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Reaching the Top - And Still Finding a Pay Gap
Forbes magazine just came out with its “Celebrity 100" issue showcasing “the hottest movie stars, musicians, and athletes,” ranking them on a power scale (subjective) and an earnings scale (objective). Oprah Winfrey tops the power list, but comes in second on the earnings list at $225 million per year, behind Director/Producer George Lucas who raked in $290 million. That puts the most powerful woman in good company -- she makes 77 cents on the dollar compared to her male counterpart -- two cents more than the ordinary Jane Doe earns when compared to John Doe.

TV Dinner Inventor Dies
Gerry Thomas, inventor of the TV dinner, died in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 18 after a bout with cancer. He was a salesman for CA Swanson and Sons in 1954 when he got the idea of packaging frozen meals in a disposable aluminium-foil tray, divided into compartments to keep the foods from mixing. He also gave the product its singular name. Some claim the TV Dinner was the first step toward breaking up the American family because it made it possible for everybody to eat in a modular way. The TV Dinner drew hate mail from men who wanted their wives to cook from scratch like their mothers did.

Benign breast lumps cancer link
Women who have certain types of benign breast disease have far a higher risk for breast cancer

1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005
Millions of women work day in day out to promote peace. They care for survivors, help with reconstruction and initiate a new culture of peace. To represent these millions, it is our aim that in the year 2005 a thousand women shall collectively receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in pursuit of peace. This political prize will show that the work they do is valuable and exemplary. Forty of the 1,000 women nominated are from the US. These women include, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding, Noeleen Heyzer and Holly Near.

The Housewife Theory of History
The people behind the 9/11 Commission, the Limited Test Ban Treaty, the Education for All Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency aren't the great men of history -- they're housewives. The "supposedly powerless" women have managed to wage some of the world's most successful grassroots campaigns. Rebecca Solnit looks back on how housewives like those behind Women Strike for Peace "used their gender and their genteel, housewifely image to suggest that being against what the government was doing wasn't radical but sensible, motherly, and kindhearted."

Restoring Virginity Becomes Risky Business
Many women who seek hymen-repair surgery do so under threat of death if family members in religious fundamentalist households find out they are not virgins. Now, the U.S. doctors who help them are also being intimidated.

Leave My Child Alone!
Tucked away in the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that requires school districts to provide military recruiters with juniors' and seniors' contact information. Here's what you can do to discourage the increasingly aggressive recruiters from abusing the privilege.

Finding Great Garden Seeds
Twenty years ago, it was virtually impossible to buy organically grown seeds. Among the more readily available seeds, many varieties were treated with toxic fungicides that commercial growers — and most gardeners — thought were essential to success. But today we know better, and so does a new generation of seed sellers.

Seeds Honor Roll
These seed companies all offer a good, varied selection of open-pollinated vegetable and flower seeds, as well as untreated and/or organically grown seeds. All share a commitment to refrain from knowingly selling genetically modified varieties. These companies also have earned very high ratings for customer service.

As Privacy Fears Grow, Women's Lips Grow Tighter
As the government shows more interest in seizing reproductive health histories, women are becoming more tight-lipped with doctors.

Curvy women 'live longer'
CURVY women are more likely to live longer than their slimmer counterparts. Institute of preventative medicine in Copenhagen researchers found those with wider hips also appeared to be protected against heart conditions.

Disrespecting Women Soldiers
Showing bad timing as well as bad judgment, House Republicans chose the days before this weekend’s patriotic holiday to deny needed health services to women serving the nation in the military. On Tuesday, Republican leaders had the Rules Committee, block the House from voting on two modest amendments to the military authorization bill that were intended to remove ideological barriers to providing decent care to military women who are victims of sexual assault.

Woman Makes History at Indy 500 Without Checkered Flag
Danica Patrick, a 23 year old rookie who does not drive like one, rocketed into the lead with 10 laps left Sunday in the 89th Indianapolis 500, chasing away earlier misfortune and storming toward a first with each left-hand turn. Forced to conserve fuel because of a gamble by her team that she could make it to the end without an additional pit stop, Patrick was passed with six laps left by Dan Wheldon, a 26 year old Briton who held on for his first Indy 500 victory. Patrick faded and finished fourth, behind Vitor Meria and Bryan Herta.

