Women’s Work: Bright Spots for Main Street Women This Week

This week, the Oscars treated us to Seth McFarlene singing "We Saw Your Boobs" and the sequester cuts go into effect that will negatively impact women. But there were bright spots... VAWA PASSES AND MOVES TO PRES OBAMA'S DESK The VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT was finally reauthorized. The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday and passed the bipartisan Senate version, which included key protections for campus rape, Native and immigrant women, and LGBTQ women.  Representative Gwen Moore, Democrat of Wisconsin and a victim of domestic … [Read more...]

Down on Main Street: U.S. Women Poorer And Getting Ready For More With Sequestration

If you're like me, you remember at least one time during childhood when you squabbled with some other kid. An adult stepped in and said, "Work it Out." As we head closer to the March 1 sequestration, that ominous term now part of American lexicon, DC squabbling and fingerpointing continues. I'm longing for Main Street to rise up and tell those governing us to work it out -- right now. Instead of using energy to find solutions, those governing us seem more focused on who's fault it is that we're in this situation. My vow of tolerance is … [Read more...]

Four Intolerance Taming Practices: 8 Weeks to Optimum Tolerance New-News Challenge

My Grandpa used to tell me, “Point the finger at someone else and you have three pointed right back at you.” The response to each New Year’s State of the Union (SOTU) address typically serves as an exercise in finger pointing. This year, we were treated to the ‘official’ Republican response, by party “Savior” Senator Marco Rubio, and the additional rebuttal by Tea Party Republican Senator Rand Paul. En masse, Main Street Women’s pre-election Manifesto for Tolerance was a call to end the vitriolic state of the union. So far, their magic … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women Manifesto for Tolerance: More Change We Want to See Happen – Congress

Main Street Question #9: If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the U.S. immediately, what would you change? (Post 2 of 2.) #2: MAINSTREET WOMEN CHANGE CONGRESS Mainstreet Women, you made clear that while you don't feel you currently have a strong voice, when given the chance you want to be heard as individuals. I promise to honor every one of your inspiring, insightful and hope-filled magic wand responses – you have my commitment that each of your voices will be shared with the world. But as I reported last week, one theme … [Read more...]

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