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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Dearest Maids
Dorothea Diba's poem speaks about violence against domestic workers. She was inspired by the plight of Indonesian domestic workers in the Middle East and Asia.
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Parenthood
The materials mahogany and bronze are hard, dark and traditionally associated with men and masculinity. By sculpting the feminine experience out of these materials, Humaira Abid blurs the line between genders and the roles stereotypically allotted to them. In these works, Abid reintroduces the masculine into her sculptures in the forms of male shoes, shirts and razors, but by juxtaposing these objects next to pacifiers, bottles and blouses, she explores the roles men play in parenting as they increasingly assume more "maternal" roles in childcare...
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America's Family Values?
First published in Glamour magazine in 2002, this essay explores the difficult challenges working women face as they attempt to balance their work and family obligations. In this day and age, women are expected to--and frequently forced to--have full-time careers, while, at the same time, they are expected to do most of the childrearing and housekeeping...
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Si Se Puede: We Can Do It!
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Dolores Huerta sat down with the I.M.O.W. team to discuss how women's leadership is needed at every level--from individual households and workplaces to trade unions and national government--to steer a new direction for the economy. Huerta co-founded the U.S.-based United Farm Workers union with César Chávez and is currently the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which specializes in community organizing...
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Creating a Caring Economy
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Riane Eisler, president of the Center for Partnership Studies and author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, argues that a new definition of the economy--that better includes the contributions women make--will set us on a path to a healthier, more robust economic future...
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Women in Business Lack a Support System
I am a working mom from Chicago. My daughter is 2 and half years old, and I guess there are millions of women who are in my situation. I feel that the current day corporate is not reformed itself in past years to accomidate sale workforce. Though we hear about excellent benefits companies are offereing today, there are so many women who must make tough choices everyday, between their familes and earning a living...
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Leadership in the Workplace
Nearly 2,000 women leaders and employees of Best Buy recently descended on Boston for the 5th Annual Best Buy WoLF Leadership Conference! WoLF or Women's Leadership Forum aims to develop women leaders through woman-to-woman networking and mentoring. We believe that if Best Buy is going to be a great place for women to shop, it must be a great place for women to work! Tell us how you make your mark...
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My sexuality was questioned
Countless Questions I am a girl My hair is not neat I wear denims People say I am like a Tomboy I wear liberal clothes People often say that I am not like a woman My femininity was questioned When I hang around with women When I talk about women’s rights Their freedom Being single People say that I am a lesbian My sexuality was questioned I take my own decisions I stay alone They suspect My coping strategies They insist Say that I should find a man My vitality was questioned After a series of matching All the planets in the horoscope I was married In the middle of the night On a white robe on the bed My virginity was questioned When a cry of a baby Had not been heard from my womb and home They said that I am infertile My fertility was questioned Oh God can you te
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Women Need Macro Solutions, Too
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, says that while microfinance is a step in the right direction, women's ability to operate at the macro level of the economy must also be recognized.
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More Than Microfinance
In economics, people frequently use terms such as "micro" or "macro." Nowadays, "micro" is generally associated with microcredit or microfinance, two terms that have become synonymous with the popular practice of giving small loans to people--most often women--to start small businesses and make money for themselves and their families...
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