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W.I.S.E PRESENTS: WISEFEST 2009 FEATURING LILLY LEDBETTER for more info contact special WoAltNet (Women’s Alternative Network) reporter Trace:
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Jacksonville State University’s Women’s Issues Support and Empowerment (WISE) is excited to announce the second annual WISEfest on October 15th on the front lawn of the TMB (Leone Cole in case of rain).
The yearly festival is committed to promoting awareness about women’s rights issues on both a local and global level. This year’s theme is ‘How Far Women Have Come’-a celebration of equal rights both socially and economically that have been made possible by throughout history to our current times.
The festival will kick off at 9am with a silent march through the JSU campus (beginning at Brewer Hall and ending at the TMB) to bring awareness to some alarming local and statewide statistics. We will end at the TMB lawn where special guest speaker Lilly Ledbetter will break the silence, and take the stage at 11 where she will talk to us about “Making a Difference”
Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 signed by President Obama upon entering office. Her bill is one more step towards ending unequal pay based on discrimination in the United States.
Don’t worry guys, this festival is NOT just for women! JSU’s own Doctor David LoConto and Zach Childree of The Chanticleer speaking. Other gifted speakers include Theresa Reed, Jennifer Gross and Jenny Savage.
So WISE UP! Come help us celebrate mothers, sisters, daughters, and equal rights for ALL at this year’s WISEFEST 2009! Can’t wait to see you there!
We’ll have camera there for the Women’s Alternative Network. Thanks Trace!
Republished from an article with the New York Times Online (Complete Article There)
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The Choice Myth
Last week, The Washington Post ran a front-page story that said most stay-at-home moms aren’t S.U.V.-driving, daily yoga-doing, latte-drinking white, upper-middle-class women who choose to leave their high-powered careers to answer the call to motherhood. Instead, they are disproportionately low-income, non-college educated, young and Hispanic or foreign-born; in other words, they are women whose horizons are greatly limited and for whom the cost of child care, very often, makes work not a workable choice at all.
These findings, drawn from a new report by the Census Bureau, really ought to lead us to reframe our public conversations about who mothers are and why they do what they do. It should lead us away from all the moralistic bombast about mothers’ “choices” and “priorities.” It should get us thinking less about choice, in fact, and make us focus more on contingencies — the objective conditions that drive women’s lives. And they should propel us to think about the choices that we as a society must make to guarantee that the best possible opportunities are available for all families. (Full Article)