Sunday, March 27, 2011

Think about what life would be like without the Women's Liberation Movement

Women would be looking for jobs in the "female help wanted" sections of the classified ads in newspapers. We would be told routinely that we couldn't get into a college we had applied for because they had already accepted enough women for that class. We couldn't get a credit card in our own name.
We couldn't get a home mortgage in our own name. You had to be married for a credit card or a home loan.

Equal Visibility Everywhere: Gender Parity in NSH gets a setback

Tubman Won't Bump Hanson Statue

Harriet Tubman will not replace John Hanson unless Maryland is given a chance to place a third statue in National Statuary Hall.
So, as of today, there are 100 statues in National Statuary Hall and only nine are of women.  Why is Harriet Tubman not considered as important as John Hanson? Who is John Hanson? Exactly.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Harriet Tubman Statue closer to reality because of EVE

Op-ed by Dr. Lynette Long, president of EVE.

Tubman statue would help write women back into history
The Maryland General Assembly has an opportunity to send a new representative to the United States Capitol. This person wouldn't be a voting member of Congress but would stand tall in the halls of the Capitol and serve as a symbol of freedom, courage and equality to all Americans. This session, the Maryland legislature will decide whether or not to replace the statue of John Hanson that has stood in National Statuary Hall for more than 100 years with one ofHarriet Tubman.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrate International Women's Day

It's the 100th anniversary of this great day that was created in Russia. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, is honoring the women and girls of the world (as we knew she would).

The new Newsweek has Hillary on the cover:

"In a time of momentous change in the world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sets out on her most heartfelt mission: to put women and girls at the forefront of the new world order."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The new logo for my film: Clip coming soon!

Kathleen Parker: Why Women Make Lousy Men

Kathleen Parker says this about women's parity:

The most glaring lack of female participation is also the most ironic. Here in the U.S., the longest-running democracy on the planet, relatively few women hold legislative positions. Even though more women than ever ran in the recent midterm elections, fewer are serving now than in the previous Congress. Women hold only 17 seats in the 100-seat Senate and just 75 (roughly 16 percent) in the House of Representatives. Many developing countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, can boast far greater legislative participation by women. Three Kazakh women have so far applied for candidacy in the country’s April 3 presidential election. In Liberia a woman is president.
Why are women lagging in this of all countries? It may be a matter of round pegs and square holes. Women have tried to fit into a male-constructed world and found it either uninviting or inflexible to their needs. They don’t make it to the top of corporations because they find the long hours and travel impossible to manage with children at home. Too, they may find themselves alienated by masculine style, which psychologists Alice Eagly and Linda Carli describe as controlling, versus women’s, which tends to take into greater consideration the rights of others.
The confounding factors are many, surely. But what we enlightened Westerners know is that empowering women empowers us all. Research shows that companies with more female employees make more money. And recent history makes clear that nations that oppress women are dangerous nations. Until women are equal partners in the human race, we are less secure and surely less interesting."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's Women's History Month - Celebrate!

It will surprise you to know that Senator Orrin Hatch was one of its promoters in addition to the inimitable Rep. Barbara Mikulski:
In 1987 Congress expanded the focus to a whole month. In 2001, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Month". Soon, other state departments of education began to encourage celebrations of National Women's History Week as a way to promote equality among the sexes in the classroom.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pennsylvania lags in women officeholders

Pennsylvania lags in women officeholders

"The Center for Women and American Politics at Rutgers University (in New Jersey, which elected a female governor, Christie Whitman, in the 1990s) ranks Pennsylvania 42d of 50 states for percentage of female officeholders.

The Keystone State has yet to elect a female governor, attorney general, or U.S. senator. A woman has never occupied the office on the second floor of Philadelphia City Hall. And of all the women in Congress, Pennsylvania claims but one: Allyson Y. Schwartz (D, Montgomery)."