Posts tagged women's rights

nprfreshair | Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped by Fresh Air on her national book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices.  In the interview Clinton explains how she was treated as an “honorary man” while traveling as Secretary of State:
When you’re a Secretary of State, as [Condoleezza] Rice and Madeleine Albright and I have discussed — it’s perhaps unfortunate, but it’s a fact — that you’re treated as a kind of an honorary man or a unique woman who comes from another place outside of the religion, outside of the culture.
I never ran into any personal problems with that. I had very frank discussions on a full range of issues in a lot of countries where women were denied their rights. But I always raised women’s rights, so it could not be said or assumed by the leader that I was happy with the position of being the “honorary man,” the representative of the government of the United States. And I think you’d hear the same from Condi and Madeleine.
You know full well, your eyes are open, you’re going into this and the reason they’re receiving you — and you don’t have your head covered and, in my case, I’m standing there in a pantsuit and I’m shaking their hand and it’s going to be on the front page of their newspaper — that they see that as an exception.
And I keep trying to demonstrate they can learn from our experience in our country, where over the long history of the United States we keep trying to make a more perfect union, and of course that includes trying to ensure the full participation of women.
Photo: Clinton meets with delegates from an Afghan women’s civil society during an international conference on the future of Afghanistan in 2011 via Human Rights Watch

nprfreshair | Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped by Fresh Air on her national book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices.  In the interview Clinton explains how she was treated as an “honorary man” while traveling as Secretary of State:

When you’re a Secretary of State, as [Condoleezza] Rice and Madeleine Albright and I have discussed — it’s perhaps unfortunate, but it’s a fact — that you’re treated as a kind of an honorary man or a unique woman who comes from another place outside of the religion, outside of the culture.

I never ran into any personal problems with that. I had very frank discussions on a full range of issues in a lot of countries where women were denied their rights. But I always raised women’s rights, so it could not be said or assumed by the leader that I was happy with the position of being the “honorary man,” the representative of the government of the United States. And I think you’d hear the same from Condi and Madeleine.

You know full well, your eyes are open, you’re going into this and the reason they’re receiving you — and you don’t have your head covered and, in my case, I’m standing there in a pantsuit and I’m shaking their hand and it’s going to be on the front page of their newspaper — that they see that as an exception.

And I keep trying to demonstrate they can learn from our experience in our country, where over the long history of the United States we keep trying to make a more perfect union, and of course that includes trying to ensure the full participation of women.

Photo: Clinton meets with delegates from an Afghan women’s civil society during an international conference on the future of Afghanistan in 2011 via Human Rights Watch

arimelber | Today the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a new painting of all the women who have ever served on The Supreme Court.
It is not, unfortunately, a large painting.

arimelber | Today the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a new painting of all the women who have ever served on The Supreme Court.

It is not, unfortunately, a large painting.

breakingnews | Texas abortion bill misses deadline |
USA Today: A vote on a Texas bill that would severely curtail abortion rights in the state descended into chaos in the early hours of Wednesday morning as lawmakers said the final vote missed a midnight deadline.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session’s deadline. Dewhurst said on Wednesday morning that the abortion bill did not pass.
Photo: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill on June 25 in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

breakingnews | Texas abortion bill misses deadline |

USA Today: A vote on a Texas bill that would severely curtail abortion rights in the state descended into chaos in the early hours of Wednesday morning as lawmakers said the final vote missed a midnight deadline.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session’s deadline. Dewhurst said on Wednesday morning that the abortion bill did not pass.

Photo: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill on June 25 in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

One of the biggest issues raised by the Scott Brown controversy was how women are acknowledged in a field that is dominated by men |
Denise Scott Brown says that the whole controversy has not been without its benefits—namely that it has generated plenty of awareness about the role of joint creativity in the design and construction of buildings. “I’m feeling very good about this,” she says, “especially all of this support from other people—people I’ve never even met.” 
The groundswell certainly raises questions about the relevance of the Pritzker to begin with. “I think,” she says wryly, “it will become known as the sad old white men’s award.”

One of the biggest issues raised by the Scott Brown controversy was how women are acknowledged in a field that is dominated by men |

Denise Scott Brown says that the whole controversy has not been without its benefits—namely that it has generated plenty of awareness about the role of joint creativity in the design and construction of buildings. “I’m feeling very good about this,” she says, “especially all of this support from other people—people I’ve never even met.” 

The groundswell certainly raises questions about the relevance of the Pritzker to begin with. “I think,” she says wryly, “it will become known as the sad old white men’s award.”

Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Denies Honors for Denise Scott Brown | 
Despite a public outcry, the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee will not honor Denise Scott Brown’s request for Pritzker recognition.
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Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Denies Honors for Denise Scott Brown | 

Despite a public outcry, the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee will not honor Denise Scott Brown’s request for Pritzker recognition.

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If a stay is granted, it will allow the bad-faith, politically motivated decision of Secretary Sebelius, who lacks any medical or scientific expertise, to prevail — thus justifiably undermining the public’s confidence in the drug approval process.
U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman • In a statement denying a stay of his ruling allowing the morning-after pill to be sold over the counter to people under the age of 17. Korman’s opinions on this case have been extremely harsh towards Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration, due to Sebelius’ 2011 decision that blocked an FDA recommendation on the matter. (via shortformblog)

Suffrage and suffering at the “Women’s Suffrage Parade” in Washington DC, March 3, 1913

Progress:

pantslessprogressive |

  • First time same-sex marriage is legalized by state ballot measure (and in three states: ME, MD and WA); 
  • First openly gay female senator (WI’s Tammy Baldwin);
  • First disabled female veteran in Congress (IL’s Tammy Duckworth);
  • First Asian-American (and first Buddhist) female Senator (HI’s Mazie Hirono);
  • First state dominated by female federal leaders (NH has a female Democratic governor, two female Senators and two Congresswomen). 
The GOP’s retrograde positions on gender, and general ignorance of human biology, has evidently cost them a shot at the Senate.