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Tag: womens rights


CONGRESS: Enjoy summer and fear the fall

With the housing market, jobs, retail sales and construction on the rise; mortgage rates holding steady; and the annual deficit decreasing, I see reason for optimism.

On the other side of the coin, I see the conservative fringe of the Republican Party threatening some very bad behavior in the fall session of congress. If we can believe their summer recess threats, we face a possible government shutdown and lower taxes for the rich, with all the benefits that trickle down to the working class.

Their proposed social agenda is equally as destructive: Further attacks on women’s reproductive rights, suppression of

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WOMEN: Here’s something else Parker doesn’t remember

Re: “Reflections on the half-century of ‘The Feminine Mystique” (Kathleen Parker column, 2-13).

I have great respect for Parker, although we generally live on different sides of the political spectrum. She may in fact not be old enough to remember the “bad old days” of the 1950s and ’60s, when jobs were advertised in the newspaper under separate column heads as “Help Wanted-Male” and “Help Wanted-Female” – and they meant it.

Women were paid less than men for the same work, on the grounds that “a man has a family to support” – regardless of whether the man actually

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WOMEN: Friedan right on ‘Feminine Mystique’

Under the guise of a “tribute,” columnist Kathleen Parker excoriates Betty Friedan, whose “Feminine Mystique” did not, in fact, merely plead the cause of “rich, educated women” (TNT, 2-13).

Parker is probably old enough to remember when girls couldn’t deliver newspapers, married women couldn’t be airline “stewardesses,” female medical students were steered into pediatrics/gynecology, and many a dad who bragged about his daughter’s academic accomplishments nevertheless arranged (as mine did) for her to study shorthand and typing as a “fallback.”

During an earlier era, women helped out on the farm and in family businesses. During World War II, many

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ELECTION: Republicans don’t have a clue

The Republicans are in a feeding frenzy over who to blame for the losses of the Nov. 6 election. Some Republicans are targeting Hispanics and want to “change their message to them.”

These Republicans need to view “illegal immigrants” as decent, hard-working human beings who deserve respect. They need to care about their needs instead of looking at them as “numbers” for the next election.

Republicans don’t understand what most Americans care about: jobs, education for their children, health care and women’s right to control their own bodies. Until Republicans decide to work on solutions to our real problems, instead

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WOMEN: Empowerment good for the world

I read with interest Kathleen Parker’s opinion piece on women’s rights in foreign policy (TNT, 4-5). She quoted an anonymous senior White House official who said, regarding women’s rights: “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project.”

Special interest, indeed! It’s a human rights issue.

More than two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. Larry Summers, President Obama’s chief economic adviser has asserted that “educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment we can make in the developing world.”

For every year of schooling that a girl has

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