Freedom Rider Rita Carter, 1961.
Rita, then an 18 year student Oakland City College, is today one of the missing riders.
Rush Limbaugh’s Way with the Ladies
Marriage #1 — Roxy McNeely — (1977-1980)
Roxy filed for divorce in March 1980 on grounds of incompatibility. They divorced on July 10, 1980. .
Marriage #2 — Michelle Sixta (1983 - 1988/1990.)
During Christmas weekend of 1988, Michelle left Rush. They divorced in 1990.
Marriage #3 —Marta Fitzgerald — (1994 - 2004)
Rush and Marta reportedly lived in separate houses on adjoining lots while married to one another and were rarely seen together in public.
The 22-page divorce settlement was sealed.
Marriage #4 — Kathryn Rogers (2010 — ?)
Elton John, reportedly paid $1 million, performed at their wedding reception held at the Breakers Hotel.
My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
Me, with others at the UW Slut Walk 2011. I’m wearing sunglasses and the olive hat. Thanks to Safe Pokes for taking a great photo! There was a turnout of roughly 100 in Laramie. The group was also quite diverse. Afterwards, we came back to campus and enjoyed live burlesque and vocal performances.
The reaction was fairly positive - we even elicited cheers and clapping when we walked by a barbecue at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I was thrilled to see so many people come out to support it. Women’s Action Network organized Slut Walk partially in response to an ASUW Senator Noah Hull’s remarks in reference to sexual assault. I wrote a letter condemning his remarks, as did others, and he apologized. He references a comment, since deleted, written about me on the website within his letter:
Comment: “Looks like Meg Lanker wasnt getting enough attention lately so she had to make up a rape story. I want the Branding Iron to publish the entire police report and any medical documents. She should proove it because theres nothing but her word and you know how liberals/terrorists lie about everything. Its so co-incidental that theres nothing to fact check huh. I heard she said she got raped on campus. So wheres the news story. I couldnt find anything. UW police said they havent heard anything. its not like anyone would want to rape her anyway, shes a wildabeast. She should be glad someone supposedly wanted to touch her. I like how she changed her name, probably so she wont be assocated with a terrorist. Noah is right. If you dont want to put yourself at risk, dont go out to smoke. You wont put yourself at risk of cancer either. If you dont want to get raped dont act like you want it. I can control myself but some guys cant. You cant control breathing in second hand smoke at all. Go Noah. Stand up to the people who try to whine about smoking being taken away. Maybe if we cant smoke on campus people like Meg Lanker will go away and leave our state alone.”
Yeah, a little over the top, bro.
So if nothing else, the comments made by Noah Hull, and comments like this one above, provoked a long-needed discussion on the UW campus. I hope to see this dialogue continue.
Women encouraged to run for public office: As the number of elected females falls, a boot camp in West Hollywood provides information and moral support for would-be candidates.
Photo: Serena Josel, center, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood LA, and Rachel Michelin, right, of California Women Lead, listen to Lindsay Bubar, president, NWPC-Westside, speak at a seminar for women considering running for office. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
I support unions because I believe in basic things like safe working conditions and fair wages, and because I’m a fan of weekends and not a fan of child labor. But I also support unions because I appreciate how much they’ve done to improve working conditions for women.
Unions have pushed for equal pay for equal work, taken a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace, and helped women bargain for child care, maternity leave, and reproductive health care coverage. Union women have helped to fight these battles on behalf of all women, and for that I am grateful.
One group of women on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula decided not to wait for the rich and powerful to stop sheltering their own self-interest and act on behalf of the planet. According to IPS News, they live in a coastal area where climate change is bringing more hurricanes and flooding. With heavy storms and changes in seafood species affecting their livelihood, they acted.
In 1999 they formed Mujeres Trabajadoras del Mar cooperative. Three years later Hurricane Isidore battered the Yucatan Peninsula, ripping out coastal vegetation. Storm chaser Geoff Mackley pieced together the video below, which shows some of the horrendous devastation.
The cooperative is one effort to address gender inequity in dealing with the impacts of climate change. A study by the Gender and Environment Network (Red de Género y Medio Ambiente) gives a sense of how much is yet to be done to address the inequities: “women are in a position of greater social vulnerability due to the rigid gender roles that persist in local communities and relegate them to a subordinate position in decision-making, and they are aware of this.”
Turkey opens its eyes to domestic violence
Being a woman in Turkey means living with several contradictions. On the one hand, Turkish women were granted the right to vote as early as 1934, ahead of numerous European nations, and they have been far better off than their sisters throughout the Muslim world. Western visitors to Turkey today frequently express their surprise at seeing women highly active and vocal in all cultural, economic and social spheres. Yet on the other hand, there is a darker side to the story that only now is being openly discussed, openly contested: domestic violence. In recent months, both print and visual media in Turkey have been running story after story about domestic violence: ex-husbands who shoot their ex-wives in front of their children, abusive husbands who come back to kill, boyfriends or fiancés who cannot forgive being dumped and seek revenge.
As disheartening as the situation is, there is also a growing reaction and a grassroots movement to stop it. Nowadays it is widely acknowledged that violence against women is not only confined to a few uneducated families in remote undeveloped regions. More importantly, until today, it was mainly assumed that such cases were a “family affair”. If a husband was beating his wife, this was their problem. Now this assumption is fully debunked. More and more public figures are coming out to say that domestic violence is everyone’s business and we should, as a society, interfere. (via guardian.co.uk)
|—||Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, when asked how she manages to not feel overwhelmed by all of the suffering she sees in the world (via apsies)|
Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?
She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind.
Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live.
She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”