Rep. Bart Stupak's amendment to the health care bill became a flash point for conversation about how health care overhaul could affect women's access to reproductive care. In San Francisco, supporters of health care reform gathered to protest limits on abortion coverage. (Flickr/ Steve Rhodes )
I've got a piece up today over at The Daily Beast on why Jenny Sanford 's decision to divorce South Carolina Gov. Mark "hiking the Appalachian trail" Sanford doesn't automatically make her a feminist hero: The heart of feminism is choice—that a woman is the agent in her own decisions, political and otherwise. Being the victim of infidelity, on the other hand, is something few spouses would choose. Yes, Jenny Sanford has now chosen to leave her marriage; she filed for divorce Friday, rejecting the path of so many wronged political wives who came before her, from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Edwards to Silda Spitzer . Leaving a marriage, however, is not a particularly groundbreaking thing for a woman to do in 2009. The only other woman we’ve cheered this year for finally walking away from her marriage is Betty Draper . And Mad Men , let’s recall, is set in the early 1960s. There are two other things that we should spend far more time thinking about. One is why women who have chosen, as...
"I realized many years later that in my life and actions, of course I was a feminist. I was a woman studying engineering and I held my head up." --Nathalie Provost, one of the women who survived an attack on students at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal. In 1989, Marc Lepine opened fire on a classroom of female engineering students, blaming them and feminism for his failures in life. Twenty-seven students were injured; 14 died. Read more of Provost's reflections . (H/T: Feministing ) (Flickr/ Alan Bell )
President Obama 's own instincts on the conundrum of jobs versus deficit continue to be better than those of many of his own economic advisers. He is under heavy pressure from the commentariat, the deficit hawks in Congress and the think tanks, and from the budget balance faction at the White House, to define deficit-reduction as the prime menace facing the country. There are distressing reports circulated by the austerity crowd that a grand bargain to shrink the debt by whacking social insurance will be the centerpiece of the January State of the Union Address. But Obama himself seems to know better. At Thursday's Jobs Summit, the president spent more than three hours circulating among the smaller discussion groups and then leading a general discussion when the entire gathering of about 130 guests regrouped. He was in terrific form. I was delighted that he called on me, leading to this exchange: