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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?…Women who spoke out against Sexual Harrasment…

No Donald ya didn’t make it….

They went 180 degress from you and the Grand Ole Party…

TIME has named “The Silence Breakers” — the victims of sexual assault who set off a national reckoning by being brave enough to come forward with their stories — as its Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said the choice was an easy one, as the courageous actions of these women have “unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.” 

“For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.” — Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of TIME.

Last year, TIME named Donald Trump as its Person of the Year, a paradox that is not lost on Felsenthal. He notes that at the onset, this year did not appear to be an opportune one for women after “a man who had bragged on tape about sexual assault took the oath of the highest office in the land.”…..


Hillary Clinton looks for votes from those Trump ranted against…

Old Democratic stomping grounds are having trouble adjusting to 21st Century America….

So the Clinton campaign has looked to spend it’s considerable campaign ad and organiztional dollor in places untinkable before seeking votes…

“He has woken up the sleeping giant,” Ms. Lorenzo, a native of Venezuela, said as she stood in a local Democratic campaign headquarters here in the desert between Phoenix and Tucson.

By driving women, educated white voters and, most significantly, growing blocs of minorities away from the Republican Party, Mr. Trump has hastened social and political changes already well underway in two key regions, the interior West and the upper South, that not long ago tilted to the right.

Now, even as Hillary Clinton contends with inflamed Democratic anxiety over renewed scrutiny of her private email server, these once-red areas — a string of states that voted twice for George W. Bush — are providing an unexpected firewall for her campaign.

Democrats are already strongly confident of victory in three of them — Colorado, Nevada and Virginia — and believe that a fourth, North Carolina, is likely to break their way as well. Added to the party’s daunting advantage in the Electoral College, these states have impeded Mr. Trump’s path to amassing the 270 electoral votes needed to win, limiting his ability to exploit Mrs. Clinton’s late vulnerabilities and forcing him to scrounge for unlikely support in solidly Democratic places like Michigan and New Mexico.

The shift is stark enough that Democrats are pressing for victory in Arizona and Georgia, two historically Republican strongholds, while Mrs. Clinton’s standing has wobbled in familiar battlegrounds like Ohio and Iowa….


Sometimes being Pregnant means you lose your job….

In America in 2015……

Having a child should not make you the victim of discrimination….

I was scared because this was my first pregnancy. What made it scarier was that I found out I was having twins! I was told by a physician that I would be considered high risk and would therefore need to go to a few more doctors’ visits than normal.

With that information I thought it best to tell my employer. At our daily morning meeting (which comprised of leadership and my colleagues), I decided to make my announcement that I was having twins. After uttering the words, I saw my boss look down and look back at me with a mean gaze. I knew right then that I loss my value for my company. Although I did nothing wrong, I could see that I made a horrible mistake telling my boss that I was pregnant.

Two weeks later I was fired and denied unemployment. My husband, who at the time was my boyfriend, supported me financially but had a huge burden on his shoulders. He is a young African American male with only a GED who worked on a finicky government contract, which means that he was considered At-Will……


In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received nearly 5,000 complaints of pregnancy-based discrimination—a 30 percent increase from the previous decade. In 2010, there were more than 6,000 complaints filed.

pregnancy-based discrimination has been in place since 1978, branching out from Title VII, which states employers cannot discriminate due to gender. In 1986, those laws were upheld in Meritor Savings Bank vs. Vinson, which found that the civil rights law applied to pregnancy-based discrimination….


The Tampon….

…from the Atlantic Magazine….

The lowly, mighty, mysterious, depended-upon, despised tampon: common enough to be sold in drugstores and public restrooms all over America, integral enough to the female experience to merit its own memorable jeremiad in The Vagina Monologues (“a wad of dry fucking cotton”), and yet still taboo enough to be the central prop in one of the only Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes deemed too risqué for the movie adaptation. The average American woman is estimated to use more than 16,000 tampons in her lifetime—and yet, as that daylong AMA suggests, they remain surprisingly mystifying.