NOW Applauds Groundbreaking Effort to Pass Gender-Inclusive Legislation
The National Organization for Women proudly salutes the introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005. The bill is designed to help protect against bias crimes based on gender identity, sexual orientation, gender and disability and also adds gender and gender identity to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

Subtle ways to schmooze the boss
We all do it: release an extra snicker at a joke, give a casual compliment or have the inclination to agree. We like to hand the boss a little extra attention, secretly hoping it makes us look better in his or her eyes. Here are some tips on being a stealthy schmoozer:

Women 'Make the Best Bosses'
Top female executives tend to be bigger risk-takers than their male counterparts and make better bosses, a survey claims today. The most successful British and US businesswomen tend to be 'highly assertive, urgent, persuasive, collaborative, intelligent risk-takers', according to the study, entitled The DNA Of Women Leaders. The women questioned shared 'an open, consensusbuilding, collegial approach' to management that inspired greater staff loyalty than more ego-driven male managers.

Media Often Ignore Women as Sources, New Study Finds
In all media outlets, women are cited as sources far less often than men, according to a new Project for Excellence in Journalism study to be released on Monday.

Harvard to Boost Women Scientists
Harvard University is to spend $50m (£27m) on women scientists over the next decade after its president sparked anger by questioning their aptitude.

Tell the Pentagon to Leave Our Children Alone
Memorial Day is here again and America still occupies Iraq. U.S. Army generals last week admitted that the occupation is going badly, with no end in sight. Many of us are angry and frustrated at our inability to end the quagmire. And every week brings new reports about Pentagon recruiters lying to our children to get them to join. Here are three things you can do:

HRT Poses Yet Another Health Dilemma
A new British report presents women with a potentially cruel choice if they want to use hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms of menopause: The kind of therapy that does not increase the risk of breast cancer does increase the risk of endometrial cancer.

Pay equity bill sponsors will work together
State Rep. Gretchen Whitmer, who has proposed more pay equity legislation, will work with other legislators to move forward bills that close the gender gap when it comes to women's paychecks.

Protect Children From Military Recruiters
Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that requires public high schools to hand over the private contact information of students in public high schools to military recruiters. If a school does not comply, it risks losing vital federal education funds.

Julia Ward Howe: The Woman Behind Mother's Day
We take a look at the woman behind Mother's Day, Julia Ward Howe. The author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, she began advocating for a mother's day for peace in 1870.

Your National Resource for Identity Theft
How can someone steal your identity? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

Tips to Avoid the Pink Slip
If you find yourself cleaning out your desk and starting a new job every nine months to a year, the problem is you — not your boss or colleagues.

Ten Medical Tests You Need
Most of us dislike the idea of tests. We are frightened of bad news. However, burying your head in the sand won't make cancer or high blood pressure go away. Not only can the right diagnostics save you considerable money by catching problems earlier, when they are often more treatable, but they can also help you live better and longer.

A To Z Of De-stressing
Americans spend billions of dollars each year coping with stress. From guzzling martinis or popping pills to paying burly masseurs to pummel us, much of our lives--and dollars--are devoted to unwinding, loosening up or just decompressing for a while.

Exorcising Patriarchy: an essay
The Death Hold of Patriarchy. Women have made a few advances, a few inroads in the system of patriarchy but so far the system has been able to absorb these advances and often turn the women against ourselves. This is almost inevitable since women are in so few positions of power.

For Women, a Failure to Negotiate
Although women have certainly made plenty of progress in the workplace over the past three decades, the glass ceiling remains firmly in place at many companies -- especially when it comes to compensation. But some experts now suggest that the wage imbalance between the sexes could have as much to do with women's failure to negotiate well as any other factor. Indeed, while women now represent more than 47% of full-time executives and managers, their wages continue to lag far behind. College-educated women still earn only 72% as much as their male counterparts -- a gap of 28¢ on the dollar, according to the American Association of University Women.

Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary Hero
04/25/2005—Two hundred and twenty eight years ago today a young woman made a historic all night ride to raise troops in the American Revolutionary War. The following paper was written by Jennifer who was in the seventh grade at the time (12 years old). She was frustrated by the fact that the public school system offered plenty of white male history, but little, to no, information when it came to notable women. This is a great story, about an impressive young woman time has all but forgotten.

