It’s me Louise

By: Louise

I know we have much to complain about as women in the US considering we have yet to elect a female president. Compared to 192 other countries that currently have women running their countries worldwide, we should be ashamed of our 17% representation in Government. Argentina for example, has 40 % representation and by law cannot have less than 35%.

As the 85 year old mother of this blog owner, a women’s activist, I scan the world news daily looking for stories about women to bring to her attention. I brought the world leader story to her yesterday and BettyJean decided I need to have my own byline. I don’t write but I would like you to know I voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary hoping in my lifetime to see a Female president. I was born just 4 years after women got the vote.

BettyJean says, If I am going to keep sending her these stories and insist she blog them – then she insists I get credit for contributing them. So this is my introduction- my coming out.

It’s me Louise!

Are we as STUPID as they think we are?

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

OK so we are not going to get rid of earmarks- but we are going to extend unemployment and instead of giving these folks a job to do in return for the money – we are going to spend it on replacing road sign that really don’t need replaced because they would be easier on the eyes! Civilian federal workers’ salaries will be frozen for two years but not a word about how much Congress will anti- up. Have I got this right?

Are we are STUPID as they think we are?

1-The Federal Highway Administration says switching from uppercase letters to a combination of upper and lower will improve safety. It says studies show motorists find it easier to read lower case signs.

Call and tell them the signs have at least a ten year life and when they wear out and absolutely need changed, then change them and not until then! And also tell these geniuses who like to spend our tax dollars  we don’t give a rat’s pitudy if they don’t match across the city as they change out only what needs changed let alone across the country – as we have people on unemployment who needs jobs use the money to pay them for work  done instead of replacing signs that are perfectly good .

2-As expected, Senator Coburn’s earmark ban amendment failed to muster the 67 votes needed for passage. (Due to the procedural tactic used, supporters needed to clear the super majority hurdle). The vote: 39-56.

Call and tell them they still didn’t get the message- stop spending money on earmarks – can you hear us yet? I guess not but Nov. 2012 we will take them out too!

3-Early yesterday, 27 Democratic senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) calling for a year-long extension of federal unemployment benefits.

The letter must have made an impression. Baucus introduced a bill last night that would extend federal unemployment benefits through the end of 2011. The bill, which would cost about $56.4 billion, is not offset in the federal budget. 

Call and tell them we have infrastructure that needs fixed, and plenty of jobs that need done… then  put these people to work instead of giving them handouts! Jobs need done- we are over paying big bucks to more and more federals employees and putting more and more regular folks on unemployment and spending more and more tax dollars on earmarks like signs we don’t need and scanners we don’t want!

4-President Obama announced Monday that civilian federal workers’ salaries will be frozen for two years to help cut federal spending

Call and tell them we have had enough of this! What about our elected officials – they have been getting raises all along? They don’t deserve higher pay than our soldiers who put their lives on the line! Are they included in the freeze? Better yet- let’s tighten their damned belts and roll back their paychecks to what we think they are worth!

Have we forgotten who the employers are here? Whose money this is? Who is in charge here anyway? We hear about entitlements – who entitled the House and Senate to the extravagant lifestyles they have become accustomed to?

I am a bit tired of the spin spin spin – let’s start cutting all the waste, fraud and abuse starting right there in DC and within every government program first then let’s see where to go next!

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership: US Lags Dramatically behind

http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/index.html

This site WORLDWIDE GUIDE TO WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP is dedicated to the women who have ruled since the beginning of times – or as long as the sources date back.

There have always been female rulers. Egyptian Queens are believed to have governed from around 3000 BCE, and the first to be named by the sources without any doubt is Ku-baba, who ruled the Mesopotamian City-State of Ur round 2500 BCE.

First female ministers
However, it was not until during and just after the World War I that the first few women became members of the revolutionary governments in Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Ireland. Nina Bang, Danish Minister of Education 1924-26, was the first woman to be minister in democratically elected parliamentary government. See more in First female ministers. Nevertheless, development was slow and it was not until the end of the 20th century that female ministers stopped being unusual, though a number of countries don’t have women in their governments at the moment.

First female Prime Minister and President
In 1960 Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world’s first female elected Premier Minister and in 1974 Isabel Perón of Argentina became the first woman President – one woman had been Acting Head of Government and two women Acting Heads of State before that.

