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Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy President of the Interfaith Alliance, speaking about the Hobby Lobby ruling:

“The Supreme Court made a grave error today.  The balance between religious freedom and other compelling interests has always been tenuous, but we may very well remember today’s decision as the moment that balance was radically recalibrated”


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President Obama April 8, 2014 “Today, the average full time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns…  Equal pay day means a woman has to work about this far into 2014 to earn what a man earned in 2013.”

Stephen Colbert “Yes, to get the same amount of pay women’s work year is three months longer, so good news ladies.  If you’re 38 years old, financially you’re just 29.”


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Hala Shukrallah was elected leader of Egypt’s Dostour party last week, since when journalists have barely stopped bothering her. Her party’s reputation has something to do with it: Dostour (“Constitution”) was founded by Mohamed ElBaradei, the exiled Nobel laureate many hoped would lead post-revolutionary Egypt. But there is another cause of the excitement.

Shukrallah is the first woman – and first Christian – to lead a major Egyptian party. At a time when the 2011 uprising seems to have achieved little, her election is a reminder of the seismic social shifts the revolution unleashed. At least, that is how she sees it. “What we’re seeing here is that something truly on-the-ground is happening,” Shukrallah, 59, says of her election. “I think it’s a reflection of the changes in the people’s psyche since the 25 January [revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak]. They do not really see these elements as significant – being a woman, being a Copt, or whatever. These elements are no longer significant in comparison to a much bigger thing that they are aspiring to.”

Women and Coptic Christians (who form around 10% of the otherwise Muslim population) have historically been largely marginalised from politics. But Shukrallah’s election hints that this may slowly be starting to change, partly thanks to a shift in national consciousness created by the 2011 revolution, which encouraged people to challenge social structures.

Here and there, you can find similar signs. In December, leftist physician Mona Mina became the first woman to be elected head of Egypt’s influential doctors’ syndicate, a group led for years by male conservative Islamists. In terms of women’s rights, Egypt’s new constitution is thought more progressive than any before.

In the campaign to lead Dostour, Shukrallah – who earned her PhD from University College London – was not even thought of as “the female candidate”: her closest rival, Gameela Ismail, is also a woman. Shukrallah feels she was elected for her ideas, which appeal to her party’s revolutionary youth, and her plans to change the culture of Egypt’s political parties, which too often centre on a single figure, rather than encouraging broad grassroots engagement.

“Our parties have always been a one-man show – both in the way that it’s been ruled by one personality, and that it’s usually been men who’ve been in the position,” says Shukrallah, a veteran activist jailed for her politics three times in the 1970s and 80s. In changing this culture within Dostour, she hopes to encourage a similar transition across a society that has relied on strongman leadership.

“How can we expect the rulers to change when the political opposition does not?” asks Shukrallah, who runs an NGO that tries to empower local communities. “How can we expect there to be replacement of power within the ruling parties when the opposition parties don’t [either]?”

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Should have been posted October 19, 2012

Stewart “You watched Tuesday night, what did you think of the debate?”

Samantha Bee “Well, the media nailed it Jon.  Total turn off.  You know, on Tuesday night, I personally didn’t take in any of the policy specifics, because, as a woman, I was appalled at how rude and belligerent those two men were to each other, and to that nice waitress that was trying to calm them down.  No.  Uh-uh.”

Stewart “You mean the debate moderator, Candy Crowley?”

Bee “Yea, right.  A lady moderated the debate.  Jon, it took place at 9pm.  A lady would have been home, most likely hand washing the plates she had just hours earlier filled with a nutritious dinner for little Michael and Candy junior.”

Stewart “You’re saying you couldn’t bear to watch the debate?”

Bee “Yes.  We’re women.  We don’t like it when people argue on television.  No thanks.”

Stewart “Sam, Real Housewives is a whole series.  It’s like the most popular series amongst women.  All that is, is arguing.”

Bee “OK.  that’s different.  A, it’s not staged, like a debate, and B, when two women fight, it’s girl on girl.  Its natural and beautiful.  When two guys do it, its just gross.  It’s such a turn off.  Gross.”

Stewart “You see, right there, turn off.  You would never hear a pundit say, oh I think men will find Romney’s tax plan a real turn on.  It doesn’t bother you that these pundits are describing women’s reactions to a Presidential debate in dating site terms, like turn on and turn off?”

Bee “Of course it doesn’t bother me.  Men need to be convinced by the candidates.  Women need to be courted.”