23 Jan 2013

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Getting an Abortion Is Still a Major Challenge

By Eleanor J. Bader, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. Ramona, 32, mother of a four-year-old daughter, is dropped off at the Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut at 8 a.m. on a frigid December Saturday. As she gets out of the car to walk the thirty feet to the

13 Dec 2012

The Abortion Rights Looking Glass: Canada Reflects Women First

By Nick van der Graaf, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. Currently, Canada is the only country in the world where there are no criminal laws pertaining to abortion. Combined with our publicly-funded universal health care system, this means abortion is available on demand, period. Many in the United States

06 Dec 2012

How My Friend From Kabul Escaped an Honor Killing and Saved Her Life – So Far

By Mahnaz Rezaie, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. I am from Afghanistan. I am now an undergraduate student on scholarship at an American college. I was on campus last Sunday when I read – and agonized over – an article on the front page of The New York Times

30 Nov 2012

Standing Our Ground: Going Beyond Maslow’s Basic Needs

By Mary E. Plouffe, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs tells us that basic needs (food, shelter, safety) must be satisfied before higher level needs (social relationships, self-esteem, self-actualization) can be given much attention. A University of Illinois study published in 2011 challenges this assumption.

21 Nov 2012

Military Women Thankful as SWAN Combats Sexual Abuse

By Jamie J. Hagen, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. The world may be concentrating on General Petraeus’ dalliance. But the real story of sexual misbehavior in the military is far broader – and far more serious and damaging to so many of our women and men who serve. SWAN,

14 Nov 2012

Your Vote Got Counted. Here’s Why

By Sheila Parks, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. Yes, my side won. So, the argument could be made that I was wrong when it comes to election fraud. The real story is more complicated. I believe that my side – your side, the women’s side – won in part becausevoting rights

22 Oct 2012

No, Joe Walsh: Women Do Not Have Nine Lives

By Merle Hoffman, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine. Congressman Joe Walsh says abortions never save women’s lives. He’s wrong. Here’s one story out of many: This happened in 1989. Very publicly. Nancy Klein, a pregnant Long Island woman rendered comatose by a car accident, was finally given an abortion,

04 Oct 2012

Where Are The Women?

By Merle Hoffman, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine After debating every major “right-to-life” leader in this country- including Jerry Falwell – I didn’t need to watch the debate tonight to know that no matter who the pundits say won, it is women who are losing. In the meager segment

02 Oct 2012

Presidential Debate and the Twenty Year Gender Gap: Carole Simpson on 1992

By Barbara Fischkin, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. It was 1992 and the presidential race between incumbent George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot was in full steam. Five days before the second debate, ABC’s Carole Simpson was named the first woman-and first African American-moderator. It was also

25 Sep 2012

Brilliance Outside the Box: Shulamith Firestone Remembered

By Barbara Fischkin, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine It was a memorial service – and a call to action. Shulamith Firestone, the brilliant, troubled feminist author, artist and activist who died in late August, was remembered at a sad but energized Manhattan memorial service Sunday night at St. Mark’s