No More Violence Against Our Sistas Video Project
PURPOSE: Sista II Sista is committed to social justice. We are currently working on fighting violence against women of color in our community without relying on the police. We will learn how to make a film and create our own music in order to collectively make a documentary video from our perspectives on violence against women of color. We will use that video to support our organizing work and educate our community.

Breastfeeding in Public, Why Does It Matter?
Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice a mother can make for her child, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many research studies. Some women cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. For many women who can breastfeed, it can still be a difficult choice. Society reflects mixed ideas about women's bodies - moralistic messages about shame mixed with Hollywood/Madison Avenue messages about sex and eroticism. Therefore, many women feel that even when their bodies are nourishing the next generation, they should hide what they are doing and might feel shame. This is reinforced by others around them (family members, store employees, general public) who also receive mixed messages about women's bodies and also struggle with what it means to see a woman with a baby at her breast.

There's Nothing Sexier Than a . . . Nursing Mom?
Women with low libidos might have a new way to increase their sex drive: hang around breast-feeding mothers. Psychologists at the University of Chicago found that smelling the pheromones — chemical compounds our bodies secrete to communicate with each other — absorbed from the breasts of nursing women resulted in increased sexual motivation in other women.

FREE Computers
M'Lynn Hartwell is restoring used computers and giving them away free to good homes (new computers too). The primary focus of this initiative is on single mother headed households with at least one school age child. If you would like to learn more about this effort, please click here.

Victory at UN for Women's Human Rights
Earlier this month, the world's leaders reaffirmed their commitment to furthering women's human rights worldwide. After a two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, coinciding with International Women's Day, the world body unanimously reaffirmed the pledges made 10 years ago at 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing.

Coffee - Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips
If you're love coffee as much as I do, you'll be thrilled to learn that coffee has many uses, including as a beauty aid. Who knew? Before you throw away those used coffee grounds, get the buzz on coffee for beauty: it's all right here

Social Security to Social Insecurity
Welcome to Senator Stabenow's Social Security Online Resource Center. Now more than ever, we need to fight to keep the security in Social Security! On this website, you can get more information about the proposed changes to Social Security, including a benefit calculator that allows you to see how well you'll do if the President's plan is enacted. You can also read reports about the future of Social Security, learn more about how Social Security works, and sign her Online Petition to tell Congress and President Bush that privatization is not the answer!

Social Security: The 2005 OASDI Trustees Report
March 23—Social Security is in better shape than GW Bush would like you to believe. Here is the actual government data. The 2005 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds, was issued on March 23, 2005. The report presents the current and projected future financial status of the trust funds.

Silent Femmes
It's not really discrimination that keeps women off the op-ed pages. It's women themselves.

Virginity Pledge Does Not Ensure Avoidance of STDs
It sounds good on paper, at least -- teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until they are married, but, despite the positive press this movement has garnered, a new study indicates that even though these teens aren't 'going all the way,' they are going far enough to contract the most common venereal diseases.

Muslim woman sparks controversy by leading prayers
NEW YORK—With four words, "Praise be to Allah," Amina Wadud struck a blow Friday for Muslim women, breaking a centuries-old taboo against women leading men in prayer. Wadud, a professor ...

International Women's Day
The first International Women's Day (IWD) was held on 19 March 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and further European countries. German women selected this date because in 1848 the Prussian king had promised the vote for women. Subsequently over one million leaflets calling for action on the right to vote were distributed throughout Germany before IWD in 1911. Now IWD is always celebrated on 8 March and is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. Women in every country, often divided by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate this important date that represents equality, justice, peace and development.

A Laugh A Day May Keep Heart Disease At Bay
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, have discovered laughter can help keep your heart healthy.

Women Advancing Faster on Paper Than in Real Life
”Gender awareness? Yes,” says UNIFEM executive director Noeleen Heyzer. ”Implementation and accountability? No.” As representatives of 191 member states gathered at the United Nations Monday for a review of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) on gender equality adopted 10 years ago, an estimated 6,000 women's rights advocates from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were meeting at the fringes of the conference to demand more tangible results from world political leaders. ”Genuine equality means more than parity in numbers,” says Geeta Rao Gupta, president of the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW).

