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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

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.


DEAR JUNOT DÍAZ, I’M DISAPPOINTED. I WISH I WAS SURPRISED.

BLOG from the Representation Project with Jennifer Seibel Newsome

As the news about Junot Díaz spread across the twittersphere Friday morning, I was disappointed but not surprised. How could I be? I’ve known, on some level, about this abhorrent behavior since I first picked up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a senior in high school.


Women Firefighters in a Predominantly Male Culture

Women Firefighters Say Abuse is Rife but Men Go Unpunished – The Guardian News May, 2018

and an historic perspective…

Fighting Forest Fires is Filthy Work – Lake Chelan, Washington State 1977

By Deidre Duffy – Asheville, North Carolina

Fighting forest fires is filthy work. Grit and grime, soot and smoke get in every nook and cranny, every orifice of your body. It doesn’t bother you much while you are digging fire line, dragging hoses or busting up smoldering logs.


This Patriot’s Day, It Was Women Waging Revolutionary War

By Lauren Sandler at the Huffington Post

In Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day is celebrated annually with the mother of all marathons. Growing up, I assumed that every American schoolkid had Patriot’s Day off, to commemorate the first battles of the Revolutionary War; later, I learned that it’s about as common as calling a water fountain a “bubbler.” Regardless, this Patriot’s Day was a fine one for American women, and days later, I am still glowing from the gynophoria.


EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Media Release

NC women call for equal rights following Nevada’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women’s equal rights advocates call on the leaders of both chambers to take action on current ERA bills sitting in Committees on Rules. (Raleigh, NC) March 22, 2017 – Members from various organizations supporting equal rights for women in North Carolina will be in the gallery of the legislative House Chamber at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, when Representative Carla Cunningham will recognize the work of all women and men to secure equal rights and congratulate the ten counties and municipalities that have passed an ERA resolution. Adoptions of ERA resolutions are rolling across the state since record-setting numbers of women’s rights advocates participated in the historic Women’s March in DC in January of this year.


WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER: YES Inclusion Riders!

Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress and won our hearts when she asked all the female nominees to stand with her and told the Hollywood executives and power brokers to, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.  Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours – whichever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them … I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen:  inclusion rider.” 


REMINDER: The EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT for Women has STILL NOT PASSED! Forward this link to everyone ASAP

There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that protects U.S. women from discrimination. Ironically, we have insisted that other countries, such as Afghanistan, include such a provision!  Equal Means Equal 

The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women or men face sex discrimination. Protection would cover:

  • Lack of equal pay for equal work
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Violence against women
  • Other forms of sex discrimination

THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

After the latest school massacre in South Florida Feb. 14, 2018…we’re asking “what was his motive?” Please STOP! Let’s talk about the causes instead, and we’ve known for a long, long time what those things are that cause feelings of RAGE AND HOPELESSNESS the need for REVENGE, especially in male teens and young adults.  Please read:  Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum  


The Healing Power of Counseling: Addressing How Racial Inequities Impact Dementia

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.


Portraits of Nineteenth Century AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN ACTIVISTS

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…


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


IDA B. WELLS the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, and the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery

The pioneering African American reporter counted, investigated and reported lynchings in America as no one had done before.

‘Lynching is color-line murder’: the blistering speech denouncing America’s shame. The pioneering African American investigative reporter Ida B Wells gave this impassioned speech Lynching Our National Crime Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference  The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.

 


WALKOUT MARCH #ENOUGH to Gun Violence (next one is April 20!)

Read about Roberson High Schools Walkout – The Asheville Citizen-Times

Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of school to protest—many of them engaging in social justice actions for the first time—and to say #ENOUGH to gun violence in America. It may have been many of these students’ first protest, but we know it won’t be their last.

Did you stage a walkout at your school or do you know someone who did? Fill out this form to help us get a full headcount of how many students participated in this incredible day of action!


Five myths about domestic violence

 

February 23 Susan R. Paisner, a Maryland criminologist and writer, formerly trained law enforcement professionals on responding to domestic violence calls and implementing domestic violence policies.

A documented history of domestic abuse, we learned this month in the person of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, does not preclude people from working in the White House. To many, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chief of Staff John Kelly, it seemed shocking that a well-educated, highly accomplished professional could be violent. But domestic violence is a complicated and pervasive crime (45 percent more women were slain by a current or former male partner between 2001 and 2012 than there were troops killed in Afghanistan), and it is shrouded in misinformation. Continue reading

 


A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM

By Mirra Price in THE NEOHUMANIST

What is feminism? Simply put, ‘feminism’ is “the theory of political and social equality of the sexes”. Many scholars look to Sappho, a prolific and esteemed lyric poet in Ancient Greece, as the first feminist.

The 1792 publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by the English writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, is seen as a precursor to the modern feminist movement. She argued that women were not inferior, merely uneducated, which accounted for their lesser status in society. Continue reading


This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality

By Magnea Marinósdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland  and Rósa Erlingsdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

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.


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