Monday, January 19, 2015

Slideshow: Women Behind The Civil Rights Movement

It must be said.--”Women were leaders in their own right! They were the adhesive for people gathering and spurred the direction of the 1960’s Civil rights Movement! [View the slideshow!]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Interview with The Whole Works: Doing Business Differently!

The Whole Works Team-from left to right: Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich & Kelly Alford (Photo courtesy of The Whole Works)
Women For Action interviewed one of the founders behind a bright innovation called The Whole Works, a Public Benefit Corporation that plans to do business differently. Their “no business as usual model” will employ women a living wage for handmade designs in the USA. We asked how this would work. Read what Sadye Harvey had to say! [read]

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st 2014: World Aids Day! A Highlight & Awareness

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December 1st marks the key awareness day, World Aids Day, a day to highlight the status of  HIV and AIDS around the world. Also, its focus is to shed light on preventive measures and steps for eradication. First launched in 1988, to alert the world that 2 out of 3 children who were living with the virus were not getting treatment. Today, 35 million people around the world are living with HIV, and it is estimated that 19 million of them are unaware of ever contracting it. 

According to the UN, young women are at extreme risk in certain parts of the world.  Due to the conditions in which they live- poverty, lack of education and security, they are far more susceptible and vulnerable. In addition, access to treatment and preventive care is scarce. 

However, the objective is to stamp out the ghastly virus and disease by 2030. Yet there is one issue that  many experts are gathering. HIV and AIDS are left to compete with the deadly Ebola virus for treatment and resources. Even though the picture seems bleak, new approaches are being made to stamp out HIV and its disease. A fast-track program for 2020 will target the 30 countries around the world that are pervasive for HIV and AIDS. The five year plan, called 90-90-90 will target 90% of the HIV population who knows their HIV status, 90% of those with HIV and on treatment and 90% of people who are on treatment with suppressed viral loads. Though this is just one tactical measure, other plans are being made to  increase deductions by 2020.

For resources and ways you can help, check out the World AIDS Day 2014 Website.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Take Action! Sign The Petition to Elevate Women's Equality Day to a Federal Holiday

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Women For Action launched a campaign to petition political leaders to elevate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day to a federal holiday. Despite it’s forty-three year existence, it is dimly recognized. This special day highlights key contributions that should be celebrated and commemorated with more depth in history books. These events were important to American U.S. history and policy, which ultimately spurred a shift and tone for U.S. society.

Women’s Equality Day was set aside by the United States government in 1971 to commemorate women’s right to vote which was due to the certification of the nineteenth amendment on August 26th, 1920. The institution and installment of the commemoration day was largely due to a 1970 protest on August 26th organized by feminist activists who petitioned for equality in education, employment, and access to childcare. The nationwide movement garnered over 100,000 women across the country and was considered the largest gender equality protest in U.S. history.

The petition, “Elevate Women’s Equality Day to a Federal Holiday” proposes 100,000 signatures in honor of the 100,000+ women protest.

The special day may have all the key ingredients to be highlighted with significance. Women’s right to vote came almost a century after a young Susan B. Anthony asked for equal pay for women teachers. Her campaign for equality, among many others like her such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth went on for several decades. Many of these women warriors died well before their dream of inclusion was realized.  The women’s suffrage movement was not without its timeline of significant strife.  

Women For Action feels that Women’s Equality Day is a strong representation of American ideals--diversity and inclusion.  It serves as a token to remind the American people of road the that’s been traveled and where the country should be headed. Women have been through immense hurdles. Though strides have been made, women are still a long way from equality. Women are still making less than their male counterparts and for women of color, the gap is far greater.  Also, women have lesser numbers in significant forms of leadership. As the petition states, “Recognizing this day as a federal holiday does not resolve all efforts to establish equality…This initiative will bring us a step closer towards balancing the scale and commemorating efforts that support inclusiveness and equality.”

Please join us for this very important initiative to elevate a significant day not just for women, but for all Americans!

To support the petition, visit the following link.