Anti-Hunger Group Wants to Keep Programs
With Americans getting food stamps and school lunches in record numbers, now is the wrong time for the Bush administration to push people out of nutrition programs, an anti-hunger group says.

Smoking can be suicidal!
Mar 08—Current daily smoking may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts, according to an article published in the journal JAMA.

Aspirin: Women's Stroke-Preventer?
For the first time, research shows low-dose aspirin therapy can prevent a stroke in apparently healthy women. A study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine looked at forty thousand apparently healthy women 45 and older over a ten year period. The low dose of aspirin that was given was 100 hundred milligrams every other day. Women 45 and older who took the aspirin showed a 17 percent reduction in the risk of a first stroke, and the benefit was even greater as women got older.

Study: Exercise, Not Milk Best for Children's Bones
The link between an increased calcium intake from dairy products and building a stronger bone density in young adults is a weak one, said Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. While dietary guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest a daily consumption of 800 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium to promote bone growth and prevent osteoporosis, Barnard said a typical person needs only 400 to 500 milligrams. "Kids are not really in a calcium crisis," Lanou said. "They are in an obesity crisis. They need more exercise more often."

White Poison: The Horrors of Milk
Got milk? If not, then thank your lucky stars. Because if you do, medical research shows that you are likely to be plagued by anemia, migraine, bloating, gas, indigestion, asthma, prostate cancer, and a host of potentially fatal allergies -- especially if you are a person of color.

Computer Virus Branding Itself As Message From FBI
A computer virus that's finding it's way to mailboxes is fronting itself as a message from the FBI. If you get what looks like an e-mail from the FBI, beware, it may not be what it seems.

Diabetic women have higher heart risk than diabetic men
Women with diabetes have a significantly greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease (CHD) than men with diabetes, researchers at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke, reported.

Freedom, From Want
Our closest allies have put world poverty at the top of their agenda. Why can't Americans do the same? ''Freedom'' is a meaningless luxury to a child who grows up without access to school or health care, and perhaps also to a nation too enfeebled by debt, disease and scarcity to provide these basic goods.

The awakening of the downtrodden
USA Today made my day today (Feb. 9th, 2005) with its front-page headline - "Poll: Tap Wealthy on Social Security". Lovely! Sure, when hell freezes over. But how fun that a radical concept slipped through the corporate filters in this time of extreme disparity between the super rich and the working/poor.

Women Still Treated Less for Heart Disease
Women remain far less likely than men to get basic medical care that could significantly reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes, leaving thousands unnecessarily vulnerable to the nation's leading cause of death, researchers reported yesterday.

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on "Educational" TV at School?
I learned something new yesterday. Channel One News, the "educational" TV show that my daughter Isa and millions of other American kids watch every morning at school, is busy recruiting our teenagers into the military. The whole culture of the school is military these days. With a military recruiter present every day in the cafeteria, military "speakers" visiting classrooms, and huge recruiting posters in the guidance office, perhaps it's not surprising that teachers and even guidance counselors have been influenced by the constant hum of "enlist, enlist, enlist". Oh, and "a big cash bonus right now if you sign up today!"

The Return of the Draft
Uncle Sam wants you. He needs you. He'll bribe you to sign up. He'll strong-arm you to re-enlist. And if that's not enough, he's got a plan to draft women and men!

Prisoners of Hope
A specter of despair haunts late 20th-century America. The quality of our lives and the integrity of our souls are in jeopardy. Wealth inequality and class polarization are escalating – with ugly consequences for the most vulnerable among us.

Oleic Acid Key to Olive Oil's Anti-Cancer Effect
Scientists have discovered why eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and particularly olive oil can help to protect women from developing breast cancer.

My Family Health Portrait
A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family history is important. Yet, the same survey found that only one- third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family's health history. Because family health history is such a powerful screening tool, the Surgeon General has created a new computerized tool to help make it fun and easy for anyone to create a sophisticated portrait of their family's health.

World's Most Powerful Nation is Sick
The World Health Organization has announced that the U.S. now has shorter life expectancies and higher infant and child mortality rates than Canada, Japan and all of Western Europe, except Portugal. Factors contributing to this decline in public health include weaker laws on toxic chemicals, higher levels of economic disparity, junk food diets, and a lack of health care access for millions of families.

