS

Money
Gender Budgets, Anyone? | MARTHA BURK
Bush prioritizes war and the wealthy over women and children.

Media
Jane Addiction | MELISSA SUE KORT
The ever-popular 19th-century novelist was more feminist than you think.

Excerpt
My Life As a Traitor | ZARAH GHAHRAMANI
The chilling true account of one woman’s torture in an Iran prison.

DVD Watch
Feminist films available for home viewing

Backtalk
Knockin’ on Congress’ Door | Donna Brazile

Book Reviews
Ronnie Steinberg on Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Hanne Blank on Lisa M. Diamond’s Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire

Erin Aubry Kaplan on Werewere Liking’s The Amputated Memory

J. Goodrich on Martha McCaughey’s The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence and Science

Beverly Guy-Sheftall on Paula J. Giddings’ Ida: A Sword Among Lions

Bookmarks
Great reads for winter 2008

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