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World's Oldest Person Dies in Georgia at 116

Besse Cooper fought for women's right to vote

(Newser) - A former schoolteacher in Georgia has died after spending nearly two years as the oldest person alive. Besse Cooper died peacefully at the age of 116 yesterday, not long after she had her hair done and watched a Christmas video in the nursing home where she had lived since 2001,... More »

Saudi Women Get Right to Vote

But let's not rush into things: Wait til 2015, says King Abdullah

(Newser) - Good news for the ladies of Saudi Arabia: You can vote and even run for office, Saudi King Abdullah said today in an announcement that many are hailing as major progress for women's rights. Of course, there's a caveat: Abdullah's announcement won't take effect until after... More »

Sarah Palin Is No Feminist

And here's how she gets away with calling herself one

(Newser) - Sarah Palin sure sounds like a feminist these days, using the words "feminism" and "feminist" a dozen-plus times at a recent speech, along with choice phrases like "pro-woman sisterhood." But "Palin isn't a feminist," writes Jessica Valenti, "not in the slightest." She... More »

Reid Compares Health-Reform Opponents to Segregationists

... to predictably furious Republican reaction

(Newser) - Not that the health-reform debate needed more fuel for its rancorous fire, but Democrat Harry Reid tossed some on today anyway, comparing conservatives who would block the current measure to those who tried to stop the emancipation of slaves and universal suffrage. The GOP reaction was swift and angry, with... More »

Will Women Abandon Palin, Too?

What makes women shed their ideals to support Palin?

(Newser) - When Geraldine Ferraro joined Walter Mondale's ticket in 1984, Ronald Reagan got a boost from women voters who may have felt threatened by Ferraro's personal and professional success. Nearly 25 years later, the effect of Sarah Palin joining John McCain contrasts sharply with Ferraro's fortunes, and prompts Newsweek to take... More »

Hillary, Like Suffrage, Is a Symbol of Frustration

Women remain oppressed

(Newser) - Many have noted that Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight comes on the anniversary of women’s suffrage, but that’s not necessarily the uplifting coincidence it appears to be, writes feminist author Susan Faludi in the New York Times. Despite Clinton’s fantastic primary showing, her supporters remain disconsolate because... More »

Welcome to the Annual Sexism Awards!

Limbaugh, Silda Spitzer, others take home booby prizes

(Newser) - Celebrating the Aug. 26 anniversary of the passage of women's suffrage, Ellen Goodman, in the Boston Globe, doles out the "Equal Rites Awards" to those fine individuals setting back the cause of the female sex. The envelopes, please:
  • The Blind Justice Award: To the Russian judge who threw out
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Hillary Nabs Key Speech at Convention

Second night will be 'Hillary night' to mark women's vote

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton will deliver the main address on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, reports CNN. Insiders say the erstwhile candidate will be accompanied on stage with all female senators for a speech marking the 88th anniversary of the day women won the right to vote. "Tuesday... More »

China Allows Hong Kong to Vote in 2017

Enraged by delay, democracy activists condemn decision

(Newser) - Reacting to years of pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong, China agreed today to let the territory elect a leader in 2017 and a legislature in 2020, BBC reports. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang had lobbied Beijing for elections by 2012, but hailed today's news as a "hard-earned opportunity.... More »

Thousands March for Democracy in Hong Kong

Residents demand universal suffrage

(Newser) - Hong Kong observed the 10th anniversary of the handover to China today as tens of thousands took to the streets for the now-traditional annual pro-democracy rally. Beijing appears no more amenable to universal suffrage, however—Hu Jintao was in town to swear in the territory's new chief executive and his... More »

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