Discovering the Benefits of Leafy Vegetables
If you’re all grown up and still wince at the thought of eating dark leafy greens, it may be because you haven’t found the right ones, or the right preparation. There are enough different greens and enough ways to prepare them that they can find a place in any menu. Greens are too delicious to miss, and their health benefits too great to overlook.

Wal-Mart: Helping Lower-Income Consumers Dig Their Own Grave
Betty Dukes, the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the landmark sex-discrimination case against the company, points out that Wal-Mart takes out ads in her local paper the same day the community's poorest citizens collect their welfare checks. "They are promoting themselves to low-income people," she says. "That's who they lure. They don't lure the rich.... They understand the economy of America. They know the haves and have-nots.

Protecting Kids from Environmental Hazards
Expectant mothers are notorious worriers. As the nesting instinct kicks in, they will lower their bellies down to the floor to scrub every corner with a toothbrush. In some cases, it makes them ban all solvents, bleached paper products and imported grapes from the premises. Considering all of the health threats children face today, clearing away environmental hazards should be a parental priority.

Catch a snowflake
Extend your joy and wishes around the world. Catch a snowflake and reply to the sender.

RU Ashamed?
A physician who performs abortions finds that RU-486, the abortion pill, is safe. What is dangerous is the way society stigmatizes women who take it.

Attention Shoppers!
A long and rather surprising list of major consumer corporations in America, and it detailed just how much money each company forked over to the respective political parties last year in political-action-committee (PAC) donations. Companion Sites: buyblue.org and choosetheblue.com)

What Are You, On Drugs?
The odds are very good that you are on drugs. Right now. This minute. As I type this and as you read this and as false Texas dictators rise and sad empires crumble and as this mad bewildered world spins in its frantically careening orbit, there's a nearly 50/50 chance that some sort of devious synthetic chemical manufactured by some massive and largely heartless corporation is coursing through your bloodstream and humping your brain stem and molesting your karma and kicking the crap out of your libido and chattering the teeth of your very bones.

The Politics of Victimization
Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, humiliated before the eyes of America, voluntarily undermining his credibility and career of over thirty years. Observe Donna Brazille squirm as she is ridiculed by Bay Buchanan, and pronounced irrelevant and nearly non-existent. Listen as Donna and Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer take to the airwaves saying that they have to go back to the drawing board and learn from their mistakes and try to be better, more likable, more appealing, have a stronger message, speak to morality. Watch them awkwardly quote the bible, trying to speak the new language of America. Surf the blogs, and read the comments of dismayed, discombobulated, confused individuals trying to figure out what they did wrong. Hear the cacophony of voices, crying out, “Why did they beat me?” And then ask anyone who has ever worked in a domestic violence shelter if they have heard this before.

One Billion 'Denied a Childhood'
More than one billion children around the world face a brutal existence because of poverty, war and Aids, the UN children's agency reports. The conditions in effect deny them a childhood, Unicef says. More than half of under-18s are affected, according to its report, The State of the World's Children." When half the world's children are growing up hungry and unhealthy, when schools have become targets and whole villages are being emptied by Aids, we've failed to deliver on the promise of childhood."

Left Out, Left Behind
Throughout the country, women are underrepresented on university science, math and engineering faculties. In fact, a landmark report issued earlier this year by Dr. Donna Nelson shows that women are rare – and women of color all but invisible -- in tenure and tenure-track positions in the top science departments. Now that school-specific data are available, you can find out how your school is doing and work for change.

The Plot Against Sex in America
When they start pushing the panic button over "moral values" at the bluest of TV channels, public broadcasting's WNET, in the bluest of cities, New York, you know this country has entered a new cultural twilight zone.

Conservative Activist Group Dominates Media Complaints
According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003 - 99.8 percent - were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group. The prominent role played by the PTC has raised concerns among critics of the FCC's crackdown on indecency. "It means that really a tiny minority with a very focused political agenda is trying to censor American television and radio," said Jonathan Rintels, president and executive director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media, an artists' advocacy group.

Buy That Man a Laptop Computer
Researchers at a New York university believe they've found evidence that laptop use of notebook computers by men can impair fertility.

