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Complete equality

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make the laws and elect lawmakers,” Susan B. Anthony once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth becomes frustrated when men say women need to be helped into carriages and over puddles, but, really, are talking only about white women who lead sheltered lives. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or give me the best place!” she said. “And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look […]

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Equal in politics?

Most people see women as equal to men in politics, The Dallas Morning News reported in its March, 30, 2019, issue. An all-time high of 84 percent of Americans think women are just as suited emotionally for politics as men. That’s according to the General Social Survey, which has been measuring view of gender and […]

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Cockroaches and other insects

In Bangladesh, women take a fistful of joot—the small leftover pieces of fabric that end up on the floor of textile factories—and push it down their panties,” reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. The joot is like a hothouse for bacteria, fungi and mold. Moreover, there are cockroaches and other insects crawling […]

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The shame of menstruation

Because of the shame associated with menstruation, students in Malawi reported that they dry their menstrual protection under their matresses. When they have no water, unwashed cloth, hardened by dried blood is reused. This dirty and moist menstrual protection is a breeding ground for bacteria, writes Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. “Many […]

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The right to education

In Uganda, we found that around 50 percent of girls are missing school several days every month because of their periods, reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. “In studies in which the students explain why they do not go to school, the same reasons are repeated: fear of leakage. The smell. Shame […]

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Recognize your rights

“Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights,” wrote Olympe de Gouges in her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen, which was published in 1791 in France. Two years after she wrote her declaration, de Gouges was arrested, condemned to death for her views and sent to […]

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A female liver?

“There is no female mind,” declared Charlotte Perkins Gilbert, who was born in 1860 and died in 1935. “The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.” I found this quote in Sarah Herman’s book Feminism in 100 Quotes. –Joy

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Welcoming babies in the Senate

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to allow members to bring their newborns on the chamber floor. Some older male senators were reluctant at first because they feared their colleagues would breastfeed or change diapers in the Senate chamber, Ms. magazine reported in its summer 2018 issue. Because of this rule change, Senator Tammy Duckworth can […]

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The right to drive

Saudi Arabia finally lifted its ban on women driving. However, Human Rights Watch reminds us that Saudi authorities arrested and still detain a handful of men and women who campaigned to end the ban. “There can be no real celebration…while the women who campaigned for the right to drive and their supporters remain behind bars,” […]

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