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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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"Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America" Trailer

Preview of the documentary film about gender violence in the US. The film follows the story of Kim, as she and her three children make their way through a Duluth,…

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Photos of Tenement Families in New York, Early 1900s

Photos of Tenement Families in New York, Early 1900s | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Mothers Least Likely to be Given Flexible Work Schedules

Mothers Least Likely to be Given Flexible Work Schedules | Herstory | Scoop.it
Mothers are among the least likely to be granted flexible work arrangements. (In the age of "Lean In" and "Having It All," mothers are still getting a bad rap in the work place.

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Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families

Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families | Herstory | Scoop.it
At the turn of the 20th century, more than 95 percent of newborns entered the world at home, with the aid of midwives.

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Christina Lander's comment, February 22, 2013 8:12 AM
I found it very interesting that during the 20th century 95% of babies were born in the home using a midwife. However, today in age it's less than 1%. They say that midwifery fell down so much is because its not classified as an actual profession. Approximately 85% of women start labour with no complications therefor, the need for all the medicines and equipment is unnecessary. Ad even though midwifery isn't a profession, they are classified as Certified Nurse Midwives or Certified professional midwives.
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Nikki Haley Slashes Support for Violence Victims Just When They Need It Most

Nikki Haley Slashes Support for Violence Victims Just When They Need It Most | Herstory | Scoop.it

by BRYCE COVERT, The Nation

 

Domestic violence rates have skyrocketed in the aftermath of the recession, but governors are cutting funds to support the victims.

 

Late last week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoed eighty-one items in the 2012–13 state budget sent to her by lawmakers. Beyond eliminating the state’s arts commission, she also managed to cut $453,680 in funding for the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA). If her veto isn’t overridden, “rape crisis centers will lose 37% of their current state funding, which will drastically reduce their ability to respond to victims and provide prevention education,” SCCADVASA’s Executive Director Pamela Jacobs told the Palmetto Public Record.

 

South Carolina was already failing women when it comes to preventing violence against them. Its rape rate has exceeded the national rate since 1982. It also holds the extremely dubious honor of being number seven in the country for the number of women murdered by men.

 

But the situation is even more urgent right now. The recession has led to a drastic and alarming increase in violence against women. As I wrote last year, 80 percent of domestic violence shelters surveyed by Mary Kay reported an increase in domestic violence cases for the third straight year, and three-quarters attributed the violence to the victims’ financial issues. More than half say the abuse is even more violent than it was before the financial crisis. The Police Executive Research Forum also reports that over half of police agencies are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls this year due to the economy. This all lines up with studies showing that domestic violence is three times more likely to occur when a couple experiences financial strain, as so many are right now.

 

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Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check

Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it

"At a time when many of its parishioners may be having trouble paying their mortgages and wondering how to survive massive layoffs, this church wants to erect a massively expensive monument to their victory in the murder of Dr. Tiller. Kansas' career anti-choice activists are literally salivating over a "one of a kind" tourist attraction rivaling the Creation Museum, to drive an influx of cash and the credulous."

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Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity"

Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity" | Herstory | Scoop.it

Above: 1 month of food (138lbs) for my family of 4, picked up today from a St. Paul, MN foodshelf.  Divided into 4 weeks of suppers = 1 can beans, peas, cup of rice 5 days per week, tomato sauce & rice on weekends, and lunches = 3 packs of sandwich meat, 3 cans of apple sauce, 2 jars of peanut butter, 2 packs of tortillas

 

by JESSICA ENGLISH

 

Sean Hannity recently said he has friends who live on rice and beans.  You gotta throw some fruits and veggies in, but he maintains a person can "survive" on the stuff.  Check out what I received from the foodshelf today, for the month of June, and ask if you're family of four could survive on it, three meals per day for a month.

 

Maybe you're not surprised that my cupboards aren't overflowing.  They are not, but I am thrilled at what we have received, so please don't misunderstand my motivation for this article.  I am grateful for the foodshelf, for its staff and volunteers, but obviously this is not enough for 3 healthful meals, for four people, for an entire month.  


One can see that our family will need more help to get through the summer.  Like many families, I had my children before the economic collapse.  Due to summer I have had to drastically cut my minimum wage hours to shifts I can pick up on Saturdays and Sundays, when the kids go to their dad's house.  

