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    thinkmexican:

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Facts and Figures:

• Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

• Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.

• It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM/C, mainly in Africa and some Middle Eastern countries.

• The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion is for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

Source: United Nations

    thinkmexican:

    November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Facts and Figures:

    • Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

    • Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.

    • It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM/C, mainly in Africa and some Middle Eastern countries.

    • The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion is for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

    Source: United Nations

    — 4 months ago with 372 notes
    #International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  #United Nations  #Women  #End Violence Against Women 
    whatisthiswitchery:

thegr8mattsby:


Though barred from combat, women in military service do have de facto roles in combat. Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs lost her legs in combat while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. “When I’m asked if the country is ready for women in combat, I look down at where my legs used to be and think, ‘Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?’“

Reblogging because Tammy Duckworth is really inspirational. 

omg where do you think this happened, a bar fight? 
What a fucking badass.

    whatisthiswitchery:

    thegr8mattsby:

    Though barred from combat, women in military service do have de facto roles in combat. Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs lost her legs in combat while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. “When I’m asked if the country is ready for women in combat, I look down at where my legs used to be and think, ‘Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?’“

    Reblogging because Tammy Duckworth is really inspirational. 

    omg where do you think this happened, a bar fight?

    What a fucking badass.

    (via thepoliticalfreakshow)

    — 1 year ago with 5691 notes
    #women  #combat  #military  #marines  #women in combat  #gender  #gender roles  #sociology 
    sofriel:

namaheapmi:

doveilmiosoldi:

thefeminineprinciple:

cheyenne girl

ok so i have been watching this blog spam the tag all night and i am now officially DONE…i see a lot of blogs do this (post unaccredited vintage photos of Natives with no names, dates, or context most of the time solely because exoticism and ~celebration~ and stuff), and i’m really really over it. i really like when lastrealindians posts these kinds of photos because they are always consistent about supplying as much information as possible, and the blog is (obviously) run by and for Natives. this blog here has done no such thing.
this photo is not some ambiguous undated nameless “cheyenne girl” and if you spent 10 seconds doing google search by image you would find that her name is Buffalo Calf Road Woman, and she was a celebrated Cheyenne woman warrior who fought in multiple anticolonial battles. she rode to the defense of her people, fighting alongside her brother and husband (and on one occasion saved her brother’s life in battle, which inspired her fellow Cheyenne to continue to fight and eventually win the battle), and was the person to deliver the final blow that knocked Custer off his horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn. she is an American hero and is chronically underrepresented in celebrations of strong women in American history. it’s disrespectful to her legacy and our histories as Americans to post her photo nameless and without her story. 

This.

Thiiiiiiiiiis. Also this case is particularly egregious imo because this picture of Buffalo Calf Road Woman was circulated pretty widely on tumblr earlier this year.

    sofriel:

    namaheapmi:

    doveilmiosoldi:

    thefeminineprinciple:

    cheyenne girl

    ok so i have been watching this blog spam the tag all night and i am now officially DONE…i see a lot of blogs do this (post unaccredited vintage photos of Natives with no names, dates, or context most of the time solely because exoticism and ~celebration~ and stuff), and i’m really really over it. i really like when lastrealindians posts these kinds of photos because they are always consistent about supplying as much information as possible, and the blog is (obviously) run by and for Natives. this blog here has done no such thing.

    this photo is not some ambiguous undated nameless “cheyenne girl” and if you spent 10 seconds doing google search by image you would find that her name is Buffalo Calf Road Woman, and she was a celebrated Cheyenne woman warrior who fought in multiple anticolonial battles. she rode to the defense of her people, fighting alongside her brother and husband (and on one occasion saved her brother’s life in battle, which inspired her fellow Cheyenne to continue to fight and eventually win the battle), and was the person to deliver the final blow that knocked Custer off his horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn. she is an American hero and is chronically underrepresented in celebrations of strong women in American history. it’s disrespectful to her legacy and our histories as Americans to post her photo nameless and without her story. 

    This.

