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YouSaid January 2013

Gender Justice
Women's Press hit the nail on the head with this choice. [Changemakers, MWP, Dec. 2012] Thank you. Gender Justice seeks to eradicate gender bias in the workplace and move the Midwest closer to equal rights for all. Jill Gaulding and Lisa Stratton deserve recognition for their incredible work: They are two of the hardest-working champions of the underrepresented in our community. Their impact has already been felt locally, nationally and globally. Congrats, Gender Justice, on this honor.
Betty Folliard, Minneapolis

Hijab Day
Fatima Mohamed [Changemaker, MWP, Dec. 2012] states that she holds tightly to the hijab as "women are exploited right and left ... from a feminist point of view, how does nudity equal freedom?" The fact remains that girls and women aren't given a choice NOT to don the hijab today in all too many parts of the world. There have been "honor" killings for this very infraction of "modesty"-a modern-day euphemism.

There exists a whole world between the extremes of the hijab and nudity, I'm afraid. I, for one, consider it a fundamental human right that I feel a breeze through my hair and that girls have that same right.
Robin Skeie, St. Paul


Tough in a tutu
I worked as a correctional officer in a prison and literally watched babies like Deborah Jiang Stein be born into this world as I sat on duty next to the mothers in labor; the following day she went from the hospital back to prison in shackles but empty-armed. Several years later I gave birth to a premature baby boy, whose roommate in the NICU was born addicted to drugs and cried incessantly day after day. In both instances, I have oftentimes wondered where in the world the babies ended up: With a relative? Foster care? Adoption? Did they know where or in what condition they were born? Did they know it wasn't their fault and they shouldn't be ashamed? I am so very proud of Deborah and her accomplishments and that she is not defined by something that wasn't her fault. [MWP Profile, Deborah Jiang Stein, Nov. 2012]
Jillian Van Hefty, Eden Prairie

Bootleg survival story
I loved this book. ["Dorie LaValle" by Mary DesJarlais, BookShelf, MWP Nov. 2012] It was a fascinating look at a forgotten time in Minnesota history, and the plot was exciting and suspenseful.
Bob Alberti, Minneapolis

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