 

Fortunately, my application for foodstamps will probably go through by the end of the month.  However, there are many millionaires in Washington who fail to understand the needs of the poor during this economic crisis, especially the need to fund the foodstamp program.  They cut the foodstamp program to fund military budgets.

 

I think they do this because many still believe in the ideals that George W. Bush brought to the fore with his "compassionate conservatism" agenda.  The basic premise is to give large tax cuts to the rich, and reduce the government roll in providing programs for the poor, with the faith that the rich will fund local city and state charities, who will pick up the slack.  What many fail to realize is that monthly TANF payments to families have not risen since 1986, so local charities exist because even with the government programs, the poor need help to survive.  

 

If you weren't into politics in 2000, here is a NY Times article that highlighted the ideas and critics of the Bush policy. Allison Mitchell reported back in June, 2000, regarding Bush's compassionate conservatism ideals, "the 'compassionate conservative' platform Mr. Bush is running on today: tax incentives that he predicts will lead to an explosion of charitable giving; an emphasis on using religious institutions to deal with poverty, drug abuse and other social problems and a pledge to ''usher in the responsibility era,'' to replace the notion that ''if it feels good, do it.''

 

So, ten years of tax cuts behind us, and cuts to the foodstamp program ahead of us, how is it panning out at your local food pantry?  Is the local charity meeting the needs of the 1 out of 2 Americans who are low income or in poverty?  How much aid has flooded into your local charities from your local millionaires?  Have the poverty rates been driven down by the compassion fof the 1%?  Hardly.

 

George W. Bush had critics, at the time, within his own party, people who recognized the limits of local charities, reporter Allison Mitchell, again back in June 2000, "Arianna Huffington, once an acolyte of the Gingrich revolution who ran an organization with Mr. Olasky to promote such ideas, now counts herself a skeptic.

 

'How do you take what works and make sure it reaches enough people?' Ms. Huffington asks. 'Can that really be done without the raw power of government appropriations given that the private sector has not been forthcoming?' She said she once thought that if government were scaled back, the private sector would step forward. Instead, she realized 'how much easier it was raising money for the opera or a fashionable museum.'"

 

Welfare reform passed by Clinton in 1995 mandates that recipients WORK, search for a job, or attend retraining classes 30 hours per week.  I can personally attest that even if you are leaving an abusive situation, a recipient must work, or look for work (filling out worksheets) 30 hours per month.  

 

Yet, given Romney's statement about the poor needing to go to work in order to understand dignity, and Gingrich suggesting poor children clean schools so they can learn a work ethic, it seems that no one has informed the Republicans that Welfare to Work recipients are working.  Despite high unemployment (due in large part to banking fraud and bailouts) the GOP continues to perpetuate the idea that those who reach out for foodstamps and welfare checks are unwilling to work, are addicted to drugs, or living a hedonistic lifestyle.  Lies and misrepresentations that lead state and local governments to waste valuable legislative sessions and tax payer dollars passing measures to drug test those on welfare!  Lies and misrepresentations that gain the public's support for needed programs to be cut at a time of high need, while the 1% continues to help themselves and their corporations to designer tax breaks and "subsidy" giveaways diverted from taxpayer dollars meant for the common good.

 

My answer to the GOP:  Where is your compassion?  I am working, and I have worked almost every single day this year!  I would feel a hell of a lot more dignified if my work was worth more than poverty wages.  When will you and your media cronies quit lying about me!  I would have even more dignity if I didn't see my government forced to create, then cut, programs to subsidize my poverty wages... poverty wages offered by your corporate donors that maximize their profits by short-shrifting their employees and scooping up more tax breaks and government subsidies than ever before!


