Black History Month
Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.
All editions of our TV show, New Directions for Women, are archived in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, it is available to historians, scholars, and students in perpetuity. Our program was chosen because of its content and technical level as well as because it is indicative of the many issues of concern to women in the late 20th and early 21st Century.
In Memorium - Rebecca L. Lubetkin
December 7, 1938 – November 19, 2023
Rebecca Lubetkin joined the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1970, and became a member of the Morris County NOW Chapter in 1990.
When Flo Kennedy, feminist attorney and civil rights advocate, was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Festival at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on June 26, 1993, Morris County NOW was there. When she stated that “The Media is the Message,” we got the message and began to investigate producing our own Public Access Cable TV program. In the Spring of 1994 we had secured a place on Sammons Cable TV, and our first training class was on April 29, 1994. Rebecca was inspired to join the original crew and was a key member, taking on several tasks including camera operator and floor manager. Sometime around 1998 our show became “New Directions for Women.” When our host, Mavra Stark, moved out of state in 2007, Rebecca moved flawlessly into that role where she remained until we produced our last studio show at County College of Morris on November 29, 2017. During her tenure as host, we produced over 115 shows. We were privileged to have her intelligence and feminist insight as host over those last ten years, and we can only say Thank You, Rebecca.
Protestors gathered in Newark on Wednesday took aim at a recent federal judge’s decision that said a state law banning migrant detention centers is a “dagger in the heart” of federal immigration enforcement.
“We cannot stab a dagger into the heart of ICE. It has no heart, it’s not a person. The people in ICE’s cages — they can bleed, they can shed tears. That’s who we should be concerned about,” said Kathy O’Leary, director of Pax Christi, a faith-based immigrant advocacy group.
In front of the federal immigration building in Newark, about two dozen activists called for the abolition of migrant detention centers and the immediate closure of the Elizabeth Detention Center, less than 24 hours after U.S. District Judge Robert Kirsch issued a key ruling that will allow the center to remain open.
Caitlin Clark Making Women’s Sports a Slam Dunk
Women’s basketball has long been overshadowed by its male counterpart. As someone who played women’s basketball for 12 years, it was painfully obvious how much viewers preferred to watch men’s games. Our varsity girls’ basketball team would have an average of 8 students at each home game compared to the men’s full student section. While Read more … The post Caitlin Clark Making Women’s Sports a Slam Dunk first appeared on National Organization for Women.
Pews to Politics: How American Christian Antiabortionists Have Influenced Abortion and Reproductive Care in the United States
The current state of reproductive access and care in the United States is disheartening, marked by a decline in accessibility since 2017 and a surge in barriers such as limited birth control access, geographical distances to clinics, and instances of physical harassment.1 The overturn of Roe v. Wade in 2022 shifted the responsibility of protecting Read more … The post Pews to Politics: How American Christian Antiabortionists Have Influenced Abortion and Reproductive Care in the United States first appeared on National Organization for Women.
A Love Letter to Public Libraries
Some of my favorite childhood memories are going to the local library during the summer. I loved searching for the perfect book to escape into or a DVD to borrow. There were fantastic programs with fun snacks and crafts. I’m still a regular patron of my local library, though my relationship with the library looks Read more … The post A Love Letter to Public Libraries first appeared on National Organization for Women.
How Climate Change and Instability Exacerbate Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls
The dangerous consequences of climate change, crises, and conflict are not new topics in human rights discussions. However, it is imperative that we discuss how they affect women, children, and marginalized communities through an intersectional lens to implement appropriate solutions, services, and resources. Sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG) Read more … The post How Climate Change and Instability Exacerbate Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls first appeared on National Organization for Women.
The Fifteen Worst States for Women to Live In – By the Numbers
Life for women and their families can be dramatically different from state to state. Such factors as better wages, access to childcare, accessible health care, affordable housing, reproductive health care, women’s shelters, and so many other aspects of what makes a supportive living environment are unevenly found throughout the 50 states. Much depends upon a Read more … The post The Fifteen Worst States for Women to Live In – By the Numbers first appeared on National Organization for Women.