Homelessness among women veterans is a growing national concern. Tens of thousands of women veterans are fighting a war they did not choose to wage, and many of them have had multiple traumatic experiences, not only during service but also before and after. These traumatic experiences, which can include everything from combat-related stress to childhood abuse to domestic violence, contribute to this growing crisis.
The vilification of K-12 teachers is part and parcel of the growing misogyny we are witnessing in today's United States.The song “Bread and Roses” and the 1912 strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where the phrase originated, remind us how important women’s struggles have been in U.S. history, and that the liberation of women is central to progress toward social justice. There hasn’t been much talk about women’s liberation lately. Women have the vote; more than half the students at universities are women; rape is classified as a crime; there are women doctors, lawyers, soccer players, and secretaries of state. A lot of young professionals—and a lot of our students—would say that the whole idea of women’s liberation is passé, a non-issue.
What is wrong with this picture? After all, it looks like a typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries. That is precisely the problem. What’s wrong is the total absence of women—at the table, in the room, and, as a result, from the agenda at this meeting and too many meetings like it. I worked with the United Nations in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010 with women human rights defenders. Since coming back to the US, I am aware of the urgency in public calls to end our military involvement in Afghanistan, which means increasing pressure to negotiate with the Taliban for a political power sharing deal. Yet, I also hear in the back of my head the voices of Afghan women, who have warned all along, Don’t wager human rights, especially the fragile ones of women, for the sake of political expediency in striking a peace deal.
The showdown between the Vatican and America's largest group of Catholic nuns is expected to peak this week when group leaders will meet to determine a response to the Vatican's reprimand for the group's "radical feminist themes." The church also demands major reforms from the nuns' group. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, initially surprised by the Vatican's report last month, "plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment" when the group's 21-member board meets for three days in Washington, D.C., beginning Tuesday. "The board will conduct its meeting in an atmosphere of prayer, contemplation and dialogue and will develop a plan to involve LCWR membership in similar processes," the group said in a statement. "We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We ask your prayer for us and for the Church in this critical time." Last month, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the Catholic church's doctrinal watchdog, did a years-long "doctrinal assessment" investigation of the group -- which represents 80% of the Catholic nuns in United States -- and found "serious doctrinal problems."
This past week the CBC ignited a teeny firestorm when it announced Hockey Night in Canada would be partnering with “While the Men Watch” – an audiocast and website hosted by two women friends and billed as “a first of its kind, live sports...
Lingerie league mocks us all. This mockery will compound the negative impact of the overwhelming sexualisation of women and girls rampant in popular culture. Emphasising women's sexual attributes rather than dimensions such as intelligence and creativity has implications for the escalating depression, anxiety and eating disorder statistics among young women. Ask yourself who will be harmed and who will profit from this introduction.
It was apparent to us during this research trip that empowering women without including men into the process would not have the desired effect. The patriarchal value system is so deeply embedded in Nepal’s society that even lawyers and human rights advocates, the most educated men we interviewed, were not aware of their own role in perpetuating gender inequality. Empowering women starts with individuals and grows into communities. Women must first find the power within themselves to embark on a journey of social change - to live in a world of collaboration, mutual respect and support, where everyone can exercise their individual potentials and talents, free and without judgment.
The image promoted by conservatives is dead. The recent Republican incursions against women’s rights have been extreme enough to make women finally see beyond the wraith, to recognize that this battle is in fact about them. As presidential candidates sparred over birth control and state legislatures enacted punishing restrictions on reproductive rights and opposed equal-pay protections, newly vocal feminists resisted publicly. By doing so, they transformed the stereotype, putting youth, sex and humor on the side of the long-denigrated women’s movement. Conservatives such as Limbaugh, Foster Friess and Rick Santorum, dealing in sexual censoriousness and musty utterances, suddenly looked like the sexless relics of a bygone era, while the women shouting back at them presented a new, cool model of feminism — young, funny, socially nimble and appealing enough to tempt young men from the Citadel.
A new report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute shows that businesses with women on their boards outperformed comparably sized companies with all-male boards by 26 percent, suggesting that a mixed-gender board provides an important boost for a...
One generally overlooked feature of the Guatemalan government and military's 36-year (1960-96) genocidal counterinsurgency campaign against the country’s Mayan population is the strategy of targeting women with violence.
What Were They Thinking Dept: The European Commission decided to spend some money on an ad to urge girls to go into science, and used sexual innuendo, mini-skirted, high-heeled, made-up model types, and a lipstick as the 'i' in science to do it. Oy. My nine-year-old daughter proclaimed it "dumb" and suggested "they should have showed more sciencey stuff, not girl stuff." Scientific American and many others agree.
Turkish women's groups are demonstrating in support of abortion rights, in response to the prime minister's call for tightening abortion regulations. "Prime minister, keep your hands off women's bodies," chanted thousands of women demonstrating in support of abortion rights. They are protesting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declaration last month that abortion is akin to murder, and his vow to curtail its use. Among the demonstrators there is anger and fear. "This is our body, this is our right no one have any right to speak about our body, so we here to protest this," said one of the protesters. "Dying, straight-out dying, with weird ways to abort themselves, this what happened before [abortion was legal] - thousands of women died," said another protester. "This is what is going to happen, they want to kill women anyway." Since 1983 abortion has been legal in Turkey for up to 10 weeks after conception, with emergency abortions allowed later for medical reasons. Married women require their husband's permission, unless the pregnancy poses an immediate danger to the life of the mother.
One male sports blogger says LFL is "the closest we will get to live stadium porno" and admitted: "I just would never go to a game to watch their athletic talent." Martin Winquist, writing at The Sheaf, says: "Both the lingerie and the padding (consisting of modified football shoulder pads, optional elbow pads, knee pads and hockey helmets with half-visors) are minimal enough to ensure none of them obscure the usually ample cleavage of the athlete. If you're an ass and legs person though, don't fret; the booty shorts and required garter make sure the girls' (breasts) don't monopolise one's ogling. Tampa Breeze Florida player Liz Gorman told CBC Radio earlier this year what it is like to wear uniforms designed for maximum flesh exposure: "Oh. Well ... well, honestly ... I don't like it. I'd rather wear full clothing. Because when you fall, it literally rips your skin. I'd love more clothing, but at the same time like any sport, the players don't get to choose the uniform.
WHEN a man plays gridiron - or American football - he is dressed for maximum protection to ensure safety in a game known for its raw physicality. His body is covered, with little exposed flesh, to minimise injury." The LFL doesn't seem to think women are talented enough to play sport fully clothed.
I Am is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense.
Sociologists have observed that employment in the U.S. is largely structured around an assumption that the worker has no family responsibilities. The ideas that an employee should be able to work during non-school hours, stay late when needed, take off time for their own illness but never anyone else’s, for example, all presume that the workers have either no children or someone else taking care of children for them.
Most jobs, then, are not designed to be compatible with family responsibilities. Since most people doing primary child care are women, this hurts mothers disproportionately. Mothers have a more difficult time being the “perfect employee” and also face discrimination from employers. This translates into some telling numbers. Women make about 69% of what men make (not controlling for type of occupation), but most of this disadvantage is related to parental status, not sex. Women without children make 90% of what men make, while mothers make 66%. Ann Crittenden’s book, The Price of Motherhood, lays out these numbers starkly.