women's rights

ACLU says health care decision "especially welcome" for women, minorities

Decision "recognizes that Congress has the constitutional authority to fix a health care system that does not work for millions of Americans."

Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes demonstrates the dangers of sex-segregated education

"Today, we are sending demand letters to school districts in Florida, Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama insisting that they take steps to end single-sex programs that rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes, and we’re launching a new campaign called Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes to drive the point home."

Why is sex-segregated schooling so limiting?

"Social scientists have found that separating students by sex simply makes the contrast between the sexes more salient. And, when you look at what the proponents of single-sex classrooms are preaching, it’s easy to see the world segregated classrooms can create.   Take Dr. Leonard Sax, who suggests that a boy who likes to read, does not enjoy contact sports, and does not have a lot of close male friends has a problem, even if he thinks he is happy, and that such a boy should be firmly disciplined, required to spend time with “normal males,” and made to play sports. Yikes!"

Read the rest of the post for more old-school lunacy, and this post for more information and arguments against the practice.

What Would Jesus Do?

In the latest Civil Liberties Minute, host Bill Newman ponders "What Would Jesus Do", equal rights, and the Masters.

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The Invisible War – On Women

Yesterday, our colleagues at the Blog of Rights posted on the issue of sexual violence in the US military--a problem that’s all but invisible to civilians. The numbers are positively grim, and the problem doesn’t seem to be going away.

From the post: “While it is estimated that over 19,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military in 2010, a rate far higher than among civilians, the government has failed systematically to investigate complaints, appropriately punish perpetrators, and treat trauma and other health conditions suffered by survivors. The profound personal and social consequences that arise from the government’s systemic failures are powerfully profiled in the new film, The Invisible War. Turning a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.”

They’ve posted a powerful trailer for the film, which is a Sundance-screened documentary that tackles the problem head-on, interviewing female service members who are survivors from this “invisible” battlefield. It’s impossible to watch without getting upset--and that is the idea.

We’re searching for answers. American women shouldn’t have to put themselves at peril--at the hands of their fellow soldiers--in order to serve their country.

Read more at the Blog of Rights.

Victory! Senate blocks dangerous Blunt Amendment

Today, the Senate rejected the notion that your boss can decide that you shouldn't have health insurance for cancer screenings, or make you pay out of your pocket for your daughter's vaccinations. But how did such an extreme proposal like the Blunt amendment make its way to the Senate in the first place?

Two words: birth control.

Read the rest of this entry at the National ACLU's Blog of Rights.