Social Capital: It's Who You Know
"The social network - those ties among individuals that are based on mutual trust, shared work experiences, and common physical and virtual spaces - is in many senses the 'true structure' of an organization. Because leaders are beginning to realize the economic implications of these networks, organizations are having them analyzed and mapped."

Happiness is Right Under Your Nose But Out of Reach: Or Is It?
When was the last time you could honestly say you were happy? Does happiness feel like a luxury – especially during the holidays? What happened to the good old day when, to quote Charles M. Schultz, ‘happiness (was) a warm puppy’? When did the bar for happiness get so high that it has become an elusive dream for so many – and how did we let that happen?

Battle fatigue on the home front
I am not a pacifist. I am a mother. By nature, the two are incompatible, for even a cottontail rabbit will fight to protect her young. Violent action may be necessary in defense of one's family or home, and that definition of home can easily be extended to community and beyond, but violence, no matter how warranted, always takes a heavy toll.

Finding Time for 2005
As you reach the end of 2004, take time to look at all of your commitments, including work, family and volunteering or other outside activities. Almost everyone I talk to has more on their plate than they can handle. This is a great time of year to decide what you want to accomplish in the new year and which commitments will support you in your overall career and life purpose.

Negotiators Add Abortion Clause to Spending Bill
House and Senate negotiators have tucked a potentially far-reaching anti-abortion provision into a $388 billion must-pass spending bill, complicating plans for Congress to wrap up its business and adjourn for the year. The provision may be an early indication of the growing political muscle of social conservatives who provided crucial support for Republican candidates, including President Bush, in the election.

U.S. declines to endorse women’s rights statement
The United States has refused to join 85 heads of state and government in signing a statement that endorses a 10-year-old U.N. plan to ensure every woman’s right to education, health care and choice about having children.

Music Therapy and Domestic Violence
Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression. It combines both words and sound to deliver a message. Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind. There is no doubt, there is a strong connection between music and our feelings.

Tradition Collide as Afghan Women Try to Vote
Afghanistan - Samerra said she wanted to vote for Masoda Jalal, the only Afghan woman running in Saturday's historic presidential elections, because she "would fight for more rights for women." But Samerra's father didn't agree with her choice. Centuries-old traditions are even more sacred than Islam, and the word of regional commanders and village elders - all of them male - is law.

Half the World is Women
The interconnection between environmental awareness and better lives for poor women is clear. Women the world over, in developing nations on every continent, are working to protect the environment and improve their lives–and proving that the two are not mutually exclusive.

Fund Free Mammograms
Click the button to provide free mammograms to women through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to low-income, inner-city and minority women, whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited.

Michigan Women's Commission Holds Hearings about “Issues Impacting Women”
September 8, 2004 — A variety of Michigan organizations spoke at the hearing, which was held at the Grand Rapids campus of Grand Valley State University Issues that were addressed included pay equity, domestic violence, environment, safe food, and high risk situations for women, education for women, mentoring for young women, prison outreach, and women’s health. The next public hearing will be held in Lansing on Wednesday, December 8, 2004. For more information about these hearings or other work the commission does, please contact us at (517) 373-2884

M'Lynn Hartwell's Report to the Michigan Women's Commission PDF
September 8, 2004 — "After receiving my invitation to testify here today I sent out an e-mail to about 250 women, as well as placed a number of telephone calls. Today I will share some of the more common concerns and issues affecting the lives of these women."

How do I start a business in Michigan? PDF
Starting a business is a huge endeavor that can bring both rewards and struggles. For women looking for freedom from the typical job or hoping to find a work schedule that will accommodate their family life, starting a business can be very beneficial. It can bring a sense of independence, and at times, it can be a way to achieve greater financial success.

Is it Safe to Go Back to School?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly half of America's 53 million students will soon be returning to schools where they will be exposed to hazardous levels of toxic chemicals, including pesticides, lead, and asbestos--not to mention the worst school cafeteria food in any industrialized nation.

Closing the Sale
You have the appointment with the key decision maker, you have spent the time to learn her business and demonstrate your knowledge and experience, and you have gotten agreement on the problem they need to solve. Now you get to show your stuff, pitch your offering, and make them fall in love with what you are selling. For many sales people, this is where things go south, fall apart, kill the deal.

