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Women's Lives & Education

Why study women, minorities, or other controversial subjects at all? The answer is: a good liberal education (liberal as in “freedom”) teaches people to think both “inside the box” and “outside the box”.  Gender studies programs can encourage students to creatively examine their surroundings and learn to identify both the empowering and dis-empowering properties of words and deeds and to consider the relationship of race, gender, class and ethnicity as well as the manifestation and effects of gender bias in society.   Your suggestions and submissions are welcomed.
Research on Women and Education     Women’s Media Center     OnTrack Women’s Financial Empowerment Center     The Community Foundation of WNC – Women for Women grants     Western Women’s Business Center     Womansong of Asheville Women’s Chorus & New Start Program

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (followed by The New Depressus)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


FEATURED WORK “Be Nobody’s Darlin’ : Womanism as an Early Response to Racism within Feminism,and Sexism within the Civil Rights Movement

By Freesia McKee – Warren Wilson College 2009

Author’s Statement: I got my start in activism back in my hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Womanist
1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e., frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “You acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown-up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.


Time to Recycle Smarter

The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base.   However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country. 


OVERLOOKED NO MORE: Emma Gatewood, First Woman to Conquer the Appalachian Trail Alone

Offered by Andrea Davis

The Washington Post’s New Series   

With Overlooked, our new collection of obituaries for people who never got them, The Times is recalling the lives of those who were passed over for generations, for whatever reasons. Some were famous, like the poet Sylvia Plath, while others were more obscure, like the first American woman to win an Olympic championship (without ever knowing it).

Have a Suggestion for an Overlooked Obit? We Want to Hear From You


Here’s one example of how women’s invisibility happens. What are your examples? by Lisa Sarasohn

By invitation, I submitted a workshop proposal, titled “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” to a Tai Chi conference. In the Tao Te Ching, ancient writing that points to the principles of Tai Chi, the “Mysterious Female” refers to the non-dual, world-creating Source Energy that both surrounds us and abides within our body’s center.


I Will Teach You: by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

by Tae Yun Kim, syndicated from Parabola in The Daily Good

At age seven, Tae Yun Kim gazed upon her uncles practicing an ancient martial art. She was awestruck. Never before had she seen something so beautiful and exciting, their movements both natural and mystical. She decided right then and there she had to learn. There was only one problem: She was a girl in 1950s South Korea, and this was a five-thousand-year-old culture and tradition. When Kim asked to train with them, she was told, “You’re supposed to learn how to cook and sew. And if you’re lucky, someone will find you a husband. . . . ” Continue reading

 

 


Have Guns Become an Idol in the U.S.? from Women AdvaNCe

Editor’s Note: We think this piece is particularly relevant as the nation absorbs one more act of gun violence. This piece is not intended to advocate for a particular religious position, but rather give us all another perspective on the gun debate.


Announcing the Empower Coalition of youth activists and allies!

Youth Empower is so excited to announce the launch of the Empower Coalition!

The Empower Coalition aims to empower youth to register and turn out to vote in the Midterm Elections in numbers too great to ignore. But that’s just the beginning: We’re coming together to advocate for legislation at the local, statewide, and national level that will create positive change for youth.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissenting For Democracy

in People For the American Way

In the dismal 2013-14 Supreme Court Term in which the conservative majority wiped out aggregate campaign contribution limits (McCutcheon v. FEC), undercut the power of unions (Harris v. Quinn), and approved lopsided sectarian religious invocations in public meetings (Town of Greece v. Galloway), one big consolation was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s devastating indictment of the majority in her seething dissenting opinion from perhaps the worst decision of the Term, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.


SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


TEDDY BEAR BLAST! and Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

BY CHRISTINA JEWETT AND SHEFALI LUTHRA, KAISER HEALTH NEWS

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.  The Texas Tribune


WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS: HIGHER ED & THE FUTURE OF WORK

College Degrees Bring Significant Benefits to Single Mothers and Society

Single mothers who complete an associate or bachelor’s degree earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetimes and have significantly lower rates of poverty than single mothers with only high school diplomas, according to a new analysis recently released by IWPR. The analysis, which is the first of its kind, finds that public or institutional investments in services, such as child care and case management, boost graduation rates and more than pay for themselves through graduates’ increased tax contributions and reduced public benefits. But access to these benefits must be improved; currently, only 8 percent of single mothers who enroll in two- or four-year programs graduate with a degree.


Behavioral Health Care Integration in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medscape – MedGenMed Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health

Jean M. Cassidy, LCSW, BCD, Virginia A. Boyle, PhD, Hal C. Lawrence, MD

Abstract and Introduction

Depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorders are 2 to 3 times more prevalent in women than in men. Since the advent of managed care and other pressures on the healthcare delivery system in the United States, there has been a notable diminishment of services and service funding for treatment of mental health conditions, whether they are temporary, transitional, or chronic. As a result of this trend, we have seen an increase in the number of patients seeking help for emotional and mental health concerns from their family doctors or, in the case of women, from their obstetrician-gynecologists. We have also found that emotional and mental health problems are often converted into physical symptomatology that carries fewer stigmas and is often viewed as easier to treat. Many women use their obstetrician-gynecologists for primary care, particularly during their reproductive years. Provision of behavioral healthcare is critical to health maintenance for many of these women. Barriers to the integration of behavioral healthcare into obstetrics and gynecology practice need to be understood and systemically addressed.


SNAP to Attention: Pay Attention to Farm Bill

By Beth Messersmith

Hunger is a constant challenge here in the Tar Heel State. While it may not dominate every news cycle, one in 7 North Carolina families struggles to put food on the table on a daily basis. In fact, food insecurity is so omnipresent here that North Carolina has earned the heartbreaking distinction of being the 10th hungriest state in the nation.


Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld 

Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld            

Preface:  Because there has not been effective constitutional protection by the 14th Amendment for many forms of sex discrimination and because there is no Equal Rights Amendment, there have been many efforts to target federal legislation to try to close the gaps, generally relying on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 are just a few of these laws.  While they have significantly helped women, these federal laws are not comprehensive, many are not fully inclusive, and one has been partially struck down by the Supreme Court for lack of a constitutional foundation. Most critically, none of these laws has the force of a constitutional amendment.  That means they do not cover everyone and they can be rolled back at any time by a simple congressional vote. *

*Excerpts from Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth, 2015


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