Conservative Christians around the nation have been clamoring for increased religious protections to match the advances made by by gay rights groups. The latest attempt fell flat yesterday in Arizona when Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate ...more
The South Dakota House has passed an anti-abortion bill that's supposed to protect against sex-selective abortions, but based on racial stereotypes about Asian women. Republican supporters of the bill cited the state's growing Asian population (up to ...more
It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, ...more
Less than a year ago, it looked like 2013 might have been the year for a broad overhaul of U.S. immigration law. After a bipartisan bill easily passed the Senate last June, the end of the year came and went before a bill could be introduced in the ...more
Unbelievable as it sounds, five years have passed since I started the series of BlogHer.com posts I wrote about running for City Council in a small Northeast Ohio suburb. I ran, I won, I got more votes than two of three incumbents and I survived a ...more
In the words of Martha Ntoipo, a 33-year-old Maasai activist from Tanzania. She works for the Pastoralist Information and Development Organization (PIDO), a community development organization which she founded in 2010, which works in the fields of health, women economic empowerment, gender equality and human rights, environmental conservation and research.
March is Women's History Month, and BlogHer had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List about some of the major milestones for women in politics in the United States. Schriock is a veteran political strategist and fundraiser.
International Women's Day is coming up on March 8, and I wish the United States made a bigger deal about it. (As Rene Lynch noted a couple years ago in the L.A. Times: "World Celebrates; We Get Google Doodle." Fortunately, working at BlogHer makes one a pro at celebrating women in a hurry. Here's a list so that no matter how busy you are, you can make sure March 8, 2014 does not go unmarked.
comes from The Progressive magazine. This site explores the movement against public education (and thus democracy) in the United States.I am putting it on both the links and blogs list since some of it is in a blog format ....more
More than half the nation’s public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized, a survey released Thursday found. Getting these schools in good condition would cost about $197 billion…. Since to the best of my knowledge there’s no Renovation Fairy who can complete a project by waving a magic hammer, that work would have to be done by people ....more
Today is International Women's Day. I was going to write a post celebrating the women in my life who have influenced and shaped me for good and for ill.But I'm not.Because there are women in my country, Canada, who need support. Because the current Conservative government is failing each and every one of them.I'm talking about the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women....more
You may have seen him during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics or doing Carnival in Rio, and chances are you'll see him again during the World Cup or Rio 2016 Games. Known as Renato Sorriso, or Smiley Renato, he is Brazil's most famous garbage man. He dances in his orange uniform, that of Comlurb, the city's municipal trash company, with a broom and a big grin, belying the tough nature of his job ....more
It has taken an extraordinarily long time but I have had it with being oppressed. More specifically, I am done with thinking I'm oppressed or thinking that all women are oppressed, lamenting that, worrying about it. Even though it's true and in extremes beyond comprehension in many places, I want to stop thinking that somehow, everywhere women are in a lesser position.Because to believe that and to have internalized it means that I and other women are always beating back the overwhelming and crippling feeling of powerlessness....more
Sometimes, as a mother of three little girls, I just want to scream. Probably not for the reasons you might think. What I really want to scream out loud to the world is this:It's good to have girls. It's good to be a girl. Girls. Are. Good....more
if we get treated to some billionaire bitty trying to tell the peons of the world what they need to get a piece of the nonexistent economic pie. That is, other than marry some billionaire who is wrecking education policy in the United States because he has bought off the White House and the Department of Education.Melinda Gates has NO credibility at all and even less credibility than her husband. She has a forum ONLY because she is married to some filthy rich billionaire.Still another reason why those 1950s tax rates on the rich need to come back ....more
Cristina Fernandez, in a snit, had a statue of Christopher Columbus taken down and a room renamed in the presidential residence: Carlos Eire describes how the Argentine president lashes out against European colonialism, ignores Cuban colonialism while at the same time redecorating the joint, In addition to trashing Columbus and demolishing his statue, Kirchner has now renamed the Columbus Room at the presidential palace. The new politically-correct name: “The Salon of Native Peoples.” “We will henceforth highlight the history that no one would tell us about our culture, and learn about the civilization of native peoples.” El Periodiquito (the little newspaper) Argentinian paper says she’s obsessed, while Diario Veloz (fast journal) says she doesn’t know what to do with the statue, which was taken down in pieces. As part of Cristina’s redecoration efforts, she’s lined a hallway in mirrors, the “The Salon of Native Peoples” has a large table with touch screens, and she personally chose during her many trips abroad the textiles and objects for her hotel, Los Sauces, located near the Perito Moreno Glacier ....more