May 12 is the day to celebrate not only our mothers and motherhood, but also the many wonderful women who have touched our lives in one way or another. For me, this day is even more special this year because it marks my first Mother’s Day. I’m a proud mother to a young son. He [...]
Last night, I had a dream about Howard Street. When I was growing up in Chicago’s East Rogers Park, Howard Street was the edge of the known universe. That was where the neighborhood changed and white people didn’t venture. The Chicago of my youth was a segregated city, as divided as the deep south. Some [...]
I’m a Mom. I have never been a politician. I’ve always run other peoples’ campaigns, or built playgrounds, or vaccinated the elderly, or looked for ways to treat substance abuse, or dragged groups of young leaders with me to Netroots Nation. I never seriously considered running for office myself. I’ve been the only Anglo in [...]
I opened my daughter’s history book the other day and it hit me all over again. We may be in the 21st century, but our history is still the history of men. Men who were kings, who invented machines, conquered weaker nations, compelled religious conversions, made scientific discoveries, sailed to foreign lands, and slaughtered each [...]
Trying to keep up with all the pixels and ink spilled lately about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Marissa Mayer’s office roll call at Yahoo!, the 100th anniversary of the Suffragists’ Parade, all hot on the heels of the the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, has been making my head spin. I will simply have to [...]
Same product. Two different labels. An appalling double standard when it comes to our health.
A new report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health, finds that millions of people are affected by skin allergies caused by chemicals in fragrance. In fact, allergic reactions to fragrance chemicals are common, and have increased significantly among children in the past few decades. Women are [...]
You did it! Procter & Gamble has just agreed to reformulate Tide and Tide Free & Gentle to drastically reduce the levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane! Learn more. In just one short year, you moved the biggest consumer product company on the planet to make this change. Together, we not only made a difference [...]
By Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer for Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission and Kate Kelly, Washington College of Law Distinguished Fellow, Women’s Refugee Commission “Children need to be with their parents so they can succeed. I just want to be with my family. Please don’t take my parents away, and I promise I [...]
Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Non-Toxic Shopping Guide has everything you need to make responsible choices without compromising the fun and excitement of gift-giving. With this Guide, you can use your consumer power to tell and show companies that you demand safer products!