The tampon is still taboo enough to be the central prop in one of the only Fifty Shades of Grey scenes deemed too risqué for the movie adaptation.
But every time a tampon user pops in a Playtex Sport or a Tampax Pearl, she’s handling a disposable, absorbent totem of centuries of technological innovation and cultural influence. The commercial tampon as we know it has been shaped and re-shaped by a myriad of invisible forces—like genuine concern for women’s wellness, certainly, but also sexism, panic, feminism, capitalism, and secrecy.

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There are differing accounts of the whens, wheres, and hows of the earliest tampon-like devices…



The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars…

It’s on!…..

Red Carpet…..

Rain …and Tent and all…..

Oh, and the Glam!

American Sniper
Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)*(Winner)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game
Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster





Wall Street Journal ‏@WSJ

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Hillary Clinton the most ‘Admired’ Woman of Year for the 13th time….

Not bad going into less than 2 years before the next Presidential vote….

Who thinks THIS is NOT gonna be part of her campaign for the White House?


Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in the world for the 13th straight year in a Gallup poll of Americans released Monday.

The results are an indication of how long the former secretary of State has been admired in the public sphere, as she heads toward a likely presidential campaign.

In addition to being the most admired for the last 13 years, Clinton also has held the title for 17 of the last 18 years, stretching back to her time as first lady. Her streak was interrupted only by first lady Laura Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Clinton has been named most admired in the Gallup poll more times than anyone else. She beat Eleanor Roosevelt by six victories…..



Women and Foot Surgery….

…from the New York Times…

When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes.

“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don’t have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

“I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” he said. “So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn’t fit comfortably before.”


Senate Republicans Block Equal Pay Vote….

Democrats will undoubtably try to use this vote to remind women that Republicans aren’t supportive of their equal pay efforts….

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill crafted by Democrats to appeal to women voters in the midterm election.

Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the legislation but fell short in a 53-44 vote. Not a single Republican voted to end the dilatory debate, and Independent Angus King (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans.

Senate Democratic leaders said right up until the vote that they hoped a few centrist Republicans, including the women in the Senate GOP conference, would cross over to help end a filibuster.

But the outcome of the vote was never really in doubt, and both Senate Democrats and the White House have made it clear they intend to use the issue to rally their voters around this fall’s midterm elections.

Democrats have benefitted from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues, they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

“Pay equity, that’s women, that’s 53 percent of the vote,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist, noted to reporters before the vote, outlining its political ramifications.


Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 3/11/14 to 3/16/14…Lots of Polls!….

