• 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,  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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  • equality,  goals,  objectification,  personal development,  politics,  women

    Boobs or Brains? What defines you?

    Every now and then, the Parade magazine that comes in my Sunday newspaper actually runs an article of value and interest. This week, a David Gergen interview with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is worth reading. O’Connor is one of my idols – she inspires me to think more and do more. She is a woman worth emulating. Gergen asks her about her experience in 1952 when, as a top law graduate from Stanford, she was unable to find a job. Why? It wasn’t because the economy was bad or she was shy or incompetent. It was because she was a woman. Stop and think about that for…

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  • bohemian,  decisions,  family,  gender,  women

    Happy Childfree Day to Me

    …today, May 8, 2011, is Mother’s Day in the United States. It’s a day when people take time to show their appreciation to their moms. Some don’t even particularly like their moms, but they buy the cards and the flowers anyway. Last night, on Mother’s Day eve, the card and flower sections at Wal-mart were jammed with people who had waited until the last minute to decide whether or not they wanted to get something for their mother. Lucky for me, no human being has to spend any time wondering if I deserve their thanks on Mother’s Day. I never had any children. By choice. Not by accident. I’ve read…