Member's Corner

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Celebrating Women in Science, Feminist Views, Actions

Waking the Sleeping Giant

The attack on women’s rights, rights long believed settled, has been on a steady increase over the past four decades. A return to near medieval religious orthodoxies has forged an alliance with conservatives determined to march backwards to a day when workers and women had few rights. Through most of this time the Giant, women’s organizations and supporters, slowly diminished and fell asleep. Granted, activism and feminism are clearly not dead, but their gigantic voice of the 60’s and 70’s is very difficult to hear.

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Doomed to Re-live It ?

The President is into the third year of his term in office. The nation has weathered through a stock market crash and crushing bank failures that began in the previous administration. Public spending programs, while softening the worst part of the economic calamity, have not had the ‘miracle’ effect of bouncing the nation back to prosperity. Political opponents claim that this spending is not doing any good and must be stopped. The real answer, in the belief of the President’s opponents, is to reduce borrowing, increase the reserve requirements for the banks and balance the budget. The result of the tight money and reduction of government spending was to create a recession within a depression.

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In Honor of Those Who Have Given So Much

It is appropriate that we honor and give thanks to those men and women that gave all they had to give to insure our life and liberty.  There is a tendency to complain about rights that we lack, rather than celebrate what we have.  The journey to equality for women and minorities has been a long hard slog that spans centuries.  Pausing to concider only the history of this nation, approximately 1.3 million Americans have died in uniform to secure and preserve these rights.  Let us say, "Thank You"

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The Slow Slide to Ignorance

Evidence it building that the general population does not embrace intelligence as a valuable asset.  “Twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Twenty-three percent would rather lose their ability to read than their figures.”1 For decades, feminists have fought like hell to secure access to equal education. 

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Gun Control is a Woman’s Right

Gabrielle Giffords was nearly killed when a would-be assassin shot her in the head during a meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona. The Press and political pundits were unanimous in their predictions that this would finally lead to some level of gun control. It was argued that, at a minimum, a ban on the 31 round clips was a fait accompli. The statistics are stunning. From Women Against Gun Violence, “American women who are killed by their intimate partners are more likely to be killed with guns than by all other methods combined.”

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Thoughts about Human Trafficking

So, bright and early this morning as I was sitting with my lap-top on my sofa researching ideas for upcoming educational programs I was hit with the thought that human trafficking was the direction I wanted to be focusing in on.  Not only for one quick passing program, but for the long haul of my time-consuming, energy-taking, barely-rewarding awareness and activist lifestyle.

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Whittling Away at Women’s Rights

We are witnessing an almost daily unprecedented onslaught on many of the rights and freedoms that women have fought for in this country for over one hundred years.  Women only received the right to vote in 1920 (a battle that began in 1848), the right to have an abortion in 1973, to have a credit card in her own name, if married, in 1977.   Have no illusions, these rights are not guaranteed.  The effort in Wisconsin to curtail the collective bargaining rights of teachers, nurses and civil employees is disproportionately targeted at women.  That state’s Governor and Legislature carefully omitted public safety positions (police and fire) which are typically male dominated professions.  This may have not been their plan but it is the effect.

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