Sunday, March 16
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
President Obama Job ApprovalGallupApprove 40, Disapprove 54Disapprove +14
President Obama Job ApprovalRasmussen ReportsApprove 49, Disapprove 50Disapprove +1
2016 Republican Presidential NominationCNN/Opinion ResearchHuckabee 10, Paul 16, Christie 8, Bush 9, Ryan 15, Cruz 8, Rubio 5, Perry 11, WalkerPaul +1
2016 Democratic Presidential NominationCNN/Opinion ResearchClinton 64, Biden 13, Warren , Cuomo 4, O’Malley 4, Schweitzer 3Clinton +51
Friday, March 14
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
President Obama Job ApprovalReuters/IpsosApprove 42, Disapprove 53Disapprove +11
Direction of CountryReuters/IpsosRight Direction 24, Wrong Track 58Wrong Track +34
2016 Republican Presidential NominationPPP (D)Huckabee 18, Paul 14, Christie 14, Bush 15, Ryan 5, Cruz 11, Rubio 6, Perry , Walker 5Huckabee +3
2016 Democratic Presidential NominationPPP (D)Clinton 66, Biden 11, Warren 5, Cuomo 3, O’Malley 2, Schweitzer 1Clinton +55
General Election: Huckabee vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 49, Huckabee 42Clinton +7
General Election: Christie vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 46, Christie 42Clinton +4
General Election: Paul vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 47, Paul 42Clinton +5
General Election: Bush vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 47, Bush 44Clinton +3
General Election: Rubio vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 48, Rubio 40Clinton +8
General Election: Cruz vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 51, Cruz 40Clinton +11
General Election: Ryan vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 48, Ryan 43Clinton +5
Thursday, March 13
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
Iowa Senate – Jacobs vs. BraleyQuinnipiacBraley 40, Jacobs 31Braley +9
Iowa Senate – Ernst vs. BraleyQuinnipiacBraley 42, Ernst 29Braley +13
Iowa Senate – Whitaker vs. BraleyQuinnipiacBraley 42, Whitaker 30Braley +12
Iowa Senate – Clovis vs. BraleyQuinnipiacBraley 42, Clovis 27Braley +15
Georgia Governor – Deal vs. CarterInsiderAdvantage*Carter 41, Deal 38Carter +3
Iowa: Christie vs. ClintonQuinnipiacClinton 48, Christie 35Clinton +13
Iowa: Paul vs. ClintonQuinnipiacClinton 49, Paul 39Clinton +10
Iowa: Bush vs. ClintonQuinnipiacClinton 51, Bush 37Clinton +14
Iowa: Cruz vs. ClintonQuinnipiacClinton 51, Cruz 35Clinton +16
Wednesday, March 12
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
President Obama Job ApprovalNBC News/Wall St. JrnlApprove 41, Disapprove 54Disapprove +13
President Obama Job ApprovalThe Economist/YouGovApprove 42, Disapprove 56Disapprove +14
Public Approval of Health Care LawNBC News/Wall St. JrnlFor/Favor 35, Against/Oppose 49Against/Oppose +14
Direction of CountryNBC News/Wall St. JrnlRight Direction 26, Wrong Track 65Wrong Track +39
Direction of CountryThe Economist/YouGovRight Direction 28, Wrong Track 61Wrong Track +33
Direction of CountryRasmussen ReportsRight Direction 29, Wrong Track 64Wrong Track +35
Congressional Job ApprovalThe Economist/YouGovApprove 7, Disapprove 74Disapprove +67
Wisconsin Governor – Walker vs. BurkeRasmussen ReportsWalker 45, Burke 45Tie
Iowa Governor – Branstad vs. HatchQuinnipiacBranstad 46, Hatch 35Branstad +11
Illinois Governor – Republican PrimaryWeAskAmericaRauner 46, Dillard 26, Brady 19, Rutherford 9Rauner +20
General Election: Christie vs. ClintonBloombergClinton 52, Christie 39Clinton +13
North Carolina: Huckabee vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 49, Huckabee 42Clinton +7
North Carolina: Christie vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 46, Christie 42Clinton +4
North Carolina: Paul vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 49, Paul 43Clinton +6
North Carolina: Bush vs. ClintonPPP (D)Clinton 47, Bush 46Clinton +1
Tuesday, March 11
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
President Obama Job ApprovalBloombergApprove 48, Disapprove 48Tie
President Obama Job ApprovalPPP (D)Approve 43, Disapprove 51Disapprove +8
Public Approval of Health Care LawCNN/Opinion ResearchFor/Favor 39, Against/Oppose 57Against/Oppose +18
Public Approval of Health Care LawPPP (D)For/Favor 39, Against/Oppose 48Against/Oppose +9
Direction of CountryBloombergRight Direction 30, Wrong Track 62Wrong Track +32
Congressional Job ApprovalPPP (D)Approve 8, Disapprove 84Disapprove +76
2014 Generic Congressional VotePPP (D)Democrats 43, Republicans 40Democrats +3
North Carolina Senate – Tillis vs. HaganPPP (D)Tillis 43, Hagan 45Hagan +2
North Carolina Senate – Brannon vs. HaganPPP (D)Brannon 43, Hagan 43Tie
North Carolina Senate – Grant vs. HaganPPP (D)Hagan 43, Grant 42Hagan +1
North Carolina Senate – Alexander vs. HaganPPP (D)Alexander 45, Hagan 43Alexander +2
North Carolina Senate – Harris vs. HaganPPP (D)Harris 43, Hagan 43Tie
Colorado Governor – Gessler vs. HickenlooperRasmussen ReportsHickenlooper 44, Gessler 38Hickenlooper +6
Colorado Governor – Tancredo vs. HickenlooperRasmussen ReportsHickenlooper 46, Tancredo 37Hickenlooper +9
Colorado Governor – Brophy vs. HickenlooperRasmussen ReportsHickenlooper 42, Brophy 33Hickenlooper +9

