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Lesbian Coach Pressured to Resign After Revealing Sexual Orientation
The women's soccer coach at Belmont University has resigned under pressure from school officials after revealing that her partner was pregnant -- a life event that would presumably not only be accepted, but celebrated, if she was heterosexual.

How People Are Relearning How to Live as a Community
In the past, neighbors knew each other and engaged more naturally in mutual aid, sharing common resources and helping those in need. Nowadays, our mutual aid muscles are out of shape and pretty flabby. Clubs help us to start flexing and stretching them again, little by little. Clubs also chip away at our resistance to being helped. “People at first resist simply receiving—they think they can’t show up to a potluck empty-handed,” Jared says. “We tell them it’s okay—it’s okay to receive if you need help. We say we’re putting the ‘luck’ back in potluck.”

Creepy Christian Patriarchy Movement Shackles Daughters to Their Fathers and Homes
November 29, 2010 | “Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope of their father. As long as they’re under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters can’t just go out independently and say, ‘I’m going to marry whoever I want.’ No. The father has the ability to say, ‘No, I’m sorry, that has to be approved by me.’”

What Women Gain from National Health Insurance
Some 32 million more individuals will gain access to health care coverage. It is estimated that the vast majority in the United States, some 95% will gain coverage. Typically, in most states, women with plans, pay on the average some 48% higher premiums than men for the same health insurance coverage. This practice, called gender rating, will be prohibited for individual or group plans for employers with less than 100 employees. No Charge for Preventive Care

10 Easy Steps to a Radical Home
Three years of research about the social, economic, and ecological significance of homemaking, and I had to reduce it to 10 easy tips? I didn’t see a to-do list as a viable route to a dramatic shift in thinking, beliefs, and behaviors. But since the objective of such a list was smoother discussion and communication of Radical Homemaking ideas with the public, I did it.

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.

The Women I Love (on International Women’s Day): Agitators Who Stand Up to Big Coal
On International Women’s Day, let us now praise the muckrakers, the agitators, the coal mining women, the organizers, the fearless ones willing to stand up to Big Coal. I love two women agitators, in particular: Mary “Mother” Jones. Mother Jones was a diminutive frosty-haired old woman with a flat cap, round glasses, a long black dress that forever dragged in the dust of marches, and a broken Irish grin that placed her resiliency over ruthlessness. Her motto was simple: Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.

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?

Anti-Rape Amendment Passes, Infuriating Several (Male) Republicans
Motivated by the harrowing violence Jamie Leigh Jones suffered in 2005 while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq, Franken pushed a measure to withhold defense contracts from companies that "restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court." Franken's measure passed, 68 to 30. The 30 opponents -- representing 75% of the entire GOP Senate caucus -- were Republican men.

Michigan Lawmaker Hopes to Protect Nursing Mothers
With the percentage of nursing moms reportedly climbing to record highs nationwide, some Michigan lawmakers are trying to make it illegal to ask a woman to stop breast feeding her infant in a public place. A state House bill would protect nursing mothers from discrimination under the state's Civil Rights Act.

Have Women's Lives Improved Globally? pdf
The World Economic Forum reported some major progress in the lives of women and girls in some surprising places.

The Stupak Speech Senate Dems (and Stupak Himself) Need to Hear
No one reading this has forgotten that, a couple Saturday nights ago, the House of Representatives passed a healthcare "reform" bill that included your so-called Stupak Amendment. In doing this, the House codified an American healthcare system, what an oxymoron that is, in which women’s very lives are subject to the whims of weak-kneed, sexist, soulless, woman-hating politicians--led by you--who don’t believe the Supreme Court really meant it, when it said there is a right to privacy under the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the right to obtain an abortion. For, after all, this is the true intent of your bill: to make legal abortion unattainable. Clearly, you, along with your Republican and Democratic pals, don’t care whether American women live or die.

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?

Women and Minorities Getting Left Out of Green Job Market, New Study Finds
After all these years and so much progress, even in a sector dedicated towards achieving the noble aim of an emissions-free economy, it appears some prejudices still plague us." Well, he might not have said it exactly like that. But it appears to be the unfortunate truth: women--especially minority women--are getting largely left out of the green job market.

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."

President Obama Has Refused to Stand Up for Women, Plain and Simple
There is no "common ground" between people who believe in women's right to autonomy over their own bodies and people who believe that women's bodies are property of the government, or their doctors, or their husbands, or anyone else who gets a vote on whether they have to be pregnant even if they don't want to be. Either you stand on the side of women's equality and independence or you don't.

Michigan's Bart Stupak Amendment Threatens Women's Rights
The amendment, named for Representatives Bart Stupak, D-Mich, and Joe Pitts, R-Penn. Stupak is a so-called "Democrat for Life;" Pitts has been a dogged supporter of failed abstinence-only policies, domestically and internationally, and was among those who succeeded in adding language forbidding the provision of contraceptive supplies for HIV-positive women in US global AIDS funding.

