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The Education Front of The War on Women

August 25, 2011
What constitutes a “War on Women?” Is it the daily headlines about attacks on reproductive rights? Or is it more than that? Working at a women’s rights organization, especially one that works on many issues, I can tell you right now that the “War on Women” has many fronts. Some are in the headlines, and some are a bit under the radar. This post is dedicated to what is happening on the education front – the good, the bad and the ugly. The Good: Wish I had something to put here. Until I do, here is a smiley face :) Enjoy! At least we can always look to the advancements women have made in...

Commercialized Sexualization and the Choice to Opt Out

August 24, 2011
A Canadian couple's decision to keep their infant's sex from the world at large seems less weird when one consider's the harms done by the marketing industry's sexualization of young children
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Taking Care of a Newborn IS Work!

August 23, 2011
Three weeks ago I “came back” to work. I say “came back” because for the previous 10 weeks I was at home taking care of a newborn and now I’m back at my full-time career. I love the saying, “every mother is a working mother.” Now that I’ve had the experience of being a first-time mother, I relate to that mantra more than ever. Anyone who claims stay-at-home moms aren’t working has clearly never had the experience of caring for an infant. Lillian was born at the end of May (an experience I will likely blog about) and since then I have learned a lot about baby care and just how much work taking...
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Only one woman on the "Super Committee"? Ouch!

August 12, 2011
Only one woman on the "Super Committee"? Ouch! Here's the math: Women are 50.7% of our population, only 17% of Congress, and an appallingly low 8% of the Super Committee . This lack of representation on the debt ceiling Super Committee which is charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget is pathetic, particularly given that critical programs---like Medicaid, Medicare, child care, education, food assistance, and Social Security--which have the biggest impacts on women and families are at stake. The solutions that come out of the Super Committee need to reflect the needs of Main...
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Get crafty!

How to Make a Superhero Cape by Lara from HowDoesShe

August 10, 2011
I made this cape from one color of fabric, but you could easily get two different colors (1 yard of each) for a double sided cape!
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The Real Trouble With Breast Milk Baby

August 3, 2011
The controversy brewing over a new breastfeeding doll soon to be sold in the United States reminds me of the bru-ha-ha about Teletubbies when Jerry Falwell accused Tinky Winky of being gay. People rightfully upset about homophobia came to the support of the show, misguidedly defending the goodness of Teletubbies—which was being marketed, falsely, as educational for babies. Public discourse about Breast Milk Baby is following the same lines. Arguments over the doll are centered on culture wars—whether it is appropriate for young children to witness breast feeding, imitate it, or even know what...
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My Students Are More Than a Test Score

August 2, 2011
The brave sweating educators and parents at the rally were protesting a growing cancer on education – the bulbous growth in standardized testing. The politicians on both sides of the aisle are out of control on this one.
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Amidst U.S. Heatwave, a Lesson on Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

July 25, 2011
Our small steps alone will not solve the crisis, but actions suggested here help build compassion, connection, greater understanding of the world's challenges from a young age, and even cultivate creative problem solvers. Collective action builds momentum and benefits the U.S., too.
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Worldwide wrestling?

July 19, 2011
When you are struggling to keep the kids entertained during the summer, worrying about whether you actually remembered to take the sandwich out of the refrigerator and put it in your child's lunch box this morning, or engaging in a Worldwide Wrestling match to reapply sun screen on your child, the debt ceiling debates taking place in Washington D.C. can seem far, far away. But, this is no time for moms and dads to let down our guard because you can bet that the pinstriped corporate lobbyists are working round the clock to make sure that their clients' interests are constantly represented at...
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How Medicaid helped me get my education and career on track

July 7, 2011
I was a student when my husband left me to care for our one year old by myself. I had to quit school and move back in with my mother to make it work. I used to work at a Coffee Bean just for the insurance, but the childcare costs were more than my hourly wage! I knew I had to go back to school if I were going to have a chance at providing for my family. Because I was able to find coverage for my family through Medicaid, I was able to go back. This year I am proud to say I have a four-year University degree. I have a job now that is meaningful and actually helps people like me, and it's a...

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