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Hi, Lets go hiking!
This Sunday Oct. 4th at 11am for a hike in the High Rollaways (North Country Trail) south of Kingsley. Meet Here:

Womyn's Night Out
Resuming in October at 6:30pm | Every last Friday of each month, we gather together as community of womyn at a local dining establishment for food, conversation, and good times. Please invite your female friends. This is a women only gathering. Hosted by Traverse for Women RSVP now and get more details. Contact | (survey will be posted by September 1) Choose your favorite place to gather Take the Survey Now

The Nazis called them 'Night Witches
"The Nazis called them 'Night Witches' because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick. The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

Female Sexuality Still Terrifying to Conservative Lawmakers
The dusty old argument that female sexuality is a subversive force that needs to be strictly controlled isn’t as dead as we thought.

Children From Lesbian Families Have Better Academics Than Their Peers
June 9, 2010—Results of a brand new study show us that children raised by lesbian couples are well adjusted and fit in just fine in school. The study followed up to 78 children for a 20 year period, from the time the children were born until they graduated high school and proved that the lesbian family home has only positives when it comes to school. Children from lesbian families were found to be less likely to be aggressive, less likely to engage in illegal activity and had no difficulties when it came to fitting in socially with their peers. Children from lesbian families were also found to be more apt when it came to their academics than children of a similar age from traditional families. “This is a straightforward statistical analysis. It will stand and it has withstood very rigorous peer review .

Study: Kids of Lesbian Parents Are Well-Adjusted
June 7, 2010—Children raised by lesbian parents develop into psychologically healthy teens and have fewer behavior problems than their peers, according to the latest report on a long-running study that began in 1986. ''Contrary to assertions from people opposed to same-sex parenting, we found that the 17-year-olds scored higher in psychological adjustment in areas of competency and lower in problem behaviors than the normative age-matched sample of kids raised in traditional families with a mom and a dad," says researcher Nanette Gartrell, MD, the Williams distinguished scholar at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. More than 270,000 U.S. children were living in households headed by same-sex couples in 2005, according to Gartrell, and nearly twice that number had a single gay or lesbian parent. The teens raised by lesbian parents were rated higher in social, school, academic, and total competence.

FREE House Cleaning for Women Receiving Chemo Treatments
If you know any women currently undergoing Chemo for Cancer, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE house cleaning - 1 time per month for up to 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning For A Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. Please pass this information on to a woman going through Cancer treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

Unaccompanied minor flights | Tech tools for parents
Many family lawyers assist their clients in learning more about long Flightaware distance parents and about how major airlines unaccompanied minor programs work. While researching the David and Sean Goldman case, I learned about a very helpful Internet tool that allows parents on both ends of the flight to keep track of where their children are in the journey.

How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road
An emerging body of research suggests that a superior strategy to increase pedal pushing could be had by asking the perennial question: What do women want?

It's time for Americans to start cutting our baby emissions
Let's not wait for climate change, he says. Let's start depopulating right now. Instead of burning down our numbers with oil and gas, let's cut the birth rate to one child per couple, for a few generations at least. The population would dwindle by about 5 billion people over the next century, ensuring the habitability of the Earth for the 1.6 billion who remained. At that point, they could all reap the rewards of a more spacious planet, sharing in "the growing joy of watching the world daily become more wonderful." It seems like a notion from the fringe, but Weisman's book has become a mainstream best seller. Could population control be the next big thing in green culture?

A New Model For Depression Relief
The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2030, more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem. Yet of all the dysfunctions of modern medicine, the way we treat depression may be the worst.

Report Warns Against Overuse of Household Disinfectants
Clean freaks beware. A new study by a national environmental group links some chemicals found in everyday household disinfectants to asthma, hormone imbalances, and other health problems. Companies are working hard to convince consumers, and especially moms, that they need to regularly disinfect every surface in their homes to protect their families from illness,” she added. “But that’s simply not true and it may not be healthy."