    Thiiiiiiiiiis. Also this case is particularly egregious imo because this picture of Buffalo Calf Road Woman was circulated pretty widely on tumblr earlier this year.

    (Source: , via victoria-vacuus)

    — 1 year ago with 63 notes
    #native american  #ndn  #women  #Cheyenne  #women's history 
    womenaresociety:

Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate
With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama’s contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.
The fight over the law, which would expand financing for and broaden the reach of domestic violence programs, will be joined Thursday when Senate Democratic women plan to march to the Senate floor to demand quick action on its extension. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, has suggested he will push for a vote by the end of March.
Democrats, confident they have the political upper hand with women, insist that Republican opposition falls into a larger picture of insensitivity toward women that has progressed from abortion fights to contraception to preventive health care coverage — and now to domestic violence.
“I am furious,” said Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington. “We’re mad, and we’re tired of it.”
Republicans are bracing for a battle where substantive arguments could be swamped by political optics and the intensity of the clash over women’s issues. At a closed-door Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sternly warned her colleagues that the party was at risk of being successfully painted as antiwoman — with potentially grievous political consequences in the fall, several Republican senators said Wednesday.
Some conservatives are feeling trapped.
“I favor the Violence Against Women Act and have supported it at various points over the years, but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, who opposed the latest version last month in the Judiciary Committee. “You think that’s possible? You think they might have put things in there we couldn’t support that maybe then they could accuse you of not being supportive of fighting violence against women?”
The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.
Republicans say the measure, under the cloak of battered women, unnecessarily expands immigration avenues by creating new definitions for immigrant victims to claim battery. More important, they say, it fails to put in safeguards to ensure that domestic violence grants are being well spent. It also dilutes the focus on domestic violence by expanding protections to new groups, like same-sex couples, they say.
Critics of the legislation acknowledged that the name alone presents a challenge if they intend to oppose it over some of its specific provisions.
“Obviously, you want to be for the title,” Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said of the Violence Against Women Act. “If Republicans can’t be for it, we need to have a very convincing alternative.”
The latest Senate version of the bill has five Republican co-sponsors, including Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, a co-author, but it failed to get a single Republican vote in the Judiciary Committee last month.
As suggested by Mr. Sessions, Republicans detect a whiff of politics in the Democrats’ timing. The party just went through a bruising fight over efforts to replace the Obama administration’s contraception-coverage mandate with legislation allowing some employers to opt out of coverage for medical procedures they object to on religious or moral grounds.
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    womenaresociety:

    Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate

    With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama’s contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.

    The fight over the law, which would expand financing for and broaden the reach of domestic violence programs, will be joined Thursday when Senate Democratic women plan to march to the Senate floor to demand quick action on its extension. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, has suggested he will push for a vote by the end of March.

    Democrats, confident they have the political upper hand with women, insist that Republican opposition falls into a larger picture of insensitivity toward women that has progressed from abortion fights to contraception to preventive health care coverage — and now to domestic violence.

    “I am furious,” said Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington. “We’re mad, and we’re tired of it.”

    Republicans are bracing for a battle where substantive arguments could be swamped by political optics and the intensity of the clash over women’s issues. At a closed-door Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sternly warned her colleagues that the party was at risk of being successfully painted as antiwoman — with potentially grievous political consequences in the fall, several Republican senators said Wednesday.

    Some conservatives are feeling trapped.

    “I favor the Violence Against Women Act and have supported it at various points over the years, but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, who opposed the latest version last month in the Judiciary Committee. “You think that’s possible? You think they might have put things in there we couldn’t support that maybe then they could accuse you of not being supportive of fighting violence against women?”

    The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.

    Republicans say the measure, under the cloak of battered women, unnecessarily expands immigration avenues by creating new definitions for immigrant victims to claim battery. More important, they say, it fails to put in safeguards to ensure that domestic violence grants are being well spent. It also dilutes the focus on domestic violence by expanding protections to new groups, like same-sex couples, they say.

    Critics of the legislation acknowledged that the name alone presents a challenge if they intend to oppose it over some of its specific provisions.

