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Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

menstrual products
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The Pink Tax and the Cost of Being a Woman

I got thinking about this is a little while back when Michelle of Michelle Writer Blog did a post about National Period Day, which falls on October 19.  It's expensive to be a woman! Menstrual products First you've got the cost of menstrual products.  In some areas, including 36 American states as of 2018, there's… Continue reading The Pink Tax and the Cost of Being a Woman

International Men's Day
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Happy International Men’s Day!

Happy International Men's Day!  This year's theme is "making a difference for men and boys." There is an International Men's Day website, but it's down at the moment, presumably because of too much traffic.  However, based on Google's cached version: "International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character… Continue reading Happy International Men’s Day!

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It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

UN-Water I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation.  This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing.  Open… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

Nevertheless, she persisted – abstract design of colours flowing out of a woman's face
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Nevertheless, She Persisted

In 2017, during Jeff Session's confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about Sessions' civil rights record. After quoting a statement made by former Senator Ted Kennedy in 1986, that Sessions was a disgrace to the Justice Department, Senator Warren proceeded to read a letter from Coretta Scott King that was written… Continue reading Nevertheless, She Persisted

The tragedy of female genital mutilation
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The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to euphemistically as female circumcision, but it's drastically different from male circumcision in form, function, and consequences. FGM involves cutting or removing parts of the external female genitalia, including some or all of the clitoral glans and clitoral hood, inner labia, and outer labia. The diagram below shows… Continue reading The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Millicent Fawcett statue: Courage calls to courage everywhere
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Why Feminism Helps All of Us

It's easy to think of feminism as something that's solely about boosting up the status of women.  I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes Feminist beliefs may be enacted in different ways, but at its core feminism recognizes how women have been disadvantaged by traditional gender… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us