• feminist,  justice,  listening,  social justice,  social responsibility

    Let’s all take a knee

    And listen Below is an abbreviated timeline of events/issues that have contributed to the divisions and animosities that exist in the United States today.   U.S. Constitution – ratified 1788 – The new nation makes slavery official. Listen as the flag flies over slaves who have no voice, no representation, and no hope for a better future. Mourn the broken families and broken spirits created by a constitutionalized evil. Ask for forgiveness for a nation that claimed to stand for justice and yet enshrined unspeakable injustices in the same document. Article I, Section. 2 Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within…

  • choice,  feminist,  happiness,  health,  social responsibility,  womens rights

    Does Anti-abortion really mean Pro-Life?

    A world where every human life is valued and protected. The above statement is the vision statement of the March for Life. Sounds like a laudable position, yet when I look at their Life Principles page I discover that they only talk about life up until the point of birth. They never mention the lives of women prior to getting pregnant or the lives mothers, fathers, or children after the baby is born. This makes me wonder if they are truly interested in valuing and protecting every human life. I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in…

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  • feminist,  social justice,  women,  womens rights

    The Women’s March Oklahoma City

    My Experience on January 21, 2017 I went to the Women’s March in Oklahoma City by myself. I knew others who were going but we had no formal plans to meet up. As I approached the Capitol complex in my car, my eyes teared up and my chest got tight. I couldn’t believe the number of cars streaming into the parking lots on a Saturday morning. The energy of the day hit me before I ever reached the steps of the Capitol. I never found my friends among the 12,000 people in attendance, but it didn’t matter. Every person there was my friend. I have never felt so much positive…

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  • activism,  equality,  feminist,  patriarchy,  womens rights

    The Resistance

    The Women’s March on Washington On Saturday, January 21st, women (and men) will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and cities across the country (and the world) in solidarity for the rights of women, the vulnerable, and all citizens. The mission and vision of The Women’s March can be found on their website HERE. Briefly, here are the Unity Principles: We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families,…

  • activism,  beauty,  feminist,  women,  womens rights

    Post-Election Meme

    a Facebook Cover photo I used a famous picture of women protesting for suffrage superimposed over a picture of a bald eagle to create this image. My own eyes have been superimposed over the eyes of the eagle. This was my post this morning on Facebook: Racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia may have won the election yesterday. But those of us who stand with love and beauty and the multiple, glorious potentialities of life will continue to fight on.   Photo credits: women suffragists & bald eagle from USA.gov

  • feminist,  women,  women in business,  womens rights

    I’m Such a Nasty Woman

    I do the hard work and know my stuff Unless you live in a media blackout zone somewhere, you know Trump uttered the phrase “such a nasty woman” while Clinton was speaking during the last presidential debate. This lack of self-control on Trump’s part triggered an immediate reaction on social media. Women everywhere embraced the nasty woman meme, tweeting their support of nasty women everywhere. “Nasty woman” becomes the feminist rallying cry Hillary was waiting for https://t.co/g2DPc8mThU via @vox — Laurie Hosken, PHR (@LaurieHosken) October 21, 2016 The day after the debate, Trump complained that Clinton had access to the debate questions ahead of time. Because, you know, how else could…

  • activism,  feminist,  health care,  women,  womens rights

    Taking aim in the war on women

    I have always been a feminist. I have never been a particularly activist feminist. This week that changed. This morning I joined the National Organization for Women. I am concerned, no, beyond concerned… I am deeply disturbed by the trend I see when it comes to women’s rights, particularly women’s health rights. It was not until 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that it was legal to prescribe oral contraceptives to married couples. It was not until 1972 that the Supreme Court ruling in Eisenstadt v.Baird made oral contraceptives legal for single women. These two cases were decided in my lifetime. For all of my adult life I have…

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  • business,  feminist,  women

    Try not to giggle

    Giggle seems to be a word making a splash early in 2014. I saw a business aimed at women using it in a tagline and a Facebook page for women using it in an ad. Cute, right? Not to me. Giggle implies immaturity. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com: verb to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment. noun a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter. In searching for the use of giggle by businesses, I found that many are companies selling children’s products such as toys, books, and games. Some children’s photographers use giggle in…

  • business,  christianity,  family,  feminist,  women

    Will the real Proverbs 31 woman stand up?

    I discovered on Facebook that there is an organization called Proverbs 31 Ministries geared toward “today’s busy woman.” I’m a big fan of Proverbs 31. It inspires me to be do and accomplish all that I can with the abilities I have been given. So, I clicked the link to check them out. This is one of the group’s seven principles of a Proverbs 31 woman from their Facebook page and website: Loves, honors, and greatly enriches the life of her husband, encouraging and supporting his leadership within his family and his church. Perhaps this group’s version of Proverbs is not the same one I have been reading all these…

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