    “Obviously, you want to be for the title,” Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said of the Violence Against Women Act. “If Republicans can’t be for it, we need to have a very convincing alternative.”

    The latest Senate version of the bill has five Republican co-sponsors, including Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, a co-author, but it failed to get a single Republican vote in the Judiciary Committee last month.

    As suggested by Mr. Sessions, Republicans detect a whiff of politics in the Democrats’ timing. The party just went through a bruising fight over efforts to replace the Obama administration’s contraception-coverage mandate with legislation allowing some employers to opt out of coverage for medical procedures they object to on religious or moral grounds.

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    — 2 years ago with 12 notes
    #republicans  #women  #war against women  #democrats  #contraception  #women's rights  #protection  #law  #domestic violence  #senate  #conservatives  #female senators  #harry reid  #violence  #violence against women act  #immigration  #controversy  #new york times  #lisa murkowski  #jeff sessions  #politics  #stalking  #same-sex couples  #gay couples  #roy blunt  #michael d crapo  #obama  #president obama 
    mechcanuck:

canadafuckyeah:

These ladies rock! I don’t care what the media says, don’t be sexist, let the girls celebrate like the men!

Fucking EH. The fact that this was a controversy at ALL was the stupidest thing that happened during the Olympics. When I saw these images emerge in the press, I thought “Haha awesome, they bloody earned it”, and assumed that was the spirit of the news story— and then quickly leared they were being shunned for it.
The images of the women’s hockey team celebrating were taken in an empty arena, when the public had long left the event. Meanwhile everyone was cheering for gold medal-winning skeleton racer Jon Montgomery, who was openly drinking from a pitcher of beer  on live TV as he walked down a public street in Whistler (which is technically illegal). Up yers, media!
But omg that Molson bottle…

    mechcanuck:

    canadafuckyeah:

    These ladies rock! I don’t care what the media says, don’t be sexist, let the girls celebrate like the men!

    Fucking EH. The fact that this was a controversy at ALL was the stupidest thing that happened during the Olympics. When I saw these images emerge in the press, I thought “Haha awesome, they bloody earned it”, and assumed that was the spirit of the news story— and then quickly leared they were being shunned for it.

    The images of the women’s hockey team celebrating were taken in an empty arena, when the public had long left the event. Meanwhile everyone was cheering for gold medal-winning skeleton racer Jon Montgomery, who was openly drinking from a pitcher of beer  on live TV as he walked down a public street in Whistler (which is technically illegal). Up yers, media!

    But omg that Molson bottle…

    — 2 years ago with 142 notes
    #Women  #Women's Hockey  #Hockey  #Canada  #Team Canada  #Canadian  #2010 Olympics  #Vancouver  #Double Standards  #Sexism 

    sexxxisbeautiful:

    certifieddimepiece:

    Salute!

    peaceshannon:

    The 1,000th Wednesday Protest.  

    I just want to write about how inspiring, passionate, and courageous these women are (my favorite Halmoni, Pak Ok-seon Halmoni can be seen in the top photo wearing a blue scarf).  

    They are in their 80’s and 90’s and they have been demonstrating in front of the Japanese Embassy every fucking week for 20 years.  In the rain, in the snow, in the heat, in the wind, without fail.  They’ve faced social stigma, being called whores and prostitutes, they’ve been asked by their families to not go public but they go out there EVERY FUCKING WEEK.

    And they do it because they want the world to know what happened to them, what’s still happening in wars all across the globe, what’s happening across national borders, what’s happening in school campuses, churches, and pretty much every corner of this goddamn planet.  

    And that is sexual violence against women.  

    And when you ask them why they’re out there every week, they’ll tell you that yes, they want their apology from the Japanese government - they want someone to look them in the face and say yes, it happened and I. am. sorry.  But they’ll also tell you that they’re out there because they don’t want what happened to them to happen to a single other woman, ever again.

    much love to all these brave women.

    (via magicalbagofghosts)

    — 2 years ago with 2849 notes
    #feminism  #war  #social justice  #women 
    Seriously, Men Only Think They’re Funnier →

    womenaresociety:

    The funniest thing about men and humor may be how funny men think they are.

