DWA Weekly Messaging and Clips
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DWA Weekly Message and Clips
Week of March 21, 2016

"Six years ago today, President Obama signed the most significant piece of health care legislation in a generation – the Affordable Care Act. Today, we celebrate what that law means to so many: 20 million more Americans with insurance, more than nine out of every ten Americans insured, the slowest growth of health costs in 50 years, free preventive care for millions of Americans, and billions saved on prescription drugs.

“And after all of the hyperventilating by Republicans about how this law would ‘kill jobs,’ under President Obama’s leadership we’ve gained more than 14 million new private-sector jobs, over 72 straight months of job growth, and unemployment is below five percent.

“Unfortunately, the GOP has never let the truth get in the way of their partisan attacks on the ACA, and Republicans continue to attack the landmark law on the campaign trail, in Congress, and in the courts. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that would challenge the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of access to family-planning services and contraceptives with no out-of-pocket costs. We must fight to uphold these guarantees against partisan attacks that would strip away protections for women’s health. Across the country, Republican lawmakers are putting women’s health and safety at risk to score political points with the most extreme factions of their base, whether it’s shutting down clinics that provide safe and legal abortion or preventing health care providers from serving women in our nation’s most vulnerable communities. These actions will not go unnoticed by voters, who will be sure to reject the extreme GOP agenda in November.”

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Donald Trump can’t stop saying nasty things about women. It could cost him.//Washington Post
A nasty feud that escalated Thursday between Donald Trump and his chief Republican rival over their wives set off a new wave of alarm among establishment Republicans, who fear that the GOP front-runner would drive away female voters in a general-election fight with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump’s gender problem flared again this week as he and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas traded insults while Cruz’s wife, Heidi, became the target of vitriol on social media from Trump and his supporters. At one point, the real estate mogul retweeted an unflattering image contrasting Heidi Cruz’s appearance with his wife, Melania, a retired model.
What I Learned in 36 Hours With the World’s Most Powerful Women//New York Magazine
Over a loudspeaker on a flight to San Francisco, a member of an all-female flight crew announced that we were about to touch down. “Ladies and gentlemen,” she began before laughing and stopping herself. “Sorry! Force of habit.” She meant to stop at just “ladies.” From the pilots to the passengers, there was not a single gentleman on the flight. I spent a large portion of the six-hour plane ride — a plane chartered by JetBlue and Marie Claire magazine for a two-day conference on women and power — trying to reconcile the early aughts’ pop-culture depiction of the misunderstood female boss with 100 real career women I was surrounded by in the aisles, by the bathroom doors, chatting heartily in first class. There was no Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 after becoming “30, flirty, and thriving,” no overworked Miranda of Sex and the City, no ball-busting Sandra Bullock in name-literally-any-movie to be found.
From Billie Jean to Serena: How women's tennis won//ESPN W
This week, Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore stepped down from the dual-tour event after making comments about his perception of women's tennis as inferior. He was swiftly rebuked by Serena Williams, the USTA and other professional female athletes. But his comments, and the reactions of Novak Djokovic and the ATP tour itself questioning the equal-pay structure at Grand Slams, have again raised the idea that women somehow don't pull their own weight in the sport. Djokovic later apologized for his comments.
Pope Francis has decreed that women can take part in the foot-washing ritual today, Maundy Thursday//Washington Post
Women can now officially participate in the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual alongside men for the first time since the 1950s, thanks to a decree from Pope Francis that experts say also has symbolic significance and implications for church law. The decree will have relatively little impact in the United States, however. Women have been participating with men in the foot-washing ritual without the papal decree in many American churches for years, said Phyllis Zagano, professor of religion at Hofstra University. These churches have interpreted the ritual metaphorically as connoting service and humility — rather than as a literal imitation of the biblical Jesus washing the feet of his 12 male disciples at the Last Supper.
The Lid: Trump's Very Significant Problem With Women//NBC Women
Another day, another round of insults between the two men duking it out for dominance in the race to the GOP nomination. Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a "sniveling coward" for retweeting an image with an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife, Heidi. And all this comes just one day after House Speaker Paul Ryan called for political debate about policy ideas rather than "a battle of insults." Sure, the war of words has been a made-for-cable story, but here's why this one could have important repercussions for the GOP: Trump has a very significant problem with female voters.
Easy-To-Use IUD Inserter Could Aid Women Who Lack Access To Birth Control//NPR
There are lots of good reasons for women to space their babies at least two years apart. Studies show higher risks of premature birth, pregnancy complications and delivery problems, as well as higher death rates in the early years when babies are born very close together. But in countries where there aren't a lot of family planning options, women end up getting pregnant again sooner than they'd like. One solution might be to provide cheap and easy access to contraception immediately after childbirth, suggests a small study in India. Using a new device, researchers were able to simplify the process of inserting an IUD — a type of long-acting contraceptive device that gets embedded into the top of the uterus, an area called the fundus.
Why India’s minister of women thinks we need to accept marital rape//USA Today
One in every four Indians is illiterate, and one out of every five lives below the poverty line. Many in the country are deeply religious. These qualities turn ominous when they make it easier to get away with raping a woman in her own home. While laws on domestic violence and rape exist in India, rape in the domestic sphere remains unacknowledged. India is one of the few countries in the world that have yet to criminalize marital rape, despite studies and statistics that show a terrifyingly high incidence. Earlier this month, the explanation for this oversight came from an unexpected source.
Study: women had to drive 4 times farther after Texas laws closed abortion clinics//Vox
Ever since Texas laws closed about half of the state's abortion clinics in 2013, researchers have been trying to understand just how much burden those laws place on women who are trying to access abortion. That's important because the Supreme Court is now considering those laws as part of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court's most consequential abortion case in decades. If it finds that the laws place an "undue burden" on women, they'll likely be struck down. Researchers with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP), looking into exactly that, have already found that some women had to wait as much as three weeks longer for an appointment. Some women they've interviewed weren't able to secure an abortion at all, due to the logistical and financial barriers.
Female Army recruiters: Opening all jobs to women sends powerful message//ArmyTimes

