Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
My gardener heard this yesterday morning on NPR and was blown away, so shared it with me.
I am passing it on to you. I don’t know if you’ve heard ‘This I Believe’ segments on NPR before, but this one is unforgettable…
Thirty Things I Believe, written when Tarak McLain was six, last year.
This little guy is so inspiring and gives us yet another reason to be hopeful.
Here’s the link to the audio, so you can hear the interview.
Friday, January 16, 2009
What do you think?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Today, I purchased a sack of garlic. 5 heads. Shipped from Brooklyn. When I got home, I looked on the other side of the label. Product of China.
Now, the simple math tells us that the garlic retailed for 20 cents a head.
Tonight, I'm wondering what kind of a profit the farmer in China made for his/ her labor.
Thanks for supporting pay equity in the House. Now, please send a message to our senators. The House passed both the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act on Friday.
The Senate is expected to take up these bills as soon as next week, which means your action is needed now.
As you may remember, the Senate narrowly failed to pass a vote to move forward with Ledbetter bill last year. The good news is that it's a new Congress, and your message urging your senators to support these critical bills could change the outcome this time around. Even if you have written your senators about this legislation before, now is the time to contact your senators and urge them to vote yes on these critical pieces of legislation and oppose any attempts to weaken them. They need to hear from you now!
How big is the pay gap now?
According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2007 the ratio of women's and men's median annual earnings reached almost 78 cents on the dollar for full-time year-round workers, up from just under 77 cents in 2006. This is the narrowest the wage gap has ever been, but it's only an additional one cent on the dollar.
One cent is chump change. It isn't real change.
While women have been hard at work to earn their extra penny, Congress has failed to pass legislation that would give women effective equal pay protections. In light of this, join AAUW in telling Congress that passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is an urgent priority. Tell Congress: "Keep the Change until Women Have Real Change."
Take Action Now!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Ada Lovelace Day, March 24th, is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.
Women's contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.
Who was Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace was one of the world's first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.
So, help me acknowledge the women in technology that we love and admire.
- If you have a blog, take the pledge to join 1,000 other bloggers posting on March 24th. (Over 800 have signed up so far.)
- No blog? Help me decide who to write about here. Send me an email or post a comment with the woman you'd like to acknowledge.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Passing both bills, in tandem, is critical to the overall goal of achieving pay equity for women: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act rights the wrongs done by the Supreme Court, regaining ground we've lost and ensuring that people who've been discriminated against can seek vindication. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a comprehensive bill that would create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law as well as strengthen penalties for violations, strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts, and prohibit retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices.
Together, the bills can help create a climate where pay discrimination is not tolerated, and give the new administration the enforcement tools it needs to make real progress on pay equity.
Do you know women who are represented by congress people wavering on their vote. Send your friends an e-card asking them to take action. The link to the e-card is in the Keep the Change Badge in the right column. The numbers count!
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street
Many cultures have inspired mystical responses in poetry to celebrate the Transcendent and the Divine. This month, on January 7, 14, 21, and 28, the group will read selections from Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Taoist texts, and Haiku, exploring the interstices running like a thread throughout major world religious paths. The series will be led by the Rev. Garnette Arledge, an interfaith minister who has served as a Hospice Chaplain. She is the author of several books on spirituality as well as numerous articles, poems, and weekly newspaper columns.