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Mapping the Gender Imbalance in City Street Names

November 6, 2015

This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir because only 2.6 percent of the French capital’s streets are named for women. That action inspired Aruna Sankaranarayanan and her colleagues at Mapbox to create an analysis of “Mapping Female versus Male Street Names” in seven major cities.


HELPMATE of ASHEVILLE – SAFE HAVEN SOCIETY Envision a World Free of Violence!

Empowering Our Community to Create a World Free of Violence
Safe Haven Society
At Helpmate, we are fortunate to have the strong support of our generous community. Our collaborations with other organizations, partnerships with area businesses, the participation of many faith communities, and the ongoing philanthropy of individuals makes this work possible, and we are grateful.  Contact Helpmate


When The Powerful Use Their Position To Bully Others, We All Lose – also talking about New Models of Manhood

 From Meryl Streep to Tracee Ellis Ross, women took center stage at Sunday’s Golden Globes and demanded we celebrate them – 

not for what they’re wearing, but for who they are and what they do. On the red carpet, Evan Rachel Wood explained she wore a tuxedo so that, “young women and girls know that [dresses] aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to. Just be yourself, because your worth is much more than that.” Continue reading


New Census Data Shows that the GENDER WAGE GAP IS NOT CLOSING

With virtually no change in the gender wage gap in 2017, women will not see equal pay for 41 more years at the current rate

The gender wage gap widened between women of all racial and ethnic groups and White men

Washington, DC—A fact sheet by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) uses updated data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau to chart the gender earnings ratio since 1960 and analyzes changes in earnings during the last year by gender, race, and ethnicity. The gender wage ratio remained unchanged from 2016 at 80.5 percent.


REWRITING LIFE STORIES: Change a Life – Volunteer to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

Change a Life: Volunteer 

Are you interested in volunteering as a Reading Coach or Reading Buddy? Sign up for training this Fall. Don’t wait, classes fill up quickly. First classes start in mid September. Click here for more information: http://www.r2sasheville.org/volunteer.html

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).


The upside of Trump’s election: it inspired my generation to fight back

By Qadira Mine

Faced with discrimination, deportations and mass shootings, America’s teenagers are refusing to accept the status quo.


A MUST READ: E. R. A. a short primer for the monstrously long process of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Dear Reader, 

The introduction I’ve added to this text explains some of the analogies I see between Victor Frankenstein’s creature and the legal corpus of laws that apply to women in the United States.  Those analogies occurred to me in this 200th year following the initial publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.

Thank you, SheVille, for the very strong July 20, 2018, article on the reasons we need the Equal Rights Amendment.  I’ve sent the link for the article to several people I know, and I added the reference to the article to this latest draft of my handmade book on the process of ratifying the E.R.A.  I finished making the book before I saw the article, so I didn’t include your article in the resources I used for the book project. 

Happy reading,

Virginia McKinley,  Asheville, N.C.   


Casual sexism creates victims. We should acknowledge that and police it.

By Libby Brooks in the Guardian

What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?

As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.


Historic moment: Women are majority of Democratic candidates for House

 Aviva Stahl | POLITICS  in WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER News & Features

Ayanna Pressley edged out a man who had held onto a Democratic House seat for 10 terms. For the first time in history, white men constitute a minority of people running as Democrats for seats in the House of Representatives, according to an analysis published Tuesday by Politico. More women and people of color may be elected to serve the House than ever before and, in doing so, shift the Democratic Party toward more progressive positions on criminal justice reform, access to health care, and other issues. 


ERA: Our Equality Pledge is up and running! See Who’s for Gender Equality in the U.S.

Dear Equality Warrior,

Our Equality Pledge is up and running!  

Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans! 


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice – Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

This is an experience that touches the heart and soul – not to be missed!

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.  


Progressives look to 2020 at Netroots Nation conference

 in New Orleans

Netroots activists offer hope for 2020

The largest gathering of progressives in the country got under way in New Orleans on Thursday. It’s the thirteenth Netroots meeting – but the event has taken on a new significance since the 2016 election and the subsequent wave of activism and progressive candidates for office.


WOMEN ARE NOT PROTECTED in the U. S. Constitution – Here Are the Ramifications

The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, may appear to safeguard women against discrimination, but Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went on record insisting this isn’t the case. 

“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex, the only issue is whether it prohibits it.  It doesn’t.  Nobody ever voted for that,” he said.   (In an interview for the January 2011 issue of California Lawyer) 


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