When Alina Kennedy walked into a recruiting office in New Hampshire several years ago, a friend had already stoked her interest with the stories she shared about her great experience in the Army. Good thing. Without that background, the first-year college student might very well have turned around and never looked back. “I’m an independent spirit, but honestly I was a little overwhelmed when I walked into the recruiting center and it was all males from a combat arms background,” said Kennedy, now a sergeant first class and recruiter who works as the professional development noncommissioned officer at Recruiting Command headquarters in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
How Men and Women Want Different Things in Retirement//The Wall Street Journal
Spending more quality time with your partner is one reason to retire, right? Well, that may depend on whether you ask a man or a woman—and the difference may be a warning sign for men. Fidelity Investments surveyed 9,372 people between the ages of 55 and 80 who had yet to retire, and found that men and women tend to have different ideas about whom they’re looking forward to seeing more of in retirement. While nearly 60% of men said having time to spend with their spouse or partner was a strong factor influencing their decision to retire, only 43% of women said the same. Far more women, 71%, cited the prospect of spending time with their grandchildren. (For men, that figure was 67%.) One possible factor in those differences: “It seems that women may want to retire so they can have time to provide emotional support” for their families, rather than simply enjoy more time with their spouses, says Kathy Slovin, director of consumer insight at Fidelity.
Kelly Rowland SXSW Panel: Dark Skinned Women Need More Role Models In the Entertainment Industry//IBT
As a dark-skinned African-American woman in an often diversity-challenged entertainment industry, singer and TV personality Kelly Rowland declared over the weekend that women who look like her deserve to see more pop culture role models. Rowland, the former member of Destiny’s Child, which is one of the best-selling U.S. all-female pop groups in history, said she and the producers of a new talent reality show are working to make that happen. “One of the things I looked for first was chocolate girls because I feel it’s so necessary for my niece... she has to see more chocolate women,” Rowland told an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Saturday, during a preview of a new BET show “Chasing Destiny." The show sees Rowland putting together a new girl group, similar to the one she helped pioneer alongside bandmates Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams. 
How women's tennis just fell into another equal pay debate//Vox
For decades, tennis has been one of athletics' greatest gender equalizers. Women tennis players win the same prize money as their male counterparts. Their athletic achievements rival the men, and they earn more money, endorsements, and notoriety than all other female athletes. So when the chief executive of the Indian Wells tournament, Raymond Moore, said women tennis players ride on the "coattails of the men," it rightfully turned some heads.
Why Not Ask a Powerful Man What He’s Doing to Help Women?//New York Magazine
On a recent weekday afternoon, while out getting a coffee, I bumped into a friend in Soho. She's a filmmaker with many short-film and documentary directorial credits under her belt, but, she lamented, still mostly gets asked to produce, rather than direct, film projects. She believes this is because of a sexist system that favors men in the film industry — not a particularly radical idea. As if from her mouth to God's ears, at that exact moment a very powerful man of Hollywood emerged from the nearest building.  

Letting (Some of) India’s Women Own Land//New York Times
This month, 600 women gathered under a huge blue-and-yellow-striped tent in Baripada, a small city in Odisha, a state in India’s east. They were among India’s most neglected people. Widowed, abandoned or divorced, many had ended up living like servants in the households of their fathers, brothers or in-laws. But on March 5, each woman clutched a single light-green sheet of paper that would change her life: a patta, or title to a small plot of land.
What’s Holding Back Women in Tech?//The Wall Street Journal
Technology companies have disrupted other industries with apps that dispatch cars, housekeepers or pizzas in a matter of minutes. But tech firms lag behind those old-line businesses when it comes to advancing women. That is the main finding of a McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org report on the status of women in tech. Not only are women underrepresented at all levels of technology firms, particularly in key engineering, product and finance roles, researchers found, but plenty of those women also believe that their gender is holding them back at work.
Trust Women to Protect Themselves//Huff Post Politics
Seven years ago today, I was in labor when we lost track of my daughter’s heartbeat. Our OB wasn’t on duty that Sunday before dawn when a doctor I had never met leaned over me and informed my husband and me coldly “we lost the fetal heartbeat, you must have emergency C-section surgery.” I refused. I demanded a second opinion. I learned that the umbilical cord was strangling our daughter, was put on oxygen, and, many hours later, gave birth to a healthy girl — umbilical cord still around her neck but very much alive. Today my Bella, the light of my life, turns seven.
There’s Officially A Congressional Caucus On Black Women And Girls//Huff Post Black Voices
Three black women in congress made history on Tuesday when they announced the formation of the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) confirmed the news in a press release issued by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release described the caucus as a group devoted to creating public policy that “eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.
Sexual Harassment Drives Women Away from Online Games — Not “Trash Talk”//The Mary Sue
Why do women remain silent in voice-chat on online games, or use gender-neutral user-names? It’s because many women gamers have noticed that the online abuse that they receive goes beyond just typical “trash talk,” such as insults related to a player’s skills. The form of online abuse that sticks with women gamers the most is gendered harassment, such as sexist comments, rape jokes and threats, and sexual harassment, according to a recent study.

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