Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

More on that Amazing Little Girl from Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai.

Posted By Levi

October 13th, 2013 1:19pm

Earlier this year I wrote about an amazing 16 year-old girl from Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai. See here. She was shot in her head by a member of the extremist Pakistani Taliban simply because she fights for young girls to be educated. Because of her courage, she was nominated for what is perhaps the most prestigious award in the world – the Nobel Peace Prize. This week, she did not win the prize but still holds the record for the youngest person ever to be nominated for that prize. However, she did win the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Over the last few days she has been on a world-wide media tour where she is lauded for her work. Here is meets with President Obama and his family. Here is on interesting note on that meeting. According to McClatchy news, Malala told the president that his policy of fighting terrorism in Pakistan is wrong and is not working and instead breeding more terrorists. “I thanked President Obama for the United Read More

Child Brides – A Most Heart-Breaking Story

Posted By Levi

August 4th, 2013 12:05pm

Category: Women

For the past few days the world’s attention has been drawn once again to the horrible practice of child marriages by the story of Nada al-Ahdal,  an 11 year-old girl from Yemen who refused to consent to the marriage arranged for her by her parents to an older man. She ran away from home and made a video in which she rails against the injustices of child marriages. But first, some background. In many poor countries of the world, women and girls are often treated as second-class citizens with little or no rights. They are less educated and are subjected to many abusive practices. Every year millions of young girls throughout the world are forced into marriages against their wishes. These “child brides” as they are sometimes called, are as young as 9 years-old. They are often married to much older men. It is not unusual to see stories like this  and this –11-year-old girl married to 40-year-old man. Child marriages occurred in various parts of the world but it is m Read More

The United States is the only Rich Country that does not provide Paid Maternity Leave for Women

Posted By Levi

May 16th, 2013 7:29pm

Category: Labor, Women

Last Sunday we celebrated Mothers’ Day paying respect to mothers all over the country. Despite this, there is one basic and important benefit that most mothers in the United States do not enjoy – paid maternity leave. Most countries in the world provide paid maternity leave for women. Unfortunately, the United States stands alone as the only rich nation that does not provide this type of benefit for working mothers. In fact, the US is only one of three countries in the world that refused to do so – the other two are Swaziland and Papua New Guinea. According to Forbes, in March 2011, only 11% of the private sector workers and 17% of public sector workers reported having access to paid leave through their employer. Only two states in the country, California and New Jersey, offer six weeks of paid family leave to men and women who are caregivers. It is true that federal law guarantees women their jobs up to 12 weeks of absence to take care of a newborn but employers are no Read More

Over Three Thousand Years of Men Telling Women what Rape is and Isn’t

Posted By Levi

October 27th, 2012 1:34pm

Category: Women

From Mother Jones, a timeline: • 1780 B.C:  TheCode of Hammurabi defines the rape of a virgin as propoerty damage against her father. Married women who were raped were considered adulteresses. Punishment? Getting thrown in the river. • 7th century B.C.: The Book of Deuteronomy says if you rape a virgin you have to give her father 50 shekels and take her to the alter. If you raped and engaged woman, its the death penalty. • c.250 A.D.: Raptus, the Latin root of “rape” refers to the abduction of a woman against the will of her husband, father ot master. If the woman was raped, her “owner” could choose between receiving payment or seeking criminal penalties.    • 13th Century: Under Saxon laws, the severity of punishment varies according th the victim’s social status. If she is a virgin, the rapist is castrated; if she is married, a widow, nun, or prostitute, it’s up to the discretion of the courts. • 1290: One ofd the earliest Britis Read More

The War Against Women

Posted By Levi

April 14th, 2012 12:38pm

Category: Women

DID YOU KNOW? In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.     Meanwhile, this 86 year-old woman makes us guys look like chickens (ht Johathan Turley)   FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More