In 2009 Monaco became the last country in the world to have it’s first female member of government. 1999 Sweden became the first country to have more female ministers than male. 11 women and 9 men and in 2007 the Finish government had 60% women.

Current female heads of state and government
There are 192 members of the United Nations, 2 independent states outside, a few self-declared de-facto independent states and many self-ruling depencies. There are 31 female leaders in 28 different countries or self-ruling territories at the moment.

Of the monarchies, there are reigning Queens in 3 countries: Denmark, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom – and the latter is represented by female Governor Generals in 3 countries; Antigua and Barbuda, Australia and Saint Lucia. They function as their countries’ de-facto Heads of State.

The 10 female Presidents are in Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, India, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania and Switzerland – and in the Federation of Bosnia within Bosnia-Herzegovina.

At the moment there are 11 woman Prime Ministers; in Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia and Trinidad and Tobago and in the self-governing territories of Bermuda, Saint Maartin and the Åland Islands. For more details see: Situation in 2010

Content of http://www.guide2womenleaders.com
The site contains lists of female Heads of State listed by country, a chronological list of Women in Power from B.C. 3000, female Prime Ministers, Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Defence and Ministers by country, female Chairpersons of Parliament, female Governors, Premiers and local Leaders by country, female Party Leaders for each country, a chronological list of female Presidential Candidates, Ambassadors to the United Nations and first female ambassadors for each country, lists of women’s ordination to priesthood and female bishops and finally a list of female Danish leaders.

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FEMALE HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT CURRENTLY IN OFFICE
Including leaders of Self-governing External Territories

http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/Current-Women-Leaders.htm

1952- Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Duke of Normandy, Lord of Mann, Paramount Chief of Fiji and Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis

Until 1953 her title was Queen of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Overseas Dominions. She is head of state in 15 countries apart from Great Britain and as Head of the Commonwealth she is the front person of the organization of many other former British colonies and territories. Her reign takes place during a period of great social change, she has carried out her political duties as Head of State, the ceremonial responsibilities of the Sovereign and an unprecedented programme of visits in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and overseas. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
is the mother of three sons and a daughter. Married to Phillip Mountbatten, former Prince of Greece. (b. 1926-).  

1972- Queen Margrethe 2 of Denmark, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Head of the Evangelican-Lutheral Church

The Rigsfælleskab - or Commonwealth of the Realm – includes the external territories of The Faero Islands and Greenland. She has engaged in translation work and made her mark artistically in several genres. She has made a point of knowing and reaching out to all parts of the realm, and the Faeroe Islands and Greenland are favourite destinations. The Queen has also succeeded in giving her traditional New Year Message a strongly personal touch, which has helped to consolidate her popularity. She succeeded her father, Frederik 9, and married to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, Prince Henrik. Margrethe Alexandrine þorhildur Ingrid is mother of two sons. (b. 1940-)

1980-Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard is also Princess van Oranje-Nassau, Princess van Lippe-Biesterfeld etc, etc, etc. The Kingdom of The Netherlands includes the external territories of Aruba and The Nederlandse Antillen. She succeeded upon the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana, and she closely follows affairs of government and maintains regular contact with ministers, state secretaries, the vice-President of the Council of State, the Queen’s Commissioners in the provinces, burgomasters, and Dutch ambassadors etc. She meets the Prime Minister every Monday. Much of her work consists of studying and signing State documents. She regularly receives members of parliament, as well as other authorities on social issues. Widow of Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jonkheer von Amfeld (1926-2002), and mother of 3 sons. (b. 1938-).

1997-
President Mary McAleese, Ireland 

She was Professor of Law and 1993-97 Pro-chancellor of University of Belfast. The eldest of nine children, she grew up in Northern Ireland and her family was one of many adversely affected by the conflict. She is an experienced broadcaster, having worked as a current affairs journalist and presenter in radio and television with Radio Telefís Éireann. She has a longstanding interest in many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation but never engaged in party politics. During the 1997-elections 5 candidates were female and there was only one token male candidates finishing a distant last. (b. 1951-).