    According to a recent study by Laura Mickes, a postdoctoral researcher in the psychology department of the University of California, San Diego, men are perceived to be only slightly funnier than women in a blind test, in which the sex of the joke teller was not disclosed.

    But both men and women perceived men to be much funnier. The big question, Dr. Mickes believes, is why. Earlier explanations point to evolutionary psychology: Just as the peacock struts its plume, the male human cracks jokes to attract the fairer and less funny sex. Is joking seduction in disguise?

    Dr. Mickes specializes in memory research, but this study stems from a review by a student of hers who noted on his teacher evaluation form, “She’s not funny.” Aware of the stereotype that men are funnier, Dr. Mickes checked out her male colleagues’ reviews and noticed that none had received a similar comment. “But nobody had tested it,” she said. “Nobody had really looked at whether men and women are equally capable of creating humor.”

    How to determine something so subjective as what makes one person giggle and another give a dismissive shrug? To create a blind test, 32 undergraduate men and women were asked to perform a variation on the New Yorker cartoon caption contest. Each was instructed to be as funny as possible coming up with 20 captions for 20 cartoons in — think fast — 45 minutes. The researchers then asked 34 undergraduate men and 47 undergraduate women to rate the funnier captions in pairs, without knowing the sex of the authors, assigning scores to the writers depending on how they fared.

    While men were deemed ever so slightly funnier (0.11 points out of a theoretical possible score of 5.0), they were mostly considered funnier by other men. There goes the peacock theory. Other differences? Men tended to use profanity and sexual humor slightly more often than women (only slightly, thank you, Melissa McCarthy), though neither sex necessarily considered those types of jokes funnier.

    In a second, related experiment, the judges’ memory bias was tested to see whether men were given more credit for their witticisms than women. Predictably, men and women remembered the funny captions better. But when asked which captions were written by men and which by women, both sexes tended to misattribute the funny ones to male authors and the unfunny ones to female writers. Moreover, women were far less confident about their gag-writing abilities than men. When asked how they thought their efforts would rank, men believed they would receive a 2.3; women, a 1.5.

    “What makes the male so much deadlier than the female?” Christopher Hitchens once asked in a much-maligned Vanity Fair column arguing that men are funnier than women. The answer, apparently, is they’re not. They’re just cockier.

    *Thanks to Justine for sending this!

    — 2 years ago with 36 notes
    #men  #women  #humor  #psychology  #humor  #evolution  #stereotypes 
    create-love:

Dora Akunyili as photographed by the fantastic Paolo Woods.
Article from Le Monde via Woods’ site:
“Dora Akunyili, 52, in the company of two of her bodyguards in the office in Abuja, Nigeria. She is the head of NAFDAC, the national food and drug association and has survived three murder attempts commanded by the Nigerian producers of counterfeit drugs. Her unflinching dedication to the cause of liberating Nigeria of false medicines has earned her 435 medals and decorations. When she took office in 2001, counterfeits represented 50[%]of the market. Today they are down at less the 20[%] (sic)  Nigeria/Abuja/04.2007”

ROCK ON

    create-love:

    Dora Akunyili as photographed by the fantastic Paolo Woods.

    Article from Le Monde via Woods’ site:

    “Dora Akunyili, 52, in the company of two of her bodyguards in the office in Abuja, Nigeria. She is the head of NAFDAC, the national food and drug association and has survived three murder attempts commanded by the Nigerian producers of counterfeit drugs. Her unflinching dedication to the cause of liberating Nigeria of false medicines has earned her 435 medals and decorations. When she took office in 2001, counterfeits represented 50[%]of the market. Today they are down at less the 20[%] (sic)  Nigeria/Abuja/04.2007”

    ROCK ON

    (via fuckyeahfeminists)

    — 2 years ago with 675 notes
    #Dora Akunyili  #Paolo Woods  #Le Monde  #feminism  #women  #powerful  #beautiful  #strong  #successful  #Women of the World Week  #drugs  #africa  #nigeria  #NAFDAC  #counterfeit medicine  #feminist