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Review: Gender and Sexuality
TOP TEN LITTLE-KNOWN BUSH EFFORTS AGAINST WOMEN AND FAMILIES
Number Ten: Even more ironic than rain on your wedding day.
To head the Office on Violence Against Women, Bush appointed a woman who ran a group actively opposed to the Violence Against Women Act. The group’s web site states “the battered women’s movement has outlived its useful beginnings.”

Number Nine: Glass ceiling? What glass ceiling? The Bush-appointed head of the Federal Housing Finance Board is a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute who discounts the wage gap and the glass ceiling, and claims that women are no longer affected by discrimination in the workplace.

Number Eight: Families First? The House passed the so-called “Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2003” to increase the number of hours that welfare recipients are required to work from 30 to 40 hours, while providing $200 million annually for programs to promote marriage and $50 million for programs to promote abstinence.

Number Seven: You play, you pay. Bush tried to eliminate health insurance coverage for contraceptives for federal employees and their dependents. Democrats fought back and won.

Number Six: The sky looks clear to me . . . The Bush Administration supports the so-called Clear Skies Act of 2003, which provides special privileges for companies violating emissions caps to allow them to avoid fines and possible legal action. The bill neglects to provide any curbs on carbon-dioxide emissions, which are most directly linked to global warming.

Number Five: Head Start False Start To serve as Assistant Secretary for Family Support in the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, Bush appointed the president of the National Fatherhood Institute who had said that low-income kids whose parents aren’t married should be kept at the back of the line for Head Start and other benefits. He tried to back away from these statements at his confirmation hearings. Once appointed, he has tried to offer special services to welfare recipients – as long as they agree to get married.

Number Four: A whole new way to risk your life for your country. Bush supports prohibiting military women serving abroad from receiving safe medical abortions at military hospitals even if they pay for the procedure with personal funds. Women leaving the base to obtain abortions must obtain permission from their commanders.

Number Three: But women are already 1.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs! Bush slammed the door shut on the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, which sought input from advocacy groups about public policy and political issues affecting women. His 2004 budget eliminated funding for the Women’s Educational Equity Act to promote equity for girls and women in education.

Number Two: Physician, heal thyself. The Bush administration nominated a doctor who has written about Christ’s ability to heal women’s illnesses to chair the Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. The good news? He didn’t become the chair. The bad news? He is now serving as a member of the committee, which plays an important role in creating women’s health policy.

Number One: Juggle this. Under the guise of helping women juggle the demands of career and family, Bush is pushing the so-called “Family Time Flexibility Act,” which allows employers to deny overtime pay and offer comp time instead.


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