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...]

Senators on Paycheck Fairness Act Serve Up Intolerance Taming Practice Opportunity

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. --George Bernard Shaw Last year I heard something that set me back on my heels, catalyzing the interviews (and forth-coming book) about real women in America:  Main Street Women. At a youth leadership forum, the decades-old pay inequity statistic was presented to a group of 150 high school juniors:  females in America make about 77 cents for every dollar males earn in the U.S. Red-faced, one girl turned to me and said, "Then why am I even trying?" Paycheck … [Read more...]

A Civilian Feminist’s Confessions on ‘Combat Equality’

My Feminist Frame is Civilian Last week I was standing at a San Francisco city bus stop plastered with Army recruitment flyers when I heard the news that the Pentagon had lifted the so-called ban on women in combat. (U.S. Air Force women have been in combat for 20 years.) While some have heralded this as opening the door for women to break through the brass ceiling, as an ardent pro-equality woman, I’m strangely conflicted. Frankly, my notions of gender equity are grounded in the civilian world. Since girlhood I have envisioned my country … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women: More What We’re Proud of & Wish Every Girl Could Experience Too

A WISH:  EVERY CHILD EMOTIONALLY SECURE It was hard times growing up in the ‘dirty 30s’ in America but I always had family around, I was never hungry. I had all my emotional needs met. We were secure. Not financially, but emotionally secure. Yes, every girl, every child – that is what I wish for them – to have the security that I had. *Elaine, NE #2 THEME:  EDUCATION, PROFESSION & PASSION According to the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Gender Gap report, U.S. Women are No. 1 in the world for educational attainment. Not … [Read more...]

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