Equal Pay: Women Still Lag Behind Men, Young Women Closing Gap

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It’s depressing to read that in 2013, women continue to be paid less for men for the same work. Weekly paychecks for full-time female workers are 82.4 percent of men’s earnings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pay inequality is lessening at the younger end of the age spectrum, thanks to the increased efforts of high-achieving women in high school and college.… [Read more]

Heal the World

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This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that seems appropriate for Women’s History Month. Women are often the world’s nurturers and healers despite the fact that, globally, life isn’t easy for many women:

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.[Read more]

Voodoo Doll #41: Phyllis Schlafly.

Drawing of the notorious anti-feminist, Phyllis Schlafly, as a voodoo doll.

Until we read Brian Tashman’s recent article at Right Wing Watch about Phyllis Schlafly’s latest outrage — a condemnation of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over his recent ruling which will permit women in combat – we weren’t even certain that this overblown, walking contradiction is still alive!… [Read more]

Theme of the Week: You Don’t Own Me

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Wrapping up this week, we thought we’d post a public service announcement video by singer Lesley Gore, known for several 1960′s classics. This pro-feminist announcement, “You Don’t Own Me,” is more than fitting for today’s social and political climate — especially in light of the GOP’s “crazy uncles” such as Todd Akin and, most recently, Richard ‘Rape babies are “something God intended to happen” Mourdock.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 3

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Today, in the third and final segment of this series, we will explore the political side of female rights.

When people are questioned about the role of women in our world and in politics, a typical response such as this can be expected:

“Women have made a lot of progress in the world. Treatment of women, today, is far better than it was in earlier times, even as recent as a decade ago.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 2

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In this second installment of my female rights series social issues across the world will be discussed. There are a vast number of problems in our world that this series cannot even hope to encompass: perception of beauty, make-up, rape, media portrayal, and outdated gender roles – the list goes on and on.  But what I can hope to achieve is to point out that no matter where you go, women are thought of automatically as the weaker sex.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part I

A Man's World

From the written laws of the land to their social consequences, much of the power and privilege across the globe is geared towards males. It has been this way since the beginning of civilization itself, existing in nearly every culture. Though it’s often said that things have changed in that the rights men and women enjoy in this, the 21st century, are no longer unequal, if we were to ask ourselves whether equal rights exist now, what would be the response?… [Read more]

Alabama, The Beautiful

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I spent most of last week in Alabama, my home state. And I think, somewhere along the way, I began a love affair with it.

As y’all know, I’m hard on the South, particularly because I grew up in Alabama and, because, in a way, I guess I grew out of Alabama. As I write this now, I understand that in the process, I lost some appreciation for what Alabama has meant to me.… [Read more]

It’s Bigger than Rihanna and Chris Brown

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Y’all really mad at Rhi Rhi for ridin’ with Chris Brown again?  You think this sets a bad example for our girls, don’t you?

*sighs*  Please, I beg of you, miss me with the opportunistic outrage on this one.

Why?  I’ll tell you why.

Because Chris Brown is no different from any other dude who can’t handle life without fisticuffs.  … [Read more]