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ThinkAboutIt November 2011
Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen ride in the Minnesota Lynx victory parade in downtown Minneapolis.
Photo by David Sherman/NBAE Via Getty Images

Congrats, Lynx!

The Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship on Oct. 7, 2011. This is the first basketball title won by a professional Minnesota team since 1954 and the first championship in any sport here since the Twins won the World Series 20 years ago.

After breakfast at the governor's mansion on Oct. 11, the team was honored with a parade on Nicollet Mall followed by a rally at Target Center.

Source: Minnesota Lynx

Poverty: Less than $22,314 for a family of four
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 data on household income was released in October and analyzed by the National Women's Law Center.

A sample of the findings shows:
• The poverty rate for women grew from 13.9 percent in 2009 to 14.5 percent in 2010. This is the highest rate in 17 years.
• One in four black and Latina women lived in poverty in 2010.
• Almost 1 in 5 women under 65 years old does not have health insurance-the highest in more than a decade.
Source: www.msmagazine.com

Success breeds success
Are you likely to vote for someone whose poll ratings are low? Probably not, because you think she won't win.

A study published in the journal Political Behavior suggests that pre-election polls consistently underestimate the success of female political candidates by more than 2 percentage points. The theory is that negative stereotypes of feminism may make people less likely to say they'd vote for a woman, even if they personally hold a more progressive feminist viewpoint. If women are being consistently underrated, it can hurt their chances for gaining further support, meaning fewer fundraising dollars as well as votes.
Source: www.persephonemagazine.com

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"Step out of your comfort zone and get involved with issues that affect women. They say in the world now that every woman should be concerned."-Leymah Gbowee, co-winner, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Peaceful women
Three women have won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman. They become the 13th, 14th and 15th women to win the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. Eighty-three men have won the prize. The last woman to win the Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, died on Sept. 25, 2011, just days before the 2011 winners were announced.

Minnesota Women's Press interviewed Gbowee for a PeaceFeature story in 2010. She was in Minneapolis for International Women's Day in March that year, and is featured in the noted film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." See the article at: http://tinyurl.com/3u9bz7y
Source: www.alternet.org

Nigerian women march against rape
More than 85,000 people worldwide have joined a Nigerian women's campaign on change.org calling on officials in Nigeria to arrest five men who videotaped themselves gang raping a young woman. One rape walk was organized for Oct. 5 in Nigeria, with another tentatively scheduled for Nov. 25, which is International Day Against Violence Against Women.

Rape is not highly reported in Nigeria-one reason being that the Nigerian police force is under criticism for its own participation in incidents of sexual assault.
Source: www.charge.org; www.feminist.org

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Article comment by: Kathleen Crow

I cannot imagine how a family of four can live on $22,314. I am a 65 yo woman living in a diverse HUD (section 8) community and am lucky to have just over half of that to live on - at least for now. Many here, including new immigrants from Africa and other countries, deaf and disabled folks and those who may have moved here from the streets, do with much less. We have many helping agencies involved, and great services in the building - but what will happen as cutbacks continue? Think of trying to live on $600 a month as one of my neighbors does- I can't. And some wonder what all the fuss is about regarding the Occupy movement!
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