Milking Breast Cancer
Eli Lilly is now the sole manufacturer of rBGH — the artificial growth hormone given to dairy cows that increases people’s risk of cancer. Eli Lilly also manufactures breast cancer treatment medications and a pill that “reduces the risk” of breast cancer. It's a perfect profit circle. Eli Lilly is milking cancer. TELL THEM TO STOP

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

John Derbyshire takes a bold stand against women’s suffrage
Last week, John Derbyshire, the National Review’s resident crank, outlined a bold strategy to help Republicans return to power: by denying women the right to vote. What is refreshing about Derbyshire is that he doesn’t try to hide his bigotry or to disguise it with code words – he just has it right out there. Derbyshire has been known to openly game-plan future race wars and to write entire columns declaring his hatred for Chelsea Clinton back when she was just 20 years old. So in this respect, it’s not shocking that Derbyshire opposes women’s suffrage. What’s shocking is that it took him this long to say it.

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,

Senior Caregivers Needed: Apply Here
You Can Make a Difference for Seniors in Traverse City, MI You know you have a special way of taking care of others - maybe you've been a family caregiver or you just want to make a difference in the life of a senior. Share your unique talents and skills to help seniors stay independent and live the lifestyle they desire.

The Best Countries for Women
Female empowerment is embraced more today than any other time in world history. And in the global push for gender equality in everything from business to politics, education to health, it's Europe that has made the greatest strides to close the so-called gender gap. The U.S. ranked surprisingly low at No. 27, behind Lesotho (No. 16), Mozambique (No. 18) and Moldova (No. 20)

Early Childhood Development
Boyce, a pediatrician and developmental psychobiologist, heads a joint UC Berkeley/UBC research program called WINKS - Wellness in Kids - that looks at how the disadvantages of growing up in low socioeconomic circumstances change children's basic neural development over the first several years of life. "This is a wake-up call," Knight said. "It's not just that these kids are poor and more likely to have health problems, but they might actually not be getting full brain development from the stressful and relatively impoverished environment associated with low socioeconomic status: fewer books, less reading, fewer games, fewer visits to museums." Kishiyama, Knight and Boyce suspect that the brain differences can be eliminated by proper training. They are collaborating with UC Berkeley neuroscientists who use games to improve the prefrontal cortex function, and thus the reasoning ability, of school-age children. "It's not a life sentence," Knight emphasized. "We think that with proper intervention and training, you could get improvement in both behavioral and physiological indices."

Unmarried Women Overwhelmingly Helped to Put Obama in the White House
According to a CNN poll, unmarried women backed Obama by a 70 to 29 percent margin -- a 44 percent difference between single and married women. As the research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner notes, "if not for the overwhelming support of unmarried women, John McCain would have won the women's vote and with it, the White House." Unmarried women also helped Democrats take Congress, voting for Democratic candidates by a 64 to 29 percent margin.

Girls = Boys at Math
Zip. Zilch. Nada. There's no real difference between the scores of U.S. boys and girls on common math tests, according to a massive new study. Educators hope the finding will finally dispel lingering perceptions that girls don't measure up to boys when it comes to crunching numbers.

How Breast Cancer Became Big Business
Health and Wellness: "Shopping for a cure" often does more harm than good. Don't let slick advertisers sucker you into it.

Women on Wheels: The Bicycle and the Women’s Movement of the 1890s
The 1890s was the peak of the American bicycle craze and consumers were buying bicycles in large numbers. In 1897 alone, more than two million bicycles were sold in the United States , about one for every 30 inhabitants. Bicycles, or “wheels,” were everywhere in the gay 90s as were “wheelmen’s clubs,” well organized association with newsletters, receptions, weekly outings, uniforms and special meeting rooms. Bicycle paths were clogged with traffic on weekends and newspapers were filled with cycling news and special columns. Cycling in the 1890s was nothing less than “a general intoxication, an eruption of exuberance like a seismic tremor that shook the economic and social foundations of society and rattled the windows of its moral outlook.” 2 Nowhere was this more evident than in the role of the bicycle in the changing lives of American women. Indeed, the woman’s movement of the 1890s and the cycling craze became so inextricably intertwined that in 1896 Susan B. Anthony told the New YorkWorld’s Nellie Bly that bicycling had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

Michigan legislators seek to limit no-fault divorce
On February 19, 2008, a bill was introduced in Michigan's state legislature to amend the divorce statute with respect to grounds for divorce. If passed, this law would take Michigan residents back 38 years. In terms of the majority view on morality, evidenced by significant increases in cohabitation rather than marriage as a lifestyle, it would take us back to the 18th century. The legislation, if passed, would state:

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.