Think Before You Pink
Barbara Brenner, the executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a nonprofit  watchdog group headquartered in San Francisco, says, buying pink products has little to do with helping cure and treat breast cancer. “Everyone has been guilt-tripped into buying pink things. If shopping could cure breast cancer it would be cured by now.” This is about marketing. As long as we are in a situation in which corporate America is trying to solve a problem we don’t understand, we are in trouble. Too much of the money, says Brenner, is going to fund a cure—with too little being spent on studying what causes cancer in the first place, or toward giving aid to women with cancer. We still know little about how breast cancer works, or the best way to treat it, or how often we should screen for it. And shopping, she says, won’t help. BREAST CANCER ACTION

Tanning beds as deadly as arsenic
International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as "probable carcinogens." A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic.

How to Identify if You Are in an Abusive Relationship
People in abusive relationships are at risk, and if they have children, are putting the children in harm's way. If you sometimes wonder if you are in an abusive relationship, read on...

Safe Internet use | For those breaking up
Whether you are researching the Internet while doing pre-divorce planning, in a relationship with an abuser, or discussing divorce strategy with your lawyer or a friend, you need to take precautions ro avoid exposing your plans and strategies to your spouse or abuser. Otherwise, you risk danger of injury by an abuser or interference with the settlement of custody, parenting time, or property issues. One of the first things I ask a new client is: "Does your spouse know your email account password?" The communications you have with your divorce lawyer are intended to be confidential. This is particularly important when you and your lawyer are doing strategic planning. And nowadyas, client-lawyer communications often occur via email, as they do with my practice when my clients live far from my office.

Hot Dates

March 27 at 6:30pm
Womyn's Night Out
Every last Friday of each month, we gather together as community of womyn at a local dining establishment for food, conversation, and good times. Please invite your female friends. This is a women only gathering. Hosted by Traverse for Women RSVP now and get more details. Contact

Late April / Early May
Build Your Own Stand up Paddle Board Workshop for Women
In the span of just one weekend you will build a complete 14-foot beautiful all wood ("Old Mission Boats" brand) paddle-board. All wood parts will be precision cut on a CNC machine prior to your arrival. You will only be using hand tools to assemble your new paddle board. The SUP building class, including all wood, construction materials, and hands-on personal instruction by "Old Mission Boats" will cost approximately $900 (preliminary estimated cost), and you will take home a beautiful new SUP to enjoy for many years to come. To assure that everybody gets lots of personal attention, class size will be limited to between 5 and 10 women.

Event Planning: Happening Now!
We are now planning events around the year. We are seeking your ideas on event and activities that you would like to share with other women. All ideas are welcome and encouraged.

Concerns | Issues

Women Sue Wal-Mart Over Discrimination
Wal-Mart may have the best legal team money can buy -- but even the fanciest of corporate lawyers can't stop the largest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. Thanks to the determination of current and former Wal-Mart employees, their dedicated counsel and the judicial wisdom of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the world's largest employer will face allegations that it actively discriminated against its female employees. This case could cost them close to $20 billion. This is a historic day for all of us who believe that women deserve equal pay, equal promotions and equal treatment at work. Tell your friends and family that Wal-Mart's day in court has come. As for readers of this message: Do the right thing for our community and please Boycott Wal-mart.

About “Traverse for Women”
  • Our goal is to change our culture in order to prevent increasing violence against women and girls through education, entertainment and positive representation of women.
  • In these pages we provide news and information about current events and regional social activities.
  • We also will share information that may be personally empowering for many women.
  • We are also pleased to recognize "Notable Women of NW Michigan" who have contributed to our region and our world in a myriad of ways.
  • While women make up over 51% of the human population, we enjoy nowhere near 51% of the power and influence. Our goal at “Traverse for Women” is to build more effective women's networks in our region that will help to correct this inequity. A fair and balanced cultural system that represents the demographics of our society would be healthier for all.

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that ... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.

Louise Otto

Looking for a few good women
“Traverse for Women” would like to hear from women that would like to be part of the design and editorial team for this web site. No experience in web site management is necessary. READ MORE

A Web Page for Your NW Michigan Women's Group
If your women's group would like to have your own web page at this site, please submit a proposal to us. Simply click the title of this message, or the e-mail button at the top of any page to contact us.

...a web site dedicated to the human majority 

Don't ever let anyone tell you that there weren't notable, accomplished, and effective women throughout history. They have always been there. Historians have consistently failed to document women's accomplishments — therefore each generation of women have had to reinvent themselves.