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Abolish Child Marriages in Massachusetts

Abolish Child Marriages in Massachusetts

The exploitation of children (women and men) through marriage loopholes simply must end, esp. here in Massachusetts, because it does indeed exist here. According to the NPR article, “The Loopholes That Allow Child Marriage In The U.S.“: Child marriage isn’t just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it’s … Continue reading

On Maude

On Maude

Like The Jeffersons, Maude was actually the first spin-off of All In The Family, having two years of development by the time The Jeffersons first aired. Featuring Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) as Democrat Maude Finlay, and Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls, Mama’s Family) as Vivian Harmon, the sweet and scatterbrained second wife of next-door neighbor, … Continue reading

Endorsement for Mayor Marty Walsh, 2017

Endorsement for Mayor Marty Walsh, 2017

Having supported him in the past, it is with great pleasure to support Mayor Marty Walsh for re-election this time around as well.   Before I get to the good, I’d prefer to talk about the bad. When it came to the Boston 2024 Partnership, which would bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. I maintain … Continue reading

Of Oskaloosa, Kansas in 1888 and 1889

Of Oskaloosa, Kansas in 1888 and 1889

Although I had originally thought that in Beattie, Kansas in 1899, the city was the first to elect a full council of women plus mayor. I was actually wrong. That honor actually belongs to Mayor Mary D. Lowman of Oksaloosa, Kansas in 1888, 10 years before, who was re-elected with another women council in 1889. … Continue reading

Of Beattie, Kansas in 1899

Of Beattie, Kansas in 1899

On April 4th, 1899, the little Kansas town of Beattie held their election, and the entire election went to women. The most prominent women of the town had decided to run for municipal election that year, women won every municipal office in that small town. According to the Northwestern Christian Advocate, Volume 47: The women … Continue reading

Pay Equity in Massachusetts

Pay Equity in Massachusetts

As a supporter of equal pay, I am in supporter of State Representative Jay Livingstone‘s bill, An Act Relative to Pay Equity, which will, according to MassNOW: This bill takes an innovative and cost-effective approach to addressing two key elements of the gender pay gap: women earn less than men in the same jobs, and … Continue reading

On Clara Barton

On Clara Barton

This Sunday at First Parish in Cambridge (where Susan Shepard and Marcia Hams attend), Reverend Fred Small (we have some disagreement, but not everyone wants me to succeed, of course) preached about Clara Barton. I am quite familiar with the Universalist, and was pleased to listen to the wonderful work she had done. It’s a reminder of … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood, John Salvi III, and Conspiracy Theories

Planned Parenthood, John Salvi III, and Conspiracy Theories

With the recent videos being released about Planned Parenthood, there is serious moral questions to be asked of those who ‘fraudulently represented themselves,’ as described in the Texas Tribune article: The anti-abortion group behind two undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue donation visited one of the organization’s clinics in Houston, Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

On Ambition and Leadership

On Ambition and Leadership

To begin to talk about ambition, I would like to cite this single paragraph from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s memoir, Off the Sidelines (Chapter 6: Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, page 85): It frustrates me how many people automatically assume the worst about ambitious women. You must be cold. You must be calculating. You … Continue reading