Reading List: Anna Clark , author of “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World,” at Bitch magazine (and happy birthday to Anna’s blog, !).
Kathryn Joyce, author of “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,” talks with . An excerpt of her book can be read .
Planting a Future: Melissa Harris Lacewell of Michelle Obama planting the new White House vegetable garden. Read historians, authors and gardeners at the Washington Post.
Plus: on eating healthy, organic or not.
Dealing with the Recession: Over at , Jill Miller Zimon put together a list of articles that provide perspective on the recession, job loss and the economic impact on women. At Women’s eNews, Mimi Abramovitz explains in the stimulus package that will help women and correct a major gender bias.
Pregnant? Here’s a Pink Slip: “Last year the number of pregnancy-based discrimination charges filed with the E.E.O.C. was up nearly 50 percent from a decade earlier, to a total of 6,285. That number seems likely to rise even higher this year,” writes Lesley Alerman in .
“Some employers are using the economy as a pretense for laying off just one person,” said Elizabeth Grossman, a lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “And very often that person is pregnant or the oldest employee on staff. The economy may be the legitimate cause — or there may be discrimination.”
Tenn. Senate Passes Abortion Amendment: The Tennessee Senate passed a that states in part, “nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”
Rachel : “Supporters keep insisting that the bill does not make abortion illegal, while not addressing the fact that if this ultimately succeeds (there are several read steps for this Constitutional amendment), it makes room for the numerous restrictions often supported by anti-choice folks — such as waiting periods, forced ultrasounds, required ‘informed consent’ scripts that are not medically accurate, and so on. It also makes room for an abortion ban in the event that national protections vanish.”
Meanwhile, “Illinois could be on the verge of passing one of the most progressive reproductive health bills, the Reproductive Health and Access Act, any state has seen in a long time,” . Here are the . If you’re a resident of Illinois, your legislator and voice your support.
Cost of Domestic Abuse: Women who are abused by their partners spent 42 percent read on healthcare per year than non-abused women, according to a long-term study of read than 3,000 women published online in the journal . The study, summarized in this , also found that the increased costs don’t end when the abuse does. Women who suffered physical abuse five or read years earlier still spent 19 percent read per year on health care than women who were never abused.
Recognition for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: “We are living in a new era for persons with disabilities,’ writes Myra Kovary at . The story details the , which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations and has been signed by 50 nations so far. The U.S. has yet to sign it, but President Barack Obama has said he will do so.
Facts of Life: Sarah Seltzer on one of television shows, “Friday Night Lights,” and compares it to a conversation from over a decade ago on “My So-Called Life.”