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Link Roundup: The Personal is Political- A Week in Human Rights

Welcome to this week’s installment of Lilith’s Link Roundup. Each week we post Jewish and feminist highlights from around the web. If there’s anything you want to be sure we know about, email us or leave a message in the comments section below.

This past Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a policy that has discriminated against openly gay men and women serving in the military. On Wednesday, President Obama officially signed the repeal.  [NYT]

In other political news, the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 came close to being passed this past week. On Tuesday, the U.S. House passed a bill almost identical to the version that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed on December 9th, with some minor amendments. The new version was sent back to the Senate to be voted on before ending the lame duck session, but was blocked by Senator Jeffrey Sessions (R-AL). [Huffington Post]

Last week, the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC), led by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), released Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the US Economy, a comprehensive assessment of women’s role in the economy. The study highlights the negative effects of inflexible work and family policies imposed on many women in the workforce. [Ms. Magazine]

Parenting columnist, Anna Solomon, recently wrote about her experience feeling alienated by religion while having a toddler daughter who’s in love with all things Jewish. [Kveller]

This month’s issue of EROS features an interesting Q&A with Lilith, the world’s first woman, as imagined by Elissa Strauss. [LABA]

Jewish teens from four major International Jewish Youth Movements have joined forces to end bullying and support LGBTQ Teens. Their goal is to get 18,000 Jews to sign the Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives by the end of the year. The upcoming issue of Lilith will feature some of the anti-homophobia efforts in the Jewish community, including one for LGBT middle-school students. [JTA]