Women’s Health in the Trump Era: What Next?

My Facebook feed is filled with pictures of the Women’s March that took place in the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration. Pictures of slogans, posters, and unique chants flood my newsfeed, and I’m sure this phenomenon is not exclusive to me. Even as I sit in India, half the world away from the sites of action, the women’s march, Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent fervor it’s generated in terms of the resistance, is all anyone can talk about.… [Read more]

Controversial Alabama Abortion Law Deemed Unconstitutional – Hope for Thousands

The term abortion brings out an array of emotions from various quarters of society, raising pertinent issues about health, hygiene and the right to live. While critics argue that the unborn child has a right to live just like anyone else, there are certain situations that may force some women to consider abortion like the presence of multiple children already in the family, advanced maternal age, underlying medical conditions that could affect the unborn child or poor financial situation that dictate an inability to bring up a child.… [Read more]

Frosh Week, Canada-style – Rape Culture

It is usually bad form to reference ones own writings to support a particular cause or contention, but a recent experience with cyber-fandom prompts this modest account. Frosh Week insensibilities, campus ‘rape culture’ fear-mongering, and the wonders of instant digital communication all play their cheerful part.

My future’s so bright, I oughta wear shades

Ten days ago, a video clip of some festive, apparently over-refreshed frosh at St.… [Read more]

Women’s Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American women’s right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Ratification and certification of this amendment meant that United States citizen could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. This amendment was a long time in the making; it was first introduced in 1878 by Susan B.… [Read more]

Note to John Boehner: Remember Pearl Harbor

I’ll call you John, because even though you are the Speaker of the House I won’t give you the respect your position should accord. You are a leader in name only.

You and your party have declared war on the jobless, women, children, the aged, immigrants, the sick, the tired, the poor, and the hungry at the national and state levels.… [Read more]

Perry continues his ‘War on Women’

Over a hundred Republican lawmakers attended Rick Perry’s signing ceremony for sweeping new abortion restrictions today that could close nearly all of the clinics in Texas.

The new law bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and it also dictates when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken. Additionally, the law also requires that abortion clinic doctors must have hospital admitting privileges, and abortions are now restricted solely to surgical centres — a requirement me by only five of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics.… [Read more]

Ain’t gonna stand for it

To borrow the title from Stevie Wonder’s 1980 album, “It’s hotter than July.”

Summer is known for high heat and lazy, hazy days but, unfortunately, it’s also a time known for flaring tempers.

This title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick, “Ain’t Gonna Stand For It,” came to mind as the result of all the anger-inducing events taking place across the country.… [Read more]

Decisions, decisions, decisions…and politics

I’m putting a new ceiling on our porch and the photo shows what I’m doing. Now, you ask yourself, “What does his porch ceiling have to do with decisions and politics?” Be patient and read on for the answer.

Our old porch ceiling needed replacement so I checked on what I believed were suitable materials that would give me the effect my wife and I wanted.… [Read more]

Streets of Fire

Given all of the social unrest we’ve witnessed both domestically and abroad, this week’s  “Say It In Song” pick is a 1978 Bruce Springsteen hit from his album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”: Streets of Fire.

This is dedicated to all of those people who walk streets of fire to protest against broken promises made by elected officials.… [Read more]

‘Hysteria’ and Women’s Health

Last night my wife and I watched a movie called Hysteria and we recommend it to anyone, especially women, who need a break from the mundane or usually violent movies that you see. I, in no way, mean this post to be offensive to women. It’s about an era to which the radical right would probably like to see us return.… [Read more]

Fifty years and counting for paycheck fairness

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 as part of his New Frontier program. The federal law amended the Fair Labor Standards Act that was directed at abolishing wage disparity based on gender.

Today, 50 years to the day, President Obama marked the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.… [Read more]

Blame Mom!

It seems I can’t win. Apparently if I am not screwing up education as a teacher, I’m doing it by being a working mom.

source: cbsnews.com

This past week, in a forum hosted by The Washington Post, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced that all the problems in education can be tracked back to women joining the work force.… [Read more]

No look at cause and effect? “War on Women” extended to working moms in Mississippi!

Just a quick rant about a news item today: When Mississippi’s governor, Phil Bryant, said today that American education declined in quality when mothers started working outside the home, why didn’t someone in his state give him a fact check list?

Governor Bryant has a problem with working moms.

And what’s with this ‘blame women’ mentality that is so firmly entrenched in today’s GOP — which sounds far more backwards than the Republican Party of yesteryear?… [Read more]

Morning After Pill Available for All Ages – and Over the Counter

Birth control and its impact is back in the news. A battle has been ongoing for over a decade about who should have access to the morning after pill, and under what terms and circumstances should the pill be available. As of now, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, has issued a ruling that the United States government must make the morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages.… [Read more]

April 1st, 2013. A day of miracles!…(?)

A few near-miraculous events have taken place today. This April 1st is one for the history books!

The War on Women has been declared over. The men of the Republican party, joined by a few blue dog Democrats and Republican women, announced that they realised that unless they begin attending medical school in droves, any woman’s uterus is none of their business.… [Read more]

Resurrection…and why what you say should match what you do.

Today, Easter Sunday, is the day when many around the world celebrate resurrection, the miraculous return to life of Jesus Christ. Whether or not one is a believer, the story is interesting and presents many lessons from which we can learn about the power of change and belief. Like many people, I enjoy finding a lesson in stories; learning from events in others’ lives fosters growth and development.… [Read more]

Equalizing Education, Equalizing Pay

Here’s a sobering thought as we pass the mid-way point of Women’s History Month: we’re still too far apart in closing the gender wage gap.

Even with moves toward equalizing pay between men and women, and the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Act requiring equal pay, men still make almost 20% more than women in nearly all industries.… [Read more]

The Steubenville Saga: A View from Up North

This past Sunday in Steubenville, Ohio, two adolescent males were convicted of a searingly self-defining crime, one that will mark these offenders, Cain-like…forever. They raped, by digital penetration, a 16-year-old female so drunk at the time of the offence that only through subsequent reconstruction – via the photos taken of the offenders by others and circulated among those present who did nothing to intervene, while she was repeatedly violated – did she actually understand the enormity of what had happened.… [Read more]

Heal the World

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]

It’s International Women’s Day

Did you know that today is International Women’s Day? Also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, International Women’s Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women over time and around the globe, and to note that while women have come quite far throughout history, there is still a long way to go before women experience the full benefits of equality.… [Read more]