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I am a Young Feminist

By Kyla Bender-Baird

I am filing this under "love this."  The Ms. Foundation for Women gave a nice shout out to young feminists today on their blog, Igniting Change, as part of the Young Feminist Blog Carnival.  "Feminism matters to me because it takes into account all of these issues and addresses the interconnections of identity, oppression, and activism," says young feminist (and Ms. staffer) Rebecca Villatoro. Don't miss this fabulous video she include in her blog post: 

 

 


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The Haitian Earthquake: An Update

*By Julie Zeilinger

With an estimated 50,000-100,000 dead, 300,000 homeless, and 3 million needing help in some form, it’s clear that the Haitian earthquake was a disaster that demands long-term support for recovery. But despite the fact that it has been over 7 months since the earthquake struck, Haiti continues to face numerous obstacles to recovery.


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Texas Scaredy-Cats

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*

History is a collective story. It is selectively written, representing even unintended preferences of its author, and it is selectively understood, transforming as the mind of the reader practices a sort of cognitive dissonance to contextualize it.


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FAST FACT: Sanctioning Those Most in Need

By Courtney A. Fiske*

A report released last week by Legal Momentum reveals the serious repercussions of financial sanctions in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. As the report, The Sanction Epidemic in the TANF Program, argues, these sanctions—overly harsh and haphazardly applied—jeopardize the well-being our nation’s most economically vulnerable.


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Generational Assignment

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*

Someday, I want to be a politician or a policy wonk (this, in full nerdy self-disclosure). But when I look around, I dread being regarded as a heartless bitch (Hillary Clinton) or a bimbo (Sarah Palin) because I am visible or powerful.

The truth is, female role models are scarce. The woman most obviously responsible for cracking the political glass ceiling time and again is Hillary Clinton, and, whether she is cast as overly feminine or shockingly masculine, she remains powerful, well-known and female in the political world – not a small feat.


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NCRW Takes the Court

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against sports. It’s just that I grew up in a family where the dinner conversation was more apt to involve a debate about the difference between jazz and blues music than a rundown of the latest Knicks or Lakers game. I am the person at the bar who always has to double-check what sport people are talking about when team names are being thrown around. And although I’m happy to join in the conversation, I may have to ask you first what an inning is before I can tell you what inning we are on.


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Human Rights for Women and People with Disabilities

By Alexandra Mazzeo*

Yesterday, The Opportunity Agenda and the U.S. Human Rights Network hosted a telebriefing on two key human rights treaties and efforts toward U.S. ratification.


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Q&A with Alice Domurat Dreger on Social Justice, Scholarship, and Women in STEM

Under the Microscope, an online space hosted by The Feminist Press "where women and science connect," just posted a fascinating conversation with Alice Domurat Dreger, a bioethicist and author who I know from her work on intersex activism.  Here's a snippet for your reading pleasure:

UtM: Are there any particular issues in bioethics you want to tackle or anything in particular you are working on now? 


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What is the Government Doing for Preventive Care?

In this video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answers questions on how the Affordable Care Act will increase access to preventive services, especially for women and families.  Sebelius is joined by actress and author Fran Drescher and Donna Norton, National Campaign Director of MomsRising ,who shares questions from MomsRising members:

(Thanks, MomsRising, for bringing this video to our attention!)

 


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