women’s rights

War on Women continues

By Jamila Bey

Journalist and co-author of Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That, Robin Marty joins the Sex Politics And Religion Hour to explain the tactics and political game plan of the factions that want to eliminate health care parity for women and eliminate the right of women to bodily and reproductive autonomy.

Follow her at @RobinMarty.


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Activists takes off on ride to promote women’s right to choose

Activist and author Sunsara Taylor is embarking on a Freedom Ride from North Dakota, through Kansas and down to Mississippi to call attention to the need for the protection abortion rights in the U.S.

She’s running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the project run in conjunction with StopPatriarchy.org.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Taylor to discuss her efforts.


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Texas to have special session after successful filibuster of abortion bill

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for a second special session of the legislature to try to pass restrictive abortion regulations after the successful filibuster of Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis.

Davis filibustered for more than 10 hours on Tuesday night to delay the senate vote on the SB 5 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and shuttered most of the state’s abortion clinics due to more stringent requirements.

While the events in Texas were watched around the world, other states watched in hopes of learning how to successfully pass similar laws.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Jodi Jacobson, editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check, and Austin-based journalist Jessica Luther to talk about Texas and the potential encroachments that would restrict care to all American women.

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Stories from the press focused on many aspects of her filibuster, including what was to some a distressing focus on her “pink tennis shoes.”

Bey also spoke with freelance journalist Tracie Powell and Rachel Larris of the Women’s Media Center to talk about the coverage of the story and how mainstream media was flat-footed in running down the details of the evening.

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Advocate: Women making tiny victories in workplace, but much progress remains

Next Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day, a day to draw attention to the disparity in pay between men and women and the disparities between the pay of Caucasian workers and those who are not.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Linda Merica, national executive director of the women’s labor organization 9to5, to discuss where women of color and women in general stand in the fight for equal rights in the labor force.



Arkansas women feel under attack after new abortion law passes

After the Arkansas state legislature put into place the most restrictive abortion law in the United States last week, giving a woman just 12 weeks to obtain an abortion, pro-choice groups everywhere are protesting the law.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Jamie Goswick, a humanist minister who is part of a group protesting the law, to discuss the story.



Groups Harnessing Power of Women to Send More Females to Public Office

Now that the Congresswomen who now compose the greatest number of women in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate have settled into their jobs, the battles over gender and policy have continued.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with L. Joy Williams, founder of New York City-based LJW Community Strategies,to talk about how younger women, African American women and those who have not usually been empowered are making waves in the larger culture.



House Passes Violence Against Women Act With Protections to Native Women

WASHINGTON – In a surprising turn, the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Thursday a version of the Violence Against Women Act that did not strip provisions concerning Native American Women.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Bob Anderson, law professor and director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law, to discuss the vote and what it means for the women in the U.S. who have the highest rate of sexual assault perpetrated against them.