Posts Tagged ‘women’

I don’t exactly know how I became a feminist. It’s funny because so many people want to know why! But…I just am.

I started learning about it when I was a sophomore in college. It was like this entirely new, amazing world! And I instantly belonged. Everything I learned made me want to dig deeper, always looking for more articles, books, websites, other people, who thought the way I thought. It was almost overwhelming; the excitement I had when coming across something so beautiful!

I don’t think of myself as a very experienced feminist, or well-informed, or anything that would bring me to a high degree of those who have come before me. Sometimes I feel as if I barely know anything substantial compared to all the information and different horizons there are to be experienced within feminist thought and action.

Judgement is something everyone feels. There was always someone to point out she’s a girl, she’s adopted, her family is wealthy, her skin color is different, her last name doesn’t fit, she’s a woman, she’s a feminist, she’s an independent, she wants to do a man’s job, she’s a dreamer; she can’t do it.

We have all been persecuted and judged for the way we are.

Throughout the last decade of my life, I’ve learned some very important lessons. Many of them through horrible mistakes. Many of them I learned from my best friends.

In 8th grade, I broke a girl rule, the #1 girl rule. My best friend in the entire world, taught me that it shouldn’t be a competition. We should support each other. Trust and loyalty come above everything else. I learned that the hard way. I don’t think she realizes that she has possibly taught me the greatest lesson of all. And that I think of her often; and thank her for it. Although we have since not kept the strongest bond as we had before, I often think that it was she who opened my eyes to this world.

What it means to be a friend.

What it means to be a woman.

What it means to keep a promise.

What it means to always be truthful.

My best friend taught me that, us women, we have to stick together. We have to support each other. What have to fight for each other. There is so much to be said about women around the world. We have come far, but we can certainly go further.

Looking beyond the history and beyond the waves of feminist movements and beyond the bills that have passed; we are still creating history. There’s just not a group of us burning our bras on capitol hill to raise hype about it. Don’t get me wrong, you know I would’ve been right there with them! But I think today, we are taking a more intellectual and systematic approach to keeping the movement alive.

I feel as though, I have helped fuel the fire, and do what I can to keep up the awareness, but I want so much more than that. For us. We are not alone. I am always so inspired by the strength of the support foundation we have for each other, that often goes unrecognized. Too often do we fight over men, over jobs, over shoes. Okay, I understand the competition for amazing shoes. But, you know what I mean! Yes, of course we must fight for our goals and our dreams. Fight to the death! But, not by bringing down one of your comrades to get there.

We are all humans. We will always make mistakes. But I’m asking you to think twice before judging another woman by her strengths or her weaknesses, her successes or failures; you have more in common than you think.

In an effort to keep our spirit alive, Eve Ensler, one of the most inspiring women I look up to, has recently launched her book, I am an Emotional Creature, into an amazing production which was just sold out in South Africa.

With the strength of the powerful women’s network, V-girls is constantly updating us on all the fantastic work that is being done.

I urge you to take action. Even if it’s small, you can make a difference.

When we finally have our voice and come together, when we let ourselves gather the knowledge,when we stop turning on each other, but direct our energy towards what matters. When we stop worrying about our skinny ass stomachs or too frizzy hair or fat thighs. When we stop caring about pleasing and making everyone so incredibly happy- we got the power.

Stop fighting who you are. Stop judging who we are–we will not falter. It’s all about the girl power. Yup, you heard what I said. Get at me.

Half a Million Rape Kits Not Tested

FACT:

  • Violence against women occurs within a society which condones male power and control.
  • At least one third of married women will be beaten by a spouse at some point in her marriage.
  • There are at least 2.4 million battered women in America each year.
  • The 1994 Violence Against Women Act was the first piece of federal legislation in the United States designed to address domestic violence.
  • Some examples of violence against women were not punished as crimes until relatively recently (marital rape domestic violence)

***2011: The Year of National Rape Kit Backlog Reform***

1. A rape kit takes usually 4-6 hours

2. It was found that in Illinois in 2010, 80% of rape kits were not tested.

3. It is estimated that 180,000 kits go untested each year–whose potential evidence, which could validate a woman’s claims, identify an attacker or exonerate a suspect, loiters on shelves and in warehouses.

4. Nationwide, crime labs saw their DNA testing backlog double from the beginning to the end of 2005, the most recent year for which data is available, according to a 2008 report by the Census of Publicly Funded Crime Laboratories.

5. It costs between $900 and $1,000 to process and test a rape kit, according to Jeffrey Boschwitz, president of Orchid Cellmark, one of the largest providers of DNA testing.

