Friday, October 15, 2010

'Whore' not harmless political term; TIME commits equality FAIL

 

MsRepresentation DAILY BRIEF: October 15, 2010

Please enjoy this digestible overview of important women and politics news - part of WCF's MsRepresentation project for the 2010 elections.


Carnahan Comes out Swinging in MO Senate Debate

In Missouri last night, Senate candidate Robin Carnahan took the reins, calling her opponent Roy Blunt corrupt and depicting him as too beholden to lobbyists.


Is "Whore" the Female "N-word"?

Salon's Joan Walsh asks and answers this controversial question, saying it has become a gender-neutral word, especially in politics. Many agree, even CA NOW's president. We do not. Research shows the harm done by any sexist remarks about a woman candidate. Isn't it time we start condemning the use of female-specific insults? If we want gender equality in public office, the answer is yes.


No Rest for the Weary: Newly-Endorsed Candidates

With this year's critical Election Day less than three weeks away, WCF is going full speed ahead. That's why they've endorsed their final set of fantastic candidates. Overall in 2010, WCF has endorsed 27 federal candidates, 17 statewide candidates, and 69 local candidates in 20 states.


From NM to PA, Unique Tactics and Fighting for Women

Speaking of WCF-Endorsed Candidates, RealClearPolitics has a fantastic feature on New Mexico gubernatorial nominee Diane Denish's unapologetic advocacy of women's issues; Arizona's Gabrielle Giffords ranked most moderate member of state's congressional delegation for 2009; and Pennsylvania's Lois Herr lists opponent Joe Pitts' (of Stupak-Pitts) 40 worst votes.


Mind the Gender Gap in 2010

DC-based pollster Margie Omero has the numbers, past and present, on gendered voting patterns during midterm cycles. Bottom line: Pay attention to the women voters.


The Year of the (Decline of) the Woman? [AUDIO]

In this 7-minute clip, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Michael Schear add to the growing chorus of voices discussing whether 2010 will result in a net decline in total women holding office.


Conservative Women Utilizing Social Media

Put aside their biographies, policy positions, and their sometimes controversial statements: The real story of conservative women candidates in 2010, says Slate's Noreen Malone, may be how they are using the new media in 2010.


"Top 40 Under 40″ Civic Leaders: Just 12 Women?

Gender equality in the public sphere also requires women moving into top campaign, consulting and other key positions. TIME magazine names their top 40 civic rising stars under age 40 - but less than 30 percent are women. Equality FAIL. Great women who did make the list: Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Hannah Pingree, and Stephanie Schriock.


State Update: CA, CT, VT & WA [New Feature!]

CA: Congressional candidate Beth Krom's opponent continues to avoid debating her; CT: McMahon tries to fudge her pro-choice record and, not surprisingly, struggles to connect with women voters; WA: In closely-watched contest that will bring Obama to the state, Sen. Patty Murray sparred with Dino Rossi during their debate, while WA Dems pummeled Rossie for anti-choice views.


That's today's brief. Elsewhere on MsRepresentation, Jill discusses the lamentably male-dominated contest to be first county executive in Ohio's Cuyahoga County, takes a closer look at women running for governor this year, and the double-standard when it comes to female debate moderators; and Jodi analyzes the new TIME poll.

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