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In the News: The War on Women is Over!!!

Jubilation!! The War on Women is Over!!! Woo hoo!!!! Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the muu-sic!!!!!

Fresh from the shores of Nonsensia:

– “Debunking the “War on Women” – Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

– “If There Was A War on Women, I Think They Won” – Rand Paul, Meet the Press

– “Women don’t want equal pay, they already get ‘exactly what they’re worth'” – Martha MacCallum, Fox News

– “Women are better off barefoot and pregnant” – Mike Huckabee, Anywhere That Would Have Him

– “I support pay equity except the part about ‘voting for it'” – Cathy McMorris Rodgers, SOTU Rebuttal

Wait a minute. :::consults notes:::

Much like how the White Privileged Males on the Supreme Court declared that there is no longer a need for that pesky Voting Rights Act because there is no racism in America, the right-wing pundits and politicians have declared that there is no longer a War on Women. So don’t worry your pretty little heads … just become a Stepford Woman vote for Republicans who only have our best interests at heart.

Meanwhile, in The Real World:

Gender Wage Gap Remained At 77 Percent In 2012

On Tuesday, the Census Bureau released new numbers showing that the gender wage gap was 77 percent in 2012, meaning women make just 77 cents for each dollar a man makes. Median earnings for men working full-time were $49,400 while women’s were just $37,800. These numbers didn’t show any significant change from 2011 and there hasn’t been an increase since 2007.

While many factors go into the disparity between what men and women make, even accounting for factors such as job tenure, whether someone goes part-time, industry, occupation, race, and marital status can’t explain the gap. Women make less than men no matter what job they take, what industry they enter, or how much education they attain. They are paid less beginning with their first jobs out of college right up until they reach the highest ranks of their companies.


Women Led Just 3 Percent Of Companies That Went Public Over The Last 17 Years

Only 3 percent of the companies that went public in the U.S. between 1996 and 2013 were run by female CEOs, according to research highlighted by the Wall Street Journal.

Part of the problem, the researchers posit, could be that few women run venture capital-backed companies, which often end up going public. Women-led companies also get a very small share of venture capital funding, netting 13 percent last year, which was actually a record high and an increase from just 4 percent in 2004.

But bias against women executives from potential IPO investors may also be part of the problem. The Journal notes a forthcoming research paper that found business school students who reviewed public offering prospectuses of the same company but with different genders for the CEO were four times more likely to recommend investing in a male-led company.

These Five States Have Spent More Than $3 Million Defending Anti-Abortion Laws

Five states – Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas – have spent a combined $3,228,000 defending strict anti-abortion laws over the past several years. But it’s not like that money has no better purpose.


If you sense desperation, it is because Republicans realize that their full-throated war on women is losing them the votes of one of the most reliable voting blocs in the country.

h/t Floja Roja


  1. princesspat

    When Biography Trumps Substance

    As for the substance of the Republican alternative, there was none. Her speech was soft-focus theater and platitudes. The message was: We’re not all angry white guys. “Sometimes, Republicans think just putting a woman up front means somehow that women are going to feel good about the party,” Christine Whitman, the former New Jersey governor, and a Republican, told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s not about the messenger. It’s about the message.”

    And the message was mush. For those struggling, the congresswoman said, “we have plans,” at least four times, and then mentioned no plans. It was the same market-tested ether about “empowering you” and “trusting people, not government.”


    The reason that large numbers of people here in the home district of Cathy McMorris Rodgers are signing up for the first chance in their lives to get affordable, or even free, health care is because they know something their member of Congress doesn’t. The girl who once picked apples in Kettle Falls can’t see what they see, because she’s committed to a party that won’t allow it.

    Fortunately for the people in her district Wa State has extended Medicaid to the working poor and has voted to raise the minimum wage, because she consistently votes against their best interests.

    Consider Stevens County, her home, an area about half the size of Connecticut with fewer than 50,000 people. It’s gorgeous country, hard by the Columbia River, but a hard place to make a decent living. The county’s unemployment rate was 30 percent above the national average last year. One in six people live below the poverty level. One in five are on food stamps. And the leading employer is government, providing 3,023 of the 9,580 nonfarm payroll jobs last year.

    Needless to say I find her most annoying!

  2. Ann Romney: ‘The Country Lost’ By Re-Electing Obama

    “I really believe this, you know, we lost, but truly the country lost by not having Mitt as president,” Ann said during an interview on Fox News.

    She opted to be “polite and nice” and not comment on President Obama’s second term, but said she comes across people all the time who are “still really sad” about the outcome of the 2012 race.

    I, for one, am really sad that these people won’t go away.  

  3. In 2012, women went against the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, 55 percent to 44 percent. Huckabee could help push that to 60-40.

    The party shouldn’t be surprised by Huckabee. He was the last and loudest supporter of former Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, whose confusion about female anatomy cost him a 2012 Senate race. Akin mused over what constituted “legitimate rape” and how women came equipped with a built-in defense against getting pregnant if attacked.

    Such thoughts don’t pop out of nowhere. They are in the Republican atmosphere just waiting to be blurted out. Huckabee is no backbencher. He’s mulling another presidential run.

    Bloomberg News

  4. Diana in NoVa

    Well, whoopee shee-ut. You could have fooled me!

    Rethugs, just keep talking. Please proceed, imbeciles. Considering that “Independent” is code for “Ashamed to Admit I’m Republican,” every time Mike Hucks up, an “Independent” decides to vote Democratic.

    My state, Virginia, is getting more purplish by the day. Going to turn it blue pretty soon.

    Thanks for the diary, JanF, always interesting to see the crazies’ utterances rounded up in one corral. Yikes!

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