"A world that is good for women is good for everyone."
Anita Hill (above), who testified 20 years ago during the Justice Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, spoke in Minneapolis on June 4 at the 30th annual Women Winning luncheon. Among her observations:
"I found my voice in 1991 and though it has never been easy, I will not lose it again."
"We won't be heard unless we insist."
"Put on your lipstick, square your shoulders, suit up, and let's fight for a new American revolution where women are paid equal pay for equal work, and let's end wage discrimination in this century once and for all."
-Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), immediately after the Paycheck Fairness Act failed in the U.S. Senate on June 5, 2012
Afghan schoolgirls poisoned
Since April there have been at least three toxic attacks on girls in their classrooms in Afghanistan, sending many to the hospital. In one attack it is alleged that 160 girls were poisoned with some sort of spray. In another, 120 girls were hurt when a toxic substance was released into their school's air. In a third, 150 girls drank contaminated water.
One of the victims said, "When I entered the class I smelled something and then I started to vomit and fall unconscious; I don't remember what happened after that."
According to CNN, the Taliban has denied responsibility for these poisonings, blaming the U.S. and NATO.
Woman moderator wanted
Three high-school girls launched a campaign on Change.org asking the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Obama and Romney campaigns to choose a female moderator for the presidential debates in 2012. Three Romney/Obama debates are scheduled for October.
It has been 20 years since a woman (Carole Simpson) has moderated a presidential debate. Gwen Ifill has moderated two vice-presidential debates more recently.
Don't say vagina
The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a restrictive anti-abortion bill, and two Democratic female reps are being barred from future debates.
The House Republication leadership confirmed that state Rep. Lisa Brown, left, will not be recognized during debates as a sanction for mentioning her vagina during a debate on the anti-abortion legislation.
State Rep. Barb Byrum also says she has been barred from speaking in the future because of an outburst after she was not called on during the abortion debate.
A photo shoot called Victims of Beauty for 12, a Bulgarian fashion magazine, shows models made up with bruises and elaborate cuts. Do these photos glorify domestic violence? Do they say that weak is beautiful? Or are the women seen as victims of the beauty industry? Are they saying that women who have been abused are beautiful too? What do you think?