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Common Sense Health Priorities for the 110th Congress

January 5, 2007

Planned Parenthood this week launched a campaign to protect access to birth control and to put an end to politically motivated health…

Childbirth: Yet Another Risk in Iraq

January 4, 2007

How bad is it in Iraq? The Washington Post today provides yet another gauge for the appalling conditions: the decline in maternal…

The Closing of a Seattle Clinic and What it Means for Feminist Health Care

January 4, 2007

Head over to RH Reality Check for an informative post about feminist health care by Amie Newman, the communications director at Aradia…

21 Leaders for the 21st Century

January 3, 2007

Women’s eNews has announced its 2007 list of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. “From a peacemaker who returned to her native…

Author and Feminist Press Adviser Tillie Olsen Dies at 94

January 3, 2007

From Tillie Olsen’s obituary in The New York Times, written by Julie Bosman: A daughter of immigrants and a working mother starved…

2007: The Year for Universal Coverage?

January 2, 2007

Paul Krugman has an optimistic wish for 2007: The U.S. health care system is a scandal and a disgrace. But maybe, just…

Friday Double Dose: More House Work = Less Breast Cancer, The Role of Beauty Queens and a Flexible Wish for the New Year

December 29, 2006

I’m traveling this week, so here’s a shortened version of the “double dose.” Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! Wish for the…

Gender and Pain Research

December 28, 2006

Back in September I mentioned “The Painful Truth,” a University of Maryland conference on gender and pain research. I haven’t read much…

The Growing Gender Gap

December 27, 2006

I missed the NYT story on the gender pay gap from Sunday — part of the Times series “The New Gender Divide,”…

Top Health Stories for 2006

December 26, 2006

The Society for Women’s Health Research has selected the top five women’s health stories of 2006. The list covers “advances in research…

Of Princesses, Politicians and Nannies

December 26, 2006

Three New York Times stories worth reading and discussing: What’s Wrong With Cinderella? Nanny Hunt Can Be a ‘Slap in the Face’…

Friday Double Dose: Virgin Births, The Gift of Trump and Wal-Mart Covers Birth Control

December 22, 2006

29th Carnival of Feminists: Grab a hot mug of your favorite drink and pull up a seat — the 29th Carnival is…

Women in Science on “Women in Science”

December 21, 2006

There was lots I wanted to say after reading “Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches,” Cornelia Dean’s story in…

Our Toxins, Ourselves?

December 20, 2006

A two-part series in Women’s eNews explores the dangers of exposure to toxins and synthetic chemicals and the potential impact on reproduction…

Senator Brownback: Sign of a Softer, Gentler GOP

December 19, 2006

Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican presidential contender and conservative darling, inched ever so slightly toward the center with the announcement that he…

One Time Magazine Column by James Dobson is One Too Many

December 18, 2006

Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson stands accused of misrepresenting the research of Carol Gilligan and Dr. Kyle Pruett, who were…

Monday Headlines: Single Moms, Molecular Condoms and More Breast Cancer News

December 18, 2006

How Suite It Isn’t: A Dearth of Female Bosses (New York Times) Church Must Show it Believes Women are Equal, Speakers Say…

Friday Double Dose on Saturday: Breast Cancer Drop, New Military Health Clinic and Healthiest Places for Women to Live

December 16, 2006

Breast Cancer Drop Linked to HRT: Rates of the most common form of breast cancer dropped15 percent from August 2002 to December…

As Israel and South Africa Go, So Goes the U.S. (Eventually)

December 14, 2006

E.J. Graff’s betting on the future of same-sex marriage in the United States — with wedding bells ringing from coast to coast…

All White Weddings: Bridal Magazines Lack Diversity

December 13, 2006

I can’t say I find much in bridal magazines I can relate to, but in one telling way the women almost always…

Breast Cancer Exams Not a Given for Some Women

December 12, 2006

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but a new study breaks down very clearly the bias against poor women and the…