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Jessica English's comment, June 13, 2012 12:57 PM
Amen, Virginia! No worries about Saturday. Some of us are meeting this afternoon at 3:30pm at the St Paul City Council to support a measure that stands against corporate personhood. We are also having our next Coffee Party meeting at Coffee Grounds on July 7, Noon to 2pm, but I will message you so we can get together sooner. :)
Virginia Deoccupy Homelessness Simson's comment, June 13, 2012 1:43 PM
http://www.usuncutmn.blogspot.com/2012/06/citizens-united-and-montana-model.html Really, really needs to be read - written by former Ralph Nader attorney living in Northfield. Eric let it in Coffee Party News. I like SOME people in MTA, but they are barking up the wrong tree. I took the issue to Lori Swanson w/moveon and thanked her for signing on ... I go on trial tomorrow for the foreclosure action and am a bit riled ..
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, June 13, 2012 3:51 PM
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Early life emotional trauma may stunt intellectual development

Early life emotional trauma may stunt intellectual development | Herstory | Scoop.it
Analysis of the data showed that children who had been exposed to maltreatment and/or violence against the mother had lower scores on the cognitive measures at all time points.

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Welfare cuts keep coming

Welfare cuts keep coming | Herstory | Scoop.it

by JASON DEPARLE, New York Times


Much as critics of the restrictions once warned, a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.

 

Faced with flat federal financing and rising need, Arizona is one of 16 states that have cut their welfare caseloads further since the start of the recession -- in its case, by half. Even as it turned away the needy, Arizona spent most of its federal welfare dollars on other programs, using permissive rules to plug state budget gaps. Nationally, only 30 percent of the welfare money is spent on cash benefits.

 

The poor people dropped from cash assistance, mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners -- all with children in tow.  [MORE]


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Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo

Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo | Herstory | Scoop.it

by CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, NPR All Things Considered

 

The Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program Head Start. Programs the government has labeled "deficient" must now compete for funds to continue operating. [MORE]


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A mom and dad respond to their gay 7-year-old

A mom and dad respond to their gay 7-year-old | Herstory | Scoop.it

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, Salon.com

 

The tale began a few months ago, when blogger Amelia penned a column about her then 6-year-old son’s crush on Blaine from “Glee.” She noted how her husband had observed at the time, “So if at 16 he wants to make a big announcement at the dinner table, we can say ‘You told us when you were six.’”

 

They didn’t have to wait nearly that long. Just last month, Amelia, who has been steadily chronicling her family’s experiences in this new terrain, wrote a piece entitled “When Your 7-Year-Old Son Announces, ‘I’m Gay.’” In it, she reveals how her Blaine-crushing offspring, a child who just a few months earlier had no concept of the word “gay,” had casually come out to her one day, right before bounding off to play with his brothers. “Gay,” he’d said. “I’m gay.”

 

And what did mom do? She “leaned down to eye level with him and rubbed my nose against his,” and told him, “I love you so much.” [MORE]


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Class Privilege and Parental Leave » Sociological Images

Class Privilege and Parental Leave » Sociological Images | Herstory | Scoop.it

The United States is unusual among developed countries in guaranteeing exactly zero weeks of paid time-off from work upon the birth or adoption of a child. Japan offers 14 weeks of paid job-protected leave, the U.K. offers 18, Denmark 28, Norway 52, and Sweden offers 68 (yes, that’s over a year of paid time-off to take care of a new child).

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Advice To My Daughters: Keep An Oar In The Water

Advice To My Daughters: Keep An Oar In The Water | Herstory | Scoop.it
Young women today tell me they will not delay childbearing. They have seen too many women wake up at 40 wearing the "I forgot to have kids" sandwich board. And I hold my tongue. There is no cookie-cutter approach to any of this, no one-size-fits-all.
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Study shows women are going to outearn men in 25 years, they just won’t be married

Study shows women are going to outearn men in 25 years, they just won’t be married | Herstory | Scoop.it
New data shows that over the next few decades, professions like law, medicine and veterinary medicine will be predominantly run by women and therefore women are going to outearn men. In U.S.

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Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners

Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners | Herstory | Scoop.it
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reviews Liza Mundy's new book, The Richer Sex, which argues that as women out-earn men, the balance of power will shift in the dating scene, the marriage market and family life.

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Sen. Brown cites mom in domestic violence law push

by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

 

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is pointing to his mother's history of abusive relationships with men as he pushes for renewal of a domestic violence law that has met with opposition from some fellow Republicans over proposed expansions of its protections. [MORE]


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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Colorful Prism Of Racism
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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
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