Category Archives: Discrimination

White House Council on Women and Girls

Via Feministing comes the speech that Obama gave prior to signing his executive order that created the White House Council on Women and Girls: I think that it was a rather good speech, even though I really wish that he … Continue reading

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Sheriff Arpaio Under Investigation By U.S. Justice Department

Almost a week ago, I shared a petition that demanded an investigation in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reign of terror in Maricopa County, Arizona.  I am now both absolutely thrilled and admittedly really shocked to share the news that an investigation … Continue reading

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The next step for fair pay

Tuesday morning I met with a woman I know from the National Women’s Law Center press shop and I told her that it’s very tempting to just blog on their work every day. I get a lot of good shit … Continue reading

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Illinois Legislation Would Prevent Forcible Sterilizations of People With Disabilities

Last April, a court in Illinois ruled that a certain woman with a mental disability could not be forcibly sterilized at the request of her guardian.  This was excellent news, and a great step forward for the civil rights of … Continue reading

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Transgender Woman Beaten By Police and Threatened With Murder in Honduras

From Amnesty International UK comes the story of a woman, transgender sex worker and HIV/AIDS campaigner (unnamed for her own safety) in Honduras, who was assaulted by police officers and threatened with death if she spoke out about the attack: … Continue reading

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Female Heart Patients Experience More Emergency Room Delays

As sad as it is that there has to be an addition to our discussion from last week regarding the gender disparities in kidney transplants, this article about disparities in emergency room care for those experiencing heart trouble does make … Continue reading

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New Jersey Mayor Steps Down After Racist Threats

This clip from MSNBC tells us about Charles Tyson, the ex-mayor of South Harrison Township in New Jersey.  Tyson was the first ever black mayor of the town — and he recently stepped down due to racist harassment and threats. … Continue reading

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Illinois Sued Over Refusal to Correct Birth Certificates

Well this is incredibly ridiculous, really upsetting . . . and wholly unsurprising. Two transgender women are suing the state of Illinois, which is refusing to change/correct their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender identities. Why won’t the state … Continue reading

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Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

President Barack Obama has just signed his first piece of legislation — and in a move that will hold much symbolism for women and all invested in their equality, it was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Ledbetter, now 70, … Continue reading

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Gender Discrimination in Unexpected Places

A new study shows a gender gap in kidney transplant rates. Unsurprisingly, women — or, I should say, certain women — are on the bottom end of that gap.  This is the case even though women fare just as well … Continue reading

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“Distinguishing a Political Stance from a Racist Stance”

Via email, a reader pointed me toward a paper by the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association that represents a different view of what we’ve been discussing recently, The Forgotten “–ism:” An Arab American Women’s Perspective on Zionism, Racism and Sexism [pdf], … Continue reading

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A terrible idea indeed.

via Christopher Hayes, Israel bans Arab parties from running in the upcoming elections. Matt makes an interesting point when he says: One of the most hopeful and impressive aspects of Israeli society, in my view, has long been the relatively … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Law, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Racism | Tagged , | 29 Comments