ERA Minnesota Women gathered at the St. Paul Capitol on March 8 for ERA Minnesota's International Women's Action Day to learn how to lobby legislators and participate in Capitol Action Squads about issues ranging from passing the Equal Rights Amendment to racial justice.
Compiled by Mikki Morrissette
The Muslim superhero The latest superhero in the Marvel franchise is a Pakistani-American teenager who fights crime in Jersey City using the values her Muslim heritage has taught her: courage, strength, honesty, compassion, self-respect. Kamala Khan is a clumsy teenager trying to balance her life, a superhero who inhaled a mysterious gas that enables her to manipulate her body shape, and a challenge to mistaken assumptions about Muslim-Americans and immigrants.
Source: The Conversation
Put her on the map The ad agency BBDO created the "Put Her On the Map" initiative, depicting young girls describing places and things that are named after women, such as Aunt Flo, Lazy Susan and Bloody Mary. The one-minute video is designed to remind us that streets, landmarks and monuments tend to be named after men, with the mission to honor female role models by putting them literally on the map.
Sources: Huffington Post, putheronthemap.com
Skyrocketing violence The Feminist Majority Foundation's 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey of 319 clinics around the U.S. reports that violence and threats against women's health clinics have skyrocketed in the last two years, often tied to "poor" or "fair" experiences with local law enforcement.
Percentage of threats reported by these clinics:
34% received death threats, stalking, blocking access to clinics - the highest percentage of severe threats since the 1995 survey.
49% experienced at least one incident of break-in, stalking, vandalism or picketing of doctors' and clinic staff homes.
91% were impacted by any type of anti-abortion activity.
63% reported anti-abortion activity at least on a weekly basis.
Kids value unity A Catholic fifth grade basketball team in New Jersey that had played together for four years as nine boys and two girls was told by the league that it was against the rules to play as a co-ed team. The team was told it had two choices: 1) play without the girls, or 2) forfeit the season. All games played with the girls "illegally" would be wiped from the record. The St. John's basketball players voted unanimously, and refused to play without the girls, ending their season. "It doesn't matter," said one of the boys. The team chanted, "Unity!"
Equal Pay Day Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color, with Equal Pay Day falling in August for African-American women, September for Native American women and October for Latina women.