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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 my … 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

In Apprecitation of Madonna

In Apprecitation of Madonna

It was Madonna who once said: “Now that I got everyone’s attention, what do I have to say?” I recall watching VH1’s Behind The Music and felt this one comment helped inspire me. Madonna, though sometimes controversial, has had positive effects on society trying to shift the politics that women face to a more favorable … Continue reading

The “You Don’t Say” Campaign

The “You Don’t Say” Campaign

I would just like to applaud Duke’s “You Don’t Say” Campaign for getting it totally right about being sensitive to others. We need more of this. There’s no reason you should ever refer to something as “gay,” and a campaign called “You Don’t Say” at Duke University is reminding students with a photo campaign. The project … Continue reading