…from RealClearPolitics….

NBC Score Card for the Sochi Olympics…2/14/14….AM

Norway…..4 Gold…3 Silver…6 Bronze…13 Total

Netherlands……4 Gold…3 Silver…5 Bronze…12 Total

US…..4 Gold…2 Silver…6 Bronze…12 Total

Russian Federation…..2 Gold…5 Silver…4 Bronze…11Total

Germany….. 7 Gold…2 Silver…1 Bronze…10 Total

As of 9:30 AM EST

…from NBC….More Here.

Mike Huckabee steps on Women and Democrats….

This guy isn’t gonna get women votes with comments like this…..

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused Democrats Thursday of encouraging women to rely on the government for help in controlling their “libido” and said Republicans have been wrongly accused of waging a “war on women.”

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it,” he said. “Let us take that discussion all across America.”

Huckabee’s comments came at a luncheon address to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington.

“Republicans no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a ‘war on women,’” he said. “Republicans don’t have a war on women. [We] have a war for women — for them to be empowered to be something other than victims of their gender.”

Huckabee’s comments sparked a firestorm on Twitter and on cable news, and Democrats were quick to seize on the remarks. Planned Parenthood and several Democratic party committees blasted out statements, while White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the comments sounded “offensive to me and to women.”

The RNC has been pushing for the party to take a more inclusive approach in an effort to broaden the base to include more women, young people and minorities — demographics with which Democrats have often performed well in recent elections.



Hillary Clinton talks about helping Women move forward….


Clinton is good to speak up on this issue early….

The issue of a woman in the American White House is SURE to become important in the next few years before the 2016 Presidential Election…..

“[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink.” “It isn’t some luxury that we only get to when we have time on our hands. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in — and the country we all love and cherish — will not be what it should be.”

Clinton’s essay is part of the book’s broader examination of working women and the economic challenges many confront, a cause she champions in many of her public appearances.

“I think of the extraordinary sacrifices my mother made to survive her own difficult childhood, to give me not only life but also opportunity, along with love and inspiration,” Clinton writes. “I’m very proud of my own daughter, and I look at all these young women I’ve been privileged to work with or know through [daughter] Chelsea, and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America large and small, the clock is turning back.”

Clinton points to a wide range of issues, from pay equity to work-family balance to life expectancy, as areas where women in the United States still face problems, though she also nods to gains in “business, academia, government—you name it.”

Contributors include pop star Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and basketball star LeBron James.



Some Highlights from a CNN piece dated October 25, 2013…..

The Gender Gap, 1964-2008

8 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which a larger percentage of eligible women have voted than eligible men, back to 1980.

12 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the number of female voters has been greater than the number of male voters, back to 1964.

5 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the majority of women have voted for the Democratic candidate, from 1992 to 2008.

2 — The number of times since 1980 in which the majority of men have voted for the Democratic candidate, in 1992 and 2008.

The 2008 Election

65.7% – The percentage of eligible female voters who voted in the 2008 election.

61.5% – The percentage of eligible male voters who voted in the 2008 election.

70.4 million — The number of women who cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election, versus 60.7 million men.

56% – The percentage of female voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, versus 43% for John McCain.

70% – The percentage of single female voters who voted for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008.

597,000 — The number by which female voters in Florida outvoted males in the 2008 election, the largest gap in the swing states.