For Icelanders, it is a source of pride to be the frontrunner in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row. Ranking at the top is a confirmation of the successes achieved in recent decades and inspires us to continue to work towards complete equality of status, influence and power of men and women.
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?
“The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex.
Bounty & Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Our fresh, free food markets provide healthy, fresh produce and whole grains along with nutrition education and health and wellness resources for children, families, individuals, and seniors who struggle with food insecurity and poor health. We offer our services at five weekly markets.
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”.
TOKYO — Yuka Ogata wanted to make a point about the challenges working women face in Japan. The men on the Kumamoto Municipal Assembly proved her point for her — entirely inadvertently. Continue reading
Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer, is a co-author, with Tracy Crow, of “It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan.” – in the Washington Post
Veterans Day is an occasion to recall the service of our troops. But women’s stories have often been absent from those recollections. Works of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs (such as Mary Jennings Hegar’s), documentaries (including “The Invisible War”) and dramas (such as “Blood Stripe”) have helped show this side of the armed forces. Still, myths about female veterans endure. Kayla Williams, who wrote a memoir about serving as an Army linguist in Iraq, remembers an infantryman who was “sure that women troops would be flown by helicopter to shower every three days.” Here are some of the most persistent misconceptions. Continue reading
By Northwestern University’s Online Masters in Counseling program
After her husband died in 1986, Cornelia Moss lived alone in her native Arkansas for 13 years before moving to Wisconsin to live with her daughter.
As the wife of a cotton farmer who raised 16 children in a segregated small town in the South, Moss, who was Black, had lived a hard life filled as much with stress as joy.
The following is a guest post by Beverly Brannan, Curator of Photography, Prints & Photographs Division.
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…
Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program in the country for women. Representing a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation, participants receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokeswomen in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.
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:
Direct Action, Educating, Lobbying, Coalition Building – General Even Year Activities (mid-session Jan – Apr & short session May – July):
- Constructs lobbying campaign to secure bill sponsors, co-sponsors for long session.
- Develops legislative surveys.
- Organizes plans to expand action teams.
- Concentrates on ERA awareness building in the general population.
- Formulates education campaign for legislators and general public.
- Develops training materials for internal structure and legislative processes.
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
Photo Credit: Danielle L. McGuire
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
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.
Periods happen to half the population – so why are they still treated as something to hide? Meet the activists seeing red.
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