The Minnesota Daily

All content by Abby Bar-Lev

The Supreme Court’s new moral authority

April 23, 2007

This past Wednesday the Supreme Court of the United States decided the potential life of a fetus is more important than protecting the health of the woman carrying it. Ever since the Court legalized abortion...

Emergency contraception is the least we can do

April 9, 2007

Two weeks ago my column began by attesting that spring was finally arriving in Minneapolis. The weather served as an analogy for optimism and a springing forward for women's rights in Minnesota. Perhaps...

Springing forward and raising awareness

March 26, 2007

As this Women's History Month comes to a close and gives way to April in just a few days, spring (for the moment) is arriving in Minneapolis. Whether it is the longer days, the melting snow or the smell...

The biology of women’s speech habits

February 19, 2007

For many women who spend a lot of time around brothers, guy friends and boyfriends, a trend usually seems to emerge: We tend to be just a bit more talkative. Could that trend have a scientific explanation? According...

When women don’t get my vote

February 5, 2007

As a feminist, it is important to me to support other women. As a feminist involved with politics, it is especially important to me to support women running for political office. But just because I am...

The state of the union for women’s reproductive rights

January 22, 2007

The 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade today coincides, ironically, with tomorrow's State of the Union address to be delivered by President George W. Bush. So what is the state of the union for women's reproductive...

Equal pay still unequal

November 30, 2006

Last Monday, the Supreme Court heard a case that sounds like it belongs in the 1970s. The case dealt with gender discrimination. It is perhaps all-too-common knowledge that women, on average, still get...

Year of the woman begins Tuesday

November 2, 2006

Perhaps not everyone has been counting down the days until Tuesday's election since day 172 as I have. Regardless, unless you currently reside under a rock, you are most likely aware that we are just five...

Wisconsinites: Vote absentee and reject discrimination

October 19, 2006

One of the most exciting and crucial times of the year is approaching: Election Day. If you are originally from Wisconsin - as over 6,000 of us are at the University - I urge you to request an absentee...

Modeling a healthful approach to beauty

October 5, 2006

Recognizing that models' appearances influence young girls' health habits and self-image, Madrid, Spain's regional government took a globally unprecedented and progressive step in September when it banned...

The federal abortion ban and reframing the debate

September 21, 2006

The federal abortion ban, known to most as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, is a dangerous law that not only should be struck down as unconstitutional, but also presents an opportunity to reframe the...

Give credit to non-endorsed candidates

September 12, 2006

Neither Ember Reichgott Junge, running in the 5th U.S. District, nor Becky Lourey, running for governor, received the DFL's endorsement. Nonetheless, they should be taken seriously and supported in today's...

Extend the availability of Plan B to all women in need

September 7, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration's Aug. 24 decision to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B for women 18 and older is a major step toward protecting the personal health care decisions and well-being...

Humane immigration reform

April 24, 2006

As much as I want to discuss the "woman's" perspective on immigration reform, that task would be too daunting, and the outcome would be incomplete. To discuss immigration reform in terms of a "woman's"...

Bringing women’s issues from the shadows

April 10, 2006

Sexual assault is more prevalent in the United States - and especially among students - than many would like to believe. Unfortunately sexual assault does not get nearly enough attention in Congress or...

Representing the other half

March 27, 2006

This fall, students at the University have a rare opportunity to vote three progressive, Democratic women into office and achieve a step toward better gender balance in our government. The positions include...

The South Dakota thunderstorm

March 6, 2006

The Daily has been covering the South Dakota abortion debacle from the opinions pages to the news pages. As a feminist columnist, I feel a need to join the conversation. "For the first time in nearly 14...

Why students must support Amy Klobuchar in 2006

February 20, 2006

When feminism and politics intersect, change happens. When progressivism meets innovation, inspiration emerges. When a progressive, Democratic woman runs for U.S. Senate, people everywhere stand to gain. 2006...

The other feminine mystique

February 6, 2006

On her 85th birthday Saturday, feminists lost one of the most pivotal figures in the feminist movement. Betty Friedan died of congestive heart failure, but left behind inspiration for women everywhere...

Why the Democrats should filibuster Alito

January 23, 2006

Samuel Alito should not be on the Supreme Court. The Democrats have every right and reason to filibuster his appointment. To prove the point, here are three reasons why. 1. There is too much at stake....

Equal rights amendment overdue

December 12, 2005

Eighty-five years ago feminists around the country fought for the right to vote. They fought long and hard for what today seems like a commonsense liberty: women's suffrage. Eighty-two years ago feminists...

Stop leaving teachers and students behind

December 5, 2005

An educated society is a vibrant society, yet teachers remain underpaid and students in poor school districts continue to be left behind. The American Federation of Teachers released a nationwide survey...

Where we should be going

November 28, 2005

In the past year, we have seen a major transition on the U.S. Supreme Court. We're losing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to retirement and we lost Chief Justice William Rehnquist to cancer. The pivotal replacement...

Revisiting Plan B and examining agendas

November 21, 2005

My first column of this year in the Daily dealt with Susan Wood's resignation from the Food and Drug Administration in protest over its nondecision regarding over-the-counter sales of Plan B mediation....

Tired of the same old myths about Roe v. Wade

November 14, 2005

Whether it is in conversations, pamphlets, partisan pundits or e-mails to my Minnesota Daily account, I am tired of hearing the same myths and lies about Roe v. Wade. A clarification is in order. Roe v....

Beware the deceptions at Crisis Pregnancy Centers

November 7, 2005

Crisis Pregnancy Centers feign reproductive health care for women facing unwanted pregnancies and, in reality, are deceptive institutions of the anti-choice movement determined to deter women from being...

Reflecting on Harriet Miers

October 31, 2005

What is the difference between a woman on the Supreme Court and a feminist on the Supreme Court? The recent debacle with former Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers raised a few volatile questions for feminists...

Confronting the catfight

October 24, 2005

Women could learn a thing or two from the opposite sex about how to treat one another. I don't believe I am creating any new stereotypes when I say that girls are thought of as catty toward each other....

High heels to hell

October 17, 2005

Women, brace yourselves. There is a scary new cosmetic surgery that is becoming increasingly popular. This surgery has nothing to do with your face, and everything to do with your feet. In order to fit...

Athletes and sexual harassment

October 10, 2005

Harassment of women students on the University campus needs to stop. The Minnesota Daily has received and published columns from women students who have felt harassed by University athletes in particular....

Parental notification laws harm women

October 3, 2005

Parental notification laws do nothing in terms of keeping women safe or reducing abortion rates; contrarily, they are downright dangerous for young women. Parental notification laws are becoming increasingly...

Women (or lack thereof) in the work force

September 26, 2005

Louise Story's front page New York Times article, "Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood," detailed how an increasing number of women at Yale and other elite universities are choosing...

Using the F-word and being proud of it

September 19, 2005

The United States is in desperate need of a major revival of the feminist movement. With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, the number...

Putting politics above women’s well-being

September 12, 2005

When Susan Wood resigned from her position as assistant commissioner of the Women's Health Office at the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 31, she highlighted our government's trend of putting politics...