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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.  


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) 


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher July 30, 2018

Rep. Susan Fisher  Buncombe County  District 114  susanf@ncleg.net

July 30,  2018

You may remember that the General Assembly adjourned on June 29, 2018, not to return until after Thanksgiving. Yet on Tuesday of last week (July 24th), North Carolina made national news (again) for passing bills to change the 2018 election rules after the election season had already started.  How did this happen?

**Update: We are now “on call” pending notice that the Republicans schedule an override vote.  That could come as soon as this weekend…..


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).


A History of the WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP) 75th Anniversary 2018

In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942.


A good summary of what happened this week in the NC General Assembly

Sent in by Diane Amos  July, 2018

• North Carolina: It’s truly astonishing how relentless North Carolina Republicans are in their ceaseless zeal to undermine democracy. This week, they called a blitzkrieg legislative session where they swiftly advanced two more measures to entrench their power by unfairly and arbitrarily tilting the playing field to their benefit.


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!”


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