Program Shows Lasting Impact on Women's STD Risk
A program aimed at cutting rates of sexually transmitted disease among minority women at heightened risk seems to have lasting benefits, according to a new study.

The Double Bind
Our entire notions of the workplace are based on the environment that men created, largely untouched by women's influence, over several hundred years. Do you think thirty years of women moving up from administrative jobs is going to change that reality?

Job Search Success: Give Employers What They’re Looking For
Are you looking for a job that you’ve been dreaming of, or just looking for a job? Develop an effective job search plan, avoid resume disasters, and ace the interview by asking yourself, “What are employers looking for?” Follow these tips and you will be on your way to an effective results-oriented job search that may land you the career of your dreams.

Gap Between Haves, Have-nots Expands
Over two decades, the income gap has steadily increased between the richest Americans, who own homes and stocks and got big tax breaks, and those at the middle and bottom of the pay scale, whose paychecks buy less. The growing disparity is even more pronounced in this recovering economy. Wages are stagnant and the middle class is shouldering a larger tax burden. Prices for health care, housing, tuition, gas and food have soared.

Regional Activist to Testify Before Governor Granholm's Women's Commission
September 8, 2004 — Traverse City's own M'Lynn Hartwell has been invited to provide testimony to the Michigan Women's Commission. The title of the hearing is "Issues of Concern to Women". Traverse for Women wants your voice to be heard. Please email your concerns and issues to , or visit the discussion topic "Issues of Concern to Women" at the "Message Center" (from the main menu, click on "Something to Talk About").

Civility in the Workplace
Workplace anxiety and anger over war issues and disputes between pro- and anti-war activists don't exactly help stress levels at work. But neither do constant downsizing and layoffs, budget tightening, internal competition, and the push to produce more and faster with fewer resources. Workplace stress and tension are rising, which manifests as rudeness and inappropriate behavior.

Mothers Acting Up
Mothers Acting Up is dedicated to mobilizing the gigantic political strength of mothers to ensure the health, education and safety of every child, not just a privileged few. We realize that we live in a world that does not prioritize or protect our children's well-being and that this will not change without each of us finding the courage and commitment to speak out on their behalf

What Men Want
Conventional wisdom, promoted by the media, suggests that the traditional wife is back in vogue ... or at least that is what they want you to believe. While while "Stepford Wives" may be good for a few chuckles in a movie, it's way off the mark.

Help Me! Why We Should Ask Each Other for Help
"We all feel overwhelmed at times. And, the one action that might help us most is the one we often refuse to perform: asking for help. " M. Nora Klaver outlines the reasons to ask for help in difficult situations and the rewards for doing so.

So You're an Environmentalist; Why Are You Still Eating Meat?
Evidence shows a meat-based diet is bad for the environment, aggravates global hunger, brutalizes animals and compromises health.

The Controversial Letter from the Pope, To The Bishops of the Catholic Church
Vatican — In recent times, much reflection has been given to the question of the dignity of women and to women's rights and duties in the different areas of civil society and the Church. Having contributed to a deeper understanding of this fundamental question, in particular through the teaching of John Paul II,1 the Church is called today to address certain currents of thought which are often at variance with the authentic advancement of women.

Out-of-touch, the Vatican takes on women
"Eve was framed!" That bumper-sticker slogan gave us a welcome giggle when we first saw it, but now it seems an important rallying cry in response to a letter from the Vatican attacking feminism. Who knew that women's quest for equality from "biological determinism" has brought about everything from the breakup of the family to gay marriage? Such a notion would be funny if it didn't reflect how utterly out of touch the Church leaders in Rome are from the realities of women's lives.

Pope Warns Feminists
The Pope will call on leaders of the Roman Catholic church today to attack feminist ideologies which assert that men and women are fundamentally the same. The Vatican is concerned that this belief is eroding what it regards as women's maternal vocation. This is the Vatican's third major pronouncement on women's role in the quarter century of John Paul's papacy - has drawn scornful criticism from feminists and academics.

