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  •  Women's organizations are uniting (2+ / 0-)
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    A recent diary reported on the HERVotes coalition of over 50 women's groups joining forces to take action. http://www.dailykos.com/...
    The new multi-organization effort's goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women’s Health and Economic Rights.  
    http://hervotes.org/

    We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

    by susanWAstate on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 02:00:01 PM PST

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    •  I'm passing on HERVotes for now (5+ / 0-)

      They don't appear to have a good grasp on women's issues.  For example, the only health issues they're discussing are those related to birth control.  Hate to break it to them, but women's health encompasses much, much more than having access to birth control and a pap test.

      As for economic issues, they completely ignore retirement security, especially as it relates to Social Security reform and Medicare.  Dumb.  

      The old-school women's movements of the 60's and 70's were not so narrow minded or ageist as today's groups.

      Keep working on it HERVotes and get back to us when you have a more comprehensive agenda.

      •  I took another look at their website (2+ / 0-)
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        Betty Pinson, lyvwyr101

        And I agree it's kinda funky.  They call their posts 'Blog Carnivals' which is just weird, and their blogs don't have much interaction. Their Top 12 Advances at Risk is a good list though, with heavy focus on economics and health care. http://hervotes.org/...

        They raise some good points, like women are particularly at risk from the Voter ID laws because many the Photo ID carried by many women may not match their current legal name.  But they don't include any sort of an action plan for addressing the issues.

        We really do need an effective coalition to focus our efforts, educate folks, and maximize our clout in the coming months.

        We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

        by susanWAstate on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 02:41:29 PM PST

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        •  Well, I've got some free time (2+ / 0-)
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          on my hands. Why not?  Interested?  

          •  I do have free time and it is important (1+ / 0-)
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            But I haven't got a clue how to start.  My people skills pretty much suck but I'm a great analyst, researcher and I write well.  What do you propose?

            We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

            by susanWAstate on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 03:07:27 PM PST

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            •  Similarly afflicted (2+ / 0-)
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              lyvwyr101, Betty Pinson

              I always thought of these issues framed thusly:

              Women's Reproductive Self Determination--Its a mouthful but it covers the bases.

              Comprehensive, Gender Specific Healthcare --gets to the different aspects of female healthcare that might not fall into the reproductive spectrum so much.

              Maybe it's time to bring out the Golden Oldie of Consciousness Raising---Because you are absolutely correct, this requires a more wholistic approach. There are two many issues that are under attack right now:

              Ranging from Healthcare, family planning, subsidized daycare, affordable housing, equal pay/liveable wage etc.,

              •  A friend recently told me (1+ / 0-)
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                that she was relieved to learn that, upon reaching the age for SS eligibility, she will receive benefits based on her income (not much) as well as a portion of her ex-husband's income.  

                What she didn't realize was that those changes were the result of feminist activists back during the 1970's.  They spent a great deal of time and effort studying the lifetime earning power of the average woman who stayed at home or worked part time during her marriage.  It explained why so many elderly women were living in poverty, receiving little, if any, SS benefits.

                In those days, feminists cared about all aspects of women's lives, covering the entire arc of their lives from birth to death.  Today, it's restricted to the reproductive years only.

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