Cheers and Jeers

Obama: Cover Birth Control; 8 Egyptian Women Win

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Jeers

Although the final numbers haven't been announced, it appears about eight of Egypt's 508 parliamentary seats, or less than 2 percent, will be held by women, reported National Public Radio Jan. 19. There was no quota system in place to ensure women won seats. Also, women who ran on party lists, both Islamist and liberal, were placed far down on those lists; they had virtually no chance of getting into office, the article reported.

"It really hurts so much when the same people you were with in that square that day, who are fighting against the regime ... are now turning against you," says Dalia Ziada, an activist who ran for parliament. "It's like betrayal, betrayal from our companions."

More News to Jeer This Week:

  • After a period of substantial decline, the global abortion rate has stalled, according to research from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization Jan. 19. This plateau coincides with a slowdown, documented by the United Nations, in contraceptive uptake, which has been especially marked in developing countries.
  • A woman whom Houston police described as an activist on behalf of Iranian women's civil rights, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, was found shot dead at the wheel of her car after it crashed into a Houston townhouse garage, reported CBS/Associated Press Jan. 18.
  • Twenty-one states received a failing grade on a 2012 report card on reproductive rights, and the nation overall received a D, according to a NARAL Pro-Choice America report released Jan. 20.
  • Four bills in the Virginia General Assembly would require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, reported the Suffolk News-Herald Jan. 16.
  • Among 59 countries in which data was collected, only women in Ghana have a higher rate of entrepreneurship than men, reported Entrepreneur Jan. 17. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 Women's Report added that the gender gap has been notably persistent in the U.S., where women accounted for the same share of self-employed heads of corporations in 2010 as in 1994--22 percent.

Noted:

  • Marianne Gingrich claimed in an interview that aired Jan. 19 that her ex-husband, Newt Gingrich, asked whether she would accept an "open marriage" in which he would continues his relationship with another woman (current wife Callista Gingrich) while remaining married, reported ABC News.
  • Medicaid eligibility policies remained stable in nearly all state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs during 2011, despite continued fiscal pressures on states, according to a survey released Jan. 18 from the Kaiser Family Foundation. As of 2007, approximately 69 percent of Medicaid recipients aged 19 and older were women, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Kathleen Falk, a Wisconsin Democrat viewed favorably by unions, has announced a formal challenge to Gov. Scott Walker after signatures requesting a recall were submitted to the state elections board, reported Minneapolis' Star Tribune Jan. 18.
  • The Huffington Post has named Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, as editor of its French edition, The New York Times reported Jan. 18.
  • Two Democratic Farmer Labor candidates were elected to the Minnesota state legislature in special elections, the Women's Media Center reported Jan. 17. Susan Allen is going to the Minnesota House of Representatives as the first openly lesbian Native American to be elected to a state legislature, and Kari Dziedzic won election to the state Senate.
  • Ward Connerly, the African American businessman who has been the face of the movement to end affirmative action for nearly two decades, is facing accusations from a prominent former ally that he has mismanaged and exploited donations to that cause made by fellow conservatives, The New York Times reported Jan. 18.
  • Liberians urged President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to do more to fight graft and poverty as she was sworn into office on Jan. 16 for a second term before regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to Reuters and other press accounts.

In Memoriam:

  • Famed singer Etta James died of complications from leukemia, reported CNN Jan. 20. She won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Pioneering Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who helped get superpipe skiing accepted into the Olympics, died after a Jan. 10 crash during a training run in Park City, Utah, reported the Associated Press Jan. 19.

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Two women of 502 elected positions in Egypt! Women are definitely being put into the background very severely.
Today, January 27, the Muslim Brotherhood are filling the square again in Egypt, including praying together. There are almost no women in the crowd.
Then the women's enews article that claimed that after WWII women were glad to get back home and make babies, which was rightly contested in a comment.
For the women of Egypt and a few other nations, be careful which abuser you get rid of, the next one might be worse for women, and there might not be another option for women. I can only hope that those women and men in Egypt who are not a part of the Muslim brotherhood and who were part of the revolutionary acts, that they keep working toward the true democracy that they want, and not let themselves be run over again, this time by the Brotherhood.

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