A Woman's Brain
Have you ever wondered how a woman's brain works? It's finally explained here in one, easy-to-understand illustration:

Cats Help Shield Owners From Heart Attack
Whether it's a frisky kitten or a tubby tabby, a cat at home could cut your heart attack risk by almost a third, a new study suggests.

Private RU-486 Confounds Anti-Abortionists
Don't look now, but the front lines of the abortion battle are shifting. Thanks to advances in medical technology and the introduction of the drug mifepristone (aka RU 486), which gives women the option of having safe, early abortions in private locations instead of public clinics, the raving crazies who tape pictures of bloody fetuses to their bodies, stalk Planned Parenthood and howl "murder" at anyone who walks through its doors, may suddenly find themselves all dressed up with nowhere to go -- and no one to terrorize. If Islamic Jihadists had done even a tenth this much damage, every last Muslim in America would be doing stress-position calisthenics in a concentration camp somewhere in the Nevada desert right now. But since this impressive achievement in domestic terrorism was almost entirely accomplished by white Christian men -- well, y'see, it's Not Terrorism when we do it -- the public has barely batted an eye.

From Pro-Life to Pro-Choice
January 9, 2008—What makes a woman change her view on a deeply held, intensely personal belief?

Resources for Military Women
Women make up fifteen percent of the U.S. military. One of every ten U.S. troops serving in Iraq is a woman. More than 16,000 single mothers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly one-third of female veterans who have sought counseling at the VA report having been the victim of rape or attempted rape during their service.

Unmarried Women: This Election’s Holy Grail
During the run-up to the 2004 election, I traveled around the countryand day after day on the road, I was blown away by the unbelievable women I met. From Hollywood to Hoboken, I saw first hand that this country is made-up of amazing women who do their best to make their lives and the lives of those around them better. These women care deeply about health care, the War, national security, education and the environment, and they have the potential to bring these issues to the forefront of political debate. Yet, in the last presidential election, 20 million eligible unmarried women did not vote, making unmarried women the largest group of non-voters in the country.

61% of 33 U.S. lipsticks test positive for lead
American-made lipstick contains “surprisingly high levels of lead,” according to new product test results released Friday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks.

Michigan companies lack women execs
Women have made few strides at the executive level and in boardrooms compared with their male counterparts at Michigan's largest public companies, according to a report expected to be released today. The 2007 Michigan Women's Leadership Index, first published in 2003, looks at the presence of female leaders at 100 corporations headquartered in the state.

The Total Perspective Vortex
Consider eating disorders, for instance. It’s generally been believed that an unrealistically negative body image is an important factor in the self-abuse that characterizes anorexia and bulimia. A 2006 study at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, however, came to a very different conclusion. Here, groups of normal and eating disordered women were asked to rate the attractiveness of their own bodies. They were then photographed from the neck down, and panels of volunteers were brought in to view the photos and rate the women’s appearances objectively. The normal women, as it turned out, evaluated themselves much more positively than the panels did, while the self-ratings of the eating disordered women were in close agreement with the objective ratings. The eating disordered subjects, in other words, had a more realistic body image than the normal women. However, it is important to note that the study was based upon the broad concept of "attractiveness" rather than body weight specifically—while the eating disordered women may have rated themselves poorly because they felt "fat," their weight was a controlled variable and not the basis of the volunteers' assessments.

Why Do We Pay Our Plumbers More Than Our Caregivers?
Surely leaky pipes aren't more important than our children. Yet, in America, most plumbers make five times what caregivers do. Author Riane Eisler shows how our economic system, rooted in gender inequality, is failing us. Why does the stock market rally when workers are laid off? Why are working people consistently losing ground? Why do so many women and children live in poverty? Why is the average age of a homeless person in the United States 9 years old? Why are so many seniors forgotten? Why don't we plan ahead or invest well when it comes to things like the environment, education or healthcare? Can the answer be that our economic signals are out of whack with reality?

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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. Join the discussion now at the "Message Center" (click the link at the top of this page).

Concerns | Issues

Tell Congress to Support Education for All
Around the world, 72 million children of primary school age — more than half of whom are girls — are out of school. Lack of educational opportunities is both a cause and a consequence of poverty — one that stymies the development of entire societies. Providing basic education to girls has tremendous positive effects in areas like public health and economic growth. Over the years, the benefits reach families, communities and countries as a whole. The United States can take an important step toward getting children in the world's poorest countries into school by passing the Education for All Act. This bi-partisan legislation would make achieving universal primary education a U.S. foreign assistance priority and calls for the development of a comprehensive strategy outlining how the United States will play a leading role in reaching this important goal.

Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress
It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important! There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached. PLEASE!! Sign the petition; This takes about 2 seconds.

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.

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  • 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.

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