Opinion: by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Sisters are doin’ it for themselves. That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy.
By Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates
With every new revelation of sexual harassment, we are left with more questions than answers. How did we get here? How do we ensure we never go back? How does harassment affect individual women? How does it affect society?
As we turn our calendars to a new year, at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), we renew our efforts to advance solutions that put an end to violence against women.
In 2017, it is impossible to argue that the amendment is inappropriate, since one who does so implies that women should be legally subjugated.
It’s equally impossible to claim that the amendment is unnecessary, given the continuing inequality we see.
So the remaining argument against the ERA boils down to coded variations of “it would upset the balance of power” — in other words, it would give women a fair chance. Continue reading
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Edward Helmore in the Guardian
The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level” and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women.
Driver was discussing comments by Matt Damon, whom she once dated and with whom she starred in the Oscar-winning 1997 film Good Will Hunting. In an interview with ABC News this week, Damon said alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men involved “a spectrum of behaviour”.
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is a quantitative measure of interest in a particular word. Our online dictionary gives us insight into the collective curiosity of the public, with millions of words looked up every month. When we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have seen a rise over the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories. Word of the Year 2017: Feminism + 9 more ..Read why feminism is our Word of the Year, plus dotard, syzygy, gaffe, and 6 more top words . Photo credit: Molly Adams and Merriam Webster Continue reading
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African American women as well as men assumed civic responsibilities in the decades after the Civil War. William Henry Richards (1856-1941) was active in several organizations that promoted civil rights and civil liberties for African Americans at the end of the nineteenth century. (this info sent in by Lyte) Continue reading…
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Since our last update, federal courts ruled on both congressional and state legislative redistricting in North Carolina, and lawmakers returned to Raleigh earlier this month for another special session. Beginning with some good news, here’s what we know:
“The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex.
Education for the new economy – What does it take to prepare for a better career and financial life today?
Though he’s earned a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative educators, Sal Khan, founder of the online Khan Academy, attributes his personal successes not so much to the questions he has answered as to the ones he has asked. Continue reading
Recy Taylor, whose bold testimony in 1944 helped lay the foundation for the civil rights movement, quietly passed away this morning (December 28) She would’ve been 98 on Sunday. She is survived by a number of loving & devoted family members. She inspired me & many to use our voices as weapons
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Recy Taylor (December 31, 1919 – December 28, 2017) was a black woman from Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama, US. On September 3, 1944, she was kidnappedwhile leaving church and gang-raped by six white men. Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men, meaning no charges were ever brought against her six assailants.
In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized on behalf of the state “for its failure to prosecute her attackers.” Taylor’s rape and the subsequent court cases were among the first instances of nationwide protest and activism among the African American community, and ended up providing an early organizational spark for the Civil Rights Movement. from Wikipedia
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By William Wan – The Washington Post
The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter— tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening women’s careers, or worse — raises a horrified question: What makes these men behave this way? Continue reading
Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.
Angry old white men clingin’ to your power
But the karma’s gonna come on down.
Lies are lies, not alternative facts.
Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.
Lies are lies, you better clean up your act
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down
The karma’s gonna come on down.
The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.
Do unto others what you want done to you,
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down. Oh, yeah.
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