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WOS Newsletter - Thursday, May 10, 2012





Women of Steel E-News  May 9, 2012

Honoring our past, protecting our future,
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GOP Proposal Would Take Coverage Away From 350,000 People, Disproportionately Hurt Women
Since passing the House Budget using a legislative tactic they’ve previously described as “unconstitutional,” Republicans have begun their appropriations process by marking up legislation that would cut millions from federal safety net programs and middle class health care benefits in order to finance their $3 trillion giveaway to corporations and the richest Americans. Under the Republican-approved budget, for instance, the House Ways & Means committee is instructed to reduce the deficit by $53 billion between 2013 and 2022 and … more
Mitt Romney Should Listen to Lilly Ledbetter
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill President Obama signed into law. When asked whether Mitt Romney supports the Act, Romney's campaign replied, "We'll get back to you on that" … more
FACT CHECK: Romney's skewed case on women's jobs
Mitt Romney has come up with an "amazing statistic" and Republicans inside and outside his presidential campaign are doing their utmost to spread it around: "92.3 percent of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women." Amazing it may be. As a meaningful measure of Obama's economic record and its effect on women, though, it is dubious at best. Romney's math is solid as far as it goes. But more men than women have lost jobs since the recession began -- that's why economists called it a "man-cession … more
Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside Home Or Lose Benefits
Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life." The remark, made to a Manchester, N.H., audience, was unearthed by MSNBC's "Up w/Chris Hayes," and aired during the 8 a.m. hour of his show Sunday. Ann Romney … more
Watch the six most outrageous things conservatives say about birth control.
Michele Bachmann (Yet Another Anti-Women's Health Politician) Migrates to Mitt Romney
Yesterday, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann endorsed Mitt Romney—adding her name to a long list of anti-women’s health politicians who are coalescing around the chief anti-women’s health candidate. . . . more
An Assault on a Women’s Personage
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall recently spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) Assistant to the President Leeann Foster on the War on Women. Leeann is also the Associate General Counsel for the USW … more
Kansas House Passes Most Dangerous Sweeping Anti-Abortion Law In The Nation
In the process of passing bills to make abortion less accessible, Kansas lawmakers have potentially restricted women’s ability to access other services and undermined the University of Kansas Medical Center . . . more
GOP Version of VAWA Only Protects SOME Abuse Victims
Now that the Senate passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act the House of Representatives must pass its version, and not surprisingly the version making its way through is pretty appalling.
Not only does the GOP-controlled House version of VAWA strip away protections for undocumented, LGBT, and Native American victims of domestic violence, it also contains a provision that violates an undocumented victim’s confidentiality by allowing immigration officials to speak with her and ask for evidence from his or her abuser. . . more
Rep. Edwards: Tea Party, Republican Budget Would Hurt Middle Class, Women, and Children
 Rep. Edwards spoke on the House floor about the devastating impact the Republican budget would have on the Middle Class, women, children, and seniors by cutting funding for numerous programs, including Medicare, to give trillions in tax breaks for corporations and the super-wealthy … more
This week in the War on Voting: Don't mess with 93-year-old ladies in Pennsylvania
Viviette Applewhite is 93 years old and has voted in nearly every election for the last 60 years. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Georgia. She has tried for years to obtain photo ID to no avail. Under Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, Ms. Applewhite's vote will not be counted. She is a plaintiff in our lawsuit to stop voter ID.  Mrs. Applewhite doesn't have a photo ID. Her purse was stolen and she hasn't been able to replace her identification because state officials can't find her birth certificate. And she won't be able … more
"You're So Bain"
 A musical tribute to the financial accomplishments of Mitt Romney … more

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