6. Experts said testing centers would need to increase their staffs by 73 percent to meet demand. Some law enforcement officials said they don’t have the funds or testing infrastructure to meet demand.

7.The federal government helps cities and states foot the bill through grants to local law enforcement agencies through the Debbie Smith Act, but it does not require states to report or enforce efforts to prevent a backlog of rape kit testing.

Some of the funds have also gone unspent, because the law stipulates they cannot be used to hire staff.


8. New York City, which had a 16,000 rape kit testing backlog more than a decade ago, has kept up to date on all completed rape kits, providing results within 30 to 60 days, according to a report from Human Rights Watch, which tracks the problem.

Rape Kit Backlog at LAPD is Eliminated

9. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. has proposed a law that would require grant recipients to collect DNA samples from all convicted felons in prisons and meet benchmarks for clearing rape kit backlogs.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has introduced separate, similar legislation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa Proposed Bill for Rape Kit Analysis

Illinois on Tuesday became the first state to require the testing of all DNA evidence gathered from reported sex crimes



Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims–ABC News

Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on SVU–Ms Blog

I Am A Woman

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Feminism, Sisterhood
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Never underestimate me
Never doubt that I can accomplish what I say I will do
Never think I am not smart, intelligent or witty
I am all of these things
I am a WOMAN.

Do not think I have nothing to contribute to this world
I will contribute more than some do in a lifetime
Do not think I am someone to be discarded with age
I will with age be witty, smart and have wisdom
I am a WOMAN.

Never try to tell me this is a “man’s world”
Women have contributed to this world for centuries
In life, in death, in famines and war
I will give of myself – my life and my love
I am a WOMAN.

Do not tell me I am worthless to society
Because I am divorced, or widowed and alone
Women alone can accomplish much in their solitude
Finding out who they are-or what they can become
I am a WOMAN.

Do not pity me for the wrinkles of time
For time has given these for being a survivor
A womans’ true beauty lives inside the heart
You cannot judge me by age-for true beauty is ageless
I am a WOMAN.

Never tell me what I can and cannot do
Because I’m no longer young-doesn’t mean I am worthless
A womans’ determination can  make her soar to new heights
A woman with determination can conquer all fear
I am a WOMAN.

Do not tell I’m not sexy or appealing with age
For with age I have learned I’m as sexy as anyone
A womans’ grace and self-confidence gives sex appeal
I have learned what sexy is and what it is not
I am a WOMAN.

Never underestimate what I can do or become-

You may just be surprised..

I am proud to be a

By Melin W.

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Wednesday Notes – December 15, 2010 | Operation Beautiful.

Congrats Caitlin! and everyone around the world who participate! I’ve been participating for several months now. I keep post-it notes and a sharpie in my purse wherever I go! I encourage everyone to participate. We can all make a difference. Keep it up ladies! We are all beautiful, don’t ever forget it!

The $10,000 prize money will go directly to creating a scholarship fund for Girls on the Run.

http://girlsontherun.org/

http://operationbeautiful.com/

Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

The woman who inspired J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” poster, Geraldine Doyle, passed on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 86. After four decades, Doyle finally learned that she had become the face of Rosie the Riveter.

Just 17 when the photographer captured her, she had taken a factory job after graduating high school, one of 6 million women who entered the workforce during World War II to plug gaping holes in the industrial labor force.”


“The “original” Rosie the Riveter, who inspired Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb to write the 1942 song of the same name, was Rosalind P. Walter, who came from a wealthy New York family and worked as a riveter building fighter planes on the night shift.”

Although these two women have since passed on, their spirits will live forever and always and continue to be an inspiration to women all over the world.


SafetyGirl.com » Women in Law Enforcement

originally posted by: emilyweingarten of safetygirl.com in the Women in the Work Force category

Great post on the history and future of women involved in law enforcement. Shout out to all the women currently pursuing and/or already serving on municipal and federal levels. Keep it up ladies. Don’t get discouraged or lose hope!

I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE

I love being a girl.
I can feel what you’re feeling
as you’re feeling it inside
the feeling
before.
I am an emotional creature.
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend’s really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won’t call back.
It’s a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature.
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it’s unbearable when I lose.

An excerpt from Eve Ensler’s book I am an Emotional Creature.

Eve Ensler has also written:

The Vagina Monologues

Necessary Targets

The Good Body

Insecure at Last

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (editor)

Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. And she is one of my role models. Rock on woman.

VDAY: A Global Movement

Buy I am an Emotional Creature (it\’s AMAZING!)

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