U.S. Debt Burden Is Higher Now than During Depression
The total amount owed – by consumers, businesses, governments and financial institutions – totaled $34.4 trillion at the end of 2003, according to the Federal Reserve. The economy produced $11.3 trillion of output. That makes the nation's debt triple its gross domestic product. In 1933, debt was about 2 1/2 times GDP, according to a study by the Gabelli Mathers mutual fund.

Study: MRIs find more breast tumors
In women at high risk of breast cancer, new research suggests MRI scans find nearly twice as many tumors as mammograms do, but they cost a lot and trigger more unneeded biopsies.

U.S. Debt Burden Is Higher Now than During Depression
The total amount owed – by consumers, businesses, governments and financial institutions – totaled $34.4 trillion at the end of 2003, according to the Federal Reserve. The economy produced $11.3 trillion of output. That makes the nation's debt triple its gross domestic product. In 1933, debt was about 2 1/2 times GDP, according to a study by the Gabelli Mathers mutual fund.

Top 500 companies for Women
Women hold 13.6% of board seats at Fortune 500 companies. The number of seats held by women of color has increased from 2.5% in 1999 to 3% in 2003. Of the Fortune 500, 54 companies have 25% or more women directors in 2003.

The Mother of All Anti-War Forces
There is a remarkable scene in "Fahrenheit 9/11" when Lila Lipscomb talks with an anti-war activist outside the White House about the death of her 26-year-old son in Iraq. Watching Ms. Lipscomb doubled over in pain on the White House lawn, I was reminded of other mothers who have taken the loss of their children to the seat of power and changed the fate of wars. The Bush administration's talk of moral clarity falls dumb before the grief of those who have lost children in Iraq.

To the Ladies in the Room
Warning: Bush's anti-woman record be damned - Frank Luntz arms Bush with 'framing' devices to court the womens' vote. Luntz described his methods with pride. His job is to "set the context" and "frame the debate," which he learns how to do through focus groups, polls and dial sessions- manipulation. Luntz has discovered that the 4 percent of Americans who still have not made up their minds about this election tend to be working women, younger, new mothers and fairly low-wage earners. I was pleased to hear Luntz explain how he'd uncovered the most interesting thing about these women.

Fewer women than men take aspirin for heart health
Despite evidence that an aspirin a day can ward off heart attacks, many high-risk people -- especially women -- are not taking the drug, a large U.S. survey shows.

U.S. Women Lack Health Insurance, Access to Care
Research by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a significant number of U.S. women under 64 lack health insurance and that others face barriers to adequate care.

United States Women’s Basketball League to Launch in 2005
As the top teams in women’s college basketball go about the business of crowning a national champion, Kansas City sports entrepreneur Cheryl Fields is preparing a place for some of the participants to play after college. Fields has formed the United States Women’s Basketball League, which will be beginning play in April of 2005. She hopes to have 30 franchises in place, for a season that will run from April through August. “Women’s basketball is continuing to grow across the country and the caliber of play is continuing to improve. We’re hoping that some of these players will one day move on from our league to the WNBA. Fields, who is the owner of the Kansas City Krunch of the National Women’s Football Association, is seeking owners for league franchises in various cities around the country. By keeping the cost of an initial investment to a minimum, she is hoping to attract non-traditional owners to the league and encourage interested individuals to start their own businesses. Prospective players and team owners interested in learning more about the USWBL should contact Fields at (913)-906-9496, or by e-mail at .

Media Censorship Impacts Women and Children
The Bush administration has cut off its closed captioning for nearly 200 TV shows, prompting charges of secret censorship to promote an ideological agenda. the new ruling discriminates against people who use captioning to learn English as a second language and hearing parents with deaf children who might want to choose what they watch on TV together. MORE INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION

Attacking Women's Rights
President Bush dealt a crippling blow to women around the world when he reinstated the Global Gag Rule. The Gag Rule condemns hundreds of thousands of women and girls to unsafe abortions and even death by denying crucial funding to any health care providers that provide information on abortion to their patients.

Unlawful Sexual Harassment: How to Recognize It, How to Stop It
A complete definition of sexual harassment is provided at the end of this document. But briefly, sexual harassment is when someone makes you think you'll get in trouble or lose your job, or be discriminated against in obtaining or benefiting from public accommodations, public services, employment, education, or housing, if you do not give in to their sexual advances or put up with their sexual remarks.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons ...

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