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We remember those who have made a significant contribution to gender equality and women’s lives and well-being. 
OurVoice, Inc.: Domestic Violence
Pet Soup and Brother Wolf Rescue
Animal Compassion Network
Sarge’s Animal Rescue

Anattasati Magga, Inc.- an independent Buddhist Sangha for the Laity

Meditate – Practice – Study – Minister Anattasati Magga offers meditation, services, Dharma discussions and lectures, retreats, and meditation supplies. The Sangha practices in North Carolina and California and follows the tradition of Soto Zen. Nancy Spence, founder and teacher, began lay training in 1977 and entered Priest training at Vichara Bodhiyana Monastery in California. She then trained as a Lay Minister at Shasta Abbey in Mt. Shasta, California and received her Lay Minister license in 1984. Asheville, NC and Sonora,CA    fax: (828) 252-8869    phone: 828-242-2405    

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

A Conversation With Carol W. Greider On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science by Claudia Dreifus

Out of more than 500 Nobels ever awarded in the sciences, less than 40 have been awarded to women. That 3 Nobels were awarded to women this year represents a sea change in the Nobel Committee’s decision-making as the successful result of a behind-the-scenes campaign to represent women more equally.

Rebekah Spicuglia, Media Manager for The Women’s Media Center

A Mountain Heritage of Apple Trees

"You ever eaten a Sugarloaf?" he asked. I shook my head. I was a hospice nurse and this gentleman, I’ll call him Zeb, was my patient. We’d been talking about our favorite apples, but this sounded more like a coffeecake. "What about a Sheepnose June?" he tried again. I’d never heard of it.

The History of Population studies: An Extended Book Report

Neurath, Paul. From Malthus to the Club of Rome and Back : Problems of Limits to Growth, Population Control, and Migrations. Columbia University Seminar Series. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1994.

Neurath has been teaching population biology for a number of years, and in this book, he takes that experience to reconsider the historical development of population consciousness.

Collapse: An Extended Book Report

Diamond, J. M. (2005). Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed. New York, Viking.

This work presents a broad historical approach to the title question: why do societies collapse? His examples range from Easter Island to the Anasazi of the American Southwest, to the Viking colonies of Greenland, to the Maya, to Rwanda, contrasting these to modern Australia, Montana and Los Angeles, as examples of places with environmental problems that may not in fact collapse.

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