1997- Governor-General Hon. Dr. Dame C. Pearlette Louisy, St. Lucia

A former civil servant, she a non-political appointee. (b. 1946-)

2000- President
Tarja Halonen, Finland 

Social Democrat member of Parliament 1979-2000, 1984-87 Chairperson of the Social Affairs Committee and Member of the Presidium of the Parliament, 1987-1990 Second Minister of Health and Social Affairs (Health Minister) and 1989-1991 Minister of Nordic Co-operation, 1989-91 Co-leader of Soumen Sosialidemokraattinen Pulolue, The Social Democrats. 1990-1991 Minister of Justice, 1995-2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs. (b. 1943-).

2005- Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany

1990 Deputy Spokesperson of the Government of the DDR, 1990-98 Deputy Chairperson of CDU, 1991-94 Federal Minister Women and Youth and 1994-98 Federal Minister of Environment, Protection of Nature and Reactor Safety, 1993-2000 Chairperson of CDU in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 1998-2000 Federal Secretary General and since 2000 Federal Chairperson of CDU and 2002-05 also Parliamentary Leader. Bundeskanzlerin in a Grand Coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD. Née Kasner and married secondly to Joachim Sauer, no children. (b. 1954-).

2006- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia

1972-73 and 1977-79 Secretary of State of Finance, 1979-80 Minister of Finance, 1980 President of the National Bank, 1980-85 worked for the World Bank, 1985-86 in house arrest after her return, 1990-92 Leading member of exile-government of Amos Sawyer in United States of America, 1992-97 African Director of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program). From 1997 Leader of the Unity Party. Presidential Candidate in 1997, Candidate for the Chairmanship of the National Transitional Government in 2003 and finally won the presidential elections in November 2005. She is divorced, mother of a number of children, and grandmother. (b. 1938-).

2007-
President Pratibha Patil, India

Deputy Minister 1967-72 and Cabinet Minister 1972-83 and Congress Leader and Leader of the Opposition 1979-80 in Maharastra, Deputy Chairperson of the Union Upper House, the Rajya Sabha 1986-88, Governor of Rajasthan 2004-07. Married to Devisingh Shekhawat, a former Mayor of Amravati. (b. 1934-).

2007- President
Cristina E. Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina

Won the first round of the presidential elections in October 2007 as candidate for Partido Justicalista. She was Member of the Assembly of Santa Cruz 1989-95 and 1. Vice-President of the Assembly in 1990, National Senator 1995-97 and again since 2001, National Deputy 1997-2001. President of the Senate Committee of Contitutional Affairs since 2001. Her husband, Nestor Kirchner was President until 2007.. Mother of 2 children. (b. 1953-).

2007- Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Antigua and Barbuda

A former nurse and magistrate from 1995. (b. 1944-).

2007- President
Borjana Kristo, The Federation of Bosnia (Bosnia-Hercegovina)

2003-07 Minister of Justice of the Bosniak-Croat Federation an entity in The Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The former Vice-President of the Parliament, Spomenka Micic, was elected one of the 2 Vice-Presidents of Federation in 2007. (b.  1961-)

2007-
Premier Viveca Eriksson, Åland (Finish External Territory)

Chairperson of the Liberal Parliamentary Group 1999-2001, Member of the Speaker’s Conference 1999-2000, Chairperson of the Finance Committee 1999-2001, first Vice-speaker 2000-01 and 2005-07, Speaker 2001-05 and Party Chairperson from 2004. (b. 1956-).

2008- Governor-General Dr Quentin Bryce, Australia

Former lawyer, academic and human rights advocate, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, founding chair and Chief Executive Officer of the National Childcare Accreditation Council and Governor of Queensland 2003-08. (b. 1942-)

2008- Leader of the Government Antonella Mularoni, San Marino

As Secretary of Foreign and Political Affairs she also functions as Leader of the Government even though the Captain Generals are both Heads of State and Government. She was Political Secretary to the Minister of Finance 1986-87, Director of the Office for relations with the associations of San Marino citizens living abroad 1987-90, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, 1989-90, Barrister and public notary in the Republic of San Marino 1991-2001, Member of the General Grand Council 1993-2001 and again from 2008, and Judge of the European Court of Human Rights 2001-08. (b. 1961-).

2009- Prime Minister  Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Bangladesh

President of the Awami Leauge from 1981, Opposition Leader 1986-87 and 1991-96 and 2001-06 and Prime Minister 1996-2001. Also in charge of a number of other portfolio’s including that of Defence during both of her tenures as chief of Government. (b. 1947-).

