women’s issues

In Search of a Tampon at the State Democratic Convention

Posted May 16th, 2013 by

Last weekend, I attended my first ever state convention of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. My first few weeks in local party leadership have been packed with epiphanies. Unfortunately, these did not include remembering to stash the all-important box of feminine hygiene products in my suitcase before I hit the highway. It’s a five [...]

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Mother’s Day: Bittersweet Reminder of Immigrant Women’s Struggles

Posted May 8th, 2013 by

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 [...]

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Swimming Against the Current

Posted April 24th, 2013 by

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 [...]

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I Was Just Elected Vice Chair of my County Democratic Party

Posted April 21st, 2013 by

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 [...]

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Women Without History

Posted March 23rd, 2013 by

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 [...]

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The Mommyverse Explodes

Posted March 5th, 2013 by

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 [...]

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Is Your Favorite Company Holding Out on You?

Posted February 28th, 2013 by

Same product. Two different labels. An appalling double standard when it comes to our health.

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Sensitive to Fragrance? You’re Not the Only One

Posted February 20th, 2013 by

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 [...]

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Victory for Moms! Tide Agrees to Reformulate!

Posted January 29th, 2013 by

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 [...]

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Children Take their “Wish for the Holidays” to Capitol Hill

Posted December 19th, 2012 by

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 [...]

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