Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is managing editor at Raw Story and a former Prospect editorial assistant.

Recent Articles

Women Lose Jobs as We Recover From the "He-cession."

Today, Heather Boushey , my colleague at the Center for American Progress, has a piece in Slate talking about how despite the fact that there has been steady job growth in the economic recovery from the "he-cession," women are the big losers. While men have experienced steady gains in employment (private-sector manufacturing, for instance, has seen growth in the recession), women actually lost jobs in the summer of 2010. Boushey provides some reasons this might be: Men and women continue to work in separate industries and occupations, which have been affected differently by the recession. Manufacturing and construction accounted for half of the jobs lost during the recession; these jobs, as we are so often told, are disproportionately held by men. And now, for men, they're coming back: From November 2009 to November 2010, men gained 126,000 manufacturing jobs, while women have lost 18,000. Meanwhile, men have made even greater gains in professional business services: 278,000 new jobs...

Another State Targets Phantom Voter Fraud.

Yesterday, Texas opened up debate on a bill that requires a photo ID at the polls. [S]everal Senate sources who have looked at [the bill] say it’s a more stringent requirement than the one on the table in 2009. In 2009, they were talking about requiring photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID; the 2011 bill does not have that non-photo ID option. It does, however, have an exemption from the photo ID requirement for those who are at least 70 years old at the start of 2012 and who have their voter-registration card when they go to vote. If such a bill passes, Texas will join nine other states that require a photo ID -- Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota -- as well as 18 states that require a non-photo ID at the polls. TAP contributor Tova Wang recently wrote about the proposed Texas law -- and the push from other newly elected Republican legislatures to pass similar bills. As she pointed out , these voter-ID laws address an...

Q&A: Fighting for Women in the States

TAP talks with Nancy Northup about how nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, the battle to ensure reproductive rights has gone local.

Kim Smith listens to debate in the Oklahoma state Senate on an override of a veto on an abortion bill, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The 2010 midterms brought into office 29 anti-choice governors, raising the number of states with both anti-choice majority legislatures and governors to 15. Pro-choice advocates fear the next two years will bring a marked increase in state-level restrictions to abortion access. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, is anticipating a very busy year. Northup gave TAP the rundown on women's reproductive health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and attempts to stall expanded access to emergency contraception. This week is the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade . I recently finished reading Before Roe v. Wade by Linda Greenhouse and Reva Segal, and I was struck by some of the similarities in the political fights between then and now. How are things different from before Roe , and how are they the same? Obviously, the biggest difference from a medical-services perspective post- Roe is that we do now have women in all 50 states, not just the three states that...

Guilty Pleasure TV

TAP talks with Jenn Pozner about the reality of reality TV.

Jennifer Pozner
Love it or hate it, reality television is here to stay. Though there's the good -- like Bravo's Project Runway and Top Chef -- and the bad -- like VH1's Flavor of Love and ABC's Extreme Makeover -- the rise of unscripted television is certainly problematic in a lot of ways. Jenn Pozner, founder of Women In Media & News, delved into some of the common myths and criticisms of reality television with her recently released book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV . TAP spoke with Pozner about which shows are the worst offenders when it comes to racism and sexism, what's wrong even with the best shows, and whether anyone can actually enjoy reality television after seeing its seedy dark side. I really loved how you refuted one of the long-standing arguments about why reality TV is so prevalent: high demand. Could you talk a little bit more about that? One of the things that I think is core to understanding reality TV is debunking the big lie that these...

Beyond Privacy

Reproductive rights advocates are fighting state-level abortion restrictions with creative litigation -- and winning.

An anti-choice protester carries a cross in front of the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Haderthauer)
On Friday, an Oklahoma judge ruled against a state law that was poised to, among other things, force women obtaining an abortion to disclose a substantial amount of personal information that would be posted on a public Web site. The privacy violation was enough to enrage many pro-choice bloggers; Lynn Harris wrote on Salon 's Broadsheet, "The requirement … would scare the shit out of me." But the law also sought to ban the use of the word abortion or related words in Oklahoma code and impose a ban on sex-selective abortion. The law's defeat is a victory for reproductive-rights activists in Oklahoma, of which there are few. But perhaps what's interesting about Oklahoma is not the outcome of this particular case, but the way the case was argued. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which brought the suit, avoided the traditional argument that it was a violation of privacy. Instead, the CRR argued that the law was unconstitutional because it packed too much into one law. The...