2009- Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland

Johanna Sigurdardsottir was Deputy Chairperson of the Social Democrats 1984-93, Chairperson 1994-99 of the National Revival Party until she rejoined the Social Democrats, becoming it’s leader in 2009. Vice-President of the Lower Chamber 1979 and 1983-84 and Vice-Chairperson of the the Alþing 2003-07, Minister of Social Affairs And Health 1987-91 and Minister of Social Affairs 1991-94 and 2007-09. First married to Þorvaldur Steinar Jóhannesson with whom she has got 2 sons, and in 2010 she married her registered partner since 2002, the author Jónína Leósdóttir, who is mother of 1 son. (b. 1942-).


2009- Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Croatia

Vice-President of the Sabor 1995-2000 and Deputy Chairperson of HDZ 1995-97. Minister of War Weterans from 2003, Minister for Family and Inter-Generation Solidarity 2003-08 and responsible for Foreign Policy and Human Rights. Presidential Candidate 2005. (b. 1953-).

2009- President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania

1994-1995 Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU and Deputy Head Negotiator for the Europe Agreement with EU, 1996-1999 Plenipotentiary Minister at the Embassy in USA, 1999-2000 Vice-Minister of Finance and 2000-01 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Head of the EU Accession negotiations, 2001-04 Minister of Finance and 2004 EU-Commissioner of Financial Programming and Budget 2004-09. Won 69% of the votes in the presidential elections. Unmarried and no children. (b. 1956-).

2010- President of the Confederation Doris Leuthard, Switzerland

Member of the Assembly in Aargau 1997-2000, Vice-President of Christian Democratic Party, CVP 2001-04,  President of CVP Schweiz 2004-06 and Federal Councillor of Economic Affairs from 2006 and Vice-President in 2009. (b. 1963-).

2010- President Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan

Other versions of her surname are Otunbaeva or Otunbajewa. 1983-86 Secretary of the Municipal Communist Central Committee of Frunze, 1986-89 Deputy Prime Minister and Foregin Minister in the Kyrgyz SSR, 1991 Ambassador of the USSR to Malaysia,1992 Kyrgyz Deputy Premier Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,1992-93 Ambassador to USA and Canada and 1994 to Turkey, Foreign Minister 1994-96, Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain 1996-2003, Deputy Head of the United Nations special mission to Georgia 2002-04, Acting Foreign Minister 2007, Parliamentary Leader of the Social Democrats 20009-10 and Interim Head of State and Government from April 2010 after the former President was ousted and in May she was named President for the term ending in December 2011. (b. 1950-).

2010- President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Costa Rica

Vice-Minister of Security 1994-96, Minister of Public Security, Interior and Police 1996-98, 1. Vice-President and Minister of Justice 2006-08 and Acting Minister of Security in 2008. Resigned to become Liberal Party Presidential Candidate for the 2010-elections which she won.(b. 1959-).

2010- Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago

Attorney General (second in Cabinet) 1995-06 and 2001, Minister of Legal Affairs 1996-99 and 2001 and Minister of Education 1999-2001. First appointed acting premier on the absence of the Premier in September 2000. Leader of The United National Congesss and Oppostion Leader 2006-07 and 2010 and Political Leader from 2010. (b. 1952-)

2010- Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi, Finland

MP from 1991, Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the Center Party in 2003, Party Vice-Chairperson 2003-08 and Party Chairperson from 2010, Political Advisor of the Prime Minister 2004-07, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Aid and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office 2005-06 and Minister of Public Administration and Local Government 2007-10. Mother of 2 children. (b. 1968-)

2010-  Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australia

MP from 1998, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives 2003-06 and Deputy Leader of Labor 2006-10, Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2006-07 and Leader of Labour from 2010, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion from 2007-10. Her parents immigrated to Australia from Wales. She lives with her partner and has no children. (b. 1961-).

2010- Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, Slovakia

Iveta Radicova is Professor of Sociology and Political Sciences at the Comenius University in Bratislava, from 2005 Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2005-06 Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, MP from 2006 and Deputy Leader of the  Democratic and Christian Union–Democratic Party 2006-10 and Party Leader since 2010. Presidential Candidate for all the opposition parties in 2009 and finished second in the second round of voting, and in 2010 the opposition 4-party coalition won the elections. (b. 1956-).

