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Racism in upcoming U.S. elections..Remember the Titans?
It is THE Elephant in the room... Yes we can talk about gender but that's not the only thing that America is talking about in the privacy of their living rooms. I have had friends (maybe ex-friends by now) tell me right out that they will not vote for a black man. It can't just be happening to me...
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Whose Universe? Women and Universal Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed into effect by the UN in 1948, was supposed to take care of it all. But since then, the world has answered with one bill after the next filling in the gaps missed by the Declaration and contesting the alleged Euro-centricity of the 30 articles. Now there are the Cairo Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the newly UN-signed Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and many more from various regional and identity groups. I'm currently writing an academic paper on the intersections among women's rights, indigenous rights and environmental rights...
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Political Art in the Female Form
Featured Community Voice: Anahi DeCanio Anahi DeCanio uses collage and the female form to encourage her audience to piece together the political questions of the day...
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Kidnapping a Candidate
Women on the campaign trail often face challenges and pronounced threats to their safety and security. One of the most extreme examples is that of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, kidnapped by guerilla forces in 2002 during her campaign. After six long years of imprisonment, her release seemed hopeless...
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The True American Dream
For most Americans in the United States, home ownership is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, as well as an essential way to achieve long-term financial security, for themselves and for future generations. But over the past few years, the U.S. has faced a "subprime" lending crisis, in which a flood of high-cost loans has jeopardized home ownership and future prospects for tens of thousands of Americans across the country...
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Women and the Subprime Crunch
Professor Anita F. Hill explores the reasons why women receive subprime loans at a higher rate than their male counterparts. Hill argues that this unequal practice is based on widespread misconceptions about women's ability to handle money, and defends the victims of these loans for their inability to deal with the unfair consequences...
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Lending Lessons
In June 2009, the National Council of Negro Women and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition partnered to produce a report titled "Assessing the Double Burden: Examining Racial and Gender Disparities in Mortgage Lending." The report explored race and gender disparities in mortgage lending. The following essay is a modified version of the report's cover letter, and is authored by Dr...
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Shut Out of Wealth
In the current subprime mortgage crisis, women and minorities are losing their homes at a disproportionate rate, disrupting their circumstances and daily lives. But foreclosures also have a significant impact on wealth building and long-term prospects. Without a home, women and people of color can't build equity, they have no safety net, they have limited access to loans for their children's tuition and fees, and they have nothing to pass on to the next generation...
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