Last year, I resolved to redouble my efforts to be PubliCola's loud resident voice for women's rights "as long as we’re still debating whether women should have access to emergency contraception,  whether Dave Reichert should be for or against child marriage, and whether Julian Assange should have to stand trial."

I don't know Rep. Reichert's current position on child marriage (last year, he voted "no" on an effort to crack down on the practice), but yes, we are still debating whether women should be able to access emergency contraception (more furiously than ever, thanks to the Obama Administration), and yes, we are still debating whether Assange should be tried.

Here's a quick look back at a very cranky year.

A study in the Journal of American Medicine concludes that pharmacists routinely misinform patients about the availability of Plan B emergency contraception.

A bill in the state legislature would require women to sit through an inaccurate and condescending lecture, then wait 24 hours, before getting an abortion.

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-6) thinks US Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) supports Plan B access because, as an unmarried woman, she wants to destroy the family.

The wage gap between women and men, broken down by education level, got worse in Washington State this year, when women earned 63 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Lots and lots of details here.

In an epic rejection of science, the Obama Administration keeps Plan B behind the counter for all women, defying an FDA recommendation that it be available over-the-counter for women of all ages.

Herman Cain keeps it classy with web site denouncing his harassment accusers as "scheming" and "husbandless."

Liberal groups support a "working families tax credit" that excludes working singles and couples without children.

Obama's Thanksgiving gift to anti-choice bishops: No birth control or abortion for the millions of women who work at religious or "quasi-religious" agencies, hospitals, and other institutions. (See also here).

The so-called "mancession" has hit women hardest in Washington State.

How "breast is best" absolutists ignore the reality of many mothers' daily lives.

In a surprising victory for reason, Mississippi voters reject an amendment that would have banned not just all abortions but hormonal birth control.

The US House passes legislation that would allow hospitals that receive federal funding to refuse to provide abortions, even if it means the woman will die.

Topeka, KS decriminalizes domestic violence. No, really.

Women's representation on the budget-cutting congressional "supercommittee," at 8 percent, is twice as bad as that in Congress as a whole.

Why don't more women ride bikes? Hint: It has to do with convenience, not fear.

The damning data in the discrimination case against Wal-Mart, which shows that women are routinely paid less than men, hold lower-ranked positions, and are more likely to be hourly workers instead of salaried.

In Libya, rape as a weapon of war.

Another reason for two-car Sound Transit trains: The second car can be an escape valve if you're being harassed.

Why gender shouldn't be the only criterion for feminist groups' political endorsements.

The Daily Beast calls Seattle one of the "best cities for moms."  What they really mean is white, upper-class moms in two-income families.

Pro-choice advocates aren't---contrary to what a Seattle Times columnist claims---"cheerleaders for abortions." We just want women to have the right, and ability, to have them.

On Equal Pay Day (the day that symbolizes how long into the year a women would have to work for her pay to catch up to a man’s earnings from the previous year), women in Washington State make just 63 cents for every dollar earned by men.

The media's gender double standard on teacher-student sex.

The New York Times'  fawning piece on the new van guard of bloggers is, to quote Amanda Hess, “a masturbatory rumination on wonder boy bloggers (and the women who love them).”

President Obama ignores an unprecedented attack on women's abortion rights at the state level across the country.

When sports stars are accused of rape, why is the media so quick to rush to their defense?

In a move that prompts controversy around the world, the New York Times runs a story tacitly blaming an 11-year-old girl for her own gang rape.

On International Women's Day, the news for women around the world remains grim.

Bad news for women nationally, good news for women locally, on the eve of International Women's Day.

Here's what eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood would look like in Washington State.

As the so-called "mancession" ends, most new jobs are going to men. Meanwhile, women fail to benefit from the "hecovery."

A violent mob attacks a female CBS reporter---and the victim-blaming begins.

On the US House floor, Milwaukee Rep. Gwen Moore shares what it's like to have an unplanned parenthood.

The US House votes to eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which gets a third of its funding from the federal government.

City Council member Sally Bagshaw offers some thoughts on consent, sexual assault, equality, and jogging alone.

Why telling women not to go out jogging alone won't solve the problem of sexual assault.

Washington State US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers co-sponsors an anti-abortion bill that would allow doctors to refuse life-saving care to pregnant women

If the Obama Administration wants to refuse to cover birth control on the grounds that preventing pregnancy isn't preventative medicine, they'll have to also prohibit insurance companies from charging women more because they can get pregnant.

The existence of illegal abortion clinics argues for more access to abortion care, not less.

A study that finds men aren't turned on by women's tears just shows that you get what you look for.

Why the "Mancession" could be good news for men and women.

 
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