2010- Prime Minister Sarah Wescott-Williams, Sint Maarten (Self-governing Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Ca. 1995-2009 Commissioner of General Affairs, Education etc., 1999-2009 Leader of the Government, Social and Cultural Development, Finance, Juridical Affairs, Emergency Services, Information, Communication and Protocol, Strategic Policy, Planning and Development of Sint Maartin which was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010 when it became a self ruling entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is Leader of the St. Maarten Party.

2010- Premier Paula A. Cox, Bermuda (British Dependent Territory)

Succeeded her father, Eugene Cox as Minister of Finance when he died in January 2004. 1998-2002 Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Public Security, 2002-04 Minister of Education, 2002-03 Minister of Development, 2003-04 Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Minister of Finance since 2004, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and Deputy Premier 2006-10, Party Leader and Premier from 2010. (b. 1969-).

Somali Mafia gangs of Minneapolis charged with sex trafficking

Contributed By: Lisa Thompson

Somalis in Twin Cities Shaken by Charges of Sex Trafficking
By ERIK ECKHOLM
Published: November 23, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – When the girl now identified as Jane Doe 2 came under their control in 2006, at age 12, the Somali Outlaws and the Somali Mafia gangs set a firm rule: Their members could have sex with her for nothing; others had to pay with money or drugs.

Abdulkadir Sheriff, a former gang member who works at the Da’wah Islamic center, said his recovery from a stabbing was a sign “that I’ve got a second chance.”

Repeatedly over the next three years, in apartments, motel rooms and shopping center bathrooms in Minnesota and Tennessee, the girl performed sexual acts for gang members and paying customers in succession, according to a federal indictment that charged 29 Somalis and Somali-Americans with drawing young girls into prostitution over the last decade, using abuse and threats to keep them in line, and other crimes. The suspects, now aged 19 to 38, sported nicknames like Hollywood, Cash Money and Forehead, prosecutors said.

The allegations of organized trafficking, unsealed this month, were a deep shock for the tens of thousands of Somalis in the Minneapolis area, who fled civil war and famine to build new lives in the United States and now wonder how some of their youths could have strayed so far. Last week, in quiet murmurings over tea and in an emergency public meeting, parents and elders expressed bewilderment and sometimes outrage – anger with the authorities for not acting sooner to stop the criminals, and with themselves for not saving their young.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/us/24gang.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&emc=eta1

Is Wal-Mart Guilty if Sexual Discrimination?

Enquiring minds need to ask: By BettyJean Kling

This week I am launching my new quest for truth Enquiring minds need to ask! As founder of TMU WOMEN I have spent the last three years trying to convince the ladies that we are pawns in the game of politics. The left and the right are playing us against one another and we have been busy with our families or what we have been told were women’s issues and therefore out of the loop. Now that we have become more involved they are targeting us but we still don’t seem to know the truth.

First it was the Paycheck Fairness Act- Why are women divided over PFA?

Then I queried Is big brother in your tomato patch?

 

The right and the left are bombarding us with fancy double talk about these bills and the talking heads and the elites from both sides who talk over your heads and in $15.00 words to show you just how well educated they are without considering how simple English would reach more voters. So TMU- WOMEN and Free US Now bring you a common sense approach – we ask and hope folks step up and give us more than opinions and talking head bullshit – the facts – just the facts so we can decide fact from fiction.

Truth be told – if we pressed these issues, as we the citizens should, we will probably find out – as I suspect – somewhere in the middle lies the truth. The moral of this story—they want it this way. They would not more give you the truth – or make it simple then hand you the keys to your government and give up their cushy careers, outlandish paychecks and power. In other words two wings of the same vulture- this crap is purposely written so that both sides can argue against citizens rights especially when it comes to equality for women!

And now for the latest thing to get your blood boiling and have you concerned about your rights as women. Was it a known conspiracy? Can we prove it? Gimme a break- we all know where this is going and how it will turn out- don’t we?

Time for the majority to unite and blazon our own path! Get it yet?

Hi BettyJean,

I’m sending this to you, maybe someone can write it up.  I would do it but I’m working on other things today! 

