Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is an editor and writer. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD, she’s now hard at work on a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow and is a politics columnist for NYmag.com. She curates the work of women journalists at LadyJournos!, makes hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin, and dispenses animated advice at the Columbia Journalism Review. In July 2012, CJR named her one of 20 women to watch.

Recent Articles

LIDDY DOLE LEGISLATION WATCH.

Pam Spaulding passes on the Onion-like news that Sen. Liddy Dole wants to rename a bill to reauthorize AIDS treatment funding in honor of Jesse Helms. Dole wants to call the legislation "The Tom Lantos, Henry J. Hyde and Jesse Helms United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008."

Other forthcoming Dole-sponsored legislation no doubt includes:

MISINFORMED CONSENT.

Today the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court injunction, allowing South Dakota's "informed consent" legislation to take effect. The legislation requires doctors to inform women seeking abortions that the procedure "ends a human life." In the 7-4 decision, the dissenters say the law meddles with doctors' rights because the state is forcing them to make value-laden statements. The case now goes back to the lower court.

Last April, Sarah Blustain wrote about this case and other "informed consent" laws for TAP:

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.

Over at his new place, Spencer points out that the latest iteration of the bill to create an amendment "protecting" the institution of marriage is cosponsored by none other than David Vitter and Larry Craig.

What with the election going on and all, I'm sure everyone's forgotten all about last summer, when they were both outed as philanderers (Vitter in July and Craig in August).

--Ann Friedman

Beyond Hillary: Strength in Numbers

The Year of the Woman was 16 years ago, and the number of women in elected office has flatlined. Herewith, some ideas on how to build a critical mass of female officeholders.

In 1992, the much-vaunted "Year of the Woman" when 27 women were elected to Congress, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said, "Calling 1992 the Year of the Woman makes it sound like the Year of the Caribou or the Year of the Asparagus. We're not a fad, a fancy or a year."

To a certain degree, Mikulski was right. It wasn't just a fad; the numbers of women in Congress have slowly and steadily increased since then. But there has never since been an election like 1992, with a sizable class of incoming women legislators. And, needless to say, women have yet to achieve anything close to parity at the highest levels of government.

REJECTING CODPIECE POLITICS.

Like Dana, I've been pleased with how Barack Obama has refused to play the gender card. And looking at the growing support
for Obama among women, it's clear that I'm not the only woman who is
comfortable voting for a male politician who doesn't conform to gender
stereotypes.

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