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Geraldine Ferraro’s Legacy

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman ever nominated for national office by a major party, passed away on Saturday at age 75. In 1984, the Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale selected Ferraro to be his running mate. While they didn’t win the election, Ferraro energized American women who for the first time — 64 years after women won the right to vote — could picture a female in the second highest office in America. This was a major victory, and Ferraro was an inspiration to countless women across the country. But it would be another 24 years before another woman from a major party was nominated for vice president — and yes, that person is Sarah Palin (yikes). Hillary Rodham Clinton … More >>

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Why My Mom Told Me To Stay In America and/or Why You Should Be At Engendering Progress Tonight

It’s hard not to feel like women are under siege in America right now. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new crazy proposal to gut Planned Parenthood, or a teacher making $28,000 a year is being vilified in Wisconsin, or there are bills introduced making it possible for women to be put to the death penalty for having a miscarriage. There have been days this past year where I’ve read the news and torn out my hair and screamed, “That’s it! I wash my hands of this. All you crazy people are on your OWN! I’m moving to Canada. Or better yet, Scandinavia. Good-bye!” But then I remember why I’m here, in America. I easily could not be — I grew … More >>

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THURSDAY: 2nd Annual Engendering Progress

Please join MYD at our second annual event to honor women thought-leaders, activists, and philanthropists. Where: Marquee – 289 10th Avenue New York, NY 10001 When: Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. Honorees include: Rachel Lloyd, Founder of GEMS Women’s Media Center Domestic Workers United Krista Brenner, campaign manager for Tony Avella, who led the fight to oust one of the most anti-woman incumbents in NY Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the Daily Show Special guest New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Sabrina Schulman, Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice NYC will be joining us with a petition in hand that asks Congress not to cut Title X funding for birth control and family planning. For more information, check out … More >>

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Fox News: Women get more done… by being irrational?

Check out this video where Dave Briggs of Fox News shamelessly tells his female co-host (and America) that women obtain more “pork” for their districts because they are more “irrational”. See another rendition of the study, which finds that women are more effective lawmakers, HERE. Help combat Fox and Friends’ bigotry! Join the MYD Women’s Issues Committee by emailing Heather at women@gomyd.com. Hat tip: Women’s Campaign Forum

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Do You Care About Women?

The Manhattan Young Democrats are forming our first ever Women’s Issues Committee, and you’re invited to join!  You don’t have to be a woman to care about reproductive rights, workplace discrimination or human trafficking.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information you can email Heather, hbjames@gmail.com. Women’s Issues Committee Thursday, January 27th 7pm Starbucks, 29th St. and Park Ave

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16%

For all the talk about reforming Albany, from the independent organizations to the candidates running for governor, there is one surefire way voters can help the cause–electing more women to the state legislature. In a recent Huffington Post article, New Roosevelt Initiative founder Bill Samuels makes the case for sending more women to Albany.  As Mr. Samuels notes, “New York ranks 40th in the nation, dragging along at the bottom third, with state senates that have fewer than 20% women, such as Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and South Carolina.” The actual percentage of women in the New York State Senate is 16.1%, 10 out of 62.  According to cenus data women are 52% of the population.  You don’t have to be a … More >>

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