 This is outrageous for a number of different reasons.  Wal-Mart currently has an appeal in the Supreme Court.  They were caught on unfair pay practices to women and want the SC to dismiss because it would be an onerous settlement and damage them “too much” as a company.  (Remember the “to big to fail”)

Suit against Wal-Mart hinges on court
The Supreme Court will soon decide if it will let a class-action suit proceed against the retail giant.

By DAVID G. SAVAGE Tribune Washington Bureau

http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/suit-against-walmart-hinges-on-court_2010-11-28.html

But they can go out and buy another chain of stores for $2.3 Billion, while they use the legal system to screw over women.

Wal-Mart to pay $2.3 billlion for control of Massmart

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Wal-Mart (WMT.N) is to pay $2.3 billion for control of Massmart (MSMJ.J), giving the world’s largest retailer a substantial presence in South Africa and paving the way for further expansion across the continent.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101129/bs_nm/us_walmart_massmart

We really need to get together and boycott Walmart.  Now is the time, they are expecting to make big bucks over the holiday season, let’s deny them that income!  Hit them were it hurts and make them understand that women are not going to stand by and let them underpay, not bonus, and not promote women.  Standing up for this is important. 

 We will need an email letter and addy that people can copy and paste, telling them exactly why we won’t be shopping at their stores during the holiday and ever until they settle with their women employees.

Liz

 


Banning Christmas Colors is outrageous and untrue

By: Rosa P Leonetti

Update- BJ Kling-11/30

This story is simply not true. Please see this article for clarification. I work in this district, there is NO banning of any holidays in our district. You should see the front office!
Amanda,

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-seminole-red-green-1123020-20101129,0,2041770.story

The Heathrow Elementary School in Lake Mary Florida (Seminole County Public Schools) has officially banned Christmas colors. This is outrageous. What can we do? We have coordinated this effort with my friend Karen from DC Works for Us and we shall bombard the phone lines. Spread the word among your group members! On your mark, get set, go! Phone: 407 320 6850 Fax: 407 320 6890
 

Christmas Ban Angers School Parents
Parent Says Santa, Christmas Colors Not Allowed In Classroom
http://www.wesh.com/r/25904245/detail.html

HEATHROW, Fla. — A school in Seminole County has banned just about everything associated with Christmas.

School board policy indicates employees must be neutral when it comes to religion, and while schools can celebrate some aspects of the holidays, it can’t observe or promote holidays as religious events.

 

A district spokesperson told WESH that so far no parents have complained. No? I it looks like they’re going right over their heads to complain about their stupidity
to the local media.

The results, thus far, of a poll being taken at WESH show that people overwhelmingly disapprove of the district’s anti-Christmas policy:

 

 


Hat tip:
Weasel Zippers

Spread the word among your group members! On your mark, get set, go!

Phone: 407 320 6850

Fax: 407 320 6890

Thanks,

Rosa

Italy: Turin official appeals to school board to ban burqa-wearing mothers

Contributed By: Louise Downing

Rome Nov. 24 (AKI) – A government official in industrial northern Italian city of Turin has asked the local school board to stop fully-veiled women from picking up their children at school because it makes it difficult to identify them as the students’ true parents.


The request by Maurizio Marrone – a member of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative People of Liberty party – was prompted after Marrone and other mothers had seen some women dressed in full burqas picking up their children from an elementary school in Turin’s Barriera di Milano working class neighbourhood.

 

“Some mothers with children enrolled in the Albert Sabin elementary school in Turin have seen Islamic women wearing the full burqa picking up their children, and I have seen this as well,” Marrone said, adding that the burqa made it impossible for teachers to “verify the identity” of those picking up minors.

 

Marrone went on to call the wearing of the burqa, the traditional dress of fundamentalist Islamic women, “damaging to the dignity of women.” Marrone also claims the burqa “slows down the process of integration” for immigrants.

 

In September this year, two separate bills were presented in the upper and lower chambers of the Italian parliament which aim to end the wearing of face-covering burqa’s in Italy.

 

Also in September, France voted to ban the burqa. Women there can be fined or jailed if covering their faces in public.

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/Security/Italy-Turin-official-appeals-to-school-board-to-ban